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Wed
23
Jan
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Fighting to secure our border: each mile faces unique geographical, technological challenges

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By WILL HURD

HURD ON THE HILL

Every week meeting with folks across 29 counties of the 23rd District of Texas, securing our border and fixing our broken immigration system are frequent topics of conversation. That’s because the border is our backyard, and what happens impacts the daily lives of families across TX-23.

Wed
23
Jan
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State’s top elected officials take oaths of office at inauguration

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By By Ed Sterling

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — Public officials and private citizens gathered at the south steps of the state Capitol on Jan. 15 to for a day’s worth of inaugural events, most notably the administering of oaths of office to Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who were reelected to four-year terms in November.

In his inaugural address, Gov. Abbott predicted the 86th regular session of the Texas Legislature, which convened on Jan. 8, would be “transformative.” He said that with the help of Lt. Gov. Patrick and newly elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, leadership would “usher in a new era for children, teachers and taxpayers.”

Wed
16
Jan
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Turning around a slow January, start fresh and new

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By ALEJANDRO CATAÑON

BUSINESS TIPS

Most businesses are coming off a busy final quarter (October – December). Everyone in the retail and service industry can agree that the last three months of every year are typically good for business.

Customers are out shopping and eating/drinking with family and friends. It’s a festive time and one that businesses capitalize on.

However, unless your business is in the health industry (helping people achieve their new year’s resolution) January tends to be one of the slowest months of the year.

 

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Wed
16
Jan
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How To Live A Long Time

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By LEE PITTS

IT’S THE PITTS

As a child I was ALWAYS taught to respect my elders but now days it’s getting harder and harder to find one. One of those I respected immensely was Chuck Irwin who just passed away at the age of

94. If his name sounds familiar it’s probably because he was one of the best bit and spur makers in the country. Cowboys loved his silver works of art and horses even more so. Chuck was at a show three days before he died, still taking orders. That night he went out to eat, tripped over a curb and fell. He grimaced, cowboyed up, ate a steak and drank some whiskey before some friends convinced him to go to a hospital. Three days later Chuck checked out of this orbiting nut house and the world is a lesser place.

Wed
09
Jan
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Be Nice

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By LEE PITTS

IT’S THE PITTS

People the world over use their fingers to communicate; mostly in rude ways. Hip teenagers and Italians couldn’t communicate if they had to wear mittens or a catcher’s glove. The problem is this “finger talk” is not universal the world over. In America the “okay” sign means everything is hunky dory, while in Germany, Russia and Brazil it’s on par with giving someone the finger. In Japan it means that you want change, preferably in coin, and in France it means that you are worthless and quite possibly a drunk. And that’s definitely not “okay!”

Wed
09
Jan
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Telling the story of trade’s effect on real ranchers

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By KELLEY SULLIVAN

CATTLEMAN'S COLUMN

In November, I was privileged to represent cattle producers at the U.S. International Trade Commission’s hearing on the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), also known as NAFTA 2.0.

The commissioners rarely get to hear from people who are actually affected by the trade agreements they negotiate with other countries. This was an opportunity to help them understand how their decisions could benefit or work to the detriment of a boots-on-theground business.

We are fortunate in Texas and the Southwest to enjoy a robust beef and cattle trade relationship with Mexico. At Santa Rosa Ranch, we frequently conduct business with our Mexican partners, selling live cattle and genetics. I know the other segments of beef production rely heavily on trade with Mexico to import cattle and export beef products.

 

Wed
02
Jan
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Cows Aren’t Cute

By LEE PITTS

I love cattle. Always have, but it’s not the same love I have for the dog or the horse. Cows are not cuddly, if you know what I mean?

What caused me to think deeply about this most important relationship of all, love, was the neighbor’s new puppy, Chrissie.

For some reason Chrissie seems to like me, as hard as that may be for some folks to believe. I’ll admit I can be a surly curmudgeon at times but I’ve always felt that any dog that doesn’t love me has a personality disorder. As the deceased writer Lewis Grizzard used to say, “Good dogs don’t love bad people.”

 

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Wed
02
Jan
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Looking ahead to session

By PETER FLORES

My name is Peter P. Flores and I am your newly elected Texas State Senator for District 19. In the case you haven’t heard, I was elected in a special election earlier this fall and I’m excited to represent you in the upcoming Texas legislative session beginning on Jan. 8.

We only meet for 140 days every other year – that means we have a lot to do and a short time to do it.

It is a distinct honor to serve as your Texas Senator. Public service is a part of my DNA: after attending Laredo Junior College then graduating from Texas A&M University, I was admitted to the Game Warden Academy.

 

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Wed
19
Dec
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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Editor’s Note: The Ozona Stockman takes pleasure in publishing one of the most famous editorials written in newspaper history, and probably the most famous Santa letter ever written. It was published in 1897 by the New York Sun on their editorial page. The answer was written by Francis P. Church. For more letters to Santa, see our special Santa Letters section.

Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897 We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

 

 

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Wed
19
Dec
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The spirit of the season: kindness, civility and cooperation for the New Year

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There is a spirit of joy and giving in the air this time of year that goes unmatched, no matter the occasion celebrated. From getting together with family and loved ones to giving back to those in need, the holidays bring out the best in each of us and our nation as a whole. As this season continues, I encourage everyone to take time to reflect on this spirit of the season and carry a perspective of kindness, civility and cooperation into the New Year.

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