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Advances in technology have reduced the cost to produce oil, contributing to the current high level of activity in truly amazing ways. Only three years ago, $70 per barrel almost shut down the industry; today, it accelerates an ongoing surge. more
You know, nobody has good dumps anymore. You know, where people dump their trash. I can remember a time when almost everyone that lived in the country had a big ditch or a washed out place on their land where they dumped their garbage. Back then it was a prerequisite when you bought land. more
The U.S. economic expansion is setting records right and left. What began as a “jobless recovery” is now making history for its duration, and, without a major shock, there’s no obvious end in sight. The recovery wasn’t impressive at the outset, but slow and steady is winning. The current U.S. economic expansion now ranks in a tie for the second longest in history (with the Kennedy-Johnson period of the 1960s). more
Guess what? They are at it again. You know who I’m talkin’ about, don’t you? That’s right, phone creatures. Phone creatures, for you out there that haven’t been readin’ this junk I write for very long, is what I call those telemarketers. I know, they’re just tryin’ to do their job, but I have to do mine too, you know. What’s my job, you ask? Well my job is to enjoy life to the fullest, and one of the things I enjoy the most is givin’ phone creatures a hard time. more
I was fillin’ my jeep with gas the other day when I noticed a car parked out toward the street. It not only was filled with junk, but some of it was spillin’ out the windows. Beside it stood a man who I guessed to be about my age and he was lookin’ all around. About that time he looked over at me, smiled and headed my way. more
During the past two decades, we’ve gone digital. The development of the internet and related technologies and advances in communications have changed the way we live and work, affecting virtually … more
This past Sunday Brother Robbie Caldwell preached his last sermon as pastor at New Harmony Baptist Church. He is retirin’ after more than fifty years as a pastor; twenty-six of those at New Harmony. He is not leavin’ New Harmony Baptist Church, just retirin’ as our pastor. I have had the privilege of travelin’ with him on three different continents and can say I’ve never met a finer man. I wrote this story about him more than 20 years ago, and it is one of my favorites and yes, it is true. more
The number of job openings in the United States has topped six million for several months now according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up about a half million from a year ago and the highest the country has ever seen. Although the long years of high unemployment following the Great Recession make this welcome news, the United States may face major difficulties if unemployment drops too far or too fast. more
Guess what? That’s right, the phone creatures are back. I’m sort of glad. It’s been a while since one called and I was afraid I might have hurt their feelin’s or somethin’. Phone creatures are what I call those phone solicitors who call wantin’ to sell you somethin’. I like to give them a hard time. I know that’s not really nice, but somebody’s got to do it. more
Recently, there have been questions raised regarding the fairness of the use of the Texas Enterprise Fund, a key aspect of the state’s economic development incentives. At issue is whether the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex gets a disproportionate share of awards. The TEF is an important “deal closing” fund which has been effectively used to enhance Texas’ ability to attract desirable corporate locations and expansions. more
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