Columns/Opinions

Tue
11
Mar
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Here’s Lookin’ At Ya’

When it comes to attitude the eyes have it. I recall when researchers at the University of Guelph in Canada came to the conclusion that the more visible the color white is in a cow’s eye the wilder she is. They found that the color white ranged from 20% white being visible up to 50%  
 
Tue
11
Mar
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'Perfectionitis'

I read an article in The Huffington Post this past week about five things women are judged on more than men. According to this article, society looks down on women who have too many sexual partners, have a messy home, are
overweight, are blunt or assertive and if they don’t have children. It seems like society has not changed  
 
Wed
05
Mar
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Employees need to know the rules of business

Inevitably in our growing up years, we played a game with our peers whereby the initiator or “owner” of the game made the rules up for the game as the game progressed. Such frustration can be avoided when all players know the rules in advance and can make informed decisions about whether they want to play the game. Things are no different in business. Have you ever worked for someone who kind of made the rules up on the go? How frustrating is it to be penalized or disciplined for rule violations that you didn’t even know about?
 
Wed
05
Mar
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The Highwayman

My wife and I once leased a ranch whose western boundary was a busy highway. Quite regularly I used this opportunity to ride along the fence on my trusty steed Gentleman, to show the passersby what a real cowboy looks like. Gentleman and I cut quite the impressive figure, even if I do say so myself. As I admired my centaurlike shadow I was jealous of the motorists who got to see such a muscular stud, with a dinner-plate jaw and masculine extremities. And that was just my horse, I didn’t look too bad either in my faded Stetson that looked like it had been run over by a herd of buffalo with loose bowels. Every now and then a rental car would squeal to a halt and a tourist from one of the Scandinavian countries would jump out to take a snapshot to take home and show his or her friends that the American west was alive and well.
 
Tue
25
Feb
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Working through the patent and trademark maze

The caller simply asked, “Can you help me with an idea I have for an invention?” My answer was, “Let’s meet and I can teach you how to perform a basic web search on the United States Patent and Trademark Office.” The
appointment was set and I did a mental review of the information I would be sharing at our first one-on-one counseling session. 
 
Tue
25
Feb
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Keeping our promise to veterans

Passing the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 was critical to taking care of our active-duty military and providing them relief from mindless automatic across-theboard  cuts required by the “sequester.” Ensuring our sons and daughters in uniform get what they need was a good reason to support the budget deal. I voted for the budget deal because sequestration has been seriously hurting our national security and our nation’s economy.
 
Tue
18
Feb
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When buying, selling businesses review financial statements

Being an adviser with the Angelo  State University • Small Business Development Center for eight years now, I have seen many small businesses go up for sale. I have also seen many people who are interested in purchasing a small business. When valuing a business for sale, start by reviewing basic financial statements. 
 
Tue
18
Feb
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Off The Road Again

In hindsight, it was probably not a good idea to buy a recreational vehicle at a garage sale. But that’s exactly what my neighbor Shorty did. Although, I must admit when he told me that he only paid $3,000 for it I was just a bit jealous. Who hasn’t dreamed of leaving all your cares behind and traveling the world in your own RV, taking your house with you everywhere you go? In an RV you can see the country without ever being groped by security people at the airport or using bus stop restrooms. 
 
Tue
11
Feb
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Titanic Two

It must have been very embarrassing for the 74 scientists, who meant to go to Antarctica to validate global warming theories, when the Russian ship they were on got stuck in ice ten feet thick far from where it should NOT have been if the polar cap was melting. Even more humiliating, ice breakers couldn’t get within ten miles of the frozen ship so the group had to be saved by helicopters and ships burning fossil fuels, you know, those terrible greenhouse gas emitting tools of the  right-wing rich 
 
Tue
11
Feb
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America, the melting pot

Idon’t know if it was the fact that the game was such a blowout, but as soon as Coca-Cola aired a Super Bowl with “America the Beautiful” sung in multiple languages everyone had something to talk about. Right after the commercial aired, Twitter lit up with people screaming how “un-American” the ad was. 
 

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