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Thu
23
Jan
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GUEST EDITORIAL

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United we stand, divided we fall. This week was the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s (LABI) 39th annual meeting. More than 1,000 people showed up to show support, talk about the issues facing our great state, and to listen to renowned columnist Dr. Charles Krauthammer articulately opine on the issues facing our nation 
 

 

Thu
16
Jan
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Charged Up and Ready to Go

by Stephen Waguespack
 
Sometimes you have to recharge your batteries. As the father of three young boys who just received several electronic gadgets and gizmos this Christmas season, I have been changing and charging batteries nonstop the last few weeks. I have no doubt that stock in AA batteries increased recently, and I can assure you I had a direct impact on that. As annoying and expensive as that can be, there is no doubt that we also have to find ways to recharge our professional or personal “mental” batteries from time to time.

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Thu
09
Jan
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New Year, Same Game

By Stephen Waguespack.
 
New Year’s Day symbolizes allday televised football and the last hoorah of the holiday season. It also is a day to reflect on the past year and talk about all the great things you will accomplish over the next 365 days. Most folks tend to lay out some clear goals and make some ironclad promises to accomplish them in short order. Going to church, losing some weight, and exercising more are some of the more popular ones, but these resolutions come in all shapes and sizes. Well, according to a New York Times article that ran last week, several of the president’s top people met quietly in Washington D.C. last month to discuss the minimum wage. The article stated that the meeting was one of several and that some of the top economic and legislative staffers to the president, his political campaign operatives, national labor union officials, and a few liberal advocacy groups attended.
 
Tue
24
Dec
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Time for a Rankings Reality Check

By Stephen Waguespack.

How much stock do you put in rankings? There isn’t much we do as a society that we don’t like to rank. The Weekly Top 40 has told us for three decades which song is most popular in the country. Every college football season there is robust debate between passionate fan-bases about the college football rankings. Each year our favorite magazines and newspapers rank the best local restaurants and other businesses, giving us guidance on where to eat and shop. If you want to know where to find locally the best burger, beer or Buick, then a ranking is just one Google search away to give you some guidance.
 
Thu
19
Dec
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Every Second Counts

by Stephen Waguespack
 
Sometimes little things can make a big difference. In the sports world we see it all the time. Three weeks ago, Alabama was driving for the winning field goal to beat Auburn and propel them on the path to a third consecutive national championship. As the game neared its end, Alabama coach Nick Saban challenged the officials to put one second back on the clock so his team could kick the game-winning field goal. One second. Officials added the second back, the kicker missed, and Auburn returned the ball for a once in a generation score that propelled them to a surprising national title game appearance.

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Thu
05
Dec
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Think BIG by Shopping Small

By Stephen Waguespack.

Thanksgiving usually brings out the best in us. Sure, football on TV and food comas on the couch are huge traditions, but for most families, the focus is on gathering around the table with our friends and relatives to pray, give thanks, and reminisce about another year gone by. It is also a time when our hometown individuals and business citizens give back to our local communities in countless ways, and remind us why we have so many reasons to be thankful. Thanksgiving always spurs generous outreach by the citizens of this state that serves as a reminder of why the caliber of our people remains, to this day, our state’s greatest asset.
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Wed
20
Nov
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The Gracious Host

By Stephen Waguespack.

Service Commissioner You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. That thorough bred we call Louisiana has traveled far, through rocky terrain at times, to get to where it stands today. It galloped through tough policy fights and government down sizing, and slogged through a national recession. Along the way, it hauledon its back a federal government that weighed it down with unnecessary mandates and burden some restrictions. Having navigated that harrowing trail, ourhorse now finds itself standing on the shores of a great river of opportunity and flowing before its very eyes are limitless instances of jobs, investments and economic growth for our people.

Wed
13
Nov
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The Gracious Host

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Wed
06
Nov
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Clouds on the Horizon

By Stephen Waguespack.
Irony can be pretty rich sometimes … and a handful of trial lawyers are taking that logic all the way to the bank. When the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed suit against 97 oil companies in July, they put a mile wide crack in the dam that was holding back a lawsuit tidal wave. The flood of additional lawsuits we are likely to see as a result of that action will attempt to swamp the job creators in this state and send them running for any dry land they can find. As other suits are filed to get in on the action anyway possible, the skies will get cloudier and cloudier for anyone who is planning to invest dollars and resources in the state, unless the dam is repaired.
Wed
30
Oct
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Bon Appetit

by Stephen Waguespack
 
You are what you eat. I usually tell my children this, or some variation of it, when I want them to eat a vegetable or skip a soft drink. I explain to them how healthy food can make them grow strong and how too much of the wrong foods are bad for their  health. The moral of the story is that you can have great genes; exercise and stay away from all the taboo vices, but if you eat bad stuff you will be sluggish, less effective and fail to meet your potential. Our state’s economy is no different and it is starving to death right now for a healthy workforce to feed Louisiana’s growth.
 

 

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