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Tue
03
Apr
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Question to appear on upcoming census stirs opposing viewpoints

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — Ted Cruz of Texas was one of three United States senators who requested that respondents to the 2020 decennial census be asked if they are citizens of the United States.

When Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross responded in the affirmative last week, Cruz said, “I applaud Secretary Ross for honoring this request by my colleagues and me. It is imperative that the data gathered in the census is reliable, given the wide-ranging impacts it will have on U.S. policy. A question on citizenship is a reasonable, commonsense addition to the census.”

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Tue
27
Mar
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That Facebook quiz might be a big data company mining your personal information

By HEATHER MASSEY

In light of the recent revelation that Cambridge Analytica allegedly mined personal information from more than 50 million Facebook users, the Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers that what they share online can be used for illegal or unethical reasons.

Personality quizzes are especially popular these days on social media platforms such as Facebook, and generally seem innocent enough. However, you might be giving away more information about yourself, and even your friends than you thought.

 

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Tue
27
Mar
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The local newspaper makes a difference

By MELISSA PERNER

These past few weeks have been tough on our local community, especially on those in our county government.

The loss of long-time county worker Harold Shaw and the sudden death of County Treasurer Karen Webb has been a blow to our community.

 

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Tue
20
Mar
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Helping Women-Owned Businesses Thrive

By HURD ON THE HILL WILL HURD

 

Women entrepreneurs make up a growing portion of our economy. In fact, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased five times over the last decade. Their presence is all the more evident in our backyard, as Texas is home to more than 890,000 women-owned businesses, the second most in the entire nation. Our great state is also ranked first for the “economic clout” of women-owned businesses, which means that women-owned companies in Texas grow more quickly in volume, in employment and in revenues than those anywhere else.

 

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Tue
20
Mar
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Poco Not So Bueno

By LEE PITTS

 

As we continue to unwind the double DNA helix, more and more genetic diseases like HYPP, GBED, HERDA and PSSM are popping up that can turn a valuable stud into horse meat for Frenchmen. For example, I used to think highly of the Quarter Horse Poco Bueno, but not after he was found to carry the recessive gene for HERDA, a genetic skin disease found in

Quarter Horses. Researchers now think that Poco Bueno's sire line, going all the way back to the legendary foundation sire King, may be responsible for the genetic disorder. In other words, Poco is not so bueno any more. Whereas he used to be referred to in hushed, reverential tones by a pedigree reader at a horse sale, even if he was five generations back in a pedigree, now a reader or auctioneer doesn't dare mention Poco Bueno's name.

 

Tue
13
Mar
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The Bankruptcy Book

By LEE PITTS

We've all heard of Chapter 11 and millions of folks have lived through chapters seven and 13, but where is this bankruptcy book where these chapters come from? From what I can tell, no one has ever read the entire tome. I know when I asked for it at our local library they looked at me like I was a few fries short of a Happy Meal, or one taco short of a combo plate.

Here, for the first time, are some of the missing chapters from The Bankruptcy Book explaining many of the ways you too can go broke:

 

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Tue
13
Mar
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A plan for transferring business ownership

By DAVE ERICKSON

Have you wondered how you would transfer ownership of your business when it is time to retire, or you are forced to retire? Have you wondered what it would be like if one of your business partners died unexpectedly and their spouse would become your new partner? Have you wondered how you would value the business in these cases? It may be time to review your business buyout agreement, commonly called the buy-sell agreement, to see how the above “triggers” are addressed. Don’t have a buy-sell agreement in place? Then now is the time to consider putting one together.

 

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Wed
07
Mar
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Black Or Red?

By LEE PITTS

I learned a long time ago that most people can be divided into one of two camps. My wife taught me that lesson the first time we went grocery shopping together 45 years ago. When we came to the condiment aisle she had a preconceived notion that our mayonnaise needs would best be filled by Best Foods. But I was a Miracle Whip guy. Right there in the store she informed me that Miracle Whip was for poor, homeless, bums while I told her that Best Foods was for rich, overeducated snobs. My taste buds have not been tickled by Miracle Whip since that day.

As with checkers, it's the same with commercial cattlemen, most can be divided into either Black or Red.

 

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Wed
07
Mar
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A Ford in his past

By DON NEWBURY

One thing for sure,” a reader mentioned the other day, “most of your columns are centered on your own ‘back when’ memories.” An easy counter is that just as many pieces are written about their “back when” recollections.

Some of the most poignant accounts are from folks 90 or more years of age. Engage them in conversation, however brief, and they’re apt to flip back memory calendars to the 1930s, when the Great Depression gripped our land.

 

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Tue
27
Feb
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Unsung Heroes

By Will Hurd

February marks Black History Month, an opportunity for all Americans to reflect upon and celebrate the countless contributions of African-Americans to our great nation.

Having spent nine years as an undercover officer in the CIA, I had the opportunity to serve shoulder- to-shoulder with our brave men and women in uniform.

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