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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 “It must be out of date.”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
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
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