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November 26th

Winning showmanship

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Above: These Angus enthusiasts won junior showmanship at the 2011 State Fair of Louisiana Junior Angus Show Oct. 26 in Shreveport. Pictured from left to right are Faith Guice, Downsville, first; Elizabeth Shackelford, Mer Rouge, second; Destiny Jones, Ruston, third; Connor Collins, Chestnut, fourth; and Olivia Shepherd, Lake Charles, fifth.

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State needs to get on track with education

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We’ve all been made aware of Gov. Jindal’s desire to sell or privatize the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) and use the funds generated to balance the budget and make himself look good. One does not have to be an accountant to calculate that a private takeover would be a for profit group that would do just that, make a profit off the state employees and make sure they generate enough profit to pay for this acquisition. The OGB is not broken, so it does not need Jindal to fix it.

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Pastor against Sunday liquor sales

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I would like to respond to the article in last Sunday’s Ruston Daily Leader about the expansion of alcohol to include Sunday sales in restaurant bars. I am personally and unconditionally opposed to this expansion for various reasons. I will just name three.

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Chamber member opposes proposition

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The Ruston City Council will have Sunday sales of alcohol and extended hours of sales on its December agenda. I hope the citizens of Ruston will recognize that this is strictly an effort to raise more money for the city coffers versus trying to maintain the quality of life for which Ruston is noted. Alcohol sales and quality of life are diametrically opposed to each other. They do not go hand in hand. It is all about money, money, money.

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Is it time to revisit city parking issue?

The two-hour parking limit in downtown Ruston has some business owners questioning the validity of the regulation, while some see it as beneficial to the structure of the downtown area. With new businesses coming in that welcome people to stay in downtown longer than two hours, the two-hour parking can be a hindrance for some and also a contradiction to the progressive measures by the city to cater to a wider range of age groups.

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Do it yourself — a long generation of failure

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Question: My husband and I are considering working with a young man who is a financial advisor at our bank. He seems like a nice person and is close to our age. But my husband is worried that we will pay too much in commissions for any investments we make. I hate to put you on the spot, but is working with someone like this a good idea?
Answer: Two rather depressing pieces of journalism have crossed my desk in recent weeks.

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Here’s your year-end investment checklist

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As an investor, you’ve pretty much seen it all in 2011 — including slow-but-steady gains early in the year, a market correction during the debt ceiling debate and the U.S. credit downgrade, and huge one-day price movements, both up and down — and there’s still a month to go. But despite the volatility of the past 11 months, you can make some positive year-end investment moves, including the following:
Boost your 401(k) contributions

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Don’t be afraid to change your asset allocation for investment portfolios

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Asset allocation is a time-tested strategy that can help take the guesswork out of choosing investments for your portfolio.
Instead of putting all your eggs in one basket, you spread your eggs (dollars) among a variety of baskets (stocks, bonds and cash). The baskets can be further divided within each type of investment.
Although many investors understand that they should invest in a variety of securities, they often stumble when it’s time to choose an asset allocation that’s right for them.

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November 25th

Nash, Redden plan wedding

Alicia and Kelly Lynch, of Houston, Texas, and Tim and Stacey Nash, of Scottsdale, Ariz., are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching wedding of their daughter Kelsey Suzanne Nash, of Ruston, to Jeremy Jerome Redden, of Farmerville.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Dale and Lanette Halverson, of Arcadia, the late Samuel Nash, of Coushatta, and JoAnn Hoppe, of Shreveport. Kelsey is a 2007 alumna of Ruston High School and a 2010 alumna of Louisiana Tech University. She is employed as a registered nurse in the emergency room at the Northern Louisiana Medical Center.

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Stuckey, Rogers to marry in January

Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Stuckey, of Monroe, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Sara Jane Stuckey to William Donner Rogers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rogers, of Ruston.

Sara is the granddaughter of Helen Willis and the late William B. Willis and Norma Stuckey and the late James E. Stuckey. William is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard C. Donner and Wilkerson W. Rogers and the late Kathleen Rogers.
Sara is a graduate of River Oaks High School and attends the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

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