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18
Jul
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Acronym Creation Tactics

By Bob Franken

For those who thought "acronym" was a city in Ohio, it is not. According to my handy dandy online dictionary, an acronym is "a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pronounced as a separate word," as in WAC from Women's Army Corps or OPEC from Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Or MAGA, as in Make America Great Again, the Donald Trump campaign slogan splattered across red baseball hats worn by millions of Americans, mostly white, mostly intolerant, who have bought into the Trumpster's garbage that America should return to the glory days where their rigid biases oppressed everyone else. Actually, the Trump cabal is already hard at work on his re-election effort, and that means a new slogan for 2020, something that captures the regressive spirit of his first term and, more importantly, fits on a red baseball hat.

 

Wed
18
Jul
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The Business Doctor

By Dr. Raymond Youngblood Jr.

Part 1 of 2. The reason most entrepreneurs cannot make money or be consistent with making money is they do not understand money or how it works. Not properly planning or not being financially equipped hurts too. In reality, many entrepreneurs had the right plan and lots of money, still they failed.

Regardless if you admit it or not most business people have two options for getting success right or wrong. Either way, it is always going to take a lot of work, planning, and patience. Considering all that work you must acknowledge the time spent is money, the effort you put is money, the equipment you use is money, managing people is money, time wasted is money, etc. So, you want to understand how money works.

 

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Wed
11
Jul
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The Business Doctor

By Dr. Raymond Youngblood Jr.

Part 3 of 3 Lawsuits , judgments, courts, judges, lawyers, and the judicial systems. Thank you, and you're very welcome to those of you who reached out to me to say, Thanks Doc. for telling it like it is.

There is some power you have outside the court its called conversation. Make sure to talk to the other side first, before you consider mediation. Only after mediation does you find a lawyer.

 

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Wed
11
Jul
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Did You Know

By: Raymond Powell

Time has arrived for the “Farewells and Goodbyes” to be said for the three story brick jail on the northwest corner of Franklin and Adams Streets in Mansfield, La. The old jail has served DeSoto Parish and surrounding parishes well for almost one hundred years. It is no longer used or needed and the Police Jury has decided it is time for it to be torn down because its cost to repair for use would be prohibitive.

However, back in the day bids were opened to build the jail on June 7, 1916 by L.V. Cook, President of the Jury but all bids were rejected since they were too high. Lots from Jenkins and Henderson had been purchased for the new jail and bids were offered again and on Aug. 3, 1916. President Cook and the Jury accepted Corbin Bros. bid and the jail was accepted as complete on July 17, 1917. Corbin was a master courthouse jail builder having settled down in Mansfield and had built the John Blanchard house for his family’s residence.

 

Wed
04
Jul
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The Business Doctor

By Dr. Raymond Youngblood Jr

Part 2 of 3. I expected to take a little heat from last weeks article about the judicial system and the role of a judge. We southerners have a saying, “Tell the truth and shame the devil.” I don’t lie; I don’t make-up stories; It is what it is, people. So, let's continue with part 2 of 3 The Lawyers? If the judge is like a referee then see the lawyers like “volunteer” coaches, Yes, you are paying them, but I use the word volunteer because choosing a good lawyer, Well-Umm, Huh! Close your eyes, open the phone book, point your finger that's your lawyer. No! Don’t do that! However, do consider a lawyer's training. Consider their role in the system and your legal matter. The law is like a rule. We must obey. However, the law itself will be argued by the lawyers and interpreted by the judge. Examine the two words 1. Argued and 2. Interpreted.

 

Wed
04
Jul
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Did You Know

By: Raymond Powell

This is the 175th anniversary of Mansfield and DeSoto Parish and the Chamber of Commerce and the Tourist Bureau have a nice sign in front of the office on Washington St. that recognizes this Anniversary. Also, The Enterprise has published several articles. It appears to this writer it would be appropriated to reminisce about the developments of our nice little city.

Mansfield was designated as the Parish Seat in 1843 which was the same year DeSoto Parish was organized. Along with the log court house and the old jail

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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Did You Know

By: Raymond Powell

As Americans make plans to celebrate one of our most important National Holidays there are a few things that should be kept in mind other than Bar-B-Queing. First of all what is the Fourth of July? On July 4, 1776 delegates of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence from England. It was the act of declaring not necessarily obtaining our independence from England. July 4, 1776 marked the formal beginning of the American Revolution and we celebrate it as our Nation’s Birthday.

 

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Wed
27
Jun
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A NAFTA World Cup?

By Bob Franken

I'm totally puzzled: How could the United States, Canada and Mexico have successfully convinced FIFA, the international soccer governing body, to award the 2026 World Cup competition to North America, the first time in history that the hosts will be three different countries?

But Mexico, Canada and the United States in a joint venue for a NAFTA World Cup? If President Donald Trump goes along as he has so far, the U.S. could be at war with one or both nations by 2026, or at least have built walls on both borders. Or maybe a wall of prohibitive tariffs once he blows NAFTA to smithereens. Will there be special dispensation for Mexican fans who want to watch a match in the U.S? What will prevent them from slipping off and taking up illegal residence?

 

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Wed
20
Jun
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With Friends Like These

THE BOB FRANKEN COLUMN

By Bob Franken

Now that President Donald Trump has totally alienated the leaders of the traditional U.S. allies before escaping from Canada, it's easy to see what he hopes to gain from that experience when he sat down with Kim Jong Un in Singapore. North Korea could give him some pointers on how the United States will exist as another pariah nation.

Wed
20
Jun
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The Business Doctor

By Dr. Raymond Youngblood Jr.

Get on my team or get on. Isn’t that what you want to say to partners, staff, or contractors who can't seem to get on the same page as you. They always got a better way of doing something that what you originally laid out. You have taken the time, the money, the energy, and a good portion of your life to create this business. Now everybody and their mommy got a better way of doing it than you. Though they have not invested nearly as much time, money, or energy they seem to know everything. You are tired of going round and round about the direction of the business or project. With all that said you still have to be cordial and professionally present, “Get on my team or get on.”

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