Business & Politics

Division Over Divisiveness

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
At a time when seemingly simple issues like face masks and election results create animosity between colleagues, friends, and even family members, it is hard to argue that we are not a country divided. But are we really divided or more divisive, or both? Division is a separation of opinion or feeling, while divisive is defined as creating dissention or discord. Call us divided if you will, but having attempted a few casual political debates recently, I would define the reactions as divisive and even a tad emotional. … Divisiveness seems to be a cyclical thing, but divided we’ve always been.

The Business of Mankind

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
Few holiday stories are as well-known or as well-loved as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. It’s a timeless story that has entertained generations of readers. There are truths that play out in the life of the story’s main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserable man who is blinded by his insatiable appetite for money. At the beginning, Ebenezer is visited by the ghost of his recently deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, whose spirit returns for the sole purpose of warning the bad-tempered old miser of the awful reality that Marley has discovered after his death.

Right or Left to the Promised Land?

POLITICAL CARTOON BY PGHS Senior Noah Rayburn
As the fervor of the recent election season slowly recedes, it is helpful to reflect on what has transpired over the last few political cycles. Though reasonable people may disagree over methods, models, and modalities, it is undeniable that the concept of ‘identity’ rests at the core of our struggle. Firmly establishing who we are, both individually and in the broader social context, is critically important to building healthy relationships, and when our sense of identity is challenged, it undermines the integrity of our structural framework.

Dinner's REDI

PHOTO BY Molly Kendrick
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? … This is a long-enduring paradox first proposed by philosophers in Ancient Greece to describe the problem of determining cause-and-effect. Today, it is still fun to ponder this age-old question. … Now consider a similar question as it relates to our regional economic viability. Which comes first, supply or demand? What does your gut tell you? … Traditionally home cooks have been serving up eggs for breakfast and pot roast for Sunday dinner. Yet in modern times we just read the menu and order what sounds good.

Let's Make A Deal

Political Column by Charles JordanCan we just face it? … President Donald Trump is a centennial figure who will be talked about by his detractors with annoyance, anger, and hatred for the foreseeable future, maybe even the rest of the century. They see him as racist, careless and incompetent in every way. To his supporters, the President is the no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is New York outsider who popularizes America, patriotism, and the American way while building the wall and wrestling the swamp.

Texas REALTOR® To Watch

Virginia Ann PrazakSeven Texas REALTORS ® under the age of 40 were recently named REALTORS ® to Watch and were recognized for their excellence in leadership, community involvement, and sales in 2020, by the Texas REALTORS ® Young Professionals Network (YPN). Their accomplishments were honored on September 1, through a virtual celebration. Texarkana’s very own, Virginia Ann Prazak, of ERA Raffaelli Realtors was among the celebrated honorees. … For decades, Virginia Ann’s family has been deeply entrenched in the real estate business of Texarkana.

World Class Education

…we have a world class education network unheard of in a community our size. Texarkana has quietly become an exceptional college town.” —AR-TX REDI President & CEO, Rob Sitterley … Today, we exist in a paradigm of disruptive change brought upon by the world being more connected than ever.

Donnie Kelley

National Black Business Month Spotlight … Donnie Kelley … Elite Sports Training … Give a brief description of your business. … Elite Sports Training Program was designed to get the best out of the student-athlete to maximize their full athletic ability. … What is your company’s mission? … Elite’s mission is to give every kid an opportunity to get extra work and life lessons, and to give them premium training, at a price their parents don’t have to struggle to pay. … Why did you go into business for yourself?


Margaret Chisolm

National Black Business Month SpotlightMargaret Chisolm … Eye Envy Lash Bar … How did you get into the industry? … It all started while playing with my dolls’ hair as a little girl. Then, at 13, I did my friend’s hair. To my surprise, she gave me $20 for my service. It was then I knew I was at the first pivotal point in my newly found career. To actually have the ability to change an individual’s appearance and mental being simultaneously is incredibly awesome. Needless to say, I found my niche. As a result, I’m in my own creative space… Eye Envy!

Derrick McGary

National Black Business Month SpotlightDerrick McGary … Derrick McGary State Farm Insurance … Give a brief description of your business. … Derrick McGary State Farm provides insurance and financial services to help customers protect and grow their assets. We offer several insurance products such as auto, home, life, short- and long-term disability, and many more. Altogether, we offer over 100 products and services. … What is your company’s mission? … The State Farm mission is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams.

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