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our texas state senator

our texas state senator

Unaccountable “border security” spending

The Texas Senate this week voted to approve HB 11, the “border security” bill that expands DPS’ staffing and mission with little oversight or accountability, adding not only to the billion-dollar tab already credited to state with no clear purpose but now creating an obligation for future Legislatures.

By JOSE D. RODRIGUEZ

This bill …


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the money man

the money man

We are mental

By TOM JACOBS

We are all more human than otherwise. We don’t behave rationally with money. Our brain plays tricks on us. We have emotions.

You find a $10 bill on the street. How do you feel? Found money? Free money! The brain clicks into immediate gratification mode. This is our animal side. We are …


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high desert sketches

high desert sketches

Big Bend’s many states of mind

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

The Big Bend of Texas is not a region, but a state of mind composed of many little regions sometimes occupied by little minds. That’s why it is occasionally called the Big Bent. Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis, Presidio, Terlingua, and Marathon are all worlds unto themselves.  Each …


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our senior texas u.s. senator

our senior texas u.s. senator

How to restore trust in our criminal justice system

By JOHN CORNYN

On a recent visit to Dallas, I met a man named James. James started experimenting with drugs in high school and became addicted to methamphetamine. He spent the next decade in and out of jail and was arrested nearly 35 times. Despite good intentions, every …


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the idle american

the idle american

Small town shenanigans

By Dr. Don Newbury

Home towns keep bars held high when they measure up to the ways they are remembered. Memories’ afterglow is abundant with “warm fuzzies.” We gather memory bouquets of roses, giving little thought to thorns encountered in their gathering.

Folks growing up in small towns believe experiences during their youth are unique, …


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west texas talk

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

J. Frank Dobie and the accidental author

By LONN TAYLOR

J. Frank Dobie, who died in 1964, wrote 19 books about Texas. Some people say that his first one, A Vaquero of the Brush Country, published in 1929, was his best. And some people say he didn’t write it.

J. Frank Dobie

The book is about …


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our u.s. congressman

our u.s. congressman

The congressman, center, with Suzanne Dixon, regional director Texas Regional National Parks Conservation Association, left. and Jim Murrell, of the Friends of Big Bend National Park board of directors.

National parks like Big Bend celebrate shared heritage

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

I went to confirm there is indeed “a place in Far West Texas where …


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correspondence

correspondence

Whether you were born here, or generations of your family were born here, or you just moved here last week, all of us have the responsibility to protect this place. At this point in history we are the chosen stewards of this land. Complacency is not an acceptable position and to not have a position …


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