Columns

Wed
29
Jul

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

Teen love (infatuation) is powerful, unbelievable, upsetting, life changing and long “remembering”. Most of us are victims. She was scarcely five in height, had big brown eyes which could melt stone. She would be eligible for the heavenly body class. The party was Friday night (like tonight) and this 10th grader must ask the ninth grader before she caught the bus to her home on the plantation four miles away. Getting up all the bravery in me I dashed to catch her on the stairs before the bus left. Barely. I timidly asked if she would like to attend the party with me. She said that she “would be delighted”. And we melted. (She knew I’d ask her). Our friend who had a car and a girl friend in the same area brought me to her house. Timidly, I knocked and the answer was coarse and loud coming from her dad. Upon entering, Daddy asked what I wanted as he kept cleaning a double-barrel shotgun. More sweat. I asked for Susan (not her name) as we left I heard “better be back by 11”.

Wed
29
Jul

Guest Column: Flexible Work Options Benefit Small Businesses

by Stephen Waguespack

A scientific opinion poll released last week shows many Louisiana small employers offer a variety of family-friendly benefits to attract and retain the best talent for their company. In the aftermath of the national recession, budget restraints, inadequate preparedness and a lack of sales made it difficult for some small businesses to survive in Louisiana. In other situations, however, small businesses found creative ways to survive the down turn by offering a flexible benefits package to their employees.

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Wed
22
Jul

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor: Willis-Knighton has a long-standing policy of not speaking or responding publicly on the business decisions or actions of other health care providers.  Willis-Knighton (WK) also has a30 year public record and historyof being a staunch supporter and vocal advocate of the LSU HealthSciences Center-Shreveport (LSUMedical School). 

 

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Wed
22
Jul

Knowledge is Power

Knowledge is power, but as Albert Einstein once said,“information is not know ledge.”This week, the LouisianaAssociation of Business andIndustry (LABI) will release its 2015 score card for the LouisianaLegislature. The scorecard will beavailable on LABI’s website at www.labi.org/scorecard and will give.

 

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Wed
15
Jul

A Government of Men and Women

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Are we really a “government of laws, not of men” as John Adams once famously said? Several instances over the last few weeks reminded us clearly that it is the opinions of men and women that determine what the law means, who it should apply to and how it will be enforced.
 
Thu
09
Jul

Keep Your Investments from Goingon "Vacation"

It’s that time of year when many of us hit the road for asummer vacation. If you are fortunate, you will be joiningthem — after all, “all work and no play” is a difficult wayto live. But while you may not think it beneficial to workall the time, the same can’t be said of your investments andyour investment strategy — because, ideally, they shouldnever stop laboring on your behalf.

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Wed
01
Jul

The History of Independence Day

"Taxation without representation!" That was the battle cry of the thirteen colonies in America that were forced to pay taxes to England's King George III with no representation in Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in 
to quell any signs of rebellion, and repeated attempts by the colonists to resolve the crisis without war proved fruitless.
 
Wed
01
Jul

Do Your Job

It was a good weekend to be a dad. The weather was nice, the U.S. Open was on TV and it was Father’s Day weekend. My boys and I enjoyed an overnight father/son basketball camp, visited our favorite greasy spoon for breakfast Sunday before church services, and shared some good quality time in different ways throughout the weekend. Overall, it was a great reminder why I am so fortunate to have a loving family who enjoys one another’s company.
 
Wed
24
Jun

A Step Forward For Roads

By Stephen Waguespack
 
Much has been said about the recently concluded 2015 legislative session, though not much of it has been positive. The predominant message coming out of this two-month saga is simply "thank goodness it’s over." The Legislature voted to raise taxes on employers and individuals by more than $700 million this year in 12 different bills that will collectively have a five-year impact of more than $2.2 billion. The governor is expected to sign all 12 bills into law.
 
Wed
17
Jun

Thank you businesses of all sizes

By Stephen Waguespack
A message to the Louisiana employers out there: Thank you for what you do to make this state great. Much has been discussed over the last two months about the legislative session and its crusade to raise taxes. We at LABI, along with countless others in the business community, have aggressively explained the consequences to Louisiana’s economy that can result should this be done in a cavalier way.    

 

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