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Wed
23
Apr

Stop the Madness

By Stephen Waguespack.
 
Our addiction to lawsuits is hurting us in more ways than we realize. This infliction is rampant, expensive and comes in all shapes and sizes. It takes the form of embracing laws that restrict our citizens’ access to a jury trial while allowing public entities to cut contingency fee legal contracts behind closed doors. It makes daily headlines in the forms of legacy lawsuits, coastal lawsuits, parish lawsuits, education reform lawsuits, pension reform lawsuits, levee lawsuits, auto lawsuits, and many others.
 

 

Wed
26
Mar

Financial Focus

you’re like many travelers, you get a little nervous when your airplane goes through some turbulence. And if you’re like a lot of investors, you may get somewhat jumpy when the financial markets are volatile. Yet flight turbulence probably isn’t as scary as it seems, and the same may be true for market volatility — if you know how to respond. Let’s look at some positive responses to market movements  
 
Wed
19
Mar

Financial "Spring Cleaning" Can brighten your investment Picture

The days are getting longer and warmer — a sure indication of the arrival of spring. Another sign of the season may be the urge you get to do some spring cleaning. But you might not have realized that some of the same spring-cleaning techniques that can be used on your home can also apply to your investments and your overall financial strategy. 
 
Wed
05
Mar

GUEST EDITORIAL

Throw me something, mister. Get used to hearing that phrase because our annual tradition we know so well is here again. You know the one I am talking about. It is the time of year where our citizens habitually flock to their
typical spot to beg and plead with members of a select krewe to shower them with trinkets and gifts. That’s right, legislative session time is here  
 
Wed
26
Feb

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Have you given much thought to collecting Social Security? The answer probably depends on how old you are — but whatever your age, you’ll want to consider the best way of incorporating Social Security benefits into your retirement income strategy  
 
Wed
26
Feb

GUEST EDITORIAL

What does high-tech look like to you? Many people think of high-tech as the gadgets and gizmos that have grown to dominate all facets of our daily lives. It wasn’t that long ago that we used our phones to talk, watched TV in real-time and used our computers to work at the office. Now, we usually mix all of those things into one mobile device and can’t remember how we ever got along without it. 
 
Wed
12
Feb

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, Cattle Producers and Friends, There is going to be a Cattlemen’s meeting on February 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the David B Means 4-H Center in Grand Cane, LA. Please put this date on your calendar. Matt Marietta, Merial Sales Representative in Louisiana, will be talking about a new long acting dewormer. We also have a short business meeting in which we will elect new officers and discuss DeSoto Parish Membership fees
 
Wed
12
Feb

GUEST EDITORIAL

I have to be missing something. You ever feel like you are not getting the whole story? You ever look at a situation that appears so painfully obvious to everyone else, but for some strange and indescribable reason that other person is just hell bent on going a different direction? Do you ever wonder if some people take a stand against something for no good reason other than just to be obstinate? 
 
Thu
06
Feb

GUEST EDITORIAL

The pen is mightier than the sword, or according to the president, mightier than Congress. This week, President Obama laid out a specific goal for 2014 during the annual State of the Union address to the country: to 
aggressively use executive actions to implement his agenda if Congress doesn’t do what he wants. 
 
Thu
30
Jan

THE OLE CABINET MAN

As I promised in the last column, I'll tell you how I fine-tuned my attempt at Ms. Rebecca's Black Eyed Pea Salad – BUT, first let me tell you about the kinda scalloped potato …. loaf (?) I made. I started by wanting to use the last beautifully shaped Idaho potato that I had
 

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