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By almost any of the usual measures, the job market is better than it has been in decades. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May 2018 was 3.8 percent, the lowest level in nearly 20 years. Job gains have averaged 179,000 during the past three months, with millions more people now employed than a year ago. more
Recently, the city of Tyler’s Planning and Zoning board gave its approval to annex a section of land at the southeast corner of Interstate 20 and U.S. Highway 69. So why should Lindale residents care? Because this is part of the long range plan Lindale city leaders were preparing for years ago. Say what? more
Texas has more capacity to generate electricity from wind than any other state. In fact, Texas’ capacity of 22,799 megawatts is triple that of second-place Oklahoma and is larger than most countries around the world. The Lone Star State also tops the list for capacity currently under development. Smart policy decisions decades ago have been the key to the development of the Texas wind power industry. more
I was out the other day when I heard someone call my name. I turned and saw a pretty lady standin’ with her husband, both of whom I know. The lady came up and gave me a hug. I was instantly taken back about 45 years to when I had asked her for a date. Her name is Gail. I’m not goin’ to tell you her last name, but anyone who knows Gail, after me describin’ her here, will know who she is. more
I was beginning to believe the phone creatures had taken me off of their list. Phone creatures, for you out there who have not been readin’ this junk I write, is what I call those phone solicitors who call you, buggin’ you to buy somethin’. more
Texas cities are dominating national expansion. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released estimates of population growth between July 2016 and July 2017, and Texas cities top the list both for the number of new residents and the fastest rate of growth. San Antonio added more new residents than any city in the nation; a gain of 24,208 pushed the total population above 1.5 million. That’s an average of over 66 new people per day. more
Even as full employment and difficulties finding workers are challenging businesses across the country, researchers are describing scenarios in which a third of U.S. jobs could go away by 2030 due to … more
I don’t see how kids today can become bored, especially in school. They have so many neat things. Take computers, for example. Man, if we’d had those, you couldn’t have pried us out of the … more
Advances in technology have reduced the cost to produce oil, contributing to the current high level of activity in truly amazing ways. Only three years ago, $70 per barrel almost shut down the industry; today, it accelerates an ongoing surge. more
You know, nobody has good dumps anymore. You know, where people dump their trash. I can remember a time when almost everyone that lived in the country had a big ditch or a washed out place on their land where they dumped their garbage. Back then it was a prerequisite when you bought land. more
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