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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 …

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 …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

June 15th, 2017

 Restoring Our National Treasures

‘We have a responsibility to care for and maintain them’

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

With 29 counties, two time zones and more than 800 miles of U.S.-Mexico border, the 23rd Congressional District of Texas is certainly unique in the nation. Throughout my two and a half years serving as your Representative, I’ve crisscrossed …

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 …

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 …

from the mayor’s desk

from the mayor’s desk

June 8th, 2017

Community service call to action

By ANN MARIE NAFZIGER

One month ago, I received the great honor of being elected as mayor of Marfa. I thank the citizens for your faith in me, and I look forward to working hard to earn the trust of each of you, regardless of how you may have voted in the election.

One of my …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 8th, 2017

(photo courtesy Roxa Robison)Roxa Robison as Indian Emily, 1954.

How the (fake) legend of Indian Emily saved Fort Davis

By LONN TAYLOR

When my wife, Dedie, and I first started coming to Fort Davis 25 years ago there was a café on State Street called Indian Emily’s. The café took its name from a legend first published …

the money man

the money man

June 8th, 2017

The ‘Chindia’ bomb

By TOM JACOBS

The United States has an estimated 326 million inhabitants, third in the world. China is number one, with 1.4 billion, and India follows with 1.3 billion. About 36% of the world’s 7.5 billion people live in those two countries. India had the highest percentage GDP growth in 2016 at 10.1%, with …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

June 1st, 2017

MacArthur Wheeler (VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

“The Trump Syndrome”

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Although I am a former college professor I have never been one of a didactic or even pedantic nature. Even though I have been told by more than one former girlfriend (notice the word former) that all they wanted was an answer to their question …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

June 1st, 2017

Luther Evans(photo courtesy Library of Congress)

The lone Lone Star State Librarian of Congress

By LONN TAYLOR

There have been 14 Librarians of Congress since Thomas Jefferson appointed the first one in 1802. Only one of those was a Texan. His name was Luther Evans. He was from Sayersville, a rural community in Bastrop County, and he …

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