Columns/Opinions

Tue
16
Jan
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Ladycrats and Republimans

By LEE PITTS

World War III isn't going to be between the United States and Russia or the Mideast, it's going to be between men and women. And it won't be fought with guns and bombs because women are too smart for that. Instead they'll try to starve us to death because they know that although men can feed 300 hundred cows or 50,000 steers every day, we can't even fix our own lunch.

The biggest battles will be fought in Congress and courtrooms, boardrooms and bedrooms and the only political parties will be the Ladycrats and the Republimans. The first volley in this war was fired by Michelle Obama at a Chicago battlefield where she called men "self-righteous" and "entitled." She also said men are babied and women have to protect them.

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Tue
16
Jan
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Livestock haulers need more clarity on electronic logging

By TIM PENNELL

It seems like everything having to do with information is going electronic. For the most part, that’s a good thing, but when it comes to hauling a load of cattle, allowing commercial livestock haulers to keep a record of their hours in a paper logbook — instead of by an electronic logging device (ELD) attached to their truck engine — may tell a more accurate story of actual driving time, and may allow the drivers to keep animal welfare as much of a priority as their own well-being and the safety of other drivers.

In 2012, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act became law, requiring the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create and enforce an electronic logging device rule. As of last year, all motor carriers and drivers who are required to keep paper records must have installed an ELD in their trucks.

Tue
09
Jan
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Targeted email campaigns make for happy customers

By DEZARAY JOHNSON

Email was invented in 1971 and its use has continued to grow year after year since. So let's discuss some ways to utilize email as a source of delivering targeted content to your customers.

A whitepaper published by WhatCounts states that the return on investment is $38 for every $1 spent, depending on the industry, but still very impressive. The average employee checks their email 74x per day. About 225 billion email messages are sent each day.

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Tue
09
Jan
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Creating 21st Century solutions to our digital challenges

By WILL HURD

No one wants to hear about another hack.

As our society becomes more and more reliant on constantly emerging technologies from smart phones to smart cities, we have not been able to keep our digital information secure while harnessing these innovations.

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Tue
02
Jan
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Fastidious Farming

By LEE PITTS

Farm wives will like this bit of news that farming may soon go dirtless, at least according to a company called Indoor Farms of America. There will be no more dirty clothes to wash or messes to clean up when your hubby forgets to leave his mud in the mudroom. Indoor Farms of America has just built the first 100% solar powered vertical aeroponic indoor farm in the world. Talk about "no-till" farming, this news should have John Deere shaking in its shorts.

Tue
02
Jan
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Texas waits for Senate agreement on disaster aid funding

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 21 released a statement applauding the U.S. House of Representatives’ preliminary passage of $81 billion in disaster aid to Texas, several other states and Puerto Rico.

Abbott called the House’s 251-169 vote in favor of the aid package “a step in the right direction” but added that “more needs to be done to ensure the funds Congress provides address the critical needs Texans are enduring from the largest natural disaster in our state’s history. We look forward to working with the Senate to improve the disaster funding to ensure it addresses the acute needs of Texans.”

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Tue
26
Dec
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The Best Present Ever

By LEE PITTS

Like the coming of winter he arrives every year about this time. Much the same as the shopping mall Santa, the Donkey Man is a seasonal ornament. And quite a colorful one too. The Donkey Man makes himself at home at the city limits and puts up a crudely lettered sign that reads simply "Donkey Rides." Whereas many of the bashful young kids are afraid to have their picture taken on the knee of the shopping mall Santa, they are a little more willing to have their picture taken on the back of one of the Donkey Man's burros.

This year instead of the usual four burros the Donkey Man brought with him 85 little donkeys, although 81 of them were plastic and ceramic miniature versions that came in all shapes and sizes. But I'll let the Donkey Man tell you about his newest menagerie.

 

Tue
26
Dec
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Providing the Gold Standard

By HURD ON THE HILL

Tue
19
Dec
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The Duke And I

By LEE PITTS

I received tons of feedback to the column I wrote about meeting celebrity animal stars like Jet Deck, Peppy San Badger, Bertha the Elephant, Poco Bueno and Borden's Elsie the Cow.

Okay, so I only received one letter in response, but it was a long one. In that missive the writer wanted to know what famous people I'd met and if I considered myself a "celebrity".

 

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Tue
19
Dec
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The services of the ASU Small Business Development Center

By DAVE ERICKSON

The Angelo State University - Small Business Development Center (SBDC) celebrates its 27th year of service to San Angelo and the 10 county area of the Concho Valley. Thousands of small businesses in the Concho Valley have benefited from our business advising and training services.

We believe the economic progress and health of our area could not have been accomplished without the dedication, drive, and determination of our small businesses and the people that own and manage them. We are always humbled by their tenacity and willingness to take risks to make their dreams happen. We applaud their accomplishments and feel honored to serve them.

 

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