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Wed
28
Sep

When Demand Exceeds Supply

By Stephen Waguespack

 

Sitting in an empty committee hearing room in the US Senate in Washington, it struck me. We really are on our own with flood recovery. Three small business representatives traveled to DC to deliver powerful personal testimony on the flooding event and the days that followed, yet only the two Louisiana senators were present to hear it. Every other chair remained empty. True, a few senators floated in and out to make a brief remark about their own concerns in their districts, but did not stay to hear the Louisiana experiences. The hearing was scarcely mentioned in national or local media.

 

Wed
21
Sep

Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell
 
Continuing this week with “Powell’s Dozen Significant Historical Sites in DeSoto Parish” are as follows:7. Keachi College and the Keachi Historical District ranks as one of  early DeSoto’s most interesting areas. Keachi College formally opened in 1857 under the leadership of Dr. T. M. Gaffin and Professor J. S. Bacon for two years, and they were succeeded by J. H. Tucker.
 
Wed
21
Sep

A Reminder to Never Forget

By Stephen Waguespack

Wed
14
Sep

A Good Reminder

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Why again do we live here?
Summers in Louisiana can be brutal, with oppressive heat and swarms of mosquitoes an annual tradition. Our coastline is eroding, our topography is flat and many of our communities are threatened by water. We have a history of political corruption and low-performing schools, both which are slowly starting to improve after decades of poor outcomes. Our tax code is a mess, and our public infrastructure needs updating.
 
 
Wed
14
Sep

Along the Way

By: Allison Davidson Carpenter
 
There are little life lessons from our first jobs that stay with us throughout our lives. No matter how many places we work over the years, that initial stint of employment stands out -- the first boss we had, the first group of coworkers, the first time clocking in, the first real paycheck earned and how it changed our perception of the value of money.
 
 
Wed
07
Sep

-- Letters to the Editor --

Mansfield Youth Sports Seeks Sponsors Dear Editor: The time frame for the beginning of the 2016 YMCA Youth Football Season is closing in and our community team is looking for sponsors. It has been proven time and time again that participation in youth sports is the best way to develop a kid’s self discipline, keep them out of trouble, teach values like accountability and teamwork, creates a respect factor as well as instills loyalty for their community.
 
Wed
07
Sep

Funding Choice is a Matter of Choice

By Stephen Waguespack

 

For the first six months of the year, a constant barrage of state budgetary doom and gloom littered news reports and incessantly occupied the airspace. This political messaging machine was revved up and driven hard to stress the need for taxpayers to pony up much more money for the government to solve state spending problems – despite the increasingly worsening economic conditions encountered by our residents. As the story went, there was simply no other choice, and failure to pay would lead to a chaotic world filled with a litany of unacceptable consequences, such as canceled football seasons and shuttered hospitals and universities.

Wed
31
Aug

A Good Reminder

By Stephen Waguespack

Why again do we live here? Summers in Louisiana can be brutal, with oppressive heat and swarms of mosquitoes an annual tradition. Our coastline is eroding, our topography is flat and many of our communities are threatened by water. We have a history of political corruption and low-performing schools, both which are slowly starting to improve after decades of poor outcomes. Our tax code is a mess, and our public infrastructure needs updating.

Wed
24
Aug

Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell 
 
There aren’t many United States Presidents that I care to write about that have served in recent years. “Ole Give ‘Em Hell Harry” as Harry Truman was known, probably fits in that category; but somehow he should be remembered for a number of reasons. Born in Lamar, Mo. on May 10, 1884 the son of a farmer and who had never gone to college. Truman’s meandering career included work on a farm, railroad timekeeper, World War I Artillery Captain, and a clothing storeowner. Actual .
 
Wed
17
Aug

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, All Area Pastors and Clergy: We, the members of the Advisory Team for "Gamechanger: The Kenneth Harvey Story" LLC, are asking for your consideration in the making of a Christian Documentary about the life of a local sports hero, Kenneth Harvey, who was profoundly injured in a 1964, Logansport High School football game. The Advisory Team feels that Kenneth's life story is a powerful witness to the love of Jesus Christ and to those who hear Kenneth's story.
 

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