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Wed
17
Oct
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Signs Of A Stroke

By LEE PITTS

One of the signs you’re getting old is the AARP and the American Heart Association will send you pamphlets warning about the signs of a heart attack or stroke. Trust me, it’s not junk mail. Nor is it anything to laugh at, although I’m often seen rolling on the floor these days it’s not from laughter but because I fell and can’t get up. Here are some signs I had:

• I can’t remember words. That might not be a problem for a hot house hog janitor but I’m a writer and words are my meal ticket. Sometimes it’s simple words like when I called to my wife, “What’s that color that’s real dark?”

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Wed
17
Oct
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Texas’ economy depends on ‘educational climate change’

By KIM ALEXANDER

Today’s Texas economy is doing great—and education, well, not so much. In 2017, the economy of Texas was the second-largest in the U.S. and ranked first for current economic climate thanks to strong employment.

Strong economies—from the rolling plains to the high-rises—depend on a qualified workforce.

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Tue
09
Oct
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Delivering real results back home

BY WILL HURD

As your Representative, my bosses are each of you, the nearly 800,000 people I represent across the 23rd District of Texas. That’s why whenever I’m not voting in Congress, I’m back home crisscrossing the 29 counties of TX-23 and meeting with as many folks as I can. Whether it’s hosting a public meeting, speaking with community leaders or dropping in to a local business to visit with the owner and his or her customers, I am often in multiple towns over a weekend before flying back to our nation’s capital at the beginning of the week.

This regular face to face communication has also resulted in the successful completion of casework for almost 3,000 constituents who have come to my office needing help with federal agencies like Social Security and the VA.

 

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Tue
09
Oct
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Community newspapers are needed more than ever

By MELISSA PERNER

As we celebrate National Newspaper week, I was reminded recently how newspapers are more than just what’s going on in our community today.

Last week, I received a phone call from a woman who was desperately searching for information about a car accident that occurred outside our little town in 1959.

 

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Tue
02
Oct
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Texas politics can change plenty in 2018 without a blue wave

BY ROSS RAMSEY

In politics, purple is often the first sign that a state or a district is swinging from one party to the other — from blue to red, or red to blue. Perhaps — and there’s not really a way to know for sure until Nov. 6 — Texas is still a red, red Republican state. But one way to explain all these weird polls is to say this red state is developing some purple splotches.

How else would you have a close Senate race and a blowout in the race for governor? Assuming almost every poll is right, that’s the situation with, on one hand, Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, and, on the other hand, Greg Abbott and Lupe Valdez.

 

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Tue
02
Oct
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Scam alert: Users falling for phony offers on Instagram

BY HEATHER MASSEY

If you are active on Instagram, watch out for this newly popular con. Phony companies are reaching out to users and offering them perks in exchange for posting product pictures. In the end, though, these “brand ambassadors” just end up losing money.

The scam starts when a “company” contacts you through your social media account or blog. They want to know if you would be interested in becoming a “brand ambassador.” It sounds like a great gig as all you need to do is post photos of yourself using their product. In exchange, the company will give you a commission, send free products and provide exposure for your account.

 

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Tue
25
Sep
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Turning time into a tool for success

By ALEJANDRO CATANON

Most small business owners are told to invest as much of their time into their business as possible. There are even stories of business owners that burn the midnight oil the first few years in business. These stories illustrate a core problem in the small business world, and that problem isn’t work ethic it’s time management.

However, not all businesses are equal when it comes to how we dedicate our time. Therefore most of us must take careful consideration when planning. There is, however, a way to alleviate the pressure of time on us as business owners. The best tool you can use is a well thought out and executed plan.

 

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Tue
25
Sep
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Everybody Looks Better In A Cowboy Hat

By LEE PITTS

When I taught myself how to engrave silver conchas I practiced on coins. Most of it was foreign coinage but occasionally I’d practice on U.S. coins. And yes, it’s legal as long as a person doesn’t try to defraud anyone. Turning nickels into quarters would be a good example. This is why little kids who squish pennies on railroad tracks aren’t arrested and thrown in the slammer.

Back when homeless people were called “hobos” some tramps used nails to engrave on buffalo nickels and produced remarkable art they’d then trade for a meal. Today such coins are called “hobo nickels” and they can be quite beautiful and very valuable.

 

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Tue
18
Sep
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Support Animal Agriculture Disease Preparedness in the 2018 Farm Bill

By CATTLEMAN'S COLUMN

Today’s lesson is about poisonous plants, dangerous delectables and fatal feedstuffs. I’m talking nightshade, lupine, milkweed, and the poison used to kill Socrates: hemlock. Water hemlock is said to look a lot like parsnips and a human can die in half an hour just by licking the blade of the knife used to cut a hemlock root. That’s why I avoid all feedstuffs that look like vegetables! Some plants are poisonous only in huge doses. A 500 pound calf would have to eat one and a half pounds of cocklebur seed to die.The Farm Bill authorizes many programs designed to support farmers and ranchers, but one new provision deserves special attention from lawmakers: the creation of a foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccine bank.

Tue
18
Sep
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Name Your Poison

By LEE PITTS

Today’s lesson is about poisonous plants, dangerous delectables and fatal feedstuffs. I’m talking nightshade, lupine, milkweed, and the poison used to kill Socrates: hemlock. Water hemlock is said to look a lot like parsnips and a human can die in half an hour just by licking the blade of the knife used to cut a hemlock root. That’s why I avoid all feedstuffs that look like vegetables!

Some plants are poisonous only in huge doses. A 500 pound calf would have to eat one and a half pounds of cocklebur seed to die.

 

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