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IDEA Place thankful for assistance

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The IDEA Place was quite busy during the month of June. This summer, four Summer Science Institute Camps took place drawing guests from as far as Hawaii. Camp topics included Getting Down on the Farm, a camp reflecting the science of agriculture; Swimming with the Fishies, a camp exploring organisms in a variety of bodies of water and water types; Get Fit with Sports, a camp focused on the science of athletics and nutrition; and Up, Up, and Out of This World, a week-long camp focusing on flight and space.
About 150 students attended the institute. This summer was particularly exciting as we were able to incorporate field trips into the week-long sessions. Each week, students participated in two field trips. Each Tuesday, students visited Margaret Anne Emory at the Lincoln Parish Museum, and learned of the importance of the corresponding topic in Lincoln Parish.
Many exciting speakers and guests came to share. Each Monday, students visited a venue directly related to the theme being addressed. This summer, campers had the opportunity to visit Louisiana Tech University’s South Campus and Tech Farm, the Lincoln Parish Park, the Thomas Assembly Center and Field House, and/or the Ruston Regional Airport depending on the camp for which they were registered.

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Reader: Column about tax inaccurate

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This is a harsh response for which I make no apology. The nature of the transgression toward which it is directed warrants such.
Rob Shadoin has irresponsibly yelled fire in a crowded theatre.
In his Aug. 29 column, he repeats a widely circulated falsehood meant to discredit the Obama administration and Democrat controlled congress. The falsehood that Shadoin so irresponsibly repeated is summarized at Snopes.com as follows: “Starting in 2011, all employees will have to pay taxes on the value of health insurance provided by their employers.” This statement is false. There is no law, rule or regulation presently in effect or scheduled to take effect in the future that will tax either the employee or the employer on the amount paid by the employer for medical insurance benefits provided to employees. Shadoin would have known it was false had he taken but a moment to verify it. I was able to verify within a minute or two at Snopes.com (among other sources) that it was false.

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Writer: Males to face extinction

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At the age of 78 years, I have seen everyday life change drastically. I was involved in communications throughout most of my military career.
When I retired in 1972, communication frequencies were seemingly about to be totally used up.
Now everyone from ten to ninety-eight have their own personal phone number. In 1958, the United States’ best effort to place an object in orbit was about the size of a grapefruit. Eleven years later, astronauts flew 240,000 miles to the moon, landed and returned to Earth.

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Ruston does great at keeping the city clean

It’s an unpleasant sight drivers and pedestrians encounter in surrounding parishes, as well as some parts of our own.
The roads are lined with cigarette butts, beer bottles, plastic bags and food wrappers. It’s enough to make some want to walk or drive in the other direction.
Within the Ruston city limits, however, and particularly in the downtown area, residents’ eyes can rest a little more easily. The new smoother sidewalks downtown are clearly visible, because they are clean, as are the roads.

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