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Tue
12
May
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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor and Friends,On behalf of the Historic GrandCane Association, DeSoto ArtsCouncil and DeSoto Parish TouristBureau, sponsors of the recent ARTROCKS 2015 Art Fest, I would liketo thank the Mansfield Enterpriseand all of those individuals andbusinesses that purchased ads topromote our event.

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Tue
12
May
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A Reputation in the Balance

A good reputation is hard to earn,but often easy to lose. A badreputation is the exact opposite. Over time, Louisiana has earneda national reputation as a state witha poor legal climate. Sensible andfair-minded people may disagree asto whether or not that reputation isjust, but regardless of your opinionon that question, there is no doubthow the nation sees us.

 

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Wed
06
May
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The Numbers Game

By Stephen Waguespack
 
If the old saying is true that the numbers don’t lie, then the story of this year’s legislative session is quantifiably easy to tell. The 144 members of the Louisiana Legislature face a $1.6 billion governmental operating deficit this session. The governor enters his eighth and final year, which means Louisiana will have a new leader in 2016.
 
Wed
29
Apr
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Working on the Water

By Stephen Waguespack
 
If the old saying is true that the numbers don’t lie, then the story of this year’s legislative session is quantifiably easy to tell. The 144 members of the Louisiana Legislature face a $1.6 billion governmental operating deficit this session. The governor enters his eighth and final year, which means Louisiana will have a new leader in 2016.
 
Wed
22
Apr
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Working on the Water

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Louisiana’s residents have always enjoyed having fun on the water in the Sportsman’s Paradise, but a new study shows that more of our people can enjoy a successful career on it also. Louisiana recently ranked No. 1 in export intensity and export growth among the 50 states, sending an estimated $59 billion in goods abroad in 2014. Much of this commerce is taking place on Louisiana’s waterways.
 
Wed
15
Apr
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College and Industry Partnerships are Stronger than Ever

Stephen Waguespack
To meet the demands of a growing economy, Louisiana has a record number of jobs and workers. Economists estimate more than 75,000 jobs will need to be filled annually in Louisiana over the next ten years, of which 25,000 are new jobs every year. While the industrial boom dominates the headlines, growth is also occurring in new sectors such as technology and health care. In fact, even as low crude prices are resulting in declines in oil and gas employment, Louisiana continues to post job gains overall due to growth in so many areas.
 

 

Wed
08
Apr
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Clear As Day

It was a chamber of commerceweather weekend.All throughout Louisiana, thesunshine, nice temperatures and clearskies replaced the rain that had saturatedmost of the state over the last fewweeks. It was a great weekend to getoutdoors, work in the yard, eat your firstcrawfish of the spring or play a littleball. My wife and I kept the kids outsideall weekend, soaking it in. We evenvisited downtown Baton Rouge to walkaround the riverfront and hang out onthe State Capitol grounds.

 

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Wed
08
Apr
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DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard

 

How the world has changed for our generation, not only for teens, butalso for medicine and electronics, which now govern our lives. Our teensfor us World War Veterans were rather simple and pointed to better days,hopeful for the future which was dark for so long and along came the warwhich took so many of those born and served in one branch of service.Families sent sons (and some daughters) to foreign soils to protect ourland and way of life and some did not return.

 

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Wed
01
Apr
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GUEST EDITORIAL

Those that stay one step ahead of the game are best able to avoid falling two steps behind the competition. Currently, the New Orleans Saints are trying to exemplify this principle, restructuring their roster and locker room chemistry to evolve in order to stay relevant in the NFL.
 
Wed
25
Mar
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GUEST EDITORIAL

There are two states of Louisiana right now. One Louisiana is the private sector economy. This state is on the verge of sustainable growth not seen in generations. As I travel the state to visit with LABI’s business members, most of them are optimistic that Louisiana is growing in the right direction and that the future is bright.

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