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Dispatch from Peru: where are the obits?

February 11th, 2011

I really like the new look of the Marfa paper.  Exciting, clear – really nice.

However, I do miss the “Obituaries” for Marfa.  Maybe I just couldn’t find them.

Please let me know if there are “Obits” or if I missed them.  I looked but they were not obvious.

Thanks for the new look and information.  I am …

There is such a thing as a free launch

February 11th, 2011

Y’all proved it with the launch of Big Bend Now. I’ll visit the site several times a week to check out the content.

And a virtual fist bump to the creator of the Marfa National Bank ad!  Nicely done.

Bob Young

Sacramento, California

Cartoon: Gary Oliver

Cartoon: Gary Oliver

February 11th, 2011

Cartoon: Jim Bridges

Cartoon: Jim Bridges

February 11th, 2011

Those wild and crazy Texas State Historical Association conventions

February 11th, 2011


Every year about this time I write a column about the annual meeting of the Texas State Historical Association, mostly because I have been a member for 40 years and because I enjoy their meetings so much. After all, how many learned societies in the United States have ever held a session where …

Giordano Bruno: martyr or fool?

February 11th, 2011


The date: Feb. 17, 1600. The place: Rome, Italy. The setting: A 51-year-old former cleric is securely bound to a wooden pole surrounded by dry firewood.

Within moments Giordano Bruno would become the Inquisition’s next victim — suffering a cruel and undoubtedly excruciating death for publicly espousing unapproved ideas.

In the years since his death, …

Budget cuts create perfect storm

February 11th, 2011


San Antonio/Far West Texas

While most of the budget talk coming out of Austin has been dismal so far — much like the capital’s frigid weather in the session’s fourth week — the Senate Finance Committee caught a glimpse of sunshine in the testimony of Health and Human Services Commissioner Tom Suehs.

The Senate’s …

Counting crow, quail, dove, and Aplomado falcons

February 11th, 2011

Do you have a bird feeder in your backyard? Do you enjoy the fuss of birds flitting in your birdbath or searching through the leaves for a tasty morsel? If so, you may want to join 94,000 volunteers nationwide in this month’s Great Backyard Bird Count. This important citizen-science event provides the most detailed real-time …

What does ‘American Exceptionalism’ really mean?

February 11th, 2011

Sometime in the past few months I first heard the term “American Exceptionalism” and immediately dismissed it as another inane phrase spewed out by some right-wing fringe group. When it was used a few weeks ago by a local Tea Party (TP) activist I decided to check it out.

First, what does American Exceptionalism really mean?  Well, …

An education foundation at work

February 8th, 2011

I thought this was a very creative idea to help the Marathon school deal with their financial shortfalls. I know Marfa ISD has its financial difficulties too and was hoping that something like this could be implemented within Marfa. I just wanted to send you the article to make sure you are aware of it …

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