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Wed
30
May
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Political Cartoon by Dave Granlund, Minnesota

By Tom Purcell

The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same. The modern prom, reports Slate, "may be traced to the Ivy League and the annual tradition of a 'presentation week,' during which formal dress and dancing accompanied a promenade concert." In the 20th century, the prom expanded to high schools, and is now a rite of passage for American teens everywhere. I sure hope this year's promgoers have a better experience than I did in 1980. I didn't know my date very well. She was in my photography class, pretty and, more important, available. She laid down the law prior to the big night. "I heard about you, a regular class clown," she said. "You better not show up in a limo, wear a top hat or cane or do anything else to embarrass me.

 

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Wed
30
May
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The Business Doctor

By Dr.Raymond

 

Tipping Point. What if the only way to fix your business is to allow it to fail. It must crumble all the way to the ground. It must burn like a tire set on fire with fuel. It reaches a point that everything goes wrong, that it is useless to try and save it. You see, a tipping point happens in every aspect of life. A tipping point has total rewards or a disaster. A tipping point cannot be controlled; it cannot be avoided, it cannot be delayed. Once something reaches a point of no return, even if you make a great effort to turn it around you have already reached the tip.

Wed
23
May
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The Business Doctor

 By Dr.RaymondYoungblood Jr.

Scary - Cat ! Stop being so dang scary. Sometimes you have to get downright nasty. The international /small business arena is growing crowded and either you can take calculated risks, or you will be forced to make an unplanned risk. You should dig in so deep that you have to be carried out. You got this little rinky-dinky (meaning inferior) business and you to afraid to move left or right. You are fearful of the IRS, you afraid of the government, you afraid to take a chance, you afraid of your own darn shadow. Why? For what? Are you a criminal? Are you doing criminal activities or are you just afraid?

Wed
23
May
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Did you know?

By Raymond Powell

Memorial Day, the last Monday of May (many take the last Sunday of May) is the day we honor Americans who have given their lives in military service. Called Decoration Day when graves of soldiers killed in the Civil War were decorated with flowers. The earliest Memorial observances occurred in Waterloo, New York and Columbus, Mississippi.

The first widespread observance of Decoration Day to observe the dead was in 1868 when Gen. John Logan had all graves in Arlington National Cemetery decorated with flowers and flags. Pres. James Garfield gave a speech in which she said, “For love of Country they accepted death and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

 

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Wed
16
May
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John Bel’s Senior Scare Tactics Cover Up Welfare Abuse

By Jeff Landry

Chicken Little made famous the phrase “the sky is falling,” but Governor John Bel Edwards has made that his battle cry in the race to the bottom. We need not look any further than his latest political stunt.

This week, at the instruction of the Governor, the Louisiana Department of Health sent out notifications to nearly 40,000 Medicaid enrollees to inform these folks that the State may no longer be able to cover their costs at senior care facilities. This act is a shameful use of scare tactics.

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Wed
16
May
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The Business Doctor

By Dr. Raymond Youngblood Jr.

Negotiations. If you approacha negotiable situation to get what you want from the deal, it is likely a deal that will spoil.

Wed
09
May
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The Royal Wedding: Something for Everyone

By Danny Tyree

I'm an early riser, so I may very well watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, just as I watched the wedding of Harry's parents in July of 1981.

That's assuming I haven't succumbed to wedding-information fatigue by then.

Yes, the 24-hour news cycle has given us a deluge of facts and speculation about the guest list, the bride and groom's net worth, the wedding gown, the honeymoon, Israeli intelligence revelations about the structural integrity of the sporks for the reception, etc.

I'm surprised we haven't seen more about security measures for the wedding. Satellite surveillance shows that a caravan is trekking to Windsor Castle from a castle in Scotland to demand relief from second-rate caviar.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Did you know?

By Raymond Powell

DeSoto Parish has produced many outstanding ladies through the years – some of whom I’ve written about. The lady in this article, Kate Tomkies Beard, is one of those that should be remembered down through the generations.

Kate was the wife of the battle of Mansfield hero, Col. James H. Beard. She was born July 4, 1835 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, the 4th child of John F. and Margaret Hoyle Tomkies. Like many other families the Tomkies started out in Virginia, moved to N. Carolina, then to Alabama and Mississippi and then on to Desoto Parish. The family arrived in Kingston, L. in the late 1840’s. Mrs. Tomkies was related to C.E. Edwards, one of the wealthiest men in DeSoto Parish.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

The title “From Tepee to the Capitol” got my attention and well it should have. I consider myself rather interested and about half knowledgeable in history, yet this phase of American History had completely avoided my reading - a half American Indian elected as Vice President of the United States!

 

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Wed
02
May
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Dangerous Uber-Lyft Bill Slithers Back

By ClancyDuBos

State Capitol denizens have a code name for bills that are truly awful. They call them "snakes." It's an apt moniker because such bills tend to slither quietly through the legislative process without the press and public taking notice ...  until it's too late.

Last year, transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft pushed a notorious "snake" bill that would have given loads of protection to TNCs but virtually none to passengers. The bill cleared the House easily but died in a Senate committee - after it garnered media and public attention, which is the best way to kill a snake bill.

 

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