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In recent decades, an increasing proportion of the population of the United States has chosen to live in and near cities rather than in rural areas. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that from 2000-2010, the population in urban areas expanded by 12 percent, significantly outpacing the overall growth rate of the nation. more
The Texas unemployment rate is now higher than the national rate. Should we be concerned? The short answer is “no,” and here are six reasons why. First, there are problems with the … more
I can’t believe school’s fixin’ to start already. Man, when I was a kid you got a full three month vacation, or I should say, the teachers got a full three month vacation. Oh well, at least I don’t have to go back to school. That’s one of the advantages of gettin’ old; you don’t have to do what you don’t want to. Well, most of the time. more
“Do right and risk the consequences.” Those words were most famously said by the first Governor of Texas, Sam Houston, but most frequently said by the 43rd Governor of Texas, Mark White, who recently passed away. Those words were his motto, and the creed by which he lived. Our state is much the better for it. more
Growing an economy and encouraging prosperity is difficult work, and the last thing Texas needs is to shoot itself in the foot over a bathroom bill. The state has a lot of things going for it – a large and growing workforce, abundant natural resources (particularly oil and natural gas), a central location, a competitive cost of living, and excellent incentive programs. We also have good things going on in a number of industries ranging from technology to biosciences. We’re improving infrastructure, adding top-tier research facilities and medical schools, and emerging as a center for desirable industrial growth and corporate locations and expansions. more
I know y’all have heard the expression, “curiosity killed the cat,” right? Well, the last part of that sayin’ is, “but satisfaction brought him back.” I’ve always been curious about how things work. Take a ball point pen for example. When I was just a little bitty kid, I would sit for hours and click a ball point pen. I know … simple minds are easily amused. more
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
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