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Tue
11
Aug
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Royalty

I'd be willing to bet that not two dozen people who regularly read this column have ever heard of Charley Royal. He wasn't "famous" by any stretch of the imagination, but we can't all be celebrities, athletes, tycoons, junk bond kings, politicians or sustainability consultants. Someone has to do our dirty work and that's what Charley did
 
Tue
04
Aug
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Blessing in a Backpack is now OUMC-Loaves and Fishes

The Wednesday Women’s Bible Study class that meets at the Ozona United Methodist Church has offered to take over the Blessing in a Backpack program that Paige Skehan started in the Ozona Elementary School four years ago. The program provides weekend meals for students who may not have regular meals on the weekends. Ozona has a high percentage of elementary age children who fall below the poverty line. That translates into many being at risk for hunger.
 
Tue
04
Aug
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Minding others’ beeswax

By any measure, there’s ample global evidence that humankind is finding ways to “mind others’ beeswax” despite our being on a downhill slide toward abysmal failure to handle our own.
It is, though, a statement worthy of contemplation in a wobbly world-one crying out for a cosmic shift that may date back as far as Paul the Apostle, who wrote letters to the Church at Thessalonica advising adherents how to “do life.”
 
Tue
28
Jul
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Governor says family of dead woman deserves answers

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on July 22 issued a statement regarding the arrest and death of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Illinois resident who had driven to Hempstead in response to a job offer from Prairie View A&M University. On July 10,
Bland was pulled over by a state trooper, arrested and placed in the Waller County jail in Hempstead.
 
Tue
28
Jul
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Congress should reject Iran deal

The pursuit of a nuclear program by Iran is not about energy or weapons; it’s about power. Secretary of State John Kerry should have used the recent missed deadline in the nuclear negotiation between Iran and major world powers as an excuse to walk away. He could have finally heeded the advice and guidance of our partners in the region and dealt with Iran as the belligerent exporter of terrorism that it is.
 
Tue
21
Jul
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West Of The East

Up until a few years ago I spent my professional life crawling all over this country.I've been in all 50 states and although I'm   a biased, born-and-bred Westerner there's much I also like about the East. But I must say, the geography and the people are as different as Al Sharpton and Trevor Brazile.The two regions probably ought to be two separate countries. I'm not lumping the South in with the East because we're all aware of their feuds. On second thought, maybe we ought to be three different countries. Although Easterners and Westernersare of the same genus we are two separate species. The East is skyscrapers and Disneyworld while the West is suburbs and Disneyland. The West has disasters like earthquakes, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and the East has hurricanes, Obama and the Kennedys. Westerners gamble in Las Vegas with their bank's money while their Eastern brethren gamble on Wall Street, and D.C. with your money.    .  

Tue
21
Jul
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The rules of collecting, filing sales tax

You want to open a business. After setting up your companyeither as a sole proprietor, partnership, LLC, etc., you will need to visit the State Comptroller’s Office to find out about your sales tax responsibility. Unfortunately, collecting, calculating, reporting and payingsales tax can be confusing, overwhelming, and sometimes complicated for first time business owners.  Basically, sales tax is the percentage of money a business collects for the government when sellingtaxable items, tangible personal property or taxable services. Of course like in anything, there are exemptions for certain categories  nd organizations. Each state offers its own set of exemptions from sales tax. This is why it is extremely important for small business owners to know the applicable state and local tax rules and which exemptions apply in a particular jurisdiction, product or service.

Tue
14
Jul
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Turn off the cell phone

I am a theatre lover. Whether it is movies or live theatre, I enjoy going somewhere and being entertained. This past week I read an article in the New York Times about Broadway actress Patti LuPone taking a cell phone away from an audience member during a performance.
 

 

Tue
14
Jul
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Finding the perfect work-life balance

As a young professional, I am constantly striving to find the perfect work-life balance. As entrepreneurs and small business owners, you probably face this challenge daily. As you try to balance your duties in the different areas of your life such as work, family, and friends, it can become overwhelming. I try to follow a few basic steps to help me move toward a balanced work-life.
 
Tue
07
Jul
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‘Do as I say, not as I do’

BY WILL HURD
After six months serving as the Representative for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas, I think I have discovered the mantra Washington bureaucrats seems to live by – do as I say, not as I do. If you watch the news at all, you have heard that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was hacked (presumably by a foreign adversary) and that that the personal information of millions of current and previous federal employees was compromised – including my own. .  

 

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