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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 20th, 2017

(MARFA JUNIOR HISTORIAN photo)The Max Cortez Store

Marfa Public Library’s hidden treasure

By LONN TAYLOR

Last week I had occasion to revisit the Junior Historian files at the Marfa Public Library. I have written about these files before, but every time I use them I am reminded what a treasure they are, and this time I got …

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

April 20th, 2017

Trump Kong(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

The death of satire is upon us

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

While most of my readers are highly intelligent, witty, and charming, there are occasionally those who do not understand satire. I have discovered it necessary, at least once a year to explain the great tradition of Jonathan Swift, Voltaire, and Mark Twain. …

correspondence

correspondence

April 20th, 2017

Editor:

I would like to express my thanks to everyone who participated in Candidate Night at the USO on Tuesday. I’m glad so many neighbors (120!) came out to learn about the candidates and the issues that face our community and school.

Thanks to Robert Halpern and Trey Gerfers for asking me to help organize, and for …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

April 13th, 2017

The story of a professional story teller

By LONN TAYLOR

Kim Lehman of Austin is one of the few people in Texas who actually makes a living by telling stories. She is a professional storyteller, telling stories in schools, libraries, retirement centers, nursing homes, and in fact anywhere someone will pay her to tell them. “It’s really …

the money man

the money man

April 13th, 2017

Win the birth lottery, lose your education?

By TOM JACOBS

It is true, as Warren Buffett says, that once you are born in the US, you have already won the lottery. As desperate and horrible as poverty can be in this country, it beats being desperate and poor in, say, Chad, Mali, Chechnya, or parts of India. …

correspondence

correspondence

April 13th, 2017

Editor:

An enthusiastic crowd of well-wishers celebrated the re-dedication of Alpine’s Amtrak train station on the morning of April 4.

In attendance at the community “meet and greet” were Amtrak officials, Joy Smith, Chicago-based Long Distance Services, and Alexandra Curtis-McVay, District Stations Manager; representatives of the Texas National Association of Railroad Passengers; Alpine city officials, including our …

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