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the idle american

the idle american

June 25th, 2015

We all scream for ice cream

By Dr. Don Newbury

It is considered a short poem, ditty, slogan or even a hard, cold fact–we all scream for ice cream. Purists may sniff, however, insisting that initially, it was but the chorus of a simple melody introduced in 1925.

Here lately, however–with Blue Bell’s voluntary removal of its desserts …

cattlemen’s column

cattlemen’s column

June 18th, 2015

Death tax adversely affects domestic economy

 By ROBERT McKNIGHT

Second vice president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

The federal estate tax, also known as the death tax, is a levy on the transfer of the estate of a deceased property owner. The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) doesn’t believe death should ever be a taxable …

hurd on the hill

hurd on the hill

June 18th, 2015

Unleash the innovators

By U.S. Rep. WILL HURD

Let me ask you a question. Would you rather our best scientists spend their time in an office writing research grant proposals or in the laboratory finding a cure for cancer? This week in Congress we’re working on bipartisan legislation which promotes less of the former and more of …

the money man

the money man

June 18th, 2015

Get paid to own a stock

By TOM JACOBS

Many people think there is magic to stock gains and losses because they consider only price. But over time, it isn’t voodoo. What matters is whether the business creates what’s called shareholder value. If it does, the stock price will eventually follow. Very simple.

You’d think creating shareholder value …

steve’s funny column

steve’s funny column

June 18th, 2015

Batter up: tracing baseball’s Renaissance roots

 By STEVE LANG

 “The strongest thing that baseball has going for it today are its yesterdays.” – Lawrence Ritter

“Baseball is a game dominated by vital ghosts; it’s a fraternity, like no other we have of the active and the no longer so, the living and the dead.” – Richard Gilman

Historians have …

the idle american

the idle american

June 18th, 2015

Uncle Mort on aging

By Dr. Don Newbury

On a night when sleep was fitful, I caught the tail-end of a TV talk show. A guy quoted my Uncle Mort, who believes drinking buttermilk daily is the secret of his longevity.

Of all the claims I’ve heard Mort make—and there are many—none I recalled involved buttermilk.

First thing the …

the money man

the money man

June 4th, 2015

What’s your guitar solo?

By TOM JACOBS

There were so many benefits when the band Alexei Martov recently filmed part of a music video at our gallery. Not only were they such talented, hardworking, polite, bright, and fun guys (cue your mother: “Such fine young men.”), but one of their entourage lit up the …

guest commentary

guest commentary

May 29th, 2015

Stop the pipeline project, let the peoples’ voices be heard

By PETE GALLEGO

Our part of Texas is special. Remember the “Don’t Mess With Texas” motto? That applies out here, too. It’s about respect. We don’t take kindly to outsiders potentially messing in our neighborhoods or with our way of life.

The consortium of companies that make up the …

our texas state senator

our texas state senator

May 28th, 2015

Unaccountable “border security” spending

The Texas Senate this week voted to approve HB 11, the “border security” bill that expands DPS’ staffing and mission with little oversight or accountability, adding not only to the billion-dollar tab already credited to state with no clear purpose but now creating an obligation for future Legislatures.

By JOSE D. RODRIGUEZ

This bill …

the money man

the money man

May 28th, 2015

We are mental

By TOM JACOBS

We are all more human than otherwise. We don’t behave rationally with money. Our brain plays tricks on us. We have emotions.

You find a $10 bill on the street. How do you feel? Found money? Free money! The brain clicks into immediate gratification mode. This is our animal side. We are …

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