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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

The Mexican love of the truck and automobile

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: Why do Mexicans love to warm up their cars every morning? Cars only have to be warmed up if they have carburetors, and carburetors haven’t been part of cars since the 1980s! Think of it this way: while idling, your car is getting zero …


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library talk

library talk

New films, TV shows, telenovelas, and computers for sale

By MANDY ROANE

So that the MPL staff can spend Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends, we will be closed starting Wednesday, November 26. We will re-open Monday, December 1. Since we will not be open for several days, check-outs will not be due during this time and …


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cattleman’s column

cattleman’s column

APHIS rule proposal could devastate American cattle herd

By PETE BONDS, President

Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

On August 29, 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), published a rule proposal in the federal register that would allow the importation of live cattle and fresh or frozen beef from …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Finding “Friends” in historical events

By STEVE LANG

“The past actually happened, but history is only what someone wrote down.” – A. Whitney Brown

I know who fought in the War of 1812– and even when – but I missed naming all the main characters on “Friends.”

However, I know that Joey did recover from his Thanksgiving “meat sweats.”

“Those …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

Deer wreak vehicular mayhem across Big Bend

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Each year I do my best to alert the citizens of West Texas about the fearsome onslaught of that loathsome, four legged, horned rodent called deer. These creatures threaten the very basis of our civilization and life as we know it. They continuously ignore international borders …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

Fact or myth: the Alamo’s line-in-the-dust story

By LONN TAYLOR

I usually write a column about the Alamo in March, the month that Santa Anna’s army overwhelmed the old mission’s defenders and ensured them an immortal place in Texas history. But recent events there have made me think that it is time for an out-of-season Alamo column. …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

I believe that labor, thought, and material should not be wasted and the idea that tearing down buildings all the time is incredibly wasteful. Economically, it should be a little over the hill, a little bit more money spent perhaps, to save the buildings, to use them. Ordinarily, the buildings produce a lot of things …


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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

The bet that begat a Terlingua tradition

By LONN TAYLOR

This year Halloween was bookended by the 48th annual Terlingua Chili Cook-off, which started on Monday October 27 and wound up the following Saturday. About 5,000 people were there for the final cook-offs. I was not. My idea of hell is being in Terlingua with 5,000 people.

The …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

As the Presidio County Veterans Service Officer, I would like to acknowledge the effort and sincerity that I witnessed on this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014, by all who attended, organized and participated in the Marfa Independent School District’s Veterans Day Ceremony.

I extend a heart-felt “Thank You” to all the students who attended, Mr. Peters, …


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