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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
While Christmas in July has been a well-recognized concept, there is now a semi-official holiday to back it up – Amazon Prime Day. Prime Day (this year a day and a half) is chock full of discounts for Amazon Prime Members, a subscription service that offers free two-day shipping and other amenities and now has more than 100 million members, covering more than half of American households. more
The other day, just after finishing an afternoon of yard work (yes, yes, I understand that’s the WRONG time to do yard work) I felt as if I were stuck in place. Looking down, it became apparent my feet had melted into the driveway, kind of like a crayon left outside during a Texas afternoon. more
A federal judge in Houston has ruled that the state of Texas can’t end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, which is good news not only for Texans directly and indirectly affected, but also for the economy. (I was directly involved in the matter and gave testimony regarding the economic effects of DACA.) more
Well, I’m finally home for a couple of days. Man, I’ve seen more of our country this month than I really care about. Of course, I’ve had to see it from about 30,000 feet up. Now, as you know, I travel quite a bit, but that’s usually in my truck. Oh, every once in a while, I’ll have to fly somewhere, but that’s not that often for me. I really don’t mind flyin’, though. Well, actually the only thing I really like about it is the take off and landin’. The rest is usually pretty borin’. 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
Services for Tommy Lee Glasscock, 90 of Lindale, were held Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Lindale Assembly of God with Rev. Paul Ransberger and Gary Glasscock officiating. Interment was in the Tyler Memorial Park Cemetery with services under the direction of Caudle-Rutledge-Daugherty Funeral Home in Lindale. more
The other day I heard a little boy talkin’ to his momma. He was pointin’ at his belly button and sayin’ somethin’ about his “nabel.” Well when he said that, it reminded me of somethin’ that happened back when I was a little kid. more
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