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One of the most challenging aspects of economics is trying to predict, and perhaps modify, future performance. It’s particularly difficult when looking out over several decades, but having some idea of future patterns is essential to planning for individuals, businesses, and government entities. more
Have you ever flown first class? I got to a couple of weeks ago. I had booked my flight online, and I don’t know why, but I got bumped up to first class. Man, you talk about a difference from where they usually seat me. They served food, and I mean so really good food. more
Lindale lost a very special lady last week when Mary Louise Claunch lost her battle with cancer. She was 78. Always a joy to be around, Mary Louise was a regular visitor here at the Lindale News and Times until her health forced her to slow down. more
The U.S., Mexico, and Canada finally hammered out a trade deal, which is excellent news for the economies of all three nations. The new agreement, which still must be finalized and agreed upon by Congress, is known as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement. It replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement which had been in place for about 25 years. more
A word of warnin’: This tale contains a bad word. If you are offended by bad words, read no further. I was raised in a household where it was not only illegal to use bad words, but it was punishable by death. My momma would not tolerate the use of bad words, even words that really aren’t that bad. I mean, I wasn’t allowed to say golly, gee, darn, or nothin’ like that. more
On Oct. 10, 1933, the Walston household experienced a truly blessed event as little Robert Walston was born and joined the rest of the clan in North Little Rock, Ark. Virtually everyone in Lindale knows him as Bobby, and he’s been a familiar face at Dairy Queen, several businesses downtown, Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home and here at the Lindale News and Times. From Arkansas, the family moved to Freeport where his father had a printing business where Bobby eventually became gainfully employed. (He also had a job painting fire hydrants, which is an interesting story we might cover on his next birthday). He’ll stop by once or twice a week and we chat about all kinds of things, from old cars, to town gossip and whether we’ve “put the paper to bed,’’ industry vernacular for finishing this week’s newspaper. more
5G is coming, and it has the potential to change everything. The first wireless technologies allowed for basic communication, and 4G paved the way for the transmission of larger amounts of data, opening the door to everything from streaming video to improved navigation systems to basically constant internet access. more
A couple of weeks ago, Janet and I celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary. Yeah, I know that’s a long time to put up with someone, but I’ve managed, somehow. Back when I was un-retired, our anniversary consisted of me being out of town at a trade show, like we did on our 36th anniversary. It’s the same trade show every year, and I always had to go, so to keep from gettin’ in trouble with Janet, we would usually go out the night before I have to leave. We have a nice dinner somewhere and I give her a little bauble, and she gives me a little something, and that’s it. more
Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on Sept. 14 before moving over eastern South Carolina. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the storm caused substantial wind damage and devastating flooding. Recent preliminary damages estimates by Moody’s Analytics indicate property and short-term losses of $17-$22 billion. more
Just the other day, I was reminded of a trip I took once upon a time to New Orleans. When I was a working man, I was in the sporting goods business … Not socks and jocks and stuff like that. I used to sell huntin’ and shootin’ stuff. You didn’t think I could make a livin’ writin’ this junk, did you? more
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