Insurance and the Medical Profession

by Bob Branco Remember how it used to be at the doctor’s office? You would make an appointment for a yearly physical examination, take it, hear your results, and follow your doctor’s recommendations. The process was simple while you always hoped for the best. You were likely covered by some form of medical insurance, but…

God in the Schools

by Bob Branco When I went to elementary school nearly 50 years ago, it was a great feeling to be told by my teacher that it was time to pray. Every morning, the class went silent for several moments while we took the time to pray for ourselves, our family and our friends. I was very happy…

Laws, Laws, and More Laws

by Bob Branco I often wonder why politicians keep adopting new legislation when they have a difficult time enforcing what’s already on the books. I hear this all the time. We have so many laws in this country that there is either not enough manpower to enforce all of them, or that legislators really don’t…

Paying Your Boss Instead of Yourself

by Bob Branco You probably think this is crazy. How can you go to work and pay the boss instead of getting a paycheck? There is one industry where this happens quite frequently, and that’s the radio industry. I know because it almost happened to me. On several occasions, I thought about doing sports talk…

The Unemployment Rate is Deceiving

by Bob Branco Why are we expected to believe the unemployment rate? It is fictitious! When the statistic is taken, it does not include people out of work who no longer receive unemployment benefits. Yet we are supposed to believe this bogus unemployment rate every time the new stats come out. A good example of…

The Importance of Tipping

by Bob Branco Tipping is a very important custom in this country. Many waiters and waitresses try very hard for the money they make, and as far as I’m concerned, tipping is an expression of appreciation. While many people tip according to old-school protocol, such as an additional 15% of the entire bill, I tip…

Have Labor Unions Been Effective?

by Bob Branco I understand very well why labor unions were created. People who perform hard labor have as many rights as anyone else, and they needed to voice their opinions. What better way to do it than through an organized union? Unions are powerful, and without them, we might not be celebrating Labor Day.…

Should Marriage be Privatized?

by Bob Branco For a long time, couples who want to get married in this country have been required to obtain a state marriage license. This policy has been in effect since the establishment of the marriage tax. Prior to that, marriage was privatized. I recently found out that Rand Paul would like to privatize…

How the Times Have Changed!

by James R. Campbell I wouldn’t believe what happened this morning if they paid me, if I didn’t know Dear. The weather here in Odessa isn’t the best that anyone could ask for; not today. We were hit with a cold front late yesterday afternoon, the weather man predicted we would get snow overnight. At…

Resend the Tide

by James R. Campbell Note for readers: This article was written shortly before Thanksgiving this year. It has become a spectacle that is repeated every year. The news covers countless stories of the madness of Black Friday, the shopping day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is the day when retailers can look forward to a profit.…