Columns/Opinions

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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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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