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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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Wed
18
Mar
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It's Not You...It's Us

By Stephen Waguespack

Relationships can be easy to start but difficult to end. The trepidation that comes with breaking a heart or hurting a friend can incentivize a person to stay in a relationship that is clearly not working. In the younger years, these moments deliver some strong life lessons as we move from adolescence to adulthood.

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Thu
12
Mar
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From the Word

“And he looked round about on them which sat about him and said, “Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother”. (Mark 3:33-35) How good it is to be included in the family of Jesus, to have Him as our brother. I think that is the reason we call the men and women in our churches “Brother or Sister” because in Christ they are our brothers and sisters.

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Wed
04
Mar
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Grinding of Teeth

by Stephen Waguespack

Relationships can be easy to start but difficult to end. The trepidation that comes with breaking a heart or hurting a friend can incentivize a person to stay in a relationship that is clearly not working. In the younger years, these moments deliver some strong life lessons as we move from adolescence to adulthood. In the later part of our lives, the ending of a relationship can more likely come in the form of losing a family member or dear friend to sickness, a painful life lesson we all will experience at some point.

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Wed
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Grinding of Teeth

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Can you hear it? Do you hear that gnashing and grinding noise? You may have to be very quiet and cup your hand around your ear, but if you concentrate for just a moment, I bet you can hear it off in the distance. Take a moment and try it. Quiet your breathing and listen very closely...do you hear it? If it sounds like the grinding of teeth, well, that’s because it is. The “teeth grinders” are out in full force these days, gnashing and wailing away about the terrible condition of our beloved Louisiana.
 

 

Wed
18
Feb
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DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard
 
Most of us have been scared out of our wits at one time or another and frightened enough to lose our line of sight or go completely blank in thought at a nana second, almost a body and brain loss. That is a deluxe scare in our books and looks.
 
Wed
18
Feb
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Small Business Has Big Community Role

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Small businesses make a big impact at home. There are more than 424,000 small businesses in Louisiana, employing more than 892,000 people. In fact, small businesses make up more than 97 percent of Louisiana’s employers, providing jobs to more than half of the state’s private workforce in 2012.
 
Wed
11
Feb
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Quiet Noise

By Stephen Waguespack
 
You don’t always have to be loud to make a lot of noise. Last week, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) kicked off our 40th Anniversary with our 2015 annual meeting in Baton Rouge. Joining us to focus on our meeting’s theme of “Sustainable Growth in a Global Economy” were over 1,000 Louisiana business and political leaders.
 
Wed
04
Feb
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Louisiana Crossroads

 
Louisiana is on the road to progress, but has suddenly come to a crossroads. The state’s budget challenges are a hot topic these days, yet many of the root causes have not been fully explored. Instead of targeting items such as runway entitlement costs that continue to drain more and more dollars out of our schools or passing reforms to give educators the autonomy they deserve to compete aggressively for students and research, most of the solutions
being considered seem to focus on more tax dollars to mask the unsustainable and escalating costs our government faces.
 

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Wed
04
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DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

 
By John Blanchard
Old February has got us. It is one to despise with its weather which can’t be predicted in our southland, there are no sports, nothing new on television, the outdoor pleasures of hunting are gone for another season, ‘tis too cold to fish, March winds are in  the future and folks above the Mason Dixon line are having hell with the weather (we don’t feel sorry for them). We call it an inbetween period and wish for every month to be like April and October. No “dice” or is it “no cigar”?
 
 

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