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steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

August 6th, 2015

Ray Hendryx and Steve Lang

A well-deserved day for Ray

By STEVE LANG

“Friends are people who know you really well and like you anyway.” – Greg Tamblyn

Years ago, a South Dakota Republican spoke at a Minnesota Republican Party convention. He noted, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that the sitting Minnesota governor, a …

the money man

the money man

July 30th, 2015

Dividends good and bad

By TOM JACOBS

It’s nice to be paid money — a dividend — to own a stock, but not all dividends are created equal. Some are safer than others. When a company cuts a dividend, the stock usually plummets. Not good.

Think of dividend yield as an interest rate. The …

To read or not to read; it’s not really a question

To read or not to read; it’s not really a question

July 30th, 2015

By SASHA von OLDERSHAUSEN

I will never forget the first time I finished reading The Giver. I lay on my bed, the finished book resting heavily on my chest, and I watched the ceiling fan in my bedroom make its measured rotations as my mind reeled with its first existential questions. I was eight …

library talk

library talk

July 30th, 2015

Family reading night is August 14

By MANDY ROANE

Summer Reading is drawing to a close, so now is the time to get your reading logs in! We’ll be handing out reading prizes and tickets for the grand prizes until Friday, August 14. If you haven’t read all that you want to this summer, …

cattlemen’s column

cattlemen’s column

July 23rd, 2015

TSCRA reflects on 84th Texas Legislative Session

By Pete Bonds
President, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

This year started off on a busy note as the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) tracked legislation and worked with state elected officials and staff during the 84th Texas Legislative Session, which convened Jan. 13 through …

the money man

the money man

July 23rd, 2015

China at the margins

By TOM JACOBS

“Elevator operators and secretaries were buying on margin!” – My father, on the run-up to the Crash of 1929.

Lost in the news over Greece’s status in the Eurozone is that investors in China’s stock market have seen a stock market crash around 30% in a few …

money man

money man

July 16th, 2015

Recency bias and wrong thinking

By TOM JACOBS

“Invert, always invert!” – Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway

It’s rained like crazy for months; the drought is gone for good. The economy is growing and will continue to grow, so credit and consumption expand. Housing prices are rising, they will always increase – buy a house anywhere at …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

July 16th, 2015

How Swede it is – or isn’t

By STEVE LANG

“Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.” – Jack Handey

Among the greater oxymorons of our time, “political correctness” joins “jumbo shrimp,” “mud bath” and may answer a question I posed two decades ago:

“Does teaching continuing …

Texas senior US Senator John Cornyn

Texas senior US Senator John Cornyn

July 16th, 2015

A time for reflection after Independence Day

By US Senator JOHN CORNYN

I had the opportunity to travel throughout our state last week and over the Fourth of July holiday, and at every stop I was reminded of the many opportunities for learning and enrichment we are lucky to have here in …

Texas junior Senator Ted Cruz

Texas junior Senator Ted Cruz

July 16th, 2015

End Ex-Im corporate welfare program forever

By US Senator TED CRUZ

On June 30, Congress finally, finally, finally decided to let a wasteful spending program expire. After 81 years, Congress decided to end one of the worst examples of corporate welfare: Washington could stop sending taxpayer monies to benefit wealthy contributors. And so, after 81 long years, …

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