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Wed
03
Sep
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DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

President Teddy Roosevelt would have better luck bear hunting in Tensas Parish these days than he did when he came to the country of cane breaks just after the turn of the century. Rapp Osborn used his “bear” dogs to bay the black creatures for  
 

 

Wed
03
Sep
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GUEST EDITORIAL

 “When you face a crisis, you know who your true friends are.” The significance of this quote, attributed to Earvin “Magic” Johnson, plays out quite often in our own daily lives. As you recall times throughout your life when you have encountered either personal hardship or professional challenges, you can likely list the people who stepped up to the plate when you needed help the most.
 
Wed
27
Aug
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GUEST EDITORIAL

Will it take “a thousand points of light” or “a village” to describe how Louisiana must prepare for our booming workforce need? The answer likely depends on your political persuasion. In former Vice President George
H. W. Bush’s 1988 campaign for president, he often spoke about the “thousand points of light” that America needed to maximize its potential
 
Wed
20
Aug
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GUEST EDITORIAL

Ready. Aim. Sue. Louisiana has a reputation for many things, including a warm and welcoming culture, a robust energy infrastructure and some of the best food and outdoor adventures in the nation. Unfortunately, we are also
known for a few other things, including a reputation for a poor legal climate that is well deserved by our past and current actions
 
Wed
20
Aug
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DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

Members of the Mansfield Lions Club had fun and made several hundred dollars at their recent “giant rummage sale” and the leftovers were given to Goodwill. It was held in the Clista A. Calhoun Center, which is spacious, and air conditioned. There was an abundance of good jewelry, which was sold by the bag full at the last moment. From our stuff, good for a more than giant personal rummage sale, we donated a boat paddle, a Coleman lantern, a  real large crescent wrench (known as a big “knuckle buster”), etc. They say that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure
 
Wed
13
Aug
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DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

The byline has not changed after a hiatus of almost two years; meantime, if it had not been for bad luck we would not have had any luck at all. We, on Martha Avenue, have made it through infected feet, Mary with a broken and infected leg. She was down six months, Ol’ Diggin away four months. Every time we visited the old homestead, it waved us back. Finally. As we old cotton farming boys used to say, “it was a hard row to hoe”.  
 
Wed
06
Aug
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GUEST EDITORIAL

The feds sure do know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Louisiana is on the verge of a manufacturing renaissance not seen around here in a generation. The robust economic growth we anxiously await has the potential to dramatically improve the opportunities for countless working Louisiana people. 
 
Wed
30
Jul
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GUEST EDITORIAL

Is a handout really the best way to give a leg up? That is the question we have asked ourselves since President Lyndon Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America” 50 years ago and jumpstarted a massive increase in government social programs 
 

 

Wed
23
Jul
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GUEST EDITORIAL

The dog days of summer are here. July and August typically are the months where we Americans take our foot off the gas. The kids are out of school. Most professional sports  are on break, with the exception of mid-season baseball and the occasional golf tournament
 
Wed
16
Jul
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THE OLE CABINET MAN

WHAT …. , you may ask, in the world are you talking about? Well, last night I was sitting on my back deck with the ceiling fan on, a big citronella candle burning, and an iced down adult beverage. It was so relaxing to watch the fireflies and listen to the locusts and tree frogs and the evening was cool for early July
 

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