AUSTIN — January 20 was inauguration day for Gov. Greg Abbott, successor  to Rick Perry, who completed a record-setting 14 years as governor. Abbott is the 48th governor of Texas. Abbott expressed gratitude to the people who elected him and promised to “promote policies that limit the growth of government, not the size of  your dreams.”

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With all the national news coverage on racism, it is time to look at the actual definition of the word. The first definition, fr an internet search, defined it as “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to  that race, especially so asto distinguish it as inferior  or superior to another race or races.” Dictionary. com Unabridged defined “racism” as “1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others. 2. a  policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination. 3. hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.”

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The hardest part of running a business is hiring people. There is no doubt that government has impeded the growth of business and interfered with the rights of entrepreneurs. Nonetheless, government is only the second hardest part of running a business. In the decades that I’ve been in business, both as an employee and as an owner, I find that hiring people is much more difficult than firing people. If I hire the wrong person, I will have interfered with that person’s future, and the position with me will be only temporary. The person may miss a job opportunity that better suits them. That is a heavy burden.

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