Columns/Opinions

Tips for staying safe from scam calls

Body
The steady rise of scam calls throughout the country has led to financial losses and identify theft among consumers. According to data from the 2019 BBB Scam Tracker Risk Report and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), scammers used phone calls to target individuals more than any other method of contact. While most individuals disregarded these calls, those who fell victim lost an average of $1,000. In 2020, BBB Scam Tracker received more than 2,000 reports of scam calls from Texans, who lost an average of over $6,000.

Biden’s first move strikes at the heart of American energy

Body
President Biden is set to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline as one of his first acts in office. He will do so with an executive order, signaling both his intent to bypass Congress and cripple America’s energy industry. Energy security is national security, and I adamantly oppose this action.

Weights And Measures

Body
I’m ashamed to admit that I was once an arbitrageur. Sounds likes a French doorman at Arby’s doesn’t it? An arbitrage trader is someone who takes advantage of the difference between two markets in bonds, stocks and commodities.

Rural Texas prepares for the Legislative Session

Body
As 2021 gets underway, so too will the 87th Texas Legislative Session, and this one promises to be unlike any other in recent history. The coronavirus threat will loom large, dramatically changing both the topics considered by lawmakers and the process by which they do so. Legislators will likely spend much of the 140-day session working on public health issues directly related to COVID-19, but the virus will also shape other issues, including the state’s budget. The Texas Constitution requires that the legislature pass a balanced budget, and with coronavirus-related shortfalls in tax revenue projected, it will not be an easy task. Lawmakers will not only have to spend a lot of time on the budget itself, but spending will be limited to the most essential services. Any bill that requires new spending will face an uphill battle, and advocates like the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will need to be on constant guard for cuts to programs and services essential to cattle producers and rural Texans.

Make government boring again

Body
The Texas Legislature is back, and on their opening day Tuesday, state lawmakers gave you no reason to stop what you’re doing and pay attention. That’s almost a headline in itself.

Small businesses need to have resilience in 2021

Body
We have completed one more revolution around the sun and what a journey it has been! We have seen controversy after controversy, faced a pandemic, and other events that have made 2020 a year like no other. We go into 2021 without having resolved many of the issues of the prior year. We still face all the health concerns of the pandemic, even with a vaccine being distributed and administered. Additionally, small businesses continue to struggle, especially the traditional brick and mortar stores that rely on customers coming to them.

Healing our land

Body
When I was growing up, I was taught the United States was the greatest country in the world. I still think that, but last week’s events made me sad to be an American.