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April 19th, 2019

'Rocket Man' continues firing smokescreens

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As we celebrate the holiest weekend of the year, the man described in a new book as an “unusually bold and courageous” leader who is “a gift from heaven” — North Korea’s “Rocket Man” — has returned to the news, rattling sabers along the way.
The book, “Kim Jong-un: A Great Man,” sticks closely to the propaganda used for years to keep the North Korean people loyal to their rulers.

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Socialism has its place, just not for long

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There is a place for socialism, but only under certain conditions.
In the early life of a society, it is important that every individual pull together for a common cause. The initial basis is survival and demonstrates the most basic of needs that were document- ed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper, “A Theory of Human Motivation.”

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Worth the risk? It’s not easy to put a value on a cathedral

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LONDON (AP) — Rebuilding Notre Dame, the 800-year-old Paris cathedral devastated by fire this week, will cost billions of dollars as architects, historians and artisans work to preserve the medieval landmark.
But contrary to what one might think, little of the money will come from insurance companies.

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Remember to review your investment objective

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Periodically reviewing your investments to help ensure they are on the right track is an important and meaningful measure in working toward your financial goals. Here is a simple but valuable way to get more from your investment strategy.
When your next brokerage statement arrives, check your account profile to make sure that all the sections are accurate and up to date. This includes your investment objective, risk tolerance, and time horizon.
Investment objective.

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Your life plans should drive your financial plan

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Question: When you do a financial plan, do you fund your retirement first or get out of debt? Is trying to save on taxes part of it? And my husband says we spend too much money on insurance, but I worry we don’t have enough. We’re all over the map. Where should we start?
Answer: If you want a plan for your money, get a plan for your life.
A life plan is like a flight plan for an airplane — it gives direction. It is also like a nation’s constitution, expressing the values important to that nation, and building laws to reflect those values.

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Earth Day offers valuable lessons to investors

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On Monday, millions of people will observe Earth Day by participating in events that support environmental protection.
As a citizen, you may want to take part in a local celebration. And as an investor, you can learn a few lessons from the themes of Earth Day.
Here are a few of them:

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The dance floor is open at the Dixie

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The Dixie Center for the Arts will close out its 2018-2019 season with the show-stopping “Lisa Spann & Company: Dance Floor Edition” concert on Thursday.
Lisa Spann & Company has delighted audiences all over the I-20 corridor and beyond. The group is made up of Lisa Spann, Mary Honeycutt, Paul Hollis, Carvel Avis, and Jeff Albright.
The Dixie’s very own Lawrence Gibbs will be joining them on stage as a special guest. The group plays classic rock, blues, jazz, and hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s all geared to fill the dance floor with cheek to cheek and boogie shoe dancing.

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LMCH breaks ground for southeast Louisiana facility

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For more than a century, the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home in Ruston has served the needs of Louisiana children living in the shadows of society by providing safe shelter, food, clothes and education. 
In 2010 this mission was expanded with the establishment of a home in the Sulphur/Lake Charles area.
Earlier this month, LMCH and Louisiana United Methodist Conference officials broke ground for an additional children’s home in southeast Louisiana.
The facility will be located north of Robert, 15 miles east of Hammond.

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Dubach closing in on legal help

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DUBACH — The town of Dubach has gone without official legal representation for the entirety of 2019 thus far, but that situation may finally change in the near future.
At Monday’s town council meeting, Mayor Mary Claire Smith said the town had the option to appoint Tracy Houck as town attorney and town prosecutor, and the council agreed to do so provided they could informally meet with him in the coming days and ask him questions.

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Holy Week community service held

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Approximately 100 people attended the Ruston Area Ministerial Alliance, ecumenical Holy Week service Wednesday at Railroad Park. . Pictured below are the Rev. Jeremy Lowe of Christ Church (left) and the Rev. Maurice White (right) bringing their messages to those in attendance.

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