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the money man

the money man

Are they on your side?

By TOM JACOBS

In my work, people often ask me for a second opinion, as they would a doctor for major surgery. When a long-time friend and his siblings began managing their mother’s affairs due to her ill health, he requested help understanding his mother’s investment management.

I …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

VALERIE HOWARD image

It must be spring

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Every spring I find an incredible desire to explain to tourists the essential nature of West Texas and the curious things that make us different. Tourists must learn to respect our bugs, our buzzards, and our wonderful little National Public Radio …


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the money man

the money man

The “other talk” to young graduates

By TOM JACOBS

Don’t invite me to be your graduation speaker. Seriously. My address would be, “Credit Cards are the Devil’s Spawn!” Hear the yawns?

Yet it should be required for every graduating senior in the country. Legions of fresh victims turn 18 each year and are eligible …


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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

Edith Lang

Celebrating life as it should be lived

By STEVE LANG

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.”  – Mark Twain

“If all the good things happened to you when you were young, you would have nothing to look forward to.”  – …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

Valerie Howard image

Conceptual art and aesthetic nausea

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Not often do I concern myself with international artistic spats. Recently, however, I had to take note when Julian Spalding and a film crew from the BBC were thrown out of an opening reception at London’s Tate Gallery of Modern …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

Dolores ‘Lolo’ Baeza

Lolo Baeza, an American (and Far West Texas) success story

By LONN TAYLOR

Everyone in the Big Bend knew Dolores “Lolo” Baeza, who owned Baeza’s Thriftway grocery stores in Fort Davis, Alpine, and Presidio. When Lolo died in 2013 at the age of 96 the stores had been …


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library talk

library talk

Super Smart, Super Patrol, join the Friends

By MANDY ROANE

We wrapped up the “Super Smart” portion of out “Year of the Super Patron” in March and now we’re moving on to our next venture—asking our wonderful patrons to be “Super Helpful.” Marfa Public Library could not exist as it does without the help of …


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correspondence

correspondence

Editor:

For those with concerns about our environment (the only place/planet we have on which to live) topics such as fracking and pipelines have recently become prominent. Not my topics now.

While leaving a grocery store with two plastic bags containing conventional odds and ends — “yes, I am still eating, least of my …


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