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May 25th, 2013

Overwhelmed by outpouring

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Overwhelmed can be a bad feeling, like seeing your world turned upside down by a monstrous mile-wide tornado that destroys nearly everything in its path.
It can also be a good feeling, as strong emotions flood over you because of something you’ve seen happen or were a part of.

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Choudrant to raffle off 52 guns

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Area gun lovers have a unique chance to add to their collection at very little cost to themselves and great benefit to a local agency.
The Choudrant Volunteer Fire Department is currently selling a limited number of raffle tickets for a 52-week long gun raffle.

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Carrying the load

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Every day, in peace and war, United States service members at home and abroad carry a responsibility that most will never endure.
They are the guardians of our freedom and protectors of our shores. And while many make the ultimate sacrifice with their lives, others are plagued by the physical and emotional consequences of their service.

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Parish honors service members

On Monday, as a nation, we will take time to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service of our country. While many programs and tributes will remember those lost, it is fairly common to incorporate all who have served or who are in current service of the United States armed forces. In Lincoln Parish, gratitude is not lacking as several organizations have planned events to not only pay tribute, but also thank those veterans and service members within our community.

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Center disapproves of Medicaid bill

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HB 533, which will be considered by the Legislature on Monday, protects rates paid to Medicaid providers of nursing and group home care. It calls for a Constitutional amendment that would set rates at 2013 levels and would require that they be increased every year by the rate of inflation.
This is bad policy and is unfair to more than 45,000 Louisianans who have waited years for services in their homes rather than in the institutions protected by this Bill.

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AARP La. opposes debt bill

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Consumers must be able to defend themselves when a creditor claims they owe a debt.
But right now legislators are considering a bill that would make consumers powerless to defend against debt collection — even when they have already paid the debt or never owed any money in the first place.
Senate Bill 174 by Senator Danny Martiny would prevent consumers from asserting valid defenses if they don’t have a written agreement with the creditor.

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Graduation a time of promise

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Another graduation season ends. And for 35 years, I’ve thought of the same thing when this heralded time rolls around.
It was a beautiful and extra-special day in May 1977 because daddy was home and not at work. We enjoyed swimming in the lake, a sunny lunch on the patio and then mom made a run to town for a last minute errand. When she returned home, she opened the kitchen door to find the most awful sound emanating from the back of the house.

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A Memorial Day message

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Tomorrow is day of gratitude and reflection. It is not just “another” holiday.
On Memorial Day, many of us will have the day off from regularly scheduled work. We will gather with families. We will barbecue. Some of us might make a meager attempt to fish or play golf or just take it easy. We will enjoy the freedom of the day, a freedom that was paid for with the ultimate price of so many of the fallen. There are so many heroes who bought and maintained our way of life with their lives. The thanks we owe them is immeasurable and impossible to state in mere verbiage.

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Disability – like a vacation minus the fun

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Question: I am in my mid-thirties and have a professional practice. After reading an article recently, I realized that I am not well protected in the event I become disabled. How much disability coverage should I have and is there a big difference in policies?
Answer: Imagine taking a vacation. A very, very long vacation.

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Exactly what does Dow 15,000 mean for you?

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This month, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a milestone, when, for the first time, it closed above 15,000. Of course, 15,000 is a nice, round number, and it sounds pretty big — but what does it mean to you, as an individual investor? Is it cause for celebration — or is it more of a “caution” flag?
There’s no one simple answer to these questions. Since March 2009 — the low point of the market following the 2008 financial crisis — the “Dow” has risen about 130 percent. And while the Dow is just one index, it’s nonetheless an important measure of the market’s performance — which means that you were likely glad to see the 15,000 mark eclipsed and you’d be happy if the numbers just kept rising.

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