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Back about 25 years ago, when I started writin’ this column, it was fun gettin’ recognized by people who actually read this junk. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I still love it, it’s just that sometimes I’ll run into someone who is not what you would call a real fan. I had one of those encounters the other day. more
The “yield curve” has recently been receiving some attention because it can be a harbinger of economic downturns and has long been analyzed as a tool for predicting recessions. However, I don’t currently see it as a major cause for concern. Here’s why. 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. more
After about 14 months of analysis, Amazon made a decision on its second corporate headquarters, and it isn’t Texas. Many lists of likely locations put Texas at or near the top, but at the end of the day, Amazon chose Crystal City in Northern Virginia and Long Island, N.Y. for HQ2, with each area gaining about 25,000 jobs. more
My wife Janet and I were out shoppin’ the other day, and no, I don’t like to shop, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep your woman happy. Anywho, we were walkin’ along when this young man walks up with some brochures in his hand. more
Wages and salaries are finally beginning to rise in a meaningful way. The rate of growth is at levels not seen in about a decade, when the effects of the Great Recession began to ripple through the economy. For the year ended in September, total compensation costs (wages and salaries plus benefits) for private industry workers rose 2.9 percent, significantly faster than the pace from the prior year (2.5 percent) according to data maintained by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. more
I saw somethin’ the other day that you don’t see much anymore -- an outhouse. Yep, an honest-to-goodness genuine one-holer, complete with a half moon cut in the door. It brought back some memories. No, we didn’t have an outhouse when I was little. Well, at least not where I lived. We did have one at the deer lease though. It wasn’t just any ol’ outhouse either. It was the ultimate in design and efficiency. more
Recent rhetoric and threats have added additional fuel to the already simmering trade war between the United States and China. Stock markets and business leaders around the globe respond immediately and significantly to the ebb and flow of the situation, and we can expect ongoing volatility until it is resolved. more
In a few days (Nov. 6), the final votes will be tallied and the fate of the Lindale ISD bond package – along with some heated state races – will be decided. School district personnel, especially Superintendent Stan Surratt, have been beating the drum in recent weeks trying to secure support for the $32 million package, which will add classroom space to the high school, build a multi-use indoor facility, expand the high school cafeteria and make needed improvements to Eagle Stadium. more
I don’t know about y’all, but I haven’t been gettin’ as many calls from phone creatures as I used too. Maybe word got around or somethin’. I was gettin’ scared that I might lose my touch without some practice, but then I got one. Phone creatures, for those of you who haven’t been readin’ this junk for very long, is what I call those pesky phone solicitors that call you at inopportune times to try to badger you into buyin’ somethin’ you don’t want, or need. Most people I know either indulge them or hang up on them. I like to mess with them. more
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