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Locals react to outcome

“I never thought in my lifetime, having lived through the civil rights movement, that we would see an African-American elected president,” Stokley said. “The sense of it is, though, he’s half white and half black. It’s an excellent reflection of what this country is — a mixture.”
State Rep. Rick Gallot, D-Grambling, said he was deeply impressed by the way Obama accepted the win.
“There was no bragging and beating on his chest,” Gallot said. “I think he recognizes the enormity of the task at hand, which I think is a very good indication that the American people made the right decision.”

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America has spoken its mind

Today, states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, Indiana, Ohio and Florida know they played a crucial role in lifting the United States’ first black president-elect to the highest position in the most powerful and influential country in the world. As our president-elect put it, however, this nation is not a collection of red states and blue states.
A new season, indeed.

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Time to unite for the good of America

With a new president, America has the opportunity for a fresh start. If Americans adopt an attitude of hope and determination, we can pull ourselves out of the mess, no matter who our president is.
The presidential election of 2008 not only resulted in the historic selection of the first African-American president, but it also spurred record numbers of voter participation. Seeing Americans get involved with our government and truly have a stake in the outcome is encouraging.

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Bulldogs low key bowl talk

“When you’re 4-4 and with four games to play, it’s only human nature to think about what possibly could happen,” said coach Derek Dooley. “But there’s a saying in football that goes, ‘They only remember what you do in November’.”
Thus, Dooley and the ’Dogs will be concerned strictly with a search for W’s during the remainder of this month and then see what transpires afterwards.

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Voters finally have their say

“We had people lined up at 5 a.m.,” Lincoln Parish Deputy Clerk of Courts Peggy Posey said as she oversaw voting at Glen View Elementary School. “By a little after 8 a.m., we already had 315 people that have already voted here, and that’s more people than often vote here over the course of a whole election day. We’re just getting started, so it looks like it’s going to be a busy day.”
“This is a very important — history-making — election,” Angela Marshall of Ruston said. “My boss at Grambling (State University) let us leave to make sure we voted.”

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