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the anti-fan

the anti-fan

January 23rd, 2014

Mind-set that led to Sherman outburst right out of Carroll playbook

By JIM GORDON

So.

The Anti-Fan’s retirement turned out instead to be a leave of absence.

And in the weeks I was off, we had, among other things, the low-rent circus that was Dennis Rodman’s latest trip to North Korea and the high-rent circus that is Alex Rodriguez’s …

What’s going on in Presidio

January 16th, 2014

Presidio council taking pro-active approach to needed postal services

 By ROBERT HALPERN

Add passport issuance to the list of services the United States Postal Service needs to provide to Presidio post office customers.

Meeting last week, the Presidio City Council adopted a resolution addressed to the postal service that it get its act together in Presidio, hire sufficient …

what’s going on

January 16th, 2014

Nursing home issue may rise again

By ROBERT HALPERN

Maybe it’s just coincidence, or maybe the nursing home supporters didn’t like my editorial last week, but a letter to the editor in this week’s issue by consultant James McDonald seems to raise the specter that the initiative to build a nursing home in Alpine still has legs.

You’ll …

pen pal

pen pal

January 16th, 2014

Move over, Prada Marfa and Playboy Marfa, there’s a new installation in town

By CLARENCE JAY FAULKNER

Hold the presses! Art, hot from the bote! Announcing Far West Texas’ newly approved installation, a 50-foot-tall Marfa Eyeball Rockette.

She will surely guide in aliens from afar and always have her eye on the Marfa Plateau.

Lineaus, please don’t …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

January 16th, 2014

A Mexican isn’t a Catalan, except in the United States

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

I have always wondered why the United States makes no distinction between Hispanics of Basque, Catalan, Galician, etc., descent. I follow Spanish soccer, and when I watch the matches of teams from the Pays Vasco, Catalan, and the Galician country, I see different languages …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

January 9th, 2014

Walking without winter underwear

 By STEVE LANG

“It was so cold…the squirrels in the park were throwing themselves at an electric fence.” – Anonymous

I have learned that in West Texas, the worst day of winter is usually better than the best day in Minnesota.

And once again, regarding sub-zero temps in my birth-state, I can use a Scandinavian-Lutheran …

what’s going on

January 9th, 2014

Local healthcare issues

By ROBERT HALPERN

It’s good to be back but it was good to be gone.

Not that we went anywhere. We stayed close to home in the chilly but always-gorgeous Big Bend Davis Mountains Highland Plain with family and friends as last year rolled into the new year. May we all be blessed with health, …

pen pal

pen pal

January 9th, 2014

A wrap on 2013

By CLARENCE JAY FAULKNER

Dear editor Halpern, BBS staff, and Marfa:

Whew! What a strange year 2013 has been.

Playboy got an erection, then a rejection, and an ejection.

Mitch got all the luck and flipped the script from playing villain

to hero.

 

The Big Middle Wiggle

(a poem about Highland Avenue)

Girls wearin’ platforms,

goin’ clack, clack, clack,

these Marfa girls …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

January 9th, 2014

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Because I was blessed with a character of great beneficent I sometimes use this column to share & explain certain events occurring on our beautiful blue planet. I use the literary tool called satire. This literary form allows the writer the liberty to exaggerate some of humanity’s more human foibles. However, too …

¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

January 9th, 2014

¡“Illegals” no mas!

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: How do we humanize the illegals in this country? My reasons for asking this question are many, but mainly a very personal one. I’ve been in this country illegally for 16 years, y ya chole no? For sixteen years I lived my life like anyone else: going to school …

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