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Guess what? That’s right, the phone creatures are back. I’m sort of glad. It’s been a while since one called and I was afraid I might have hurt their feelin’s or somethin’. Phone creatures are what I call those phone solicitors who call wantin’ to sell you somethin’. I like to give them a hard time. I know that’s not really nice, but somebody’s got to do it. more
Recently, there have been questions raised regarding the fairness of the use of the Texas Enterprise Fund, a key aspect of the state’s economic development incentives. At issue is whether the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex gets a disproportionate share of awards. The TEF is an important “deal closing” fund which has been effectively used to enhance Texas’ ability to attract desirable corporate locations and expansions. 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
This past Sunday Brother Robbie Caldwell preached his last sermon as pastor at New Harmony Baptist Church. He is retirin’ after more than fifty years as a pastor; twenty-six of those at New Harmony. He is not leavin’ New Harmony Baptist Church, just retirin’ as our pastor. I have had the privilege of travelin’ with him on three different continents and can say I’ve never met a finer man. I wrote this story about him more than 20 years ago, and it is one of my favorites and yes, it is true. more
The number of job openings in the United States has topped six million for several months now according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up about a half million from a year ago and the highest the country has ever seen. Although the long years of high unemployment following the Great Recession make this welcome news, the United States may face major difficulties if unemployment drops too far or too fast. more
These are cynical times we live in, to be sure. From daily political skirmishes and workplace threats to the specter of unhinged world leaders rattling their nuclear sabers, it seems as good a time as any to sit down, draw a deep breath and relax. Thankfully, Christmas is just a few days away. But this most precious of Christian observances has undergone so many major renovations over the years the cynic can point to the crass commercialization of the holiday and mutter “why bother.’’ more
I was fillin’ my jeep with gas the other day when I noticed a car parked out toward the street. It not only was filled with junk, but some of it was spillin’ out the windows. Beside it stood a man who I guessed to be about my age and he was lookin’ all around. About that time he looked over at me, smiled and headed my way. more
During the past two decades, we’ve gone digital. The development of the internet and related technologies and advances in communications have changed the way we live and work, affecting virtually … more
Taking a long-term view of the outlook for the Texas economy, I am encouraged, yet also cautious. With all of the key ingredients for economic success, the state is well positioned for expansion in business activity and the prosperity that goes with it for decades to come. However, continued economic performance hinges on adapting to the underlying changes in the population and workforce. more
The U.S. economic expansion is setting records right and left. What began as a “jobless recovery” is now making history for its duration, and, without a major shock, there’s no obvious end in sight. The recovery wasn’t impressive at the outset, but slow and steady is winning. The current U.S. economic expansion now ranks in a tie for the second longest in history (with the Kennedy-Johnson period of the 1960s). more
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