Columns/Opinions

Mon
30
Dec
Edgar's picture

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. 
 
Tue
17
Dec
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A mother's letter to Santa

Dear Santa, I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold 62 cases of candy bars to  raise money to plant a shade tree on theschool  playground.
 
Tue
17
Dec
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Evolving market strategy essential for today's businesses

If you haven’t noticed, our world is changing fast and not just technologically. The Internet has really changed the  way people shop and purchase goods and how entrepreneurs and small business owners market their businesses.
 
Tue
10
Dec
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Print, review, analyze financial reports monthly

It seemed like a good idea at the time…starting your own business that is. After all, how hard could it be? All I have to do is buy or make something and sell it to someone who wants or needs it. Simple. All you had to do was establish a legal business structure, set up an account with the State Comptroller’s office, find a business location, and obtain some financing.  
 
Tue
10
Dec
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Holiday human resources

Many of you have probably seen this e-mail before, but I think it’s a humorous reminder in keeping us focused on the true meaning of Christmas. DATE: December 1st TO: ALL EMPLOYEES I'm happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on Dec. 23 at Luigi's Open Pit Barbecue. There will be lots of spiked eggnog and a small band playing traditional carols ... feel free to sing along. 
 
Tue
03
Dec
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Dust To Dust

“Good fences make good neighbors.” Robert Frost I’ve read countless articles on ways to make your feed last when drouth has you in a death grip but not one of them mentions the cheapest, easiest and most prevalent way to stretch your grass. That is, simply cutting a hole in your fence and letting your cows graze on your neighbor’s place. If you run a cow-calf operation there is an additional bonus: your cows will probably get bred to a higher quality 
set of bulls. 
 
Tue
03
Dec
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Holiday traditions

The one thing I love about the holidays is the traditions. The food, the decorations, the music and the memories that are made all combined together to make this time of year special. Some year’s, though, traditions sometimes
change or new ones are made due to different circumstances. One of my friends on Facebook was complaining about how she couldn’t be with her entire family for Thanksgiving 
 
Tue
26
Nov
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Texas needs a farm bill to maintain strong agriculture sector

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill is crucial to maintaining a strong agriculture sector and an abundant food supply that benefits all Americans. Over the past two years, producers have faced a multitude of disasters – from drought, to flooding, to blizzards. Under the 2008 Farm Bill, the Farm Service Agency provided nearly $1.3 billion in disaster assistance to Texas farmers and ranchers using Farm Bill programs. 
 
Tue
26
Nov
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Thanksgiving feasts should fill hearts as well

Americans will soon be celebrating one of our oldest and most cherished holidays. Dating back to the Colonial era, Thanksgiving's traditions have evolved over time, but its fundamental purpose remains the same — an offering of thanks for the blessings bestowed upon our nation. But while Thanksgiving reminds us that we live in a land of plenty, it also reminds us that many of our neighbors live in need.  One such need seems to be more apparent at this time of year, especially in lower income urban and rural areas. 
 
Tue
19
Nov
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When did I get older?

When did my body decide to  no longer sleep past 9 a.m.? Saturday morning as I slowly started waking up, I rolled over to look at the alarm clock  thinking maybe it would say 10 a.m. or even 9:45 a.m. Nope, instead it said 8:30
a.m. Why was I awake at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning? When did 8:30 a.m. become sleeping in? 
 

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