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07
Mar
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Black Or Red?

By LEE PITTS

I learned a long time ago that most people can be divided into one of two camps. My wife taught me that lesson the first time we went grocery shopping together 45 years ago. When we came to the condiment aisle she had a preconceived notion that our mayonnaise needs would best be filled by Best Foods. But I was a Miracle Whip guy. Right there in the store she informed me that Miracle Whip was for poor, homeless, bums while I told her that Best Foods was for rich, overeducated snobs. My taste buds have not been tickled by Miracle Whip since that day.

As with checkers, it's the same with commercial cattlemen, most can be divided into either Black or Red.

 

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Wed
07
Mar
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A Ford in his past

By DON NEWBURY

One thing for sure,” a reader mentioned the other day, “most of your columns are centered on your own ‘back when’ memories.” An easy counter is that just as many pieces are written about their “back when” recollections.

Some of the most poignant accounts are from folks 90 or more years of age. Engage them in conversation, however brief, and they’re apt to flip back memory calendars to the 1930s, when the Great Depression gripped our land.

 

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Tue
27
Feb
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Unsung Heroes

By Will Hurd

February marks Black History Month, an opportunity for all Americans to reflect upon and celebrate the countless contributions of African-Americans to our great nation.

Having spent nine years as an undercover officer in the CIA, I had the opportunity to serve shoulder- to-shoulder with our brave men and women in uniform.

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Tue
27
Feb
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Don’t bank on it: Fake check scams making the rounds

By Heather Massey

It may seem like your lucky day to look through your mail and find a random, legitimatelooking check written out to you for several thousand dollars but think before you take the money and run. Chances are, that check is a forgery. Fake check and money order scams take on many different forms, but the underlying scheme is typically the same.

The stories that con artists use vary widely. You might be selling something online and the scammer pretends to be interested in a purchase. Or scammers will “hire” you for a job, such as secret shopping, or tell you you’ve won a sweepstakes prize.

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Tue
20
Feb
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Land is the state’s most critical infrastructure

By TRIB TALK BLAIR CALVERT FITZSIMONS

With the Trump administration's unveiling of a plan to invest in infrastructure, a question comes to mind: when are we going to start thinking of land as infrastructure? Roads, bridges, tunnels — these are what we think of when we hear the word "infrastructure."

In Texas, where that definition extends as well to water, we have tapped into the state's Rainy Day Fund to make infrastructure investments. But when are we going to start thinking of land — rural land — as infrastructure? When are we going to make substantial investments in this type of critical infrastructure?

 

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Tue
20
Feb
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Small businesses need to create an employee handbook

By BUSINESS TIPS

 

The SBDC has had the opportunity to offer an Employee Handbook seminar in the past. In this article, I would like to share some of the information learned regarding the importance of having a well-developed Handbook. Many times small businesses don’t consider having an employee handbook due to the small number of staff they have. Having an employee handbook will always benefit a business; you will be prepared for when your business grows and, hopefully,

you won’t face the uncertainty of what you can or cannot do when employing and managing staff. In addition, you will have well defined employee policies that can settle disputes before they start and protect both your business and your employees from the potential of litigation.

 

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Tue
13
Feb
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2018 Elections offer unique opportunities in voting for candidates

By RICHARD THORPE

Having served as a Cattle Raisers officer for almost six years now, I have had the privilege of meeting many of our state and federal elected officials.

I’ve been impressed with the commitment that many have shown to protecting the property rights of ranchers and landowners, and have been confounded by the lack of understanding others have had on this fundamental issue.

I can honestly say that I have seen and worked with the consequences of elections and I am more convinced than ever that every election is worthy of our participation.

 

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Tue
13
Feb
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A cloudy day for sunshine laws in Texas

By ROSS RAMSEY

It might deflate your confidence in the state of Texas to find that the people protecting your access to government information have their thumbs on the scale. That they’re playing favorites. That they put requests from their enemies on the slow track. Or that they advise the agencies who come to them for advice to act that way.

But that might be your takeaway from a remarkable 10-minute-21-second video of Marc Rylander, director of communications for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, talking to a crowd at an open government seminar put on by the AG’s office in San Marcos last month.

Rylander seems to be joking at the beginning of the video, but he’s persistent — what communications pros call “on message” — for the whole time. That message? He doesn’t trust the news media, and you shouldn’t, either.

 

Tue
06
Feb
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Why I voted to release the Nunes memo

By WILL HURD

In 1885, Woodrow Wilson wrote in his treatise “Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics” that “the informing function of Congress should be preferred even to its legislative function.”

I voted to release the Nunes memo because, like Wilson, I believe that the duty to inform the American public is one of my biggest responsibilities as an elected representative in our democratic republic.

This is in accordance with the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, which directed House and Senate committees to “exercise continuous watchfulness” over executive-branch programs.

 

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Tue
06
Feb
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Straus: Audit reveals need for stronger oversight at state agency

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 31 said a new state audit raises questions about the management of the state Health and Human Services Commission and illustrates the need for legislative hearings.

A report released last week by the State Auditor’s Office found that HHSC allowed Superior Health Plan Inc. to report approximately $29.6 million in bonus and incentive payments paid to affiliates’ employees, even though those payments were not allowed under the state’s contract with Superior. The state agency also approved Superior’s request to report affiliate profits as costs without following the approval process contained in the state’s contract with Superior.

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