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Writer urges for tax withdrawal

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I humbly request that Sheriff Stone withdraw his department’s proposed permanent sales tax that is set to be voted on this month.
Voting is essentially the sole mechanism available to citizens for keeping its government in check. Having to come to the public for a tax renewal every so often builds in accountability for government offices and officials.
And, while I believe Stone and his department to be above reproach, who’s to say what the situation may look like in 25, 50 or 100 years?
So, I ask that Stone reconsider the “in perpetuity” portion of his tax proposal.
Sara Warren

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Senior citizen thanks local sheriff

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As a senior citizen of Lincoln Parish for the past 69 years, I have the opportunity of being on the How Are You Program.
I am older now and not as healthy as I used to be. All my children are grown and have children of their own and are so busy with work and taking care of their children. A call from the sheriff’s How Are You Program is a welcoming call each morning. Matter of fact, I look forward to getting the call each morning. It is not just a wake up call, I know that the sheriff really cares about me.

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Help strengthen area schools

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Easter Sunday . . . look around and there’s no mistaking that the holiday has arrived.
If you’re old school, your kitchen may still smell like vinegar from the hours spent dying eggs. The more modern kitchen may still have plastic wrappers strewn about from opening packages of plastic eggs and filling them with miniature candies.
The Easter bunny has undoubtedly hopped into homes, leaving treat-filled baskets. As the treasure wrappers fly, the smell of Easter lunch preparations wafts from kitchens where mom gets a jump on things before readying the family for Easter services.

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Celebrating the Easter holiday

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Happy Easter to all of you.
This is the day that many within the Christian faith have focused upon and waited for, with all of the finery that goes with Easter. 
You know the drill, many show up on Easter Sunday who might not have been there, shall we say, the week before. Then there are the very fine outfits, especially of the beautiful little children.   Afterwards one might be preparing for the inevitable Easter egg hunts and possibly the ingestion of chocolate candy.  Some of my favorite memories of childhood (most of the time — excluding the stomach aches) from Easter were when the giant chocolate rabbits showed up and were readily devoured.

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Put time, tax investments on your side

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If you’re relatively young, and you’ve been investing only a few years, you possess an asset that is invaluable and cannot be replaced: time. And the more time you spend contributing to tax-advantaged investments, the better off you may be. 
As an investor, time is your ally for two reasons. First, the more time you give to your growth-oriented investments, the greater their growth potential. And second, the effects of market volatility have tended to decrease over time, though as you no doubt have heard, past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

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Business owner considers future retirement

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Question: My husband and I own a small business. He says that one day we will be able to sell the business and use that money to retire on. I hope so. What should we do to make sure we can do that?
 
Answer: Nothing.
Nothing you can do will “make sure” that you and your husband will be able to grow a business, see it flourish and eventually sell it at a handsome profit. Those sorts of guarantees do not exist.

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Helpful glossary of important equity terms

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Our last column introduced some basic terms commonly used in the purchase and sale of equities, or stocks. In this column, we will expand the list with a handful of more sophisticated, but equally important, terms.
• Capitalization — Total value of the various securities issued by a corporation, including preferred and common stock, bonds, debentures and other securities.

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Dreamforge fills marketing job

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Dreamforge Entertainment, a local mobile applications developer and distributor, has hired Wanda Woodard as their director of Sales and Marketing.
Dreamforge owner Freddy Nolan said, “We’re growing fast; Wanda brings with her over two dozen years of experience in sales, marketing, advertising and promotions in markets from Anchorage to Biloxi.

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Alexander wins ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ award

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Louisiana lawmaker recognized for supporting U.S. job creators
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, was recently awarded the “Spirit of Enterprise” award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for his steady support of pro-jobs, pro-growth policies during the first session of the 112th Congress.
 “I appreciate this honor and pledge to continue voting for the best interests of business and American workers,” said Alexander. “I’ve always said that for businesses to survive and for jobs to increase, members of Congress have to vote against the dangers of over taxation, over regulation and over litigation.”

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Lincoln Realty wins Jim Jackson award

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ERA Lincoln Realty recently attended the company’s International Business Conference in New Orleans. The company was awarded the Jim Jackson Memorial award for first in customer service for 2011. The award honors the sales associates and brokerage that best demonstrates the commitment to being first in service and first in customer satisfaction. It is based on how the consumers rate their buying or selling experience when working with ERA sales associates, teams and companies. Pictured above, from left to right, are office coordinator Rebecca Ozment, owner/broker Dicky Nealy and sales agent Edwin Otis Edgerton.

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