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Wed
26
Aug
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Stay the Course

By Stephen Waguespack
 
While the national presidential race is capturing most of the media and public attention these days, followed closely in Louisiana by the gubernatorial and legislative races, one board’s elections this fall have not made the front page of many newspapers. In fact, polls indicate that familiarity with this board is usually less than 20 percent of the voting public.
 
Wed
19
Aug
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DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

These are the dog days of August, most certainly. Farm boys of the Great Depression recall them quite vividly in the days of picking cotton in the burning sun, feeling the heat on yourback and making it to the end of the row to get a pull on the water keg  which gave only “wet”, not cool, but near boiling point liquid. The keg had no shade, neither did the pickers. Life was simple then. No ice water, but a big chunk from the icehouse on Sunday for ice tea. Sleeping under a mosquito bar was no fun since it cut off any breeze, which might come through an open window in your bedroom. Being hot or fighting the humming insects? There was no window fan since there was no electricity. However, we went to war and kicked the hell out of the Japs and Germans and later, some 70 years later, we were called the Greatest Generation. We are getting out of the way of brilliant boys and girls, which we claim. Thanks, we trust you because we all want to remain free.  

Wed
19
Aug
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Back to Reality

tests so many similar candidates this early in a race is nothing more than a name ID poll. Name ID is one thing Trump has mastered better than anyone else,  thanks in large part to reality TV.Whether a true candidate for the long haul or a flash in the pan that will soon be voted off the island, it is astonishing that he is credibly convincing some to hire him as president only a few years removed from milking every dollar of profit from the phrase “You’re fired” on “The Apprentice.” Speaking of astonishing, the Democrats have their own reality show going on right now and you would be hard pressed to  ake characters like this up. 

Wed
12
Aug
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Change is Inevitable

By Stephen Waguespack
 
It's almost time to turn the page. There are times throughout every year where we just have to move on to a different phase. While it can be tempting at times to assume that change will never happen – as the saying goes – we know it is, in fact, inevitable. The end of summer and the promise of fall bring a unique collection of challenges and opportunities. The New Orleans Saints reported to practice last week, finally putting to rest a contentious off-season where they arguably traded or released some of their best weapons.
 
Wed
05
Aug
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Where Do We Go From Here?

By Stephen Waguespack

The legislative session that adjourned in June left many folks frustrated. While everyone was satisfied that the budgets for health care and higher education were stabilized, the exclusive dependence on new taxes to accomplish this objective has led to quite a bit of concern. Employers, both small and large, expressed frustration due to the fact that the lion’s share of these new taxes fell on their backs. Legislators seemed frustrated with the contentiousness of the session and the awkward and confusing guardrails set up by the administration. Individual taxpayers felt frustrated because a comprehensive approach to smart budgeting seems to still be an illusive goal.

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Wed
29
Jul
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DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

Teen love (infatuation) is powerful, unbelievable, upsetting, life changing and long “remembering”. Most of us are victims. She was scarcely five in height, had big brown eyes which could melt stone. She would be eligible for the heavenly body class. The party was Friday night (like tonight) and this 10th grader must ask the ninth grader before she caught the bus to her home on the plantation four miles away. Getting up all the bravery in me I dashed to catch her on the stairs before the bus left. Barely. I timidly asked if she would like to attend the party with me. She said that she “would be delighted”. And we melted. (She knew I’d ask her). Our friend who had a car and a girl friend in the same area brought me to her house. Timidly, I knocked and the answer was coarse and loud coming from her dad. Upon entering, Daddy asked what I wanted as he kept cleaning a double-barrel shotgun. More sweat. I asked for Susan (not her name) as we left I heard “better be back by 11”.

Wed
29
Jul
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Guest Column: Flexible Work Options Benefit Small Businesses

by Stephen Waguespack

A scientific opinion poll released last week shows many Louisiana small employers offer a variety of family-friendly benefits to attract and retain the best talent for their company. In the aftermath of the national recession, budget restraints, inadequate preparedness and a lack of sales made it difficult for some small businesses to survive in Louisiana. In other situations, however, small businesses found creative ways to survive the down turn by offering a flexible benefits package to their employees.

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Wed
22
Jul
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Willis-Knighton has a long-standing policy of not speaking or responding publicly on the business decisions or actions of other health care providers.  Willis-Knighton (WK) also has a30 year public record and historyof being a staunch supporter and vocal advocate of the LSU HealthSciences Center-Shreveport (LSUMedical School). 

 

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Wed
22
Jul
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Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is power, but as Albert Einstein once said,“information is not know ledge.”This week, the LouisianaAssociation of Business andIndustry (LABI) will release its 2015 score card for the LouisianaLegislature. The scorecard will beavailable on LABI’s website at www.labi.org/scorecard and will give.

 

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Wed
15
Jul
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A Government of Men and Women

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Are we really a “government of laws, not of men” as John Adams once famously said? Several instances over the last few weeks reminded us clearly that it is the opinions of men and women that determine what the law means, who it should apply to and how it will be enforced.
 

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