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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
Seaports have been centers of commerce for centuries (millennia, in fact), and they remain crucial to the economy today. Every year, hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of products move through U.S. ports. Ports generate substantial business activity through their operations, but those benefits are dwarfed by the huge importance of water transportation to other industries. more
EDTIOR’S NOTE: In chapter one last week, young Rusty and the rest of his intrepid crew decided they wanted to experience Chinese food. Hopping aboard their bikes – with little money and wearing typically scruffy clothes for youngsters in the summer – they visited a nearby restaurant. The owner directed them to the back door where “a little Chinese lady opened the door. She started spittin’ out words that we had never heard before.’’ more
EDITOR’S NOTE: It’s no secret that Rusty’s life has been liberally sprinkled with adventures and misadventures – a good many taking place while he was a youngster, which would explain a lot about him as an adult. Today column is the first of two parts about his first experience with egg rolls, a “ton’’ of soup and a feisty lady at the back door of a restaurant. more
Having a summer job used to be a rite of passage for teenagers, but changes in economic conditions and preferences are contributing to a decline in the numbers of young people seeking summer work. The implications for both young people and employers are significant. more
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