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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 22nd, 2017

Public education: worth taking a stand

By LONN TAYLOR

My hero this week is Graydon Hicks, Fort Davis Superintendent of Schools. Hicks recently sent a scathing letter to Governor Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Patrick, raking them over the coals for “the lack of positive legislative action for public schools in Texas” in the most recent session of …

golliver – distraction

golliver – distraction

June 22nd, 2017

the money man

the money man

June 22nd, 2017

Amazon swallows Whole Foods whole

By TOM JACOBS

I could hardly believe my eyes – could you? Amazon announced it had reached an agreement to buy Whole Foods Markets, the quintessential healthy food store (despite its panoply of less healthy snacks, desserts and drinks), for a gluten-free $14 billion. That’s about what Amazon generates in excess cash …

correspondence

correspondence

June 22nd, 2017

The following is a letter Fort Davis ISD Superintendent Graydon Hicks penned recently to Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick regarding the decline of state funding to public schools, and the impact of those diminishing funds in Fort Davis, in particular. We reproduce it here with his permission.

 

Editor:

Dear Governor Greg Abbott …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 15th, 2017

Agave festival points to plant’s long history

By LONN TAYLOR

Two Sunday mornings ago I found myself sitting at a table under the vine-covered portico of El Cosmico in Marfa telling Tim Johnson and Caitlin Murray what a mind-opening experience the three-day Agave Festival that was just concluding had been for me. Johnson, who operates the Marfa …

golliver – stealth care

golliver – stealth care

June 15th, 2017

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 15th, 2017

Trump fiddling(VALERIE HOWARD image)

Watching the decline and fall of the middle class

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The final days of the Roman Empire bears a striking parallel to the impending fate of the American Middle Class. Edward Gibbon wrote the six volume “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” (1776-1789) and it would take an …

dick decent – testify

dick decent – testify

June 15th, 2017

correspondence

correspondence

June 15th, 2017

Editor:

Presidio and Marfa communities,

I want to thank the Presidio community for allowing me to serve as a health care provider in Presidio for over four years. It is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be serving the Presidio community. I will still be with PCHS, but beginning July 1, I will begin …

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