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In “Defence” of the Constitution

Jay McAninch October 28, 2013

Considering John Adams’ writings on property rights, freedom and the constitution. The spelling of “defence” was the word type Adams used in his essay, “In Defence of the Constitution” from The Founders' Constitution, Volume 1, Chapter 16, Document 15. The word “Constitution” seems to convey an outdated and irrelevant guide to American living. I used it for this blog because it’s the title of a short essay by John Adams, our second president, that…

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Someone’s Always Watching

Jay McAninch October 8, 2013

I recently spent a week with my 8-year-old grandson Bart, an avid football fan. Unfortunately, my son Ben has brainwashed Bart to believe the Pittsburgh Steelers are the best team. And while my grandson does enjoy following players on other NFL teams,  he lacks respect for my Green Bay Packers. The highlight of Bart’s week with us was when we loaded Grams into the car and drove to Latrobe, Pa., to take in the Steelers’ training camp. We arrived with Bart knowing most players on…

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Online Sales Tax Update

Jay McAninch September 26, 2013

Consumers spent nearly $4 trillion buying products online in 2012, a continuing trend that concerns “brick and mortar” retailers. Online sales are not subject to sales tax, which gives online retailers an advantage over traditional retailers. In the archery industry, “brick and mortar” retailers have long lamented this disadvantage, especially when factoring in the time and money they invest in growing archery and bowhunting in their communities. The federal government oversees…

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Changing Habits Can Make You Money

Jay McAninch July 18, 2013

An axiom about aging is that we become set in our ways. Things become routine. We find security in daily habits and rituals. Some habits are good and others are bad, but we don’t judge them. They’re just “how we do things.” Bowhunting, for instance, is our industry’s longtime habit. This was natural, considering how compound bows and white-tailed deer exploded simultaneously in the 1970s. By the late 1980s our industry looked much like it does today, with bowhunting…

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