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Tue
03
Mar
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Gaining competitive advantage, raving fans

Unless your business is in a monopolistic market, you are in competition with other businesses for your customers’ dollars. What is your (and your competitors’) ultimate goal? The answer is obvious: to gain competitive advantage. It is to be the choice of your customers. What strategies are you using to gain competitive advantage? Are you offering products not available to competitors through agreement with your vendor(s)? This is fairly common practice in local and regional markets and can be successful if it is a product or service in high demand. It can be especially successful when the product can’t be replaced by a comparable product from a different manufacturer or provider

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Tue
24
Feb
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Cattle Barons

Being a son of a proud member of the Daughter of the American Revolution it pains me to say this but the British played a big role in the founding of the range cattle industry in this country. Because the number one son in England inherited everything, the "bastard" sons occasionally got shipped here. I think it was kinda like being the middle child, of which I am one. The Brits wasted no time in trying to take back America by running their animals on free public rangelands.
 

 

Tue
24
Feb
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Education, a national priority

From kindergarten through college at Texas A&M, I’m a proud product of the Texas public education system. I was fortunate to attend schools with dedicated teachers and my parents took my education very seriously. But not every child is as lucky as I was. Many don’t have the same opportunities to learn from the best, preparing them for life and the chance to move up the ladder of success in our country. This is not only a travesty for these individuals; it’s bad news for our nation.
 
Tue
17
Feb
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What are your thoughts on vaccinations?

"My kids were vaccinated. So was I. I have a cousin who was left with brain damage and epilepsy after contracting measles at age six. The vaccine hadn't been invented yet. And my sister died from meningitis at age 13. Again no vaccine had been invented. I was only two at the time. She would have turned 67 today. Vaccinate... please." 
 
Tue
17
Feb
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Energy Security equals National Security

A little more than six years ago an application for the project  nown as the  Keystone XL Pipeline was filed with the U.S. government. A lot can happen in six years. We’ve seen amazing and useful inventions like the iPad hit the shelves.
 
Tue
10
Feb
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A budget that works for all Texans

by EVA DELUNA CASTRO
 
We have a great opportunity in Texas this legislative session. We can make schools stronger by hiring more teachers to ease overcrowded classrooms. We can ensure that more kids have access to quality health care. We can support community colleges, a key down payment on the workforce of tomorrow. And we have the money to do all of this responsibly while keeping our savings account flush. We’re a strong state, with a golden opportunity to prove that we value health and education. But we’re on track to squander this opportunity. Why?

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Tue
10
Feb
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Where is the common sense?

Dear Editor,

Tue
03
Feb
Edgar's picture

Budget-writing process begins in Senate committee

AUSTIN — On Jan. 28 the main work of the Texas Legislature started when the state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee met at the Capitol. Financial figures for the committee to use as a guide come from the 10-member
Legislative Budget Board, a permanent joint committee of the House and Senate that develops budget and policy recommendations for appropriations, completes fiscal analyses for proposed legislation and conducts evaluations
and reviews to improve the efficiency and performance of state and local operations.
 
Tue
03
Feb
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Securing our borders

firmly believe that if people in Washington are going to write the laws about securing our border, they should spend some time down here and talk to the men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our nation. That’s why I joined my fellow Texas Congressman Mike McCaul this weekend as he led a delegation of members of Congress on tours of our southwest border. We spent time in San Diego, California, Sierra Vista, Arizona and McAllen, Texas and at each stop, my colleagues were able to see what you and I already know to be true – our border is no where near secure, despite what the White House and Democrats in Congress may say.
 
Tue
27
Jan
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Don't Fall Off Your Cycle

by LEE PITTS

I am occasionally asked how long do I think these good times in the cow business will last. I am a good authority to ask because I once had a class in economics in college, although it was early in the morning and I slept through most of it. As I understand it, economics is the study of how to get a job at a university as an economist. An economist being a person who likes math but doesn't have the necessary social skills to be a theoretical mathematician. To fool people into thinking they know something the rest of us don't, economists use words like elasticity of demand, suboptimal spending and disposable income. As if there's any other kind.

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