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Language Matters In Politics

Jay McAninch April 27, 2012

As we start down the home stretch toward November’s election, the balance of power in the White House, the Senate and House of Representatives is up for grabs. With growing numbers of non-English-speaking groups becoming a factor in political races, how do we ensure all U.S. citizens have effective opportunities to register, learn the details of elections, and cast free ballots in this important election? I ask because I noted a headline from California last week in which the secretary of…

Although many Americans face a rude awakening, our society's gas woes may be a boon for archery dealers.

Rising Gas Prices and the Future of Independent Retailing

Jay McAninch February 29, 2012

There’s an emerging trend that could change the business dynamic for archery and bowhunting companies. Rising gasoline prices are no longer a periodic issue. They’re an ongoing problem. Recently released energy projections for 2012 predict that by year’s end gas will cost more than $4 a gallon at the pump everywhere, and nearly $5 a gallon in some locales. Nearly all forecasters agree gas prices will continue rising, especially with growing demands for fuel but also because of…

Although studies and surveys vary, the trend toward bowhunting growth that began back in the mid-1980s continued in 2011.

State of the Industry

Jay McAninch November 7, 2011

Once a year, I like to sit down and review all data available about archery and bowhunting to see if I can make sense of where our industry is going. Unfortunately, we don’t have major surveys to use and there aren’t readily available retail sales figures to review. Thus I’ve simply considered all the information, developed some thoughts about those data and assembled what follows as the best status report on the archery and bowhunting industry I can offer. First and foremost,…

You can't control the context around you, but you can create a certain order that's reassuring.

Context

Jay McAninch September 20, 2011

Context. Funny how every issue you think about, every concern you address, everything it seems has to be considered in context. Better said, everything that impacts our lives does seem connected to the conditions that are layered around us. Day in and day out, all of our decisions – those that are critical to our homes and families and those that influence our work – are best made in context. In the coming months, context is what I’d like to talk about in this space. Blog posts…

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