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And, after months of relative insulation from the recession that has been pummeling the nation, Ruston and Lincoln Parish are starting to get that bitter taste of anxiety.

There’s talk of cuts up to 30 percent at our local universities. Area businesses are taking a hit, although many not as badly as in other markets. If you’ve noticed that your newspaper has been considerably smaller in recent months, that’s a direct result of fewer businesses buying advertising.

Everyone is cutting back, either by choice or out of necessity, and it’s no fun.

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