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Tue
28
Jan
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Small business specialist certified for food industry

The food industry tends to be pretty popular for many entrepreneurs when they decide to open a business. Unfortunately for business owners, the food industry is one of the most regulated industries to start a business. The Texas Department of State Health Services has to keep standards of operation no matter the size, location, expertise or food items. Owning a mobile business 
 
Tue
28
Jan
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A thank you to community newspapers

Thank you for missing dinner two nights recently because you were attending a county commission or school board meeting. You were there so you could inform thousands of readers who didn't want to be bothered. Or maybe you were at a Relay for Life meeting where, in addition to reporting on all those volunteers, you probably also coordinated your own volunteer team. Thank you for contributing to the fabric of your community. 
 
Tue
21
Jan
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When it comes to 'natural,' pay attention

Since I write on agriculture and food policy, I’m in a position to see a lot of nonsense that rolls down the road disguised as fact. It is both sad and amusing to see how the word “natural” is used by people who have no idea what it means. Then, there are those who know exactly what it means  and mislead you—on purpose.No day passes that someone does not encourage me to influence  food choices that are more “natural.” 
 
Tue
21
Jan
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Faults Alarm

As an admirer of old bits and spurs I bought a fancy catalog for an estate auction of a very rich man who was a collector of collections. The sale featured his fine art, furniture, cars, Indian blankets, saddles, silverware, dishes, bits, spurs and a host of other items. As a potential bidder I had to pay $20 just to get the catalog. Can you imagine if a bull breeder tried to charge a potential customer for his or her sale catalog? No one would show up for the sale, and if they did I’m quite sure that such a greedy person might also charge for the traditionally-free lunch 
 
Tue
14
Jan
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Congressman Pete Gallego’s Resolutions for 2014

A New Year. Those same resolutions we made last year and didn't keep come back with a vengeance. That's usually how it goes. This year, while I'm a year older, I also feel a year wiser. In truth, some of my resolutions this year actually are the same or similar to last year's. For example, last year, I was about to start my first year in Congress.
 
Tue
14
Jan
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Civility: Let’s try that free speech option in 2014 in public life

T he First Amendment protects our freedom to say and write just about anything we want — but that doesn’t mean we ought to, particularly in public life. The difference rests between “can” and “should.” Our nation’s founders
were no strangers to rude, callous and raucous debate in public life and to vicious commentary, even by today’s “anything goes” online standards. 
 
Tue
07
Jan
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Now it the time for businesses to develop new year plans

Most small businesses have their fiscal year run concurrent to the calendar year. As such, and as we approach the end of the calendar year, now is a good time to begin evaluating a number of business related functions that aren’t usually thought of during the year 
 
Tue
07
Jan
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Fearless ag predictions for 2014

The clock’s ticking on 2013 and you can argue that’s it’s been a fairly good year for Texas agriculture and Texas Farm Bureau. Sure we could use some more rain. This drought is far from over, but parts of Texas are soggy right now. Proposition 6 passed, through the support of agriculture and Farm Bureau, and we’re stepping right along in meeting Texas’ water needs for the next 50 years. And organization- wise, Texas Farm Bureau achieved a half
million families in membership.  
 
Mon
30
Dec
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A Bone To Pick

AUSTIN — Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on Dec. 20 delivered charges for the Senate Committee on Health & Human  Services to tackle before the 2015 Texas Legislature convenes. Dewhurst, who presides over the Senate, ordered the panel of nine senators to study what is being done by the state to enhance the health of Texas women. He also called on the committee to assess the effectiveness of programs designed to improve mental health for all Texans 
 
Mon
30
Dec
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My first year as your voice in Congress

As my first year as a U.S. Congressman ends, I want to share my impressions of my job, the Congress, and some of the challenges our nation faces. I remain convinced that,  despite the current gridlock, reasonable people -
Democrats and Republicans - can come together to solve our most pressing problems. 
 

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