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Weather cold, but fishing is hot

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There’s this guy in my hunting club who feels sorry for me, because he knows that if I want to eat fish this time of year, I’ll have to open a can of tuna. His benevolence and keeping the true spirit of the season in giving was manifested when I drove home from church Sunday to find an ice chest by our front door. Inside the chest, covered in ice, were ten big crappie; all I had to do was filet and fry ‘em. Mike Brister had delivered me an early Christmas gift.

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Race winner makes a move

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Dubach’s Zachary Skipper prepares to make a move on the Twin City track in Monroe during his recent first place finish for the junior dragster division of the annual Thanksgving Race. The event marked the end of the competitive drag racing season for Skipper and other participants.

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Skipper tops at Monroe race

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Zachary Skipper, 12, of Dubach displays the drag racing trophy he captured recently after finishing in first place for the junior dragster division at the Thanksgiving Race held in Monroe. The son of Steven and Amie Skipper of Dubach has also finished as a runner-up three times.

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Plan to prevent tragedy this holiday season

With Christmas and New Year’s Day fast approaching, families will soon be out on area roads traveling across the country to be with the ones they love. With many people scheduled to be on the roads, extra caution needs to be taken to help keep any problems from arising.
With a higher number of vehicle traffic on the streets, it is going to be tougher to drive simply for the lack of road space available. There will also be a higher number of drivers out on the road who are impaired, especially since Christmas time always means a little celebratory partying for many.

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Man addresses individualism

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The United States of America was founded on the idea that the sovereign individual is the basic unit of this new country as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This new idea of individual rights and freedom is based on the Judeo-Christian tradition and Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations, i.e. capitalism. The Jewish tradition states that God created man in his own image and, as such, has intrinsic value and that each individual is responsible for his own unique relationship to God.  The Christian tradition goes further, stating that each individual is responsible for his own salvation — whether to accept Christ as his personal savior or not.

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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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