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September 17th, 2016

Conundrum of Louisiana politics

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Sometimes working our way through the election process seems like trudging through a “jungle.” Thinking of the upcoming elections, events can cause one to be disappointed or disenchanted with our election process. Yet, we can still be thankful that we have the treasured “right to think.”
The “right to think” isn’t recognized by the courts as a labeled “constitutional right,” but it is the lynchpin of our rights of free expression, assembly, voting, organization and religion.

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Our goal is to prepare our students in life

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Do you ever reflect from time to time about some of the most significant people in your life?
I think most of us probably do.
When these thoughts come to me, I am always struck by the concept that each one of these individuals possessed characteristics that influenced me positively and, even occasionally, negatively.
However, even people whom I may not have considered as necessarily a model for emulation ended up being a valuable benefit for me.
Such a notion reminds us that we are capable of learning from every type of life experience.

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Fixed-income investing can be a challenge

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Your parents and grandparents may have known better about lots of things when you were younger. But you probably shouldn’t be following their example when it comes to managing your money in retirement.
“Most retirement income for (our) parents’ and grandparents’ generation came from Social Security and a defined-benefit pension plan,” says Drew Denning, senior vice president and retirement strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors.

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Remember wealth should be balanced with benefits

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Question: I always thought that if I could retire with $1 million I would be set. Now that I’m almost there, I can tell I’m not as secure as I thought I would be. In fact, I don’t know if I would feel much different if I had twice as much money. Could I have done something different?
Answer: Let me tell you the story of the Pyle brothers.
They did nearly everything alike. They married sisters, lived next door to one another and invested in exactly the same things. As a result, they each reached retirement age with a…pile of money.

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Start planning now in order to retire early

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The average American retires at about age 63, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. If you enjoy your work, of course, you may want to go well beyond that age. But what if you don’t want to wait until 63 or so? Can you afford to retire early?
Possibly — if you follow these suggestions:

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Gilcrease ribbon cutting held

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The Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Gilcrease Family Eye Care to the Chamber and to Ruston. The office of Edward and Eve Gilcrease and their staff is located at 1010 South Trenton St. The office phone number is 255-0817.

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NFL returns with sizzle (no surprise)

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Welcome back, NFL.
No wonder we missed you so much for the past seven months.
That first weekend of competition had intriguing story lines, new headliners and nail-nibbling finishes.
And the best part: there’s 15 weeks remaining.
Here’s some of the reasons to love the National Football League so much until the Super Bowl gets here:
FRANTIC ENDINGS: Saints’ fans would prefer throwing darts at this lead-off reason, but they would have to agree that the two-point conversion try by the Oakland Raiders was of extreme gutsiness.

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Bulldogs can’t catch Texas Tech

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Louisiana Tech racked up 572 yards of total offense, but the Texas Tech Red Raiders offense was too much to overcome as the Bulldogs fell, 59-45, in front of 57,515 fans in attendance Saturday night at Jones AT&T Stadium.
Louisiana Tech put up 28 points in the second half, but the Texas Tech offense was too tough to stop on the night as the Red Raiders, who came into the game as the No. 3 scoring offense in the country, put up 666 yards of total offense.

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Grambling rolls over Jackson State, 35-14

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Grambling State University dominated the scoreboard from start to finish Saturday as the G-Men defeated Jackson State 35-14 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
GSU didn’t waste any time, as quarterback DeVante Kincade hit Chad Williams on a 51-year scoring strike on the G-Men’s first offensive snap.
The G-Men pushed their advantage to 14-0 at the 7:08 mark of the opening stanza as Joseph McWilliams picked off JSU quarterback LaMontiez Ivy and raced 62 yards to paydirt on the pick six.

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Tech dominates Mook-Triple Duals

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Louisiana Tech’s Manoah Kiptum and Kacie Kaufman finished in first place overall on both the men and women’s sides in the program’s annual Mook Triple-Duals at Tech Farm Saturday morning.
The men had five runners finish in the top 15 with Kiptum leading the way for the second consecutive week with a time of 20:52 in the four-mile race. Freshman Austin Ballow was the second Tech runner to finish out the meet with a time of 21:22 to finish in sixth place individually.

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