Commentary

Wed
16
Aug
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

School is in session in Zachary. My two school-aged grandchildren, Riley Kate, a sixth grader and Braeden, a first grader, headed off to school with smiles on their faces, as evidence in their first day of school pictures sent to us from their Mommy.

Little Darby, 2, was to start daycare again. She was so excited to be going to “School” too, but when she arrived, she suddenly realized Mommy was going to leave her. It was a crying session for a few minutes, but after Mommy left, I’m sure she shut off the tears and reunited with her friends.

 

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Wed
09
Aug
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Our Zachary crew came up last weekend. The purpose was not only to visit but for our beekeepers, Hubby-dear and granddaughter Riley Kate to harvest the first bit of honey from the hives.

There was an XL person in a white bee suit walking around the hives and a Small person in her bee suit following.

 

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Wed
02
Aug
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SOCIAL SECURITY

By Pete Abington

Stuffed in section B of the Shreveport Times on Sunday was an article, which I felt worth re-printing that, might give many of you relief. Social Security is not broke and don’t let anyone tell you that it is.

Social Security has $2.85 trillion in reserve and ran a $35 billion surplus in 2016. It is projected this surplus will continue for five more years. It might get a little bumpy after 2021, which is the year that the baby groomer generation lower life expectations hit. Social Security is expected to swing to a deficit, which will continue for the foreseeable future. What we need to worry about is 2034, at which time the Social Security trust funds are expected to be completely depleted. This concerns many of us.

 

Wed
02
Aug
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

 

We have been on high alert at the Ammons’ household this past week.

Stranger danger!! Hubby-dear and I were watching television the other night when my cat, Gibbs, came out with a guttural growl that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up!!I got up and peered into the darkness. I saw nothing unusual. Everything looked fine when I switched the backporch light on. Gibbs, however, disagreed. He continued to growl as he sensed an unwelcome visitor. Several nights later, Gibbs and I went through the same routine. 

Growling and me checking. This time, I caught the culprits.Enjoying Gibbs’ water dish by the back door were two racoons. They were rather large. No, they were huge!!The smaller of the two unwelcome guests ran off, but the larger one was feeling a tad brave. He raised up on his back feet and just stared at me. I stared back…since I felt quite safe behind a closed door. 

 

Wed
26
Jul
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

It’s taken me years to make myself exercise. As a child, I suffered from asthma, so I wasn’t running around outside or playing games.

I was more of an inside child. I loved to read and play dolls.

Now don’t get me wrong, I was outside a lot…climbing trees, going to walks, riding my bike.

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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Letters to the Editor

Narconon offers help

Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. In 2014, it surpassed both car accidents and gun violence in number of deaths.

Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin need to be aware that opiates are the main contributors to this problem. With drug dealers across the United States mixing new and powerful synthetic drugs into street opiates such as heroin, the chance of accidental overdose has exponentially increased.

 

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Wed
19
Jul
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

I have learned a lot about bees in recent weeks, whether I wanted to or not. I have been subjected to mini-videos on beekeeping and why and how bees survive, make honey, etc.

I have tried reading while hubby-dear listens to all of this on the television, but I find myself listening and losing track of the story and secretly watching all about bees.

 

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Wed
12
Jul
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

I am sitting here in Kenneth’s hospital room at Willis-Knighton Pierremont. Betsy is across Shreveport with John, who is in ICU. I look out the window of hubby’s room on the seventh floor and can see Kohl’s, Penney’s and other stores. I can’t leave….this is really tempting, but I am trapped in a hospital room with an agitated husband.

He is feeling better, after a scary heart issue. I am so thankful for dear friends, Vicki and Allen, who were arriving home from an overnight retreat, when they found out Kenneth was in Sabine Medical Center. They came immediately….didn’t even go home. Sister-in-law Suzanne was in the ER with me, as was Dianne, who dropped everything and rushed to the hospital to be with us.

 

Wed
12
Jul
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AFTER THE SESSION

By Pete Abington

The governor gets the last say on any bill that is passed through the legislature with his power of veto. It is reported the governor has started shooting down bills from legislators who disagree or annoy him from the two sessions. Some of the bills include a bill by Tony Bacala and Rick Edmonds, who through repeated efforts have tried to strip vacant positions in order to reduce the size of state government. Gov. Edwards wants to grow government. He also vetoed a bill by Nancy Landry, who as leader of the House Education Committee has helped to thwart his attempts to roll back education reform. He also vetoed a bill by Lance Harris, who is very influential, and had rallied the majority party to defeat Edwards’ tax-raising agenda that would increase overall spending.

 

Tue
04
Jul
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Ban Fracking? Bad Economics, Bad Ecology

By Robert Bradley Jr.

Warning: low-cost, clean energy may be hazardous to your health.

Or so say environmental activists who will trot out any line of attack in their crusade against fossil fuels.

For years, the green movement has spread falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking -- the practice of unlocking hydrocarbons by injecting high-pressure liquid deep into the earth. Lately, the leave-it-inthe- ground lobby has doubled down on its mission to thwart the latest oil and gas extraction techniques.

But research consistently shows that fracking is a secure -- and economically savvy -- form of energy production. Banning it hurts economies and the environment.

 

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