Inside Story – 2nd Quarter 2017

By Jerry M. Lawson, Publisher/ Editor-in-Chief
Jerry Lawson

There are a few companies that are trying to Make America Great Again. Honeywell invested $300 million building a new plant. Daikin is investing huge amounts of money building a massive manufacturing plant just outside Houston. These companies and others are seeking to grow their business worldwide beginning here in the land of the free and home of the brave.

Sadly there are many parasites in government who fear for their future. If the truth is told there are millions of folks who care nothing about we who work for a living. They care about their free special insurance, their protected jobs and their retirement programs. Many in government do care about we the people. My father was one of those. He served our country during WWII.

He was a fire fighter in the Navy at Pearl Harbor. He returned to Tyler, Texas and was a “fire fighter” for the city. He was burned, blown up and never thought about quitting the department. He was a station master, a Lieutenant when he retired.

There are millions of people like my dad who serve in dangerous, hard jobs. Our military people do not always get the respect they deserve. Their retirement pay is a joke compared to federal employees. Politicians are the worst. Imagine going to work for a company and being paid a large lifetime pension for serving four years, a single term.

The deadbeats who do not want our new President to clean out the unnecessary overhead are lying their faces off trying to discredit Trump.

As I have stated in past editorials, Trump is not a politician nor a saint. He is a businessman. Would you rather have a community activist running your company or a very, very smart business professional?

As I have said many times, I am a retired old man. I have been a news man for 55 years. I do not know all the answers, don’t understand every question. But I try to find out the truth. And the truth is what we will print.

When I was asked to publish a trade paper for HVAC only, by the wholesale distributors in Georgia who were supporting our builder paper and our Retailing News editions (room air) I said yes.

My first week calling on distributors, one man in particular put me on the spot. He was president of a great HVAC company. He sat me down in front of his desk and said “What do you know about HVAC?” I took about two seonds and replied “How to turn it on and off. What do you know about newspapers?” He smiled and said “How to read them.” At that moment we became friends. He made a deal with me to buy page two of our HVAC Insider paper. That company has owned page two since January 1991. We didn’t sign a contract. We shook hands. Of the 685 customers we have served in this industry, I have never required a signed contract. As my dad taught me, a deal is a deal is a deal. If I cannot trust a man or a company, we do not want their business. The reverse is also true.

I am putting my trust in Donald Trump.

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