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Back when my kids still lived with us, there was a time when I thought they were supposed to be in school. “It’s a bad weather day,” said my daughter. “The weather’s not bad,” I said. more
Since my Dad went to be with the Lord a couple of years ago, I wanted to relate one of the best stories I can remember while growing up with him. Since Father’s Day is pretty soon, I thought this would be a great way to honor his memory. --- more
By all standard definitions, the US economy is at “full employment,” which loosely means that everyone who wants a job has one. The unemployment rate declined to 4.2 percent in September, and the number of unemployed persons declined by 331,000. At last count in August, there were more than six million job openings across the United States, up more than 590,000 from a year prior and the highest ever recorded. more
As you know, I hate shoppin’. I’d rather jump off a cliff with a firecracker up my nose than go shoppin’, but if I don’t buy “you know who” somethin’ for Christmas, it makes for a really bad New Year. Anywho, a few weeks ago, I was out of town and drove by a huge mall. I had a little time on my hands so I figured I could run in, grab somethin’ for Janet for Christmas, and be done with it. Man, I had to park about 14 miles from the place, and by the time I’d walked to the mall entrance, I was worn out. more
Now I don’t know about you, but I love to go into antique shops. Of course the stuff I like to look at is not really antiques, but just old junk. You know, like old coffee pots that cowboys used on their campfires, old knives that have a deer foot for a handle, or maybe an old bear trap. You know, junk like that. more
The Texas Department of Transportation has turned 100. Originally formed as the Texas Highway Department on April 4, 1917, by the 35th Legislature, TxDOT has become a vital part of our quality of life and economic growth. more
Now bein’ a cowboy is not as easy as it might seem when you’re 10 or 11 years old, because it takes a lot of studyin’. No, I’m not talkin’ about book studyin’. I’m talkin’ about studyin’ the cowboys on TV. You had to learn to walk bowlegged, and talk with a drawl, and give steely-eyed stares at bad guys. It takes a lot of work. more
Markets are among mankind’s most powerful inventions. Although they have existed in some form for several millennia, it is only in the past few centuries that we have used them to organize entire economic systems. Once we turned them loose, we unleashed a period of global growth unlike anything that had come before. They are not perfect, but they are truly remarkable and, like most economists. I am a big fan. more
Things are definitely looking up in the oil and gas business, with more rigs, more jobs, and more spending. The economic benefits of this activity are rippling through the economy, and that is definitely good news. It looks like we may have turned the corner back toward expansion, though there are some signals that the recovery may face some challenges. more
EDITOR’S NOTE: Perhaps the only thing better than Rusty telling a fishing story is one that has three chapters. This week, we’re running the final chapter of “Being overcome by gold fever.’’ more
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