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Wed
16
Jan
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Turning around a slow January, start fresh and new

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By ALEJANDRO CATAÑON

BUSINESS TIPS

Most businesses are coming off a busy final quarter (October – December). Everyone in the retail and service industry can agree that the last three months of every year are typically good for business.

Customers are out shopping and eating/drinking with family and friends. It’s a festive time and one that businesses capitalize on.

However, unless your business is in the health industry (helping people achieve their new year’s resolution) January tends to be one of the slowest months of the year.

 

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Wed
16
Jan
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How To Live A Long Time

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By LEE PITTS

IT’S THE PITTS

As a child I was ALWAYS taught to respect my elders but now days it’s getting harder and harder to find one. One of those I respected immensely was Chuck Irwin who just passed away at the age of

94. If his name sounds familiar it’s probably because he was one of the best bit and spur makers in the country. Cowboys loved his silver works of art and horses even more so. Chuck was at a show three days before he died, still taking orders. That night he went out to eat, tripped over a curb and fell. He grimaced, cowboyed up, ate a steak and drank some whiskey before some friends convinced him to go to a hospital. Three days later Chuck checked out of this orbiting nut house and the world is a lesser place.

Wed
09
Jan
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Be Nice

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By LEE PITTS

IT’S THE PITTS

People the world over use their fingers to communicate; mostly in rude ways. Hip teenagers and Italians couldn’t communicate if they had to wear mittens or a catcher’s glove. The problem is this “finger talk” is not universal the world over. In America the “okay” sign means everything is hunky dory, while in Germany, Russia and Brazil it’s on par with giving someone the finger. In Japan it means that you want change, preferably in coin, and in France it means that you are worthless and quite possibly a drunk. And that’s definitely not “okay!”

Wed
09
Jan
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Telling the story of trade’s effect on real ranchers

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By KELLEY SULLIVAN

CATTLEMAN'S COLUMN

In November, I was privileged to represent cattle producers at the U.S. International Trade Commission’s hearing on the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), also known as NAFTA 2.0.

The commissioners rarely get to hear from people who are actually affected by the trade agreements they negotiate with other countries. This was an opportunity to help them understand how their decisions could benefit or work to the detriment of a boots-on-theground business.

We are fortunate in Texas and the Southwest to enjoy a robust beef and cattle trade relationship with Mexico. At Santa Rosa Ranch, we frequently conduct business with our Mexican partners, selling live cattle and genetics. I know the other segments of beef production rely heavily on trade with Mexico to import cattle and export beef products.

 

Wed
02
Jan
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Cows Aren’t Cute

By LEE PITTS

I love cattle. Always have, but it’s not the same love I have for the dog or the horse. Cows are not cuddly, if you know what I mean?

What caused me to think deeply about this most important relationship of all, love, was the neighbor’s new puppy, Chrissie.

For some reason Chrissie seems to like me, as hard as that may be for some folks to believe. I’ll admit I can be a surly curmudgeon at times but I’ve always felt that any dog that doesn’t love me has a personality disorder. As the deceased writer Lewis Grizzard used to say, “Good dogs don’t love bad people.”

 

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Wed
02
Jan
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Looking ahead to session

By PETER FLORES

My name is Peter P. Flores and I am your newly elected Texas State Senator for District 19. In the case you haven’t heard, I was elected in a special election earlier this fall and I’m excited to represent you in the upcoming Texas legislative session beginning on Jan. 8.

We only meet for 140 days every other year – that means we have a lot to do and a short time to do it.

It is a distinct honor to serve as your Texas Senator. Public service is a part of my DNA: after attending Laredo Junior College then graduating from Texas A&M University, I was admitted to the Game Warden Academy.

 

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Wed
19
Dec
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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: The Ozona Stockman takes pleasure in publishing one of the most famous editorials written in newspaper history, and probably the most famous Santa letter ever written. It was published in 1897 by the New York Sun on their editorial page. The answer was written by Francis P. Church. For more letters to Santa, see our special Santa Letters section.

Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897 We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

 

 

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Wed
19
Dec
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The spirit of the season: kindness, civility and cooperation for the New Year

HURD ON THE HILL

There is a spirit of joy and giving in the air this time of year that goes unmatched, no matter the occasion celebrated. From getting together with family and loved ones to giving back to those in need, the holidays bring out the best in each of us and our nation as a whole. As this season continues, I encourage everyone to take time to reflect on this spirit of the season and carry a perspective of kindness, civility and cooperation into the New Year.

Wed
12
Dec
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Profit Mastery workshop coming up in January

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BUSINESS TIPS

By DAVE ERICKSON

I remember meeting with a local small business owner who was frustrated with the level of knowledge key employees had on what drives profits and cash flow.

Key employees would advocate for more and more inventory, just in case it was needed. The owners knew that each piece of inventory had a high cost and the extra inventory would sit on the shelf tying up cash and eating up profits in carrying costs, “just in case.” These same employees would fail to charge customers for work performed because it did not “feel right” to charge for all of their time, even though most customers were in an industry making record profits. Finally, the employees would routinely discount jobs and parts because they wanted to “take care of the customer” without regard to the affect this would have on the business in terms of profitability and cash flow.

Wed
05
Dec
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Long Gone

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By LEE PITTS

You’ve worked, scrimped and saved to put together a ranch for your children only to learn that your kids want no part of the ranching lifestyle. This has created a shortage of slave labor on ranches that could lead to the decline of western civilization. So I’ve developed a little test to determine early on if your children want to come back home to the ranch or move to New York and become a ballet dancer. Please answer “yes” or “no” to the following questions.

(1) Does your son or daughter refuse to wear a cowboy hat and does he or she have a nose ring, tongue stud and a colorful collection of tattoos?

(2) Would you say your child prefers the music of Kanye, Jay-Z, Notorious Mr. Big, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes over that of Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood?

 

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