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Wed
09
May
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The Royal Wedding: Something for Everyone

By Danny Tyree

I'm an early riser, so I may very well watch the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, just as I watched the wedding of Harry's parents in July of 1981.

That's assuming I haven't succumbed to wedding-information fatigue by then.

Yes, the 24-hour news cycle has given us a deluge of facts and speculation about the guest list, the bride and groom's net worth, the wedding gown, the honeymoon, Israeli intelligence revelations about the structural integrity of the sporks for the reception, etc.

I'm surprised we haven't seen more about security measures for the wedding. Satellite surveillance shows that a caravan is trekking to Windsor Castle from a castle in Scotland to demand relief from second-rate caviar.

 

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Wed
09
May
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Did you know?

By Raymond Powell

DeSoto Parish has produced many outstanding ladies through the years – some of whom I’ve written about. The lady in this article, Kate Tomkies Beard, is one of those that should be remembered down through the generations.

Kate was the wife of the battle of Mansfield hero, Col. James H. Beard. She was born July 4, 1835 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, the 4th child of John F. and Margaret Hoyle Tomkies. Like many other families the Tomkies started out in Virginia, moved to N. Carolina, then to Alabama and Mississippi and then on to Desoto Parish. The family arrived in Kingston, L. in the late 1840’s. Mrs. Tomkies was related to C.E. Edwards, one of the wealthiest men in DeSoto Parish.

 

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Wed
02
May
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

The title “From Tepee to the Capitol” got my attention and well it should have. I consider myself rather interested and about half knowledgeable in history, yet this phase of American History had completely avoided my reading - a half American Indian elected as Vice President of the United States!

 

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Wed
02
May
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Dangerous Uber-Lyft Bill Slithers Back

By ClancyDuBos

State Capitol denizens have a code name for bills that are truly awful. They call them "snakes." It's an apt moniker because such bills tend to slither quietly through the legislative process without the press and public taking notice ...  until it's too late.

Last year, transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft pushed a notorious "snake" bill that would have given loads of protection to TNCs but virtually none to passengers. The bill cleared the House easily but died in a Senate committee - after it garnered media and public attention, which is the best way to kill a snake bill.

 

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Wed
25
Apr
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

Several weeks ago a brief history of Sabine Parish was written in order that our citizens know a little more about one of our sister parishes. It is believed that another of our neighbors, Red River Parish, would like-wise be interesting.

Wed
25
Apr
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Can Your Family Handle A Day Without Complaints?

By Danny Tyree

Did you notice that Thomas Lickona recently adapted a portion of his book "How to Raise Kind Kids" into the online "Time Magazine" article "How to Raise Grateful Kids in An Era of Thankless People"?

My own son Gideon is a gentle, cheerful, kindhearted lad; but I set aside the time to read the essay because I realize he is still a work in progress.

Even though Gideon has mostly outgrown the "This is the worst day of my life" tantrums, he is still prone to swiping my French fries, neglecting "thank you" notes, delivering perfunctory prayers ("Thank you for our food and our beds. Amen"), procrastinating about his burdensome chores (which require half a hand of fingers to count) and whining about clothes shopping trips that last longer than unlacing the left shoe.

 

Wed
18
Apr
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

Did Mansfield ever have a rail streetcar? This writer as a 2-year old boy thought so as he came down McEnery Street on U.S. Hwy 84 and turned left up Washington Ave. to Polk Street. There were the tracks and they were bright and shiny which showed daily use. Later it was found out the tracks were for the Mansfield Railway and Transportation Company (M.R.&T.).

According to the “Biographical and Historical Book of 1890” of which this writer has a copy- the MRT was organized in 1880 with B.F. Jenkins Pres., Boling Williams Sec., and M.R. Ricks Treas. to connect the downtown area with the Texas and Pacific R.R. south of Mansfield.

 

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Wed
18
Apr
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Dismal Jobs Report Lost AmidBreaking News

By Joe Guzzardi

The March Bureau of Labor Statistics report was a disappointment, with the economy adding only 103,000 jobs. March's poor performance deflated the enthusiasm February's report generated with its 313,000 new jobs, the biggest increase in 1-1/2 years. From the 320,000 revised February total, the jobs created drop-off measured 66 percent. Since January, monthly new employment averages are 202,000 - not terrible, but nothing to shout about.

Wed
11
Apr
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Did you know?

By: Raymond Powell

Will Rogers made the statement a number of years ago that all he knew was what he read in the papers. After having been retired from the DeSoto School System since January 1, 1980 about all I know about the DeSoto Schools is what I read in the paper – and it sure sounds good!

Being a history buff it is challenging to look back over some DeSoto School history and find DeSoto was innovative and excelling in education through the years. The first public high school in Mansfield where attendance was required by law was Central High School built in 1895 at the southeast corner of Crosby St. and Louisiana St. directly across the street from the present DeSoto School Board Office.

 

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Wed
11
Apr
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Nuclear Fusion Is Federal Bloat's Silver Lining

By Tom Purcell

"The lousy Republicans are supposed to decrease federal spending and get our deficit under control, not blow the budget even more!"

"Ah, yes, you speak of the massive $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill President Trump just signed into law. Members of Congress were only given 24 hours to read the 2,232-page monstrosity, which nobody did before voting for it."

"What the heck is an omnibus bill, anyhow?"

"It combines 13 separate appropriation bills, which Congress otherwise must pass and the president must sign, into a single bill that funds all government departments and activities.

 

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