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Wed
14
Aug
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Infamous Vegetarians

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I’m getting sick and tired of vegans and vegetarians bragging about all the famous people down through history who were vegetarians for at least part of their lives. I’ll admit it’s a pretty impressive list: Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, George Bernard Shaw, Steve Jobs, Paul McCartney, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame, Martina Navaratilova and Leonardo de Vinci.

 

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Wed
14
Aug
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How businesses can hit their target market

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Business Tips

For any new business it is imperative that they understand their target market and that they know who their target market is. For some business and industries, this is easily determined. For others, it is more difficult.

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Wed
14
Aug
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Keeping clinic after hours was the right decision

Editorial

The idea of living in a community without being able to go to the local clinic, at any time, was a thought many local residents feared for the last few weeks.

Last week, Crockett County citizens breathed a sigh of relief with the Crockett County Commissioners’ Court and the Crockett County Care Center, Health and Emergency Services Board approved keeping the Family Health Center of Ozona running as is, and increasing the county supplement from $500,000 to $1.2 million at the request of Shannon Medical Center.

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Wed
07
Aug
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The Lock Mess Monster

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it’s the pitts

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who prefer combination locks and those who like locks with keys. Combo people are generally early adopters of technology, good in math, boring, generous, precise people with good memories. While “keyed” people are more mechanical, cheap, poor in math skills but very creative. They also can’t remember what they had for lunch yesterday. I happen to be a key person.

Wed
07
Aug
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The El Paso shooting horrifies lawmakers, so do the solutions

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State Analysis

Add my hometown of El Paso to the list that, in Texas alone, includes Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe — places where people were shot where they went to pray, shop and go to school.

I can’t think of another situation where we would not do something together about wolves roving among us.

This has been going on long enough for what seems like every American to have a local version, and new locations — Hello, Dayton — are added quickly. The wolves are everywhere, as much a seemingly accepted part of modern life as automobile deaths and opioid overdoses — dangers with solutions apparently beyond the political skills of the people we elect to office. Running for office seems to erase reason from the smart and capable characters we send to places like Austin and to Washington, D.C. They forget about the wolves.

 

 

Wed
31
Jul
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Paxton lauds ruling against preclearance for redistricting maps

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STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded a federal court ruling allowing the state to proceed with redistricting legislation without asking the federal government’s permission.

The July 24 ruling by a three-judge federal court rejected plaintiffs’ petition to require the state to obtain permission from the U.S. Department of Justice or a federal court before redistricting legislation could take effect.

 

 

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Wed
31
Jul
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Sticker Shock

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IT’S THE PITTS

If I appear to be walking a little funny lately it’s because it’s sticker season. It’s that time of year when all the foxtails dry out and attempt to attach themselves permanently to my clothing.

This time of year I find those seedy little thorns everywhere; in my boots, my socks, in between the sheets of my bed and all over the floor of my house. But they seem to have a particular affinity for my undergarments, like my socks and my underwear. Most people think I have a pained expression on my face this time of year because of the dry weather or the seasonal dip in the cattle market, but actually it’s because I am constantly being stuck in a sensitive place by a stiletto-like-sticker. And these burrs are starting to really get under my skin.

 

 

Wed
31
Jul
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Stopping drug cartels and human smugglers

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There’s no question that our South and West Texas communities are bearing the brunt of the immigration crisis. When crisscrossing the 23rd District of Texas I consistently hear that folks I represent are concerned about the influx of migrants and subsequent releases by the Customs and Border Protection.

It doesn’t help that while the hardworking men and women of our Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health and Human Services and others on the front lines of the border crisis are working overtime to do their jobs, dangerous drug cartels and human smugglers are benefiting from the crisis. They operate vast networks that transcend our nation, Mexico and Central America and bring in $29 billion each year – more than Starbucks ($24.71 billion) and McDonalds ($22.9 billion). All while innocent lives suffer.

 

Wed
31
Jul
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Tips on surviving back-to-school season

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It’s officially back-to-school season, and if you or your child are headed back, it may be an overwhelming time. The National Retail Federation predicts an average of $696.70 will be spent by families with students in elementary through high school, and an average of $976.78 spent by families with college students. Both amounts are higher than last year’s averages.

In addition to financial stress, parents also worry about protecting their children’s safety. Children and young adults often are targets of identity theft, as they have no credit history or questionable past banking transactions. If their identity is stolen, it may not be discovered for years.

 

 

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Wed
24
Jul
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Sea World with toddlers in July

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This past weekend, the Perner Tribe of four took our first vacation to an amusement park.

It was a first for Paul and I with children and a first for both our kids.

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