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the money man

the money man

Today’s craze or tomorrow’s calm?

By TOM JACOBS

“In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, a weighing machine.” – Ben Graham, Warren Buffett’s teacher at Columbia and the founder of modern value investing

All our lives we make quick decisions. Do we watch CSI or Masterpiece …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

art by Valerie Howard

Volunteer and save a pet at Alpine shelter

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Alpine has a number of animals who have developed strange relationships. Deer, who rival cars (but not trucks) in numbers freely gorge themselves on flowers, vegetables, small trees, and almost anything green that can’t outrun them. …


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library talk

library talk

Story Time is back at library

By MANDY ROANE

It’s September and you know what that means – Story Time is back!

Starting Thursday, Sept. 3 at 11AM, we’ll be hosting our weekly story hour for pre-schoolers and their big people. We missed having our youngest patrons in the library this summer and we …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

No sax please, we’re classical!

By STEVE LANG

“Every day is a second chance, and consequently, well worth celebrating.” – Anonymous

August almost passed without my acknowledgment of the special observances the month – and virtually each day in it – offers.

For example, August commemorated the following: Admit You’re Happy, Family Fun, National …


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the money man

the money man

Market jitters? Here’s how to sleep at night

By TOM JACOBS

“What, Me Worry?”

–Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman

Oh, how I love the smell of a down market in the morning! And it’s been an olfactory delight this month, especially Friday and Monday. Notice I’m not upset and neither should you be. When …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

(Courtesy of Nicolai von Kreisler)Lunch menu at the Dart Bowl.

Plate lunches no longer on the menu

By LONN TAYLOR

My friend Jim Bratcher of Bulverde is a hermit-scholar, a former English professor who, now in his 80s, still contributes articles on Henry James, T.S. Eliot, and medieval legends to esoteric journals …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

In recent editions of the Avalanche, Jim Street has described plans to repair the streets of Alpine. This news is extremely gratifying to hear and I fervently hope two things will occur. One, the city officials will travel about the city and designate the streets in worst repair to be done first. Second, …


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hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

Moving towards North American energy security

By US Rep. WILL HURD

For almost four decades, there’s been a ban on exporting U.S. crude. While it’s not always the case, most decisions made almost 40 years ago by the federal government rarely still reflect the current political or economic realities of the world. That’s certainly …


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