|THE LONE STAR FLAG|
Thinking back on our stay in Texas, I can unequivocally say that its social and economic model is a good one for the rest of the country. Unemployment is only 6.4%, three percent lower than California, The economy is vibrant, with new houses being built everywhere in at least the Dallas-Fortworth Metroplex. The oil and gas industry is booming, with gasoline prices twenty five cents lower than northern Wisconsin. People seem to be upbeat and confident. It isn't only the result of a good economy, but stems I think from deeper social roots. Religion is a significant part of Texas life, churches everywhere, and Sunday is devoted to them. There is an obvious work ethic, apparent in the retail establishments and fast food restaurants. There is a hustle and bustle to everyday life. One is invariably addressed as "sir" or "mam."
And I'll have to get used to opening my own doors again.