Columns/Opinions

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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Tue
31
Oct
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Proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot

By ANDREW MURR

On Nov. 7, 2017, Texans have the ability to shape the Texas Constitution by voting on seven proposed amendments.

Early voting is already underway, and runs from Oct. 23, 2017 through Nov. 3, 2017.

Below is a summary of the topic of each proposed measure.

I encourage you to spend time beforehand reviewing any additional details to these amendments so that you can make educated, informed decisions at the polls.

 

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Tue
31
Oct
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Deliver us from evil

By LEE PITTS

Did you see where Amazon, the fourth most valuable company in the world, bought Whole Foods? This has the trillion dollar grocery industry all atwitter and even has Wal Mart shakin' in its shorts. So much so that it came up with the idea of delivering the groceries you order online right to your refrigerator. This is the kind of idea that gets hatched in long meetings around big tables by dudes in low shoes whose phones are smarter than they are.

Wal Mart says the groceries will be delivered by a company called Deliv but I'd worry about any company that can't even spell Deliver. Supposedly the drivers will have a one-time access code into your home to stock your shelves and you can watch the delivery on your phone from anywhere on the globe. I assume that would include watching your housepest take a bio break.

Tue
24
Oct
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Portal enables donors to help Harvey-stricken schools

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Texas Education Commissioner Morath on Oct. 17 announced that school systems needing instructional materials — either because of enrollment of students displaced by Hurricane Harvey or from property damage caused by the hurricane — can create an online list for donors to access.

Potential donors can find the lists through the Texas Education Agency’s Instructional Materials Assistance web page: https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Hurricane_Harvey_Instructional_Materials....

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Tue
24
Oct
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What's left of us

BY LEE PITTS

Just as America is doing, the cattle industry is separating itself into two classes: the HAVES and HAVE-NOTS. According to the USDA, 57 percent of American ranchers have less than 20 cows and the average herd is only 42 head. But it's the ranches with over 500 cows that produce most of our beef. Going all the way back to the Johnson County Wars, the beef cattle business always has been about the BIG against the small; the HAVES versus the HAVE-NOTS.

HAVE lives in a house that's been in the family for five generations; HAVE-NOT lives in a double wide. HAVE-NOT pulls an antique two horse trailer behind a 1982 two door Chevy. HAVE loads his $10,000 Quarter Horse into 24 foot Goosenecks® pulled by a 2014 Ford F350. HAVE-NOT'S remuda consists of a 25 year old kid's horse or a young and crazy BLM adoptee

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