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September 29th

Man says God’s vision is very conservative

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There are two visions for the future of this country. However, they are hidden behind the eloquent speeches and fanfare that we have just seen on television.  
There is God’s vision and Satan’s vision. God’s vision is very conservative and will not tolerate everything and anything. Satan’s vision is very liberal, and wants tolerance and acceptance of everything. Satan’s vision is for man to govern himself minus the laws of God. Satan doesn’t even want God to be mentioned. So, which vision do you want for America? I prefer God’s vision for America.  (Proverbs 14:34) Vote for those who support God’s vision.

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Always a field of dreams

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Well it’s just about time for playoff baseball again in America. It’s about the only time I watch baseball anymore. Baseball is one sport that is a whole lot more fun to play than to watch.
I also caught a little bit of the movie “Field of Dreams” on the TV the other night. I can’t explain why I always get a tear in my eye when Kevin Costner asks his daddy to have a catch. That scene ranks up there with Old Yeller — another well-known tear jerker.

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Some thoughts on voting

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Voting time. The right to vote is also a privilege with an obligation. This is treasured by most in this country. We have the obligation to be good citizens.
Some of this might sound routine, but right around the corner is one of the most important of elections on Nov. 6. In that there are some new voters or others who have not voted in a while, I take the opportunity this very week to remind people of the upcoming election. The reason I do this right now is that our law requires a person to be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. In this presidential election cycle, that makes the deadline to register to vote Oct. 9.  Stated differently, if you, a friend or relative wants to have a say in the presidential election, there is just barely more than one week left to register.  Maybe I should not have to share this, but I would like to think this is a way of contributing with this gentle reminder.  As some friends of mine jokingly said the other day, vote early and often. You can’t do this without being on the rolls.

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New staff welcomed; teams announced

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I.A. Lewis off to a good start
I.A. Lewis is a wonderful, unique educational setting for Lincoln Parish sixth graders. So far, we are having a great school year. It is our mission to ensure academic achievement for all students. To achieve this mission for the 2012-13 school year, we have gone to an eight period day in order to double block English Language Arts and math and have established a team-concept in our Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS).

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LSMSA honors local at ceremony

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Natchitoches — For the past seven years, new students enrolling at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts have been a part of a ceremonial tradition in which they enter their names into a register book marking the student’s acceptance into LSMSA’s academic community. During this formal matriculation ceremony, members of the Board of Trustees, LSMSA administrators, lawmakers, dignitaries and faculty welcome new students to its community of scholars.

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What to do about a lost stock certificate

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Question: My mother recently died in her 90s. My father passed away 30 years ago. It turns out that Daddy owned a lot of shares of a large, publicly traded manufacturing company. If Mom knew about them, she never told us. Now, I am not even sure we can locate the stock certificates. If we cannot find the stocks, have we lost that money?
 
Answer: Not at all. You just have to know where to look.

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How interest rates may affect investments

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The rise and fall of interest rates is one of the biggest factors influencing the economy, financial markets and our daily lives. It is important to have a basic understanding of how interest rate changes could affect not only your wallet but also your investment portfolio.
Simply put, interest rates help control the flow of money in the economy. Typically the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates to jump-start the economy. Lower interest rates mean consumers may be willing to spend more money as the cost to finance a purchase is relatively inexpensive. This stimulates the economy in a variety of ways, including increased revenues from products sold to the consumers and taxes generated from those sales. Investors, on the other hand, have a different perspective.

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Preparing for ‘fiscal cliff’

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As an investor, you can sometimes still feel you’re at the mercy of forces beyond your control. This may be especially true today, when the Federal Reserve has warned of an approaching “fiscal cliff.” What can you do in the face of such a dire prediction?
First of all, you need to understand what led to the Fed’s remarks. Here’s the story: Some $1.2 trillion in spending cuts are scheduled to begin in 2013 while, simultaneously, the Bush-era tax cuts — including the reduction in capital gains and dividend taxes — are set to expire. This combination of spending cuts and higher taxes could take some $600 billion out of the economy, leading to a possible recession — and maybe something much worse, at least in the eyes of the Fed.

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Keeping customers

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Participants in a customer-service workshop presented Wednesday by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce listen as client communications expert Bill Drury offers tips on how to turn tough customers into good customers. The event also covered topics including building trust, maintaining a winning attitude, communicating respect, cultivating a great sense of humor, listening effectively, calming angry people, handling ornery people and overcoming stress and burnout.

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Director of Tech’s Enterprise Center to participate in D.C. panels

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Dave Norris, executive director of the Enterprise Center at Louisiana Tech University, has been invited by the U.S. Department of Commerce to participate in two panel discussions in Washington D.C. with senior administration officials and higher education leaders from around the country.
Norris received the invitations to discuss the mission and progress of Louisiana Tech’s LA_i6 Proof of Concept Center, which supports and expedites the introduction of new “green” technology innovations into markets throughout the region and the nation. Tech received a $1.1 million grant award from the Economic Development Administration to establish LA_i6 in September 2011 as a winner of the Innovation 6 National Competition.

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