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Senator’s comments

Senator’s comments

September 10th, 2015

Senator José Rodríguez statement on school finance lawsuit

Oral arguments in the school finance lawsuit began last week at the Texas Supreme Court. The following is state Sen. José Rodríguez’s statement:

Equitable opportunity for education is not just the right thing to do; it’s required by the Texas Constitution. Don’t be distracted by privatization …

the money man

the money man

September 10th, 2015

Bonds versus stocks

By TOM JACOBS

“If you want to get rich, buy stocks. If you want to stay rich, buy bonds.” – Anonymous

The late Barton Biggs’s Wealth, War and Wisdom asked if any investment at the start of the 20th century would still be there—worldwide and in any economic conditions—at the end. …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 10th, 2015

Recalling, waterfowl hunting, and remembering to duck

By STEVE LANG

“Fetch your own #&$* ducks, I’m tired!” – Anonymous Labrador retriever

“Most Texans think Hanukkah is some sort of duck call.” – Richard Lewis

During one major segment of my life, with Labor Day past, thoughts of duck hunting presented themselves …

the money man

the money man

September 3rd, 2015

Today’s craze or tomorrow’s calm?

By TOM JACOBS

“In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, a weighing machine.” – Ben Graham, Warren Buffett’s teacher at Columbia and the founder of modern value investing

All our lives we make quick decisions. Do we watch CSI or Masterpiece …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 3rd, 2015

art by Valerie Howard

Volunteer and save a pet at Alpine shelter

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Alpine has a number of animals who have developed strange relationships. Deer, who rival cars (but not trucks) in numbers freely gorge themselves on flowers, vegetables, small trees, and almost anything green that can’t outrun them. …

library talk

library talk

September 3rd, 2015

Story Time is back at library

By MANDY ROANE

It’s September and you know what that means – Story Time is back!

Starting Thursday, Sept. 3 at 11AM, we’ll be hosting our weekly story hour for pre-schoolers and their big people. We missed having our youngest patrons in the library this summer and we …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 3rd, 2015

No sax please, we’re classical!

By STEVE LANG

“Every day is a second chance, and consequently, well worth celebrating.” – Anonymous

August almost passed without my acknowledgment of the special observances the month – and virtually each day in it – offers.

For example, August commemorated the following: Admit You’re Happy, Family Fun, National …

the money man

the money man

August 27th, 2015

Market jitters? Here’s how to sleep at night

By TOM JACOBS

“What, Me Worry?”

–Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman

Oh, how I love the smell of a down market in the morning! And it’s been an olfactory delight this month, especially Friday and Monday. Notice I’m not upset and neither should you be. When …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 27th, 2015

A new school year: resurrecting those educational truths

By STEVE LANG

“Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years Americans would be the smartest people on Earth.” – Will Rogers

“Blessed are the weird people – poets, misfits, writers, …

the money man

the money man

August 20th, 2015

The end of the ride

By TOM JACOBS

In the late 1960s and early 1970s tech boom, my best friend Peter’s father left his law practice to be general counsel for a startup. The company aimed to solve the nationwide affordable housing shortage through new tech modular housing. They mass-produced housing modules for sale …

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