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Travel and tourism is an important source of economic activity. Every year, millions of visitors to Texas spend billions of dollars in the state, and hundreds of thousands of individuals across Texas are employed in travel-related industries. 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 Chapter One of “Being overcome by gold fever.’’ more
Since Sunday is my mom’s birthday I wanted to tell as story not only about my mom but my dad as well. This was my dad’s favorite story. Since I wrote this, both Momma and Daddy have gone to be … 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
I know y’all may get sick of me writin’ about Phone Creatures, but now-a-days they’re a way of life. Phone Creatures, for any of you that haven’t read any of this junk before, are what I call those pesky salespeople who call and try to sell you something over the phone. I don’t know how most people handle these creatures, but I like to have some fun with them. The way I’ve got it figured, they are invading my home, so whatever I want to do to defend my home is my right. I got a call just the other night. more
The U.S. national debt has just topped $20 trillion. That’s 20 million millions or $20,000,000,000,000. It’s a large number, and people are (justifiably) concerned. more
You got any ketchup? Those four words have probably caused me more grief than anything else I’ve ever said. You see, I like ketchup. Now, you wouldn’t think this would be a big problem, but sometimes it is, believe me. Some people look down on you if you eat ketchup. But before we get into that, I think we should hit on a little history of ketchup. (Sounds a lot like the Food Channel don’t it?) more
The Lone Star State has once again prevailed in Site Selection Magazine’s “Governor’s Cup” competition. The Governor’s Cup goes to the state with the most major corporate location and expansion projects. To be counted, a project has to either involve a capital investment of at least $1 million, 20 or more new jobs, or 20,000 square feet of new construction. more
I was in the kitchen the other day and my cell phone rang. When I answered it, I was surprised. It was a phone creature. I could tell because there was a pause after I said hello. more
I have never been one to put much stock in a single monthly statistic. Economic data can fluctuate for all sorts of reasons, and it is normally best to see a pattern develop. In the more than 30 years that I have been writing this weekly epistle, I could probably count on one hand the number of times that I have focused on a single number and have a few fingers left over. This week, however, I am making an exception. more
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