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Tue
05
Dec
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Unleashing innovation

By WILL HURD

Imagine the following hypothetical scenario: you could buy either one of the first cell phone models (the one that could basically double as a brick) for one price or the latest smartphone for a cheaper price. Which would you buy? In too many instances, our federal government has been systematically choosing the equivalent of the first option: to spend more money on outdated, unreliable products instead of the cheaper, more advanced options.

The American people send a lot of money up to Washington each year, and it is outrageous that the federal government wastes billions of these hard-earned dollars each year maintaining IT systems that aren’t just outdated, but also leave our digital information – from employee records to government intelligence – susceptible to cyberattacks.

 

Tue
05
Dec
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Why Didn't I Think Of That?

By LEE PITTS

There have been a few inventions in the cattle business that made me say to myself, "Self, you big dummy, why didn't you invent that?"I knew immediately that a gun you could shoot to vaccinate your cattle would be a winner. Now when you're a little slow on the headgate and a crazy cow charges through, escaping the needle, instead of retrieving the witch on horseback all you do is load your gun or crossbow and shoot her, making sure it's the vet gun and not the 30-30.

Another appealing invention is the Safety Zone Calf Catcher you attach to your ATV to catch a calf and then process it safely while the mother looks. I just don't think it would work on any ranch I've ever leased because they were so rocky and steep you couldn't climb them with an ATV. So I'm appealing to the inventor to make a mini-safety-corral you can attach to a horse.

 

Tue
28
Nov
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Hurricane recovery continues with extension of disaster declaration

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Nov. 20 extended the disaster declaration for counties affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Some 60 counties are included and they will continue to be eligible for assistance as they recover and rebuild.

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Tue
28
Nov
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Family emergency scam making rounds in Ozona

By HEATHER MASSEY

Family emergency scams are making the rounds in Ozona. Someone with a Pennsylvania phone number is claiming to be a nephew in jail and needs $3,000.

These types of scams prey on someone’s willingness to help friends and family in need. Scammers impersonate their targets’ loved ones, make up an urgent situation and plead for help - and money.

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Tue
21
Nov
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Playing The Costco Game

By LEE PITTS

In the 1980's my friend John Coote took me to a store in the Pacific northwest he thought had a big future. From the minute I walked in the door I was shocked that a bunch of suckers, I mean shoppers, were paying a not-so-insignificant membership fee just for the opportunity to hand over bigger wads of money at the cash register. I swore I'd never be that stupid!

If only I'd have bought stock in the company that day! You've probably guessed the store was Costco and like those other suckers, I joined up the first chance I got when they moved to a neighboring town.

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Tue
21
Nov
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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday shopping tips

By HEATHER MASSEY

Thanksgiving is almost here, and many holiday shoppers will head out the door (or to their computer) for the biggest shopping weekend of the year.

For those shopping at a brick-and-mortar store, Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas has this advice to help you make the most of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday:

1. Do price comparisons, examine the fine print and research companies and products before opening your wallet.

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Tue
14
Nov
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Being the best in class, even as one

By JAMES LEAVELLE

My daughter is in a high school marching band and every year they compete in UIL competition. They also compete in smaller festivals and contests in preparation for the UIL contests. They will compete against other schools in their same class (6A) for recognition and awards. These smaller events are important because they offer the opportunity to perform their routine in a contest environment before they do it for the UIL contest. The problem is that for some of these smaller non-UIL contests, we may be the only 6A band that shows and participates. So, it’s a given on winning the Best in Class award when there is no competition. It can make it hard to know how good you are with nothing else to compare to and can lead to a false sense of security.
I have teased my daughter

Tue
14
Nov
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The gun debate lets government off the hook after every mass shooting

By ROSS RAMSEY

It has to be frustrating to high public officials to witness recurrent and urgent public health crises and have little more than condolence to offer the victims. Over and again, they scramble to crime scenes where deranged people with guns have proven far too nimble for the law enforcement and mental health systems.

It’s a problem government hasn’t been able to solve.

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Wed
08
Nov
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Visiting Dignitaries

BY LEE PITTS

Like chuck-line riding cowboys of yesteryear, they go from ranch to ranch, carrying the news and performing a job no one else wants, let alone can do. Other than a few cowboy poets and purebred bull auctioneers, they are the only celebrities we have in the cow business. These VIP's rank above truck drivers, hay balers, farm advisors, and bankers in status and these coveralled celebrities play a leading role at every ranch, feedlot or auction market in the country. Of course, I'm referring to large animal veterinarians who keep our animals healthy and us informed.

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Wed
08
Nov
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Cattle raisers can find points of interest in tax reform framework

BY ARTHUR G. UHL III

President Donald Trump has been working to boost the U.S. economy and bring jobs back to this country since his election in November 2016. Since taking office in January 2017, he has attempted to fund federal tax reform with dollars freed up from the repeal of Obamacare and with taxes on imported business inputs.

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