Columns/Opinions

Tue
07
Aug
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Texas landowners subsidize pipelines and powerlines

There is no question, pipeline and transmission line projects are necessary to supply our rapidly growing state. The electric transmission capacity ensures our lights stay on and our homes stay cool during the hottest months of the year. Pipelines carrying oil and gas supply our fuel and a wide array of petroleum-based products, helping feed a booming

Texas economy. There is, however, a darker side to this pipeline and transmission line development. Every year more Texas landowners find themselves in the path of pipeline and transmission line projects. Most of these companies have the power of eminent domain and can condemn by force the land they want. They are common carriers, meaning their pipeline or transmission lines are available for use by other companies, even though they profit from the projects. Unfortunately, landowners facing the threat of eminent domain stand little chance of being treated justly or being paid a fair price for what is taken from them.

Wed
01
Aug
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Taking advantage of Amazon’s weakest link

By Alejandro Castañon

Wed
01
Aug
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Texas energy drives global progress

By Will Hurd

Working hard to support our nation’s energy sector is a way of life for Texans. We have consistently been the largest crude oilproducing state, and last year, were responsible for over one-third of all U.S. crude oil production. From the Permian Basin to the Eagle Ford Shale, our state’s booming energy sector puts food on our tables, supports Texas families and keeps our economy strong. But energy production in our backyard is also proving to have broad impacts across the globe and Texas energy is now a viable tool in U.S. foreign policy.

Tue
24
Jul
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Texas Beef Checkoff brings great opportunities and great responsibilities

BY AUSTIN BROWN III

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.,” wrote Luke in chapter 12 of his book in the King James Bible.

My family and I have been given much in our ranching life. It has been our privilege and pleasure to give back to the ranching community. Serving on the Texas Beef Council (TBC) and on the Beef Promotion and Research Council of Texas (BPRCT) are among those privileges.

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Tue
24
Jul
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Texas Democratic candidates find friendly donors in hostile congressional districts

BY ROSS RAMSEY

Democratic challengers outraised Republican congressional incumbents in seven races in Texas during the second quarter of the year. But in most of those races — including the statewide contest for U.S. Senate — recent election history favors the Republicans. Sometimes, it favors them by a wide margin.

Money helps. A challenger to an incumbent has to become known to voters to have a chance, and some sort of advertising — door hangers, radio and TV advertising, social media ads — is a big part of that.

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Tue
17
Jul
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Seven questions to ask in a borrowing situation

By DAVE ERICKSON

In his books Borrowing for Your Business, and Borrowing to Build Your Business, former banker George M. Dawson discussed seven questions typically asked in any borrowing situation. I believe these seven questions can help any business borrower better understand how lenders evaluate their loan proposal. Below is a discussion of the seven questions.

First, how much money do you want? Some borrowers fail to determine how much they really need. Lenders want to know the borrower has taken the time to pin this down as accurately as they can. Remember to allow for contingencies, as the unexpected may happen. It is important to borrow enough to avoid going back to the lender asking for more right away. Borrowing too little may just be enough to get you in trouble. Preparing accurate cash flow projections with assumptions will show you how much you will need to borrow.

 

Tue
17
Jul
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Preventing the Summer Slide

By WILL HURD

When I was in grade school, at least one teacher always had a sign in the classroom that said “reading is fundamental.” This is as true now as it was then. Learning how to read is a fundamental skill that can determine the course of one’s life. But you don’t have to take my word for it – the statistics speak for themselves.

According to the Children’s Literacy Foundation, students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely than proficient readers to drop out of high school. As you might imagine, those at the lowest literacy levels have a higher rate of unemployment and earn lower wages than average. In addition, a staggering 75 percent of state prison inmates did not complete high school or can be classified as low literate. Beyond the obvious social devastation, low literacy costs the U.S. at least $225 billion every single year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.

 

Fri
13
Jul

I believe in newspapers

Sitting in the corner of the room I frantically type as Dr. David Walker, from Christoval ISD, talks about his district’s gun policy. Walker is speaking fast with his thick, East Texas accent, and I don’t want to miss anything. 
As I look around the room, I’m surprised there are not more people in attendance. Those that are there are employees of the district and another group that is on the agenda to give another presentation. 
No other members of the public are here to listen about a topic, conceal carry gun policy in our schools, which has been debated and discussed heavily throughout the state and nation. 
So once again I sit in another school board meeting, representing my newspaper and my community as I report about what is happening in our school district. News that you will not find on Facebook, only in this newspaper. 

Tue
10
Jul
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Work to reform Texas’ Eminent Domain Laws continues

By ROBERT MCKNIGHT JR

If you supported Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s (TSCRA) work to reform Texas’ eminent domain laws in the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature, then you will be pleased to know that our work continues.

Our association, with your help and support, will not give up on our efforts to change eminent domain laws that are unfair to landowners.

Richard Thorpe, our immediate past president, passionately led our reform efforts during the 2017 session. I was privileged to work alongside him and attended many of the same meetings and briefings and suffered the same bitter disappointment when our efforts were not successful.

 

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Tue
10
Jul
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Don’t Be These People

By LEE PITTS

I’ve been in some form of the auction business for 45 years and have viewed auctions from all perspectives, from buyer, consignor, ring man, auctioneer, clerk, sale manager, etc. So I speak from some experience when I say there are some folks we’d just as soon NOT show up at an auction. Please, don’t be any of these people:

#10- The Wannabe- These are young men fresh from auctioneer school who want to help by waving their arms and pointing out bidders for the professional ring men and auctioneers who don’t really need their help, thank you very much. There’s one at every auction and you can spot them because they’re always overdressed in a tie and sports coat and they are just waiting in case the real auctioneer has a heart attack and they’d be called upon to finish the sale. In 45 years I’ve never seen it happen.

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