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Cities across the eastern half of the United States and Canada (including all of the largest in Texas) are jockeying for position and running flat out in the race to attract Amazon’s second headquarters. The winning area’s prize will be enormous: about $5 billion in capital investment and 50,000 jobs with a six-figure average salary. Add to that the positive ripple effects through the economy and the potential to energize related desirable technology businesses, and it’s easy to see the reason for the frenzy. Economic development has not been in the spotlight to this extent since the massive competition for Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation in the early 1980s. more
Of anybody you can think of, who would you go to for marital advice? Well, I know who I wouldn’t go to, and that’s me. The reason I’m tellin’ you this is because the other day, a kid asked me to give him some marital advice. Really, I’m not lyin’. Well, he wasn’t really a kid, more like a young man, but he seems like a kid to me. more
Documented and undocumented immigrants are a crucial source of labor, and it is well past time for immigration reform. Moreover, it needs to be framed in a way that addresses the reality of the situation rather than popular myths. In addition to the important human aspect of the issue, there is also a clear economic incentive. more
You know, I’m gettin’ kind of worried. I haven’t seen a kid on a bike in I don’t know how long. Don’t kids ride bikes anymore? All I ever see ridin’ bicycles now-a-days are … more
For the first time in history, two category 4 hurricanes have hit the United States in a single year. In fact, the U.S. dealt with these two major storms in only a little over two weeks. Thanks … more
Hurricane Harvey has affected lives across the state and nation. The catastrophic storm not only caused significant damage when it made landfall near Corpus Christi, but has also gone down in history as the wettest ever in the continental United States, with devastating flooding in and around Houston. In addition to the tragic loss of life, the destruction of homes and businesses is causing further distress. The human suffering is of paramount importance, and the emotional losses are enormous. more
Now I don’t know about you, but I love to go into antique shops. Of course the stuff I like to look at is not really antiques, but just old junk. You know, like old coffee pots that cowboys used on their campfires, old knives that have a deer foot for a handle, or maybe an old bear trap. You know, junk like that. more
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport late on Friday, Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since 2004. Although the weather system was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, the record-level torrential rains that continue to circle the Gulf Coast as I am writing this almost a week later have caused devastating flooding and damage in Houston and the surrounding areas. Federal officials have estimated that 30,000 people will need to seek refuge in shelters and 450,000 will require some sort of disaster assistance by the end of the storm, but those numbers have to be regarded as preliminary. more
You know, here lately I haven’t had the opportunity to talk to any phone creatures. As many of you know, phone creatures are what I call those pesky phone solicitors that call wantin’ to sell you somethin’ that you either don’t want or need. My wife Janet put us on one of those do not call lists, but every once in a while one of the little buggers gets through. They don’t bother me like they do Janet, though. In fact, I get a kick out of havin’ fun with them. more
The other day a lady asked me why I don’t write about my high school days. Well, let me tell you. You see, and my preacher reads this junk and if he found out some of the stuff I did when I was in high school, well, he has enough material for sermons without me addin’ to the pot. Anyway, I don’t think the statute of limitations have run out on some of that stuff I did, yet. more
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