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Marfa ISD tax rates and property values

 By ANDREW PETERS

Two weeks ago I provided information regarding increased property values and how they impact setting the tax rate. I received several inquiries and am providing you with answers to your questions as well as brief commentaries.

1. If the 2014 appraised tax base is doubled would we expect …


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¡ask a mexican!

¡ask a mexican!

Dissing the mother tongue and Mexican food

By GUSTAVO ARELLANO

Dear Mexican: What is it about the many gringos/gabachos who constantly slaughter Spanish words? Spanish is easy to pronounce- and spell – compared to English. The vowels – a, e, i, o, u – are always pronounced the same way. In English, vowels vary a lot, making it …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Batting around a few old memories

By STEVE LANG

“Bifocals are not a ballplayer’s friend.” – Dwight Walvatne

My previous experiences with meeting a county sheriff in the courthouse had nothing to do with baseball.

But I am no longer a card-carrying member of the Minnesota Newspaper Association and apparently old offenses committed during non-working hours had been long …


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Taking care of our veterans

Taking care of our veterans

By PETE P. GALLEGO

There are fewer than five legislative days before Congress adjourns for its traditional August recess. The month of August is called a “district work period.”

I enjoy each district work period because I get to leave the politics of Washington behind and do what I love most – spend time in the 23rd …


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A bill to fix the child immigration issue on the border

A bill to fix the child immigration issue on the border

 


By U.S. Sen. JOHN CORNYN

From its beginning, our nation has faced enormous challenges. During these times, leaders who didn’t always see eye to eye came together to solve our nation’s problems. Looking at the current situation in Washington, I find myself wondering if those days have passed. I wonder …


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west texas talk

rambling boy

rambling boy

The longest serving college president in Texas

By LONN TAYLOR

I learned about college presidents by listening to “The Halls of Ivy,” a radio program of the early 1950s in which Ronald Coleman and his wife Bernita Hume played William Todhunter Hall, the president of Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria. For years I thought that all …


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guest commentary

guest commentary

Can We Talk? Politics? Religion? Money? Who’s Listening?

By ELAINE V. SCOTT

Congress’s annual August recess is fast approaching. While many of us wish we had thought to negotiate a month off for ourselves when we took our current jobs, it’s hard to begrudge these men and women the respite. Regardless of political persuasion, it’s got to …


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correspondence

correspondence

This letter is to thank all the wonderful people of Marfa for helping out my friends, Joel and Brenda Bentley, at the Bryanna Bentley Medical Fundraiser this past Sunday.  I was overjoyed with the amazing attendance, and with the generosity of locals.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their help …


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