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Two representatives from the Texas Historical Commission will be in Alpine next week to set the stage for us to be the fourth city in Texas to participate in an on-line historic inventory.

Alpine has been chosen as one of four cities in Texas to participate in an online historic inventory by the Texas Historical Commission.

We have heard forever that we have to have health insurance because health care costs are too high.

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote in this space about some reasons you should consider public service by running for elected office.

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Those who have driven through the intersection of 5th and Avenue E in Alpine recently – and most must have by now – have to have been pleasantly surprised at what they saw.

It’s not hard to understand why 75 percent of readers in this week’s online poll say that they wouldn’t consider running for national political office.

Have you heard about Flint, Michigan's, contaminated water, poisoning thousands of residents?

One of the things our tax dollars go for – a lot of tax dollars – is millions of bureaucrats dreaming up schemes to solve all kinds of problems. Often they are designed to solve a problem that isn’t even there. 

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Fifty percent of young adults graduating from college today are not working using their college degree. Twenty percent of young adults with college degrees are living at home.

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When I first heard maybe 30 or 40 years ago that schools were going to introduce “bilingual education,” I was thrilled.

“Out with the old and in with the new” is a phrase often used by those who make a list of resolutions at the start of every New Year. 

Every New Year, tradition expects us to make New Year resolutions. Why?

I hear the Brewster County Sheriff’s office has received more than 1,000 comments on their web page applauding the sticking of religious-oriented decals on their vehicles, and only a few condemning the practice.

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Among my gifts this Christmas was a book really I wanted, Fran Tarkenton’s “The Power of Failure: Succeeding in the Age of Innovation.”

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The days of the waning year string out like the final stretch of an old roll of parchment; brittle, frayed, finite.

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PAs we round up the year’s top news stories, it’s interesting to take a look back at the opinions and commentaries that attracted the most attention.


Since launching a series of comments about the need for economic development in Alpine more than a year ago in this space, many things are happening, most for the good.

Like many of you, I’ve been watching the National Geographic television series “Badlands, Texas.”

Based on readership of online editions of the Alpine Avalanche during 2015, of the top 30 stories, eight were about businesses, five featured the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and corresponding development and eight were crime-related stories.

Two things combined this week leading to this letter:  (1) I have read 81 out of the 193 pages of presidential nomination seeker Dr. Ben Carson’s book, “A More Perfect Union,” which came out in October, loaned to me by one who thought I should read it; (2) I have been thinking, as we approac…

Liz Hightower, who coordinates the schedule for the annual Red Kettle drive of the Alpine Service Unit of the Salvation Army, is looking for a few more bell-ringers this holiday season.

They did it again. A television news reporter speaking about the terrible mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, last week said the couple responsible lived in the same house as his mother and “they didn’t know” about the couple’s bomb-making activities.

Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year for many churches.

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Apparently, our idea last week was not all that bad. A national survey taken just after the sixth annual Small Business Saturday last weekend showed more shopping at local, independent businesses than ever before.

Many rural hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open in the face of rising costs.

Continuing with the theme of change I broached a couple of weeks ago, I want to make it clear that while I think change can be healthy and productive, tradition also has a place in civic life.