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OK, I’m gonna get on my soapbox today. If you don’t know what that means, then ask your momma or daddy. If they don’t know what it means, ask your grandma or grandpa. The reason I’m gettin’ on my soapbox is because of what I’ve been observin’ here lately. And what I’ve been observin’ is all the sick kids now-a-days. Now, I’m not talkin’ about kids with serious problems. I’m talkin’ about kids with sniffles, allergies, and stuff like that. more
I was recently asked by the House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness to offer a perspective on some of the issues affecting Texas’ future performance. The Committee’s purpose in the hearing was to address “principles that… should guide the state’s pursuit of long-term economic growth.” I am pleased that members of the legislature are thinking in these terms, as it is essential to long-term prosperity. I focused primarily on three issues of concern which could, if not handled appropriately, result in notable and lasting damage. While one issue relates to ongoing changes in the Texas population and how we handle them, the other two are choices that, if made, would be self-inflicted wounds. more
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready for some turkey. Man oh man, turkey, dressin’, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, and chocolate pie, yummm, yum. I can’t wait. It really brings back the memories, too. I guess the memory I remember the most, is when my cousin Coy and I were gonna supply the turkey for Thanksgivin’ back when we were little bitty kids. My momma and Coy’s daddy were brother and sister, and their parents, my grandparents, had a farm down in Buncum, Texas, south of Whitehouse and west of Troup. Since their farm wasn’t but 15 miles from where we lived, Coy and I would spend nearly every weekend there. My granddad, Daddy Dodd, and his wife, Momma Dodd, had every kind of farm animal you could think of. more
More than 40 million people in the United States identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, up from fewer than 28 million in 2003 according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hispanics may be of any race, and include Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Central and South Americans, and others. more
Have you ever been somewhere and you get the feelin’ somebody’s watchin’ you? That happened to me the other day. I was in a store lookin’ at some stuff on an aisle when I got that very feelin’. I slowly looked down the aisle, and there was a man standin’ at the end and he looked like he was lookin’ at me. I slowly turned the other way to see if maybe he was lookin’ at something or somebody past me, but there was no one there. more
President Trump has nominated Jerome H. Powell to be Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, succeeding Janet Yellen when her term expires in February. The Federal Reserve Chairmanship is among the most powerful positions in the public sector (or, in fact, anywhere), due to its substantial influence over the U.S. economy and, indeed, the fortunes of nations throughout the world. The Fed chairman serves a four-year term and can then be reappointed. Contrary to the usual pattern, President Trump decided against nominating Janet Yellen for a second term, though he praised her efforts and results. more
Havin’ to work out of town sometimes gets me down. Oh, I like my work and all. It’s just that when I’m gone, I don’t get to talk to the Phone Creatures. And you know how I like to talk to them. I’ll explain what Phone Creatures are to all of y’all out there that have never read this junk I write. Phone Creatures are those pesky salespeople who call while you’re eatin’ supper or tryin’ to get ready to go somewhere, or watchin’ your favorite show on the idiot box. more
Manufacturing is a cornerstone of the Texas economy, employing more than 7 percent of Texans, paying high wages, and producing hundreds of billions in goods for export each year. These businesses also generate opportunities for a broad spectrum of other types of firms ranging from suppliers of needed inputs to those providing business services. In addition, as employees of all of these companies spend their payroll dollars, further economic benefits ensue. All in all, the multiplier (or “ripple”) effects of goods-producing business operations greatly magnify their importance to the state economy. more
I don’t see how kids today can become bored, especially in school. They have so many neat things. Take computers, for example. Man, if we’d had those, you couldn’t have pried us out of the classroom, but since we didn’t, we would try anything to get out, even for five minutes. There were only two ways to get out of class. One was to fake sickness, which would get you sent to the school nurse. First, the nurse would stick a thermometer under your tongue. Then, after determinin’ that you were fakin’, she would send you back to your room with a note instructin’ the teacher that perhaps extra homework would make you feel better. The second method was to raise your hand and ask to go to the restroom. more
About nine of 10 new jobs over the next decade will be in services-producing industries, many of them in health care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released projections for growth in jobs through 2026. BLS estimates that U.S. employment will increase by 11.5 million over the 2016-26 decade, somewhat faster than the prior 10 years (which were marred by the Great Recession). more
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