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The Munday Courier of Munday, Texas

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High tide is never a good time for a storm blow in. But that's what Superstorm Sandy did to the New Jersey, New York area. Most of the water took the subway tunnels, that is. What a mess that was and what a huge cleanup job. My son and family are fine, Zandre works at the United Nations building, so it will be a while before she can get to work.

While visiting cleanup efforts with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie last week, Barack Obama declared, "We are not going to tolerate red tape. We are not going to tolerate bureaucracy."

However, a president's words apparently do not apply to Big Labor.

Volunteer electrical workers from Alabama were turned away from New Jersey because they dared to exercise their rights under Alabama's Right to Work laws to remain free from forced unionism. New Jersey unions rejected FREE and willing volunteer help, which meant that union workers would be getting a lot of overtime. Never mind that people would be without power longer.

I was in a union for awhile, in Fort Worth. I worked my way through college as a newspaper printer, working the night shift. So when I finished HSU and started Southwestern Seminary I went to work for the FW Star-Telegram. I worked the weekends and made enough to live on and pay my seminary expenses. But I had to join the union, even though Texas was a Right to Work state. Union dues were high, but one had to pay to work in Fort Worth.

The owners of the paper wanted to get rid of the union's high wages, eventually they succeeded, but it was a long, difficult struggle. As with most things, there were pros and cons having a union, or being in a union. Unions are probably why so many of our manufacturing jobs moved overseas. Unions are why we pay so much for our cars and trucks and unions are why shipping is so expensive in this country. Unions can bankrupt airlines as well. And for unions to do what they are doing in New Jersey is outrageous to say the least.

Let's move away from unions. A lot of people watch the popular show, American Pickers on TV. Because of this show's influence there is a lot of interest in 'picking'. When I Googled that question a lot of different definitions came up, from picking cherries to picking your nose.

The term "picker" is given to someone who goes to flea markets, garage sales, auctions, individuals and occasionally a refuse pile (usually in an abandoned lot or out of the way place), identifies items that have value and buys them. The person then cleans and/or repairs the item and sells it at a higher price.

That's what Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz do on American Pickers. Mike and Frank grew up together in Iowa, and to hear Mike talk they started picking at a young age and evidently never grew out of it.

The idea to making money as a picker is to know what to buy and for how much. One also needs to know how much something will sell for. If you are after vintage items, you need to learn to recognize it when you see it. The same goes for collectibles or antiques. American Pickers is a good place to learn about picking. Mike and Frank have been at it long enough that they wrote a book about it all.

I took the name for my store from the American Pickers scene. I am hoping that we will see a lot of "treasures" come through the store and that many pickers will come along and "rescue" them. Not that they really need rescuing, but I hope you get the picture. A lot of homemade items are really quite worthy of being called "a treasure."

Come in to Picker's Thursday afternoon, or later, to find your 'pick.' Happy picking.

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Original Publication Date: November 7, 2012

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