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I wonder if anyone ends up doin’ what he figured he would. I mean, when you were a kid, don’t you remember sayin’, “I want to be a fireman when I grow up,” or “I want to be a cowboy.” I remember all sorts of things I wanted to be, but most didn’t pay any money. Like bein’ Tarzan, or an Indian (I was disappointed when I found out you had to be born one), or one of my favorites, a hillbilly. Now, that’s a job any boy could enjoy. more
In June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom voted to “Brexit,” or leave the European Union. It was a divisive issue with a very close margin (about 52 percent to 48 percent). Unwinding the UK from the EU is an exceedingly complicated process, and recent news out of London confirms that there is still a long way to go. more
Recently, voters in Mexico elected Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador president by a wide margin. President-elect Lopez Obrador is a left-leaning, veteran politician who ran on a platform emphasizing change and a reduction in corruption and violence. Both major candidates in the race expressed concern regarding President Trump and the state of Mexico’s relations with the United States, but the primary issues for voters were domestic. more
Now, I don’t have to tell you who the smart one is in my marriage. When Janet and I were first married I thought I was the smart one, but I was sadly mistaken. Here’s one incident to prove my point. The day I turned 21, I made my way down to the gun store to look at a pistol I had been eyeballin’ for a couple of weeks. It was a semi-auto .22. Man, this was really a good lookin’ handgun. Like I said, I’d been lookin’ at it for a while. more
General Electric was recently eliminated from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or simply “the Dow”), after more than a century as part of the index. GE was one of the 12 original stocks included in the index when it was developed in 1896, and while it had come and gone from the index twice in its early days, the company had been continuously part of the Dow since 1907. more
I was told a long time ago, “Don’t believe anything you read and only half of what you see.” This is probably pretty good advice, especially now-a-days with the internet and all. Of course that statement doesn’t stop me when I see a good idea and believe me, I know a good idea when I see one. more
With July 4th upon us, I got to thinkin’ back when I was a kid and what the Fourth of July to me. It meant firecrackers. Remember you kids out there, don’t try this at home. Now, you’ve got to remember, I grew up in the country, and we didn’t have to worry about a place to pop firecrackers, we just had to worry about our moms. Moms and firecrackers just don’t go together. Don’t get me wrong, moms like to watch fireworks displays as much as the rest of us, it’s just they don’t like their little boys playin’ with them. more
The Lone Star State is attracting more major corporate locations than any other (and has for a number of years) and is adding jobs at a strong pace. Growth is broad based, covering the spectrum from cornerstone industries to emerging sectors. While I hate to rain on anyone’s parade, some recent statistics show one critical area where the state is falling behind: support for public education. If we don’t fix it, we will erode our advantage in the years to come. more
Might as well file this one under “you never know what you’ll find in East Texas – especially when Bob Staton is involved.’’ Lindale’s Bob Staton, well known for his off-the-wall antics, dropped by the Lindale News and Times office early Monday morning with his son Robert and another “passenger’’ in the back of his truck. more
Did I ever tell y’all about my first dog, Bo? He wasn’t a little bitty dog. He was a Mastiff and he was big ... I mean really big. Now, I don’t know about girls and their pets, because I’m not a girl. I know they probably love them just like boys do, but there is just somethin’ about a boy and his dog. more
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