Columns/Opinions

Tue
10
Jul
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Don’t Be These People

By LEE PITTS

I’ve been in some form of the auction business for 45 years and have viewed auctions from all perspectives, from buyer, consignor, ring man, auctioneer, clerk, sale manager, etc. So I speak from some experience when I say there are some folks we’d just as soon NOT show up at an auction. Please, don’t be any of these people:

#10- The Wannabe- These are young men fresh from auctioneer school who want to help by waving their arms and pointing out bidders for the professional ring men and auctioneers who don’t really need their help, thank you very much. There’s one at every auction and you can spot them because they’re always overdressed in a tie and sports coat and they are just waiting in case the real auctioneer has a heart attack and they’d be called upon to finish the sale. In 45 years I’ve never seen it happen.

Tue
26
Jun
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You May Be A Dude If...

the sorting alley it’s easy to separate the dudes from the real cowboys. You may be a dude if... There are sheets on your bed in the bunkhouse. The camp cookie is a three star Michelin chef. When you set out for the day’s work you are provided a sack lunch and a wine cooler. The ratio of riders to cows exceeds two to one and the “trail boss” sends you and three others to go retrieve one old wayward arthritic cow. You have to pay for the privilege of getting baked past well done by the sun, bucked off, gored, or losing your finger in a dally or a squeeze chute. Your horse has one speed: slow. And there’s a seatbelt on your saddle. Instead of waking up the rooster, the rooster wakes you up. You must sign a stack of waivers before working cattle absolving the owner of all responsibility in case of your death.

 

Tue
26
Jun
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Teachers, students deserve support when falsely

I need to speak out. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be putting our personal life in an open letter, but our life has been really impacted by the false allegations made by some very vindictive school girls against my daughter and one of her players. After a month of investigations by the school and the local authorities, there was nothing found because there was never anything to be found. My daughter and the student in question have gone through so much from stress, anxiety, embarrassment, their reputation being smeared through the mud, their names coming out of the mouths of people that have no morals or respect or dignity and are spreading more rumors. The parents of these girls who started the false allegations should be held accountable for their girls, but what do you expect when they themselves encourage this kind of behavior.

 

Tue
19
Jun
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White Truck Syndrome

By IT’S THE PITTS LEE PITTS

Tue
19
Jun
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Developing complementary partnerships can be beneficial

By BUSINESS TIPS

 

For the purpose of this article “creatives” are defined as entrepreneurs that offer creative services or products that are either handmade or have artistic value. Among the top questions most creatives are pondering in our day and age is how to find buyers. Now that we have this incredible gift of technology to contact and engage with fans of our work it is more important than ever to establish a clear set of goals on how to engage with potential buyers and collectors. In the mind of a creative this may seem like a daunting task. Attending swanky art openings, chatting with potential art enthusiasts, and selling out to the status quo are some fears that creatives.

 

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Tue
12
Jun
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To Our Readers

Another week in ink. That is a phrase we love saying each week as The Ozona Stockman once again finds its way into the hands of our readers. 
Readers who are clamoring for our paper each week so much that they call us saying “is my newspaper ready?” 
Readers who spend time Wednesday afternoons reading our paper cover to cover.
Readers who still want their newspaper on printed paper. 
It is to you readers that we are now asking to support The Ozona Stockman more than ever. 
Each week we ask you to subscribe and buy our newspaper. When you do this, you provide financial and moral support for the work we do here. 
Our readership is still strong, but The Stockman is facing its toughest battle. 
The Department of Commerce has imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint. This has resulted in higher prices and limited supplies on newsprint, which makes it harder to keep The Stockman as a printed paper. 

Tue
12
Jun
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Top officials join in briefing about hurricane preparedness

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

 

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on June 6 joined President Donald Trump, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, White House cabinet members and governors from across the country for a video teleconference briefing on hurricane preparedness. Along with Abbott in Austin were officials from various state agencies that oversee emergency response. The briefing was held to review lessons learned after the 2017 hurricane season. FEMA provided an overview of evacuation zones, clearance times, decision timelines, forecast uncertainty, responsible decision makers and public messaging.

 

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Tue
05
Jun
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Proposed newsprint tariff could be devastating for local newspapers

By RANDY KECK

In 1787 Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to Edward Carrington, whom he had sent as a delegate to the Continental Congress. In the letter, Jefferson stressed the importance of a free press, specifically newspapers.

Jefferson understood that one of the most important checks on government power was a well-informed electorate.

 

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Tue
05
Jun
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Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 30 joined state and local leaders in Dallas and San Marcos to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan.

The governor’s plan came 12 days after the Santa Fe High School shooting in which 10 people were killed and 10 people were injured. It contains 40 recommendations, including proposals that call for:

 

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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.

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