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the rambling boy

the rambling boy

May 25th, 2017

Memorial Day Poster, 1936.(Image courtesy the Library of Congress.)

On Memorial Day, honoring our military veterans who gave all

By LONN TAYLOR

Next Monday is Memorial Day, a holiday that has become conflated with the beginning of summer vacation and trips to the beach or the mountains. But it should be a day on which we pause …

the money man

the money man

May 25th, 2017

Does social investing do any good?

By TOM JACOBS

When someone used to ask me, “Do you invest in companies that do ‘bad’ things, like defense, cigarettes, or oil and gas?” I had a standard reply: “If they are the best investments, yes. For social good, devote yourself to volunteering or charitable contributions. For your money, invest …

correspondence

correspondence

May 25th, 2017

Editor:

School board members are volunteers in what is often a very difficult job, taking time out of our personal lives to try to do some good for the district in the ever-changing political environment that regularly adversely affects Marfa ISD resources (e.g., Texas Comptroller’s values do not match our local appraised values so we were …

the rambling boy

the rambling boy

May 18th, 2017

(photo by LONN TAYLOR)Marfa Mystery Lights viewing station.

Ode to the Marfa Mystery Lights

By LONN TAYLOR

I have never seen the Marfa Lights. I have been told that the best time to see them is in the winter a couple of hours after sundown or a couple of hours before sunrise. A couple of hours after …

goliver – ruble

goliver – ruble

May 18th, 2017

high desert sketches

high desert sketches

May 18th, 2017

Texas wild boar(VALERIE HOWARD illustration)

The history and politics of feral hogs

By GEORGE A. COVINGTON

Russia has recently been blamed for a myriad of malevolent misdeeds. Some blame them for President Tweet’s victory, others blame them for under the table business deals with the prez, while the French blame them for interfering in their presidential elections.

I …

correspondence

correspondence

May 18th, 2017

Editor:

I had a conversation today with a friend of mine in front of the Post Office. Imagine that. We talked about government and we distressed about the future. Imagine that. And I went on to say that we were either going down the tube or we were going to have to take a stand.

But then …

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