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April 22nd

State senators must get busy

Now for the bad news: neither one was selected as one of America’s 10 best senators either.
The 10 best included Arlen Specter, R-Pa., John McCain, R-Ariz., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Richard Lugar, R-Ind., Carl Levin, D-Mich., John Kyl, R-Ariz., Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, Kent Conrad, D-N.D. and Thad Cochran, R-Miss.
The five worst were Conrad Burns, R-Mont., Wayne Allard, R-Colo., Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, Mark Dayton, D-Minn. and Jim Bunning, R-Ky.

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Vitter tackles hot issues during visit

Quickly, the topic of immigration, especially as it relates to Mexico, took the forefront.
Several residents expressed concerns over the rising number of illegal immigrants flooding Texas and now Louisiana.
“We need border security,” Vitter said. “We can’t just talk about it.”
Vitter said it is estimated that there are 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. He said that although the majority of those illegal immigrants living in the U.S. are not violent criminals, they are a burden on our justice system.

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April 21st

Vitter tackles hot issues during visit

Quickly, the topic of immigration, especially as it relates to Mexico, took the forefront.
Several residents expressed concerns over the rising number of illegal immigrants flooding Texas and now Louisiana.
“We need border security,” Vitter said. “We can’t just talk about it.”
Vitter said it is estimated that there are 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. He said that although the majority of those illegal immigrants living in the U.S. are not violent criminals, they are a burden on our justice system.

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Jackson’s words ring true for all

Your vote and your participation in the political process is directly tied to the survival of GSU.”
Jackson’s message was clear: everyone who has reached their 18th birthday has the right — and duty — to cast their vote.
It doesn’t matter whether the election is for a small-town official or president of the United States, what’s important is that everyone who is eligible to vote, exercises that right.
It would be easy to point our fingers at the large numbers of college students in Lincoln Parish and lay the lack of political participation on their young shoulders.

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Belton speaks up on parenting

Today, I am disclosing her identity before enumerating some points in her philosophies of childrearing, faith and social crisis.
Because she provided this draft to me in exact form to be used in addition to the “My Hometown” column, I will quote it exactly.
The manuscript is titled simply “Thoughts.”
• As mothers it is important that we allow our sons to grow to be the men that they are called to be ... and teach our girls how to be “young ladies” instead of desiring to be women.

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’Dogs seek to keep top position

“This season is far from over. It’s important to keep the right perspective about this because, while it’s good that we’re leading the conference right now, we also realize that there are still a lot of very big games ahead of us.”
Tech will be facing the newest baseball member of the WAC in Sacramento State, which entered the week with an overall mark of 17-22 and was 6-6 for fifth place in the standings; the Hornets had a 20-36-1 mark as an NCAA independent program in 2005.
The Bulldogs are the hottest team in the league, without a question.

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Youth encouraged to fight for rights

Jackson said one of the problems is that while Iraqi citizens were allowed to vote by satellite throughout the United States for their new leader, people from New Orleans were only allowed to cast ballots for early voting and no satellites will be set up Saturday.
“Voters from Iraq can vote from satellite but New Orleans cannot,” he said. “We protest but we will go vote. Voting rights have not been honored, yet we vote against the odds.”

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April 20th

Rumble a resounding success

Those in attendance witnessed a well-organized, high-energy show, packed with action and paced by the antics of the host and head clown. Chris Womack, an event organizer, said prior to the show that all aspects of the event would be of professional quality.
That was evidenced by the qualifications of the cowboys, many of whom boasted numerous professional accomplishments, and the quality of the bulls, who threw many a rider before the night was over.
We congratulate the Local 4019 Firefighters’ Union, the event organizers, on a show well planned and executed.

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Stadium step in right direction

I am one of the guilty parties who sneaks outside many afternoons to travel around the stadium named after a Louisiana Tech coaching legend.
Usually after begging friends and acquaintances until I can persuade someone to accompany me, I put on my tennis shoes and walk around the area which circles Joe Aillet Stadium.
See, unlike other sports I’ve explored, walking and running feels simple and natural. And when making my way around the stadium, it becomes clear others feel the same way. College-age girls jog past me as they chat about their boyfriends and teachers they don’t like.

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Jones seeks to join rare discus ‘club’

Jones, who has signed with Louisiana Tech University, has a personal best of 198-0 this year for the third best mark in the nation.
He set a new meet record at the recent L.J. “Hoss” Garrett Relays hosted by the Bearcats at 1860.
He’ll be one of the key point pursuers for the ‘Cats as they go for a league title in what first-year head coach Todd Boddie terms as a “very competitive meet.”
“On the boys’ side, West Monroe is going to be very tough and they’ve got a lot of good sprinters and relay teams.
Their 4-by-200 relay team is ranked No. 3 in the nation.

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