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High Points from El Camino Real #1065
Folks along El Camino Real were thinking seriously about their Valentine sweethearts over the weekend as temperatures plunged with lots of wind and a cold rain. The...
Taxing Thoughts: Tips for when your employees are family members
Working with family can be a pleasure. It can also be a pain, especially if you have to terminate a family member’s employment. Here are tips to help you ease the strain of...
A Reason to Smile: The cloud, the fog and the dream
I’m a little slow to catch on to trendy technology terms, such as “the cloud.” I always assumed that cloud referred to a formation of air particles in the sky from which...
High Points from El Camino Real #1064
Folks along El Camino Real were preparing to watch another Super Bowl that nobody cared anything about as I sat down to write your weekly dose of news. I haven’t watched...
Idle American: A go-to guy
Every community needs a “go-to” guy. At the end of the day, however, there are far more “run-from” folks perfectly willing to let the “go-to’ers” lead the way for the...
High Points from El Camino Real #1063
Folks along El Camino Real are watching January come to an end and most of us are hoping for an early spring. When you stay cold, damp and indoors for too many months it...
Taxing Thoughts: Does your business need cyber protection?
It’s a nightmare scenario few small businesses consider: hackers breach your computer system, steal your customer lists and threaten to exploit sensitive data. Data...
Idle American: Words fail in New Orleans
Words failed us –accompanied by a smiley face – provided a touch of grim humor on the front door of a bookstore when its owner declared Chapter XI bankruptcy. Front-page...
Business Column: Flu Season Reminders for the Workplace
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports Texas is among states with the highest level of flu-like illness activity this year, with some reports indicating the...
High Points from El Camino Real #1062
Folks along El Camino Real survived the great blizzard of 2018 without too many major problems, so we ought to be all stocked up for the next one. I figure we’ve got...
Hope for Today
Two months ago my family and I laid my father (Paul Decker) to rest, after he unexpectedly died of advanced pancreatic cancer on November 13; three days after his...
Taxing Thoughts: Looking ahead – tax reform in 2018
Congress has passed tax reform that will take effect in 2018, ushering in some of the most significant tax changes in three decades. Here are some major items in the new...
A Reason to Smile: It's never just a cough!
Often sick people attempt to excuse their coughing by saying, “Oh, it’s just a cough.” But we have all seen the television commercial which graphically shows a huge...
Matt's Money: It must be January – here come the predictions
It’s that time of year when stock market “experts” are asked by the financial media where the stock market will be by the end of 2018. As an investment advisor, the most...
High Points from El Camino Real #1061
Folks along El Camino Real got busy preparing for a blizzard over the weekend as soon as the weatherman said that we might get a wintery mix. In East Texas, a forecast of...