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Wed
08
Nov
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

While on a recent trip, Vicki and I were given the opportunity to do a little shopping one afternoon in Branson, Missouri. We had already spotted a huge antique call and read about a Christmas shop that he just had to find.

We hit the antique mall first, much to the dismay of our husbands. We walked up and down every aisle of that place finding all kinds of unique items.

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

And so it begins……..Those four words set our family on the pathway of Boy Scouts for our youngest grandson, Braeden.

Braeden Sean Ammons was born on October 10, 2010—during the 100th anniversary year of Scouting. Note, also, his initials: BSA (Boy Scouts of America). Also his Daddy, Davy and Uncle Paul both went through the Scouting program locally and earned their Eagle badges. Braeden didn’t have a chance.

 

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Wed
01
Nov
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

by Pete Abington

545 vs 300,000,000 PEOPLE

Have you have ever thought about these facts: Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then they campaign against them. Have you’ve ever wondered if both Democrats and Republicans are against deficits, why do we have deficits? Have you ever wondered if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, why do we have inflation and high taxes? You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The President does.

One hundred Senators, 435 Congressmen, one President and nine Supreme Court Justices equates to 545 human beings out of the three hundred million are directly, legally, morally, and individual responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country. Of the 545 human beings, they have one thing in common - they spend much of their energy convincing us that it is not their fault. This is regardless of party.

 

Wed
25
Oct
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Veteran’s Day

On Veterans Day, Americans honor all American veterans, both living and dead for their sacrifices in protecting the greatest country in the world.

At exactly 11 a.m., each November 11, a color guard, made up of members from each of the military branches, renders honors to America’s war dead during a heart-moving ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

The President or his representative places a wreath at the Tomb and a bugler sounds Taps. The balance of the ceremony, including a “Parade of Flags” by numerous veterans’ service organizations, takes place inside the Memorial Amphitheater, adjacent to the Tomb.

 

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Wed
25
Oct
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

I never really learned to appreciate country music until I was an adult. Actually I was too busy listening to rock ‘n roll and screaming over the Beatles.

I guess you could say country music came into my life about the same time I began working at The Sabine Index.

My boss loved country music and it was not unusual to have one or two country singers wander into the Index, or leave messages for him with those of us who worked there.

I attended a few Rebel Park events and learned to appreciate country music. It didn’t hurt at all to see Stoney and Wilma Cooper come through the office door or meet the widow of the late, great Hank Williams. I can recall Mr. G traveling to Texas for Tex Ritter’s funeral……and I was thrilled that I got to hear Slim Williams and Claude King sing Wolverton Mountain sing at the park.

I even bought a record or two—one by the “Silver Fox” Charlie Rich, just because I liked one of his songs.

Wed
18
Oct
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Why is it that the older you get, the more time it takes to bounce back from vacation?? For heaven’s sake…vacations should be a time of relaxation, enjoying the finer things in life, taking some time for yourself, and entering a state of going where life takes you. It seems like I arrived home after eight wonderful days in a state of exhaustion. It has been fun, but certainly not relaxing.

Don’t get me wrong, Hubby-dear and I, along with Big Al and Vic, had a great time in the camper. It was eight days and seven states later and after arriving home, that we all breathed a sigh of relief. We were tired!!

 

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Wed
18
Oct
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Social Security Matters

by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor,Association of Mature American Citizens

Ask Rusty - Railroad Retirement Benefits vs Social Security

Dear Rusty: My neighbor was a long time employee of the railroad and has told me that he doesn’t receive Social Security like I do, but rather gets Railroad Retirement Benefits which are, according to him, better than Social Security. This irks me a little bit because I’ve worked my whole life paying those FICA taxes, so why should my neighbor have a better retirement benefit than me? And just what exactly is this Railroad thing he’s covered by? Signed: Annoyed

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

CREATING JOBS

Creating jobs by any means necessary has long been a goal and a hot topic in Louisiana politics. 

They state this many times to pass laws. A Louisiana budget project released recently shows Louisiana has 1.98 million jobs, which is 53,800 more than in December of 2007.

The “new jobs numbers” should be more than 100,000 to keep up with the population growth. Job growth remains slow, wages are depressed, and many workers are stuck in low-quality jobs, stated the survey.

 

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Wed
11
Oct
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

Three years ago plus six months, I said good-bye to a very dear friend and partner in crime, Melanie.

She battled cancer valiantly, took medication, underwent surgery and never gave up hope that she would beat this horrible disease. She had the prayers of hundreds, including her former Many High students, her Stanley High students, her First Baptist Church family, her Sunday School “sisters” plus one, and many more. People who didn’t even know her, said prayers on her behalf.

We didn’t want to give her up, but we were forced to let her go live with Jesus. In the end, she was at peace and was able to spend precious moments with her husband, Al; her much-loved son,

Alan and his wife, Christina; her sisters and friends. Two of us moved in for the last week of her life, helping to take care of her. Others filled the house during the day, taking care of the caregivers, seeing that everyone was fed and comforting each other.

Wed
04
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

ELVIS

This past month, August of 1977, marked the death of Elvis Presley. He is thought to be the most commercially successful solo musician artist of all times.

He has been rated the fourth conquering death celebrity in America, trailing only Michael Jackson who coincidently was married to Elvis’s daughter for a brief time. When he was discovered in an upstairs bathroom his body was racked by opioids and his death was mourned throughout the nation.

He remained revered. It was actually how we were able to look at music by his method of singing.

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