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April 13th, 2013

Barber: Secure borders

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For more years than I can remember, our elected officials in Washington D.C. have discussed the need to secure our border with Mexico. All Americans that keep informed about our country’s situation know that our border protection has never reached the intended goal. There is an estimated 12 million illegal Mexicans within our Country at this moment with hundreds arriving each day.
We also hear warnings from both parties not to cut our military active forces. Large reductions in the numbers of military men and equipment will put our country at risk. I am a retired military person and I believe in keeping our defensive posture strong.

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KLPB thanks participants

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In no way can we, Keep Lincoln Parish Beautiful, adequately express our appreciation to each of the participants we had at our Lincoln Clean and Green Community Cleanup Day on April 6.
 We would like to thank the following sponsors: City of Ruston, Community Trust Bank, First National Bank, Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Pepsi Americas, Randy Moore with Principal Entertainment, Ruston Daily Leader, Z107.5, ESPN 97.7, Rejoice 1440, 99.3 and Q94.1.
 We would also like to thank the organizations that participated with educational booths at Railroad Park. These organizations provided useful information and giveaways to our participants.

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Different people, different results

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It happened again.
Before I could finish a conversation with someone in the aisles of Super 1 Foods, I got the same question I’ve been answering for over thirty years: “So what’s your favorite Elvis song?”
I always get the feeling folks are trying to stump me with this as if it’s impossible to answer. And of course, different songs are favorites for different reasons. But at the end of the day, one song nudges to the top of my list, and that’s “Suspicious Minds.” To me that song represents Elvis at the top of his game in every possible way. Recorded in 1969 by a reinvented man, it’s said to be the single that reinvigorated both Elvis and his career and then became his last No. 1 single in the United States.

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The long-term effects of war

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The Civil War; what have we learned? Today is the date that Lincoln was shot. Is there more?
Now and for the next two years we are celebrating the 150th anniversary("sesquicentennial") of the fighting and conclusion of the Civil War, the War between the States, or as some would still say — the War of Northern Aggression. Thinking about this pivotal time in our nation’s history is not just for those who love to reflect upon history. Personally I believe that we still feel and deal with some of the vestiges of the Civil War.

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The Fashion ribbon cutting

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A ribbon cutting ceremony was held April 12 for the new location of The Fashion, located at 208 West Park Ave. in Ruston. The ceremony was sponsored by the Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

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Try to learn from Earth Day’s lessons

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Next week, we observe Earth Day. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has grown into an international movement whose goal is to raise awareness of the need to take action to sustain a healthy, sustainable environment. You can do your part through recycling and other measures, but you can also apply some of the lessons of Earth Day to your financial situation — and, in particular, to your approach to investing.
Give these ideas some thought:

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Don’t be old and afraid of running out of money

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Question: I am in my early 70’s. This will be my last year to work. My wife and I both get Social Security checks and I have about $500,000 in IRAs, etc. We spend about $50,000 a year, not including taxes. With this market, I am very worried that I might run out of money. I do not want to take risks and I want to leave my money to my children. What do you suggest?
Answer: That’s quite a shopping list you’ve got there!

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Understanding cost basis may be worth the effort

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Cost basis. What is it? You may have heard this term used many times, but if you are an investor, it is important to know what it means.
Cost basis is a means of measuring the value of a security or other assets for tax purposes.
When you sell a security, you compare its selling price with your cost basis to determine whether you’ve realized a taxable gain or a tax-deductible loss.

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Terry, Phil: From Tech to ‘celeb’ life

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How rare is it for one university to produce not only a four-time winner of the Super Bowl, but also one of the stars on television’s No. 1 rated reality show?
Well, about as rare as it is for those same guys having a during the same era on their college football team.
But that’s exactly the amazing, once-in-a-lifetime tale that follows Terry Paxton Bradshaw and Phil Robertson whenever the history and legacy of Louisiana Tech University’s gridiron program is discussed.

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Tech offense sparkles

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By O.K. Davis
buddy@rustonleader.com
Louisiana Tech University’s offense came out of its spring hibernation at Joe Aillet Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After being inconsistent for much of the time in workouts or scrimmages since mid-March, the Bulldogs’ offensive production and numbers ballooned during the annual “T-Day” showdown that was held in front of an estimated 2,000 fans.
Final score: LaTech 38, Bulldogs 27.
If that’s confusing with those team names, that’s the way Head Coach Skip Holtz and his staff labeled their units to put an extra touch of a Tech connection to the nearly two-hour game held under sunny, clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s.
Whatever they were called, the offensive stats were impressive enough to leave first-year boss Holtz pleased.
In addition to a combined 65 points, the other head-turning digits included a combined 791 offensive yards, with 505 yards via passing and another 286 yards on the ground.
““I thought overall it was a really productive day,” Holtz said. “We are coming out of it relatively healthy and I like the attitude and the way they worked. There was some good hitting going on out here today. As soon as you watch a touchdown pass, you go, ‘Yes, it’s nice to see us execute it.’
“Then you have to turn around and look at it and say that is our corner or our secondary. It is hard to really get an evaluation with where you are, but I thought it was great to get this many plays in today.”
And especially on offense, where there was a nice blend of the run and the pass, leaving defensive coordinator Kim Dameron saying that “when you’re a defensive coordinator, you don’t like to see an offense put points on the board, even if it’s just two points.
“It doesn’t leave you very happy.”
And much of it had to do with the strong performance of Texas Tech transfer Scotty Young, who completed 15-of-20 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns.

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