• Robert Francis rfrancis@bizpress.net
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For a few years, my friend Jett and I were golf nuts. We were about 12-years-old and every few weeks we’d pester some parental unit until they promised to take us to one of our favorite courses, Z Boaz or Sycamore. I liked Sycamore in the summer because the trees were huge and the shade plen…

  • Robert Francis rfrancis@bizpress.net
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The alarm clanged to life at 2 o’clock in the morning. It was loud, right outside my bedroom door. I was 6 years old, living in a small frame house on Henderson Street in Fort Worth. It was 1960 and to my young self, the world was like a giant wide-open candy store. I really saw nothing to c…

  • Robert Francis rfrancis@bizpress.net
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You don’t have to look far – in our very own town in fact – to see that journalism is facing some tough times. There are DNA-deep cutbacks and Rube Goldberg-type restructurings at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. And if you read the first quarter report from Dallas Morning News’ parent Belo, wh…

  • Bill Wolters
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U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, will be inducted into the Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA) Hall of Legends at our annual conference in San Antonio on April 30. Congressman Williams will join only 17 other dealers in the 102-year history of TADA to be recognized with this distin…

  • Robert Francis rfrancis@bizpress.net
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I wrote last week about an early encounter with Fake News. This week I ran across a study that explains to some extent why we are so easily misled by news that is either too good or too bad to be true. And why the sales guy and the secretary I talked about last week continued to believe in a…

  • Don Woodard
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The Good Neighbor Policy was the foreign policy of the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt toward Latin America. It also reinforced the idea that the United States would be a “good neighbor” and engage in reciprocal exchanges with Latin American countries.

  • Lee Hamillton
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For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill to their work that comes only with familia…

  • Robert Francis rfrancis@bizpress.net
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President Donald Trump's March 22 announcement that he's moving to impose steel tariffs of up to $60 billion worth of Chinese imports rattled financial markets and touched off a fresh economic debate.

  • Shirley Peterson
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As the end of March nears, so does the loom of Tax Day. With tax filers using technology more and more, there are several things to keep in mind so your taxes are filed safely, and cybercriminals don’t take advantage of your money. Although filing your taxes online is safe, you may be puttin…

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President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum set off a firestorm including threats of retaliation from a number of nations (including some of our oldest and closest allies), a significant drop in the stock market, and more dissension and division in Washington, D.C.

  • Robert Francis rfrancis@bizpress.net
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When I began covering the computer industry for Datamation magazine in the mid-1980s, my job was to make inroads into the then-burgeoning PC industry. Remember those clunky, boat anchor desktops with screens we wouldn’t allow our lowliest employee to use today? They were all the rage.

  • Richard Connor
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We take our customers seriously. That’s message number one today. Message number two is a bit of sound advice for all business leaders: Admit when you’ve been wrong in business decisions, particularly with personnel. Say it straight out, “I was wrong,” and move on.

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If you are reading this on Tuesday, March 6, it's Election Day – and you still have time to vote. If you haven’t voted already, we can guess what you’re thinking: It’s only a primary. Primaries are just for party loyalists; regular voters can wait until November when the real decisions are made.

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  • Robert Francis rfrancis@bizpress.net
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 When I was a kid, I attended a party with several adults – 18 or 19 years old, at least. I was pretty bored until someone put on this jazz record. I’d heard jazz before. One of my dad’s favorites was a two-record set of Count Basie’s best that I still own.

  • Richard Connor
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I love L.L. Bean. It’s a love that dates back to my childhood growing up in Maine, where no business, no institution, no person is more profoundly emblematic of the state than the world-renowned outdoor retailer founded by and named for Leon Leonwood Bean.

  • Don Woodard
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On August 28, 1962, Congressman Jim Wright gave me a treasured volume entitled Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States. In the front of the book he inscribed: “For my valued friends, Don and Wanda Woodard, with very personal regards, Jim Wright.” For more than 50 years I h…

  • Robert Francis rfrancis@bizpress.net
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It was then called the Fat Stock Show. The year? Probably 1965 or 1966, I’m not really sure. I was still a kid, but starting to take on more responsibility. Darn it.

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