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06
Jun
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Homeland Security Announcement Flew Under the Radar

By Joe Guzzardi

Federal agencies that deal with immigration love to deliver bad news late on Friday afternoon. Better yet to obscure the disappointing announcement is when the Friday falls on a three-day national holiday weekend. So, on this year's Memorial Day getaway Friday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, hoping that the fewest possible people would be paying attention, announced that DHS was, once again, caving into big business interests. DHS will issue an additional 15,000 H-2B visas during fiscal year 2018; the new round of visas is on top of the existing 66,000 allocation.

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Wed
06
Jun
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The Business Doctor

By Dr.Raymond Youngblood Jr.

Control. I have found myself in lots of situations where people wanted control over my every move. Controlling girlfriends, government officials, and even my children. Everyone wants to control, but not everyone knows what to do with the control. This is life! In business not having control of a simple situation can cost you. I have gone to negotiate deals, but I knew something the other side was not aware. They wanted to use what seems to be an insignificant meal to measure their control of the situation. If they could talk me into lunch when I didn’t have the time, then they could get me to do other things. You see, some people do things by accident and others are calculated. Seasoned professionals will be calculated. To control another human being is merely a false belief because they can change their minds at any point, which turns the outcome unless changing their minds is the intended outcome. 

Wed
30
May
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Political Cartoon by Dave Granlund, Minnesota

By Tom Purcell

The more the American prom changes, the more it stays the same. The modern prom, reports Slate, "may be traced to the Ivy League and the annual tradition of a 'presentation week,' during which formal dress and dancing accompanied a promenade concert." In the 20th century, the prom expanded to high schools, and is now a rite of passage for American teens everywhere. I sure hope this year's promgoers have a better experience than I did in 1980. I didn't know my date very well. She was in my photography class, pretty and, more important, available. She laid down the law prior to the big night. "I heard about you, a regular class clown," she said. "You better not show up in a limo, wear a top hat or cane or do anything else to embarrass me.

 

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Wed
30
May
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The Business Doctor

By Dr.Raymond

 

Tipping Point. What if the only way to fix your business is to allow it to fail. It must crumble all the way to the ground. It must burn like a tire set on fire with fuel. It reaches a point that everything goes wrong, that it is useless to try and save it. You see, a tipping point happens in every aspect of life. A tipping point has total rewards or a disaster. A tipping point cannot be controlled; it cannot be avoided, it cannot be delayed. Once something reaches a point of no return, even if you make a great effort to turn it around you have already reached the tip.

Wed
23
May
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The Business Doctor

 By Dr.RaymondYoungblood Jr.

Scary - Cat ! Stop being so dang scary. Sometimes you have to get downright nasty. The international /small business arena is growing crowded and either you can take calculated risks, or you will be forced to make an unplanned risk. You should dig in so deep that you have to be carried out. You got this little rinky-dinky (meaning inferior) business and you to afraid to move left or right. You are fearful of the IRS, you afraid of the government, you afraid to take a chance, you afraid of your own darn shadow. Why? For what? Are you a criminal? Are you doing criminal activities or are you just afraid?

Wed
23
May
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Did you know?

By Raymond Powell

Memorial Day, the last Monday of May (many take the last Sunday of May) is the day we honor Americans who have given their lives in military service. Called Decoration Day when graves of soldiers killed in the Civil War were decorated with flowers. The earliest Memorial observances occurred in Waterloo, New York and Columbus, Mississippi.

The first widespread observance of Decoration Day to observe the dead was in 1868 when Gen. John Logan had all graves in Arlington National Cemetery decorated with flowers and flags. Pres. James Garfield gave a speech in which she said, “For love of Country they accepted death and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”

 

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Wed
16
May
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John Bel’s Senior Scare Tactics Cover Up Welfare Abuse

By Jeff Landry

Chicken Little made famous the phrase “the sky is falling,” but Governor John Bel Edwards has made that his battle cry in the race to the bottom. We need not look any further than his latest political stunt.

This week, at the instruction of the Governor, the Louisiana Department of Health sent out notifications to nearly 40,000 Medicaid enrollees to inform these folks that the State may no longer be able to cover their costs at senior care facilities. This act is a shameful use of scare tactics.

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Wed
16
May
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The Business Doctor

By Dr. Raymond Youngblood Jr.

Negotiations. If you approacha negotiable situation to get what you want from the deal, it is likely a deal that will spoil.

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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