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hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

September 24th, 2015

State of the cloud: Texas’ role in our digital future

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

I’m going to share a secret with you that many folks in Congress don’t know.

Washington, D.C. is not the center of the universe.

While some of my colleagues may find this fact shocking, some of us know that …

Senator’s comments

Senator’s comments

September 24th, 2015

Senator Rodríguez, YISD launch student voter registration and engagement project

EL PASO – State Sen. José Rodríguez, in conjunction with the Ysleta Independent School District, will launch a voter registration and engagement project beginning September 28 at each of its high schools. The goal is to educate students on the importance of voting …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

September 24th, 2015

Caked-on impressions of tasty artistry

By STEVE LANG

“If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake.” – Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill, Clem Watts

“All the world is a birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much.” – George Harrison

Cake is great, but nothing to lose one’s head over, …

the money man

the money man

September 17th, 2015

Google learns the alphabet

By TOM JACOBS

Google, the company that brings us the most-used search engine in the world, says it will change its name and structure. All its innovative and profitless operations will be separately run but collectively under a new umbrella, Alphabet. Then, the familiar mega-profitable Google businesses—search, Android operating system, …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

September 17th, 2015

VALERIE HOWARD image

Stop ideas, and ban, blacklist, or burn books

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

One of the oldest traditions in our western culture is to prevent the free circulation of ideas. In 1440 Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. By the 1500s the Index Librorum Prohibitorum was created to make certain …

guest commentary

guest commentary

September 17th, 2015

A solar oven.

Why not sun-roasted chilies for Presidio?

By ALYCE SANTORO

“Appropriate Technology” is a concept that stemmed from E. F. Schumacher’s 1973 book, “Small is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered.” Appropriate technology is based on the idea that unique, sustainable, community-oriented solutions tailored to the needs and assets of …

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 …

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