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Can a judge do something good?

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Speaking with civic clubs, church groups, various organizations and sometimes schools is not unusual for the writer. Included in those sojourns have been talks at classes at the law school, college, high school and elementary school levels. Most of these have been enjoyable, with some more challenging than others. One of the more memorable — and challenging — occasions was when I spoke to a group during the Christmas season.

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Politics driving education

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School reform is in the news — again. One would think each time this happens that this is the first group to realize that education has to change to keep up with the times. Since the 1940s when the goal for public education was to produce an educated work force, every administration has made education a “priority.” With each administration change, “priority” took on a new meaning. Reform has routinely been spurred on by surveys that show the ranking of the international countries against the American educational system.
Local reform gets a jumpstart from state rankings. The truth of these surveys is that America has never been ranked at the top in world education, and Louisiana has always ranked at the bottom of state rankings. As Americans, we do not like to be anything less than first and certainly not near the bottom. This fact makes education good for politics. The problem is politics does not make for good education. If the political reforms pointed at the teaching profession and at school were going to bring us to the No. 1 ranking, our educational system should have been there years ago.
Despite the lofty talk of “doing it for the children,” political reforms are driven by agendas. Often the driving force has been social engineering. Parents should be aware of the target their children are for different political and social causes. Whether it was the Americanism vs. communism of the ’60s, the feminist and environmental movements of the ’70s or the obesity and bullying issues of today, both liberal and conservative groups push to have their causes in the schools.

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Tech bowl site: positive reviews

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(Editor’s note: Earlier this season, the “Stadium Journey” website did an extensive review of Joe Aillet Stadium prior to Louisiana Tech University’s final home game of the 2011 seaosn.
The popular website devoted to critiquing college and professional stadiums throughout the country recently visited Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, where Tech will play TCU on Wednesday in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Drew Cieszynski, a correspondent for “Stadium Journey,” wrote the following review and gave a grade of 1-through-5 to each area evaluated, with “5” being the top grade):

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Tech athletics takes big leaps

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Ten years have passed since the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs hoisted their first WAC football championship trophy. Much like this year, it was accompanied by a bowl game invitation and marked a milestone on the program’s storied history.
Milestones often prompt us to look back at where we’ve been and what we have accomplished since the last milestone. So with that in mind, what changes have occurred within Louisiana Tech University and its athletics department, and what improvements have been made since winning the 2001 WAC title?

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Cougars have 10 players chosen to All-State team

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There were plenty of reasons for the success of Cedar Creek High School’s football team.
Ten of those are on the 2011 Class 1A All-State squad announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The Cougars had that many players included on the honorable mention list of the team selected by a panel of statewide sportswriters.
Representing the nine-game winners who ranked No. 5 in the final LSWA Class 1A poll were wide receiver David Murphy, linemen KJ Malone, Hunter Hanks and Levi Songer, quarterback Adam Van and running back Austin Ginn on offense and linemen John McCallum and Hunter Anderson, linebacker Justin Williams, linebacker Dylan Spearman and backs Ben Siegmund and Jeff Carroll on defense.

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GSU Legends donate to Robinson Museum

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Grambling State University head football coach Doug Williams (third from left) recently presented a $5,000 check to the Friends of the Eddie G. Robinson Museum on behalf of the Grambling “Legends.” Others participating in the activity include (front row, from left) Museum Commissioner Robert Clark, retired assistant GSU football coach Eddie Robinson Jr., Gregory A. Wilson, Sr.

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Ribbon cutting held for Merle Norman

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Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held Dec. 6 for Merle Norman, located at 708 Celebrity Dr. in Ruston. The business is under the new ownership of Diane Hunter. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Alexander joins K.W. Realty

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Tami Alexander, a real estate sales professional in Ruston, has joined the Keller Williams Realty Parish Wide Partners Market Center.
“We are truly lucky to have Tami Alexander join us here at Keller Williams Parish Wide Partners,” says Team Leader Chuck Roberts. “Keller Williams Realty offers its associates unparalleled career growth and lifelong learning opportunities in the real estate industry. We know that Tami will be a great fit, and that it is our customers who will truly benefit from Tami joining us.”

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State OMV offices close for holidays

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BATON ROUGE — Commissioner Nick Gautreaux of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety — Office of Motor Vehicles advised today that OMV Headquarters and all statewide field offices will be closed for the upcoming legal state holidays.
Those dates are as follows:
• Declared legal holiday — Friday, Dec. 23
• Designated legal holiday — Monday, Dec. 26
• Declared legal holiday -—Friday, Dec. 30
• Designated legal holiday — Monday, Jan. 2

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Family businesses need to have meetings

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Question: I am part of a multi-generational family business. We get along fine, but never talk about succession planning. It isn’t that Dad isn’t willing to talk, but when we do it never seems to accomplish anything. What do you suggest?
Answer: You need to have a family meeting. And the chances are, you have never had one.
Sure you’ve had meetings among stakeholders in the business (who also happen to be family members), but have you ever had a meeting of your entire family, including members in and members not in the business?

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