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HORACE MCQUEEN: Traveling Texas


There are lots of opportunities for our younger folks who want to enter the work arena. Too many of our “educators” push and shove high school graduates into college programs that the kids didn’t want. What we need is more plumbers, electricians, carpenters, brick masons, welders– willing workers who can build, repair and create legends with their workmanship. What is impressive is that many of our high school programs are helping build a future for these students. Several schools even have meat labs for those who want to become proficient in cutting, and marketing, beef, pork and other products. Jobs are many for those willing to learn and work. And the pay is excellent.

As for those who prefer owning their own business, the field is wide open. We have a great shortage of qualified plumbers, electricians, carpenters, welders and other hands-on jobs. And for those students who want to further their education in the building trades beyond high school, we have Texas State Technological schools in many parts of Texas. Plus, we have community colleges nearby that offer several classes in building and maintenance trades. All in all, a quality education is offered at affordable prices close by!

Some farmers are taking a look at raising alfalfa for both grazing and haying. It is wonderful forage with high protein and digestibility. But it takes some effort to raise alfalfa in our country. That’s the reason for a special East Texas Alfalfa Conference taking place Friday, March 24 at the Texas A & M Center in Overton. It’s a program covering alfalfa production from soil selection to harvesting and all in between. Program starts at 8:15 a.m. that day with coffee ready by 7:30 a.m. Cost is $20 for preregistration and $30 at the door. Interested? Reserve a space, and a meal, by calling 979-845-2604.

Kids often have some ideas of their own that adults would never think of. Like the little boy who opened the family bible. He was fascinated as he fingered through the pages. Suddenly, something fell out of the old book. He picked up the object and looked at it. What he saw was an old leaf that had been pressed between the pages. “Mama, look what I found,” the boy called out. “What have you there, son”.  His reply was fast. ”I think it’s Adam’s underwear”!