Columns/Opinions

Tue
29
May
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Cornyn deserves thanks and support on paper tariff

By WHAT'S ON OUR MINDS  EDITORIAL

 

Editor's note: The following was originally published in the Daily News in Galveston County. The Ozona Stockman is currently fighting the tariff issue and has asked U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, for support.

 

Texas Sen. John Cornyn deserves thanks and support for having the courage to stand up against an ill-conceived and narrowly beneficial tariff on Canadian paper and standing up for the best interests of the U.S. paper industry, the U.S. publishing industry and about 600,000 U.S. workers whose jobs are threatened by an unnecessary act of protectionism.

Tue
29
May
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Developing complementary partnerships can be beneficial

By BUSINESS TIPS

 

Sometimes a business idea comes along that is a great idea and as a business would be popular, but isn’t enough to succeed on its own merits. Here, to succeed means make a meaningful profit. This business may be able to operate at the breakeven point or slightly better but cannot make a significant profit. Some of the reasons for this could be that the city or area demographics are inadequate to support the business; demand for the product or service is too small. Or, the scope of the business is too narrow like a bakery that only sells loaves of white bread. No wheat bread. No cakes or pies. No dinner rolls. That isn’t necessarily bad as long as the bread is really, really good! But even then, it may not be enough to be successful.

 

Wed
23
May
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The No-Tel Motel

By LEE PITTS

As a travelin’ man I spent my life in hotels and motels. I preferred motels to hotels because they were usually closer to my car so I was more mobile and I could escape being incarcerated, which is how I felt every time I stayed in one. Motels were cheaper too.

I live within 20 miles of the very first motel in the world, The Motel Inn. It got it’s name from the first two letters of motor car combined with “tel”. If you break down the word hotel in the same manor you end up with a lodging place for hookers and prostitutes.

 

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Wed
23
May
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Gearing our Students Up for Success

By WILL HURD

When you hear the phrase “national security,” what comes to mind? The goals of protecting our homeland from intruders, cultivating a strong military and encouraging thoughtful foreign policy certainly are important pieces of the puzzle. However, ensuring a quality education for today’s students is also a vital component. Americans simply cannot be protected for generations to come without a well-educated workforce. That’s why in Congress I strive to be an advocate for educational opportunities for our South and West Texas students.

 

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Tue
15
May
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The Call to Serve

By WILL HURD

Those who have answered the call to serve our country can be found all across the 23rd District of Texas. From Fort Bliss at the western edge to Joint Base San Antonio in the East and Laughlin Air Force Base down South, it is a continuous source of pride for me to represent the more than 4,600 active-duty military and 45,000 military veterans in the 29 counties and two time zones of the 23rd District.

During my nearly ten-year career as an undercover officer in the CIA, I witnessed firsthand the dedication, discipline and courage of many of our service men and women. 

 

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Tue
15
May
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A Rare Bird

By LEE PITTS

The closest town to mine is a well known bird sanctuary and once a year “birders” migrate to the big bird bash where they fill up the hotels, dine in local restaurants and put a smile on the face of the fine feathered folks at the local Chamber of Commerce. Believe it or not, 20% of Americans are proud to call themselves bird watchers and they annually spend in excess of 36 BILLION dollars to add to their “Life Lists” of birds they’ve seen.

There are thousands of rural towns in this country struggling right now and they could sure use the cash derived from such birdbrained activities. The problem is that most towns just don’t have the birds for it. Oh sure, they might have their share of lemmings, pigeons and jail birds, but that’s just the city council, and I really doubt rich people from the east would pay to see them. So I asked myself, what do rural towns have that are vanishing everywhere else that folks would flock to see?” 

 

Tue
08
May
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Winging it

By  MELISSA PERNER

 

I have a T-shirt that basically sums up my life at this moment: “to be honest I’m just winging it. Life, motherhood, my outfit, everything.” Yep, that’s me. I’m just winging it. Let’s face it Moms, we’re all just winging it. Like most moms when a problem arises, illness strikes, temper tantrums hit, where do I go…to Google.

 

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Tue
08
May
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Looking back while looking forward, both are important

By JAMES LEAVELLE

 

Have you ever tried to drive down the highway and keep your vehicle in your lane just using your rear view mirror? It doesn’t make a lot of sense does it? It’s downright dangerous. Sure, you can see where you have been and you may be able to “keep it between the lines.”

 

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Tue
01
May
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In Texas elections, there’s power in small numbers

By ROSS RAMSEY

In the last presidential election — normally the high-water mark for turnout in any state — 9.0 million Texans voted, out of the 15.1 million who were registered to vote at that time. That’s just a touch under 60 percent.

You already know that voter turnout in Texas is, according to a recent report, worse than almost any place else. “Almost” means Hawaii. And if turnout is bad in big and noisy elections for president, imagine the numbers just ahead in the 34 party primary election runoffs on May 22 — or worse, in the just-called June 30 special election to replace Corpus Christi Republican Blake Farenthold in Congress.

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Tue
01
May
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When Amazon Sells Bulls

By LEE PITTS

High tech has destroyed businesses, turned Main Street into a ghost town, and driven your Fed Ex and UPS delivery person to sheer exhaustion. Forget the mall, Americans are shopping on their cell phones. One of the few industries high tech has not tipped over yet is the bull business, but it’s only a matter of time. Here’s how, and who, you’ll be buying your bulls from in the future.

Amazon- You’ll buy your bulls on your cell phone and Amazon will deliver them free if you are a member of Amazon Prime Bulls. (But not Amazon Choice.) To join Amazon Prime Bulls you must pay $10,000 up front before buying a single bull. Your bulls will be delivered by your Postal Service mail carrier and I hope your bulls arrive in better shape than my mail does.

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