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Wed
28
May

Civility is Not a Sign of Weakness

By Stephen Waguespack.
 
“Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.” President John F. Kennedy said this in his first inaugural address, and it is a good reminder for us all, especially as legislative session draws to a close. Over the last few months, contentious policy fights and emotional debates have filled the chamber floors and committee rooms. The issues facing Louisiana are usually easy to identify, yet often quite controversial to implement – this year was no exception. Tempers have flared and nerves are raw.

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Wed
21
May

GUEST EDITORIAL

Summertime is right around the corner. This is the last week of school for my kids and I can tell they mentally already made that switch to summer vacation. Sure, they are still physically going to school every day, but you can see it in their eyes that their focus and effort on schoolwork has shifted to daydreaming about summer plans and sleeping in 
 
Wed
14
May

Small Businesses Embrace Operating on the Edge

By Stephen Waguespack.
 
Many things run through your head when you are hanging off the side of a building in a driving rainstorm 308 feet off the ground. This is exactly where I found myself recently while helping to promote adoption awareness and efforts to find homes for 300 deserving children currently in state custody. The event was called “Over the Edge for Adoption,” and it involved people like me volunteering to rappel down the side of Baton Rouge’s second tallest building.

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Wed
07
May

GUEST EDITORIAL

We all need a wake-up call from time to time. It happens to the best of us. Sometimes we lose focus of what is important in life. Other times we develop tunnel vision on a certain issue and run down the wrong path without fully
understanding the consequences. In many of these moments, family, friends, or some other trusted ally, will step in, and put us back on track 
 
Wed
30
Apr

Observe Tax Freedom Day By MAking Tax-smart Investments

Tax Freedom Day, calculated annually by the Tax Foundation, is the day on which Americans have earned enough money to pay this year’s federal, state and local taxes. Of course, Tax Freedom Day is something of a fiction, because most people pay their taxes throughout the year, via their paychecks  
 
Wed
30
Apr

GUEST EDITORIAL

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 thatrestrict our citizens’ access to a  jury trial while allowing public entities to cut contingency fee legal contracts behind closed doors  
 
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  
 

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