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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column was written by Gladewater Mirror co-publisher Suzanne Bardwell, who relates her experiences and “heated’’ exchanges on a recent trip to Austin for an state education rally. --- more
The other night my wife Janet and I were watchin’ some TV. I heard a crunchin’ sound and turned to see Janet munchin’ on some yogurt. “That’s mighty crunchy yogurt,” I said. “It must be out of date.” “I mixed some granola in with it,” she informed me. Yogurt and granola? Man, what a crummy snack. I can remember when a snack consisted of Fritos and bean dip, or peanuts and a coke. But yogurt and granola? Man, what’s this world comin’ to? And who came up with that junk anyway? more
The most fundamental thing that occurs in a market economy, no matter how primitive or how sophisticated, is exchange. Centuries ago, beads, shells, shiny pebbles, or deer skins (from which we get the word “buck” as slang for a dollar) were traded for goods or services. more
If a rising tide is supposed to lift all boats, why have we seen worker productivity rise so much faster than wages? From the 1940s through much of the 1970s, productivity growth and wages followed a generally similar pattern. However, since the 1970s, productivity has been increasing faster than compensation, and some use the gap to argue that we need proactive policies to deal with wage stagnation. more
I was readin’ an article the other day about how fat we, as a society, have gotten. Well, it’s all society’s fault. I mean, think about it. We don’t do anything for ourselves anymore. We rely on something to do it for us. OK, let me explain. Now-a-days when you watch TV, you have a remote control. Back when I was a kid, I was the remote control. more
EDITOR’S NOTE: This guest column was written by Suzanne Bardwell, retired Texas teacher and co-publisher of the Gladewater Mirror. more
The other day I was walkin’ into the house, just as my wife Janet was walkin’ out. She had a box in her hands. “What’s in the box?” I asked. “Nothing,” she said. “I was just cleaning out some old junk.” “What junk?” I asked. “Just some old junk. Nothing worth keeping, believe me.” more
A large and growing component of international trade won’t fit in a tanker, container, barge, or crate. In fact, no matter how hard you look, it is nearly impossible to find some of it with your eyes; much of it is lodged in the cranial cavities found between millions of pairs of ears. The United States has long run a trade surplus in the services category, meaning that we as a nation export significantly more services than we import. In addition, the U.S. is the world’s leader in international trade in services, trading substantially more than any other nation. more
I found out the other day that I may be the fastest eater in the world. I’m serious. Janet and I were out eatin’ at a restaurant the other day and I was chowin’ down like I always do, and when I looked up, everyone was starin’ at me. more
The recent July 4 holiday marked 241 years since the 13 American colonies separated from England and did so with Mr. Jefferson’s powerful and lyrical prose that made the Declaration of Independence one of the most memorable documents in human history. We often forget, however, that the year 1776 was also marked by another publication that, while anything but inspiring for its tone and resonance, was integral to the development of the United States, Adam Smith’s “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations.” more
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