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July 13th, 2013

Teachers not fleeing accountability

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I disagree with the premise of a recent article that linked teacher retirement to Louisiana’s Compass evaluation system. While it may be true that some teachers don’t like the system, it’s not true that teachers don’t want accountability. Teachers are proud of the work they do and believe in the aim of their profession, to help every child become successful both inside and beyond the classroom. Accountability ensures that this happens, that great work is rewarded and that professional growth occurs. Like any professional, teachers want that support and recognition.

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Farm bill passed without SNAP

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The House last week did something many thought could never happen; it passed a farm bill that stripped the food stamp provisions from the commodity titles.
Voting along party lines the House approved the new farm bill by a vote of 216-208. No Democrat voted for the bill and only 12 Republicans opposed it. Additionally the bill removed the so-called fallback provisions of the “permanent farm law,” which established the 1938 and 1949 acts to spur regular passage of a farm bill. Those acts have been traditionally implemented in the event a succeeding Congress would fail to authorize new legislation upon expiration of an existing farm statute.

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The tale of two 'burgs'

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The two “Burgs.” No, this is not a commentary on food. I’m referring to Gettysburg and Vicksburg. (I would have shared this last week but the tribute to our firefighters was more important.)

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What can All-Stars teach investors?

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This week, Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will be played at Citi Field in New York. If you’re a baseball fan, you’ll enjoy the annual gathering of the sport’s best players. And if you’re an investor, you may be able to take away some valuable lessons from the All-Stars — lessons that can prove valuable to you long after the game’s final out is recorded.

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Strategies for trying to be your ‘own banker’

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Question: How does a regular person make it these days? With everything costing so much, it is really so hard to save any money. Do only rich people get to retire one day?
Answer: In addressing the answer to this question, last week I promised to examine more closely a strategy nicknamed “Being your own banker.”
The reason we need a strategy like this is that otherwise, all the forces are working against us. It is obviously difficult or distasteful for most people to save money (the national savings rate currently hovers around 0 percent). And it is apparently easy for people to borrow money — and the vast majority pays it back on time and in full.

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Plan carefully when it’s time to make a career move

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The days when an employee would spend his or her entire career with the same company appear to be all but gone.
Nowadays, beyond simply changing jobs over the course of a career, many workers even take on an entirely new career before they finally reach retirement. When you make a job change, one of the biggest challenges you may face could be deciding what to do with the assets you’ve built up in your former employer’s retirement plan.

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Davis sports legend in his own right

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Ruston Daily Leader Executive Sports Editor Buddy Davis has covered some of the biggest stories ever in the world of athletics, interviewing some of the most important athletic legends ever to grace the state of Louisiana.
And for me, he’s as legendary as some of the names he’s interviewed.

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Grambling Legends induct 12

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The Grambling Legends Sports Hall of Fame inducted a 12-member clas Saturday at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on the Grambling State University campus.
That 2013 induction class included former NFL standouts Frank Cornish and Woodrow Peoples, basketball All-American Rex Tippit and record-breaking collegiate quarterback Bruce Eugene among others.

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Pro athletes excel in outdoors pursuits

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When you think of well-known sports personalities who have made a name for themselves in the outdoors, it’s easy to gravitate rather quickly to names like Bill Dance, Will Primos, Harold Knight, David Hale et al.

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Mannings all about football at academy

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THIBODAUX (AP) — Peyton and Eli Manning took some time during their passing academy for youngsters this week to talk about facing off against one another again this season when the Denver Broncos play the New York Giants on Sept. 15.
The Houma Courier reported that Peyton, who is entering his 16th NFL season and second with Denver, said he remembers little from the two previous games against Eli except for a moment during the National Anthem.

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