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In every basic economics or introduction to business class since the original “Adam Smith,” the business student has learned that competition between strong competitors is good for the consumer. As competing businesses battle for consumer acceptance, these businesses tend to offer some combination of better services, higher quality or lower prices in order to entice the consumer to acquire the products or services of that business.

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Texas’ newest United States senator is attracting quite a bit of attention in Washington. Apparently, Ted Cruz is stepping on lots of toes in his early entrance into the good ole boys club known as the United States Senate. Recently, Cruz was criticized for inferring former Sen. Chuck Hagel, the president’s selection for Defense Secretary, had taken money from Iran, Saudi Arabia and/or North Korea. He further alleged Iran had celebrated the nomination of Hagel as Defense Secretary of the United States. The allegation concerning Iran’s celebration turned out to be patently false.

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Branded

Cowboy Church on the Rock will host Christian Country duo Branded during Sunday morning services on Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. 

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Bill Hobby, a former Texas lieutenant governor, was often quoted as saying any impending legislative session would be about the allocation of money or appropriation of tax dollars. All else, said Hobby, was poetry.

I’m not sure it was poetry, but anything other than the allocation of money fades into obscurity during any legislative session. Always the last and most important focus of any session is the passage of the appropriations bill and adjustments for differences therein between the House and Senate.

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Triumphant Quartet

The Master’s Men Annual Winter Celebration, which brings the best artists in Southern Gospel to Southeast Texas every February is scheduled for Feb. 23 at Silsbee High School Auditorium, located  at 5 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m.

This year’s guests include Triumphant Quartet, Jeff and Sheri Easter and 11th hour.

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