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Wed
07
Dec
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

I am beginning to feel like a real invalid….trapped in my home with lots of eyes watching to see if I am following the doctor’s orders!! My oldest son calls several times a day to make sure I am in my chair with my leg propped up. Hubby-dear comes home at lunch to check on me and I even have other friends calling to check on my leg. Last night, after venting to my friend about how I am down with a bum knee and there is so much to do. I even complained that I was missing out on so much: church, the UMW Christmas luncheon, the semi-final ballgame against our Tigers in our home stadium; Saturday nights at Bayou Crawfish with Buster and Sarah and Mikey, Zelma and Dave; shopping, seeing Mom on my daily visit, and even going to the bank to cash a check.

 

Wed
07
Dec
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POLITICAL CLOUT IN WASHINGTON

By Pete Abington

Our state’s clout in Washington, D.C. has declined because of loss of seniority in the last two years. We have elected a new senator to replace a two-term incumbent, David Vitter, and eighteen term Mary Landrieu was replaced in 2014 by Bill Cassidy. Cassidy ranks 90th among the 100 members of the Senate in seniority. Vitter had moved up to 34th and now he is gone. With Landrieu gone, the state’s rank plummeted to 30th in the Capital Hill registry as far as seniority and the power it produces. Louisiana now will have two new House members with John Fleming and Charles Boustany leaving their seats. Garrett Graves and Ralph Abraham are in their first terms in Congress.

 

Wed
30
Nov
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

I read a report the other day on what Obama has done to shore up social security. We’ve had eight years of lost opportunities to make Social Security structurally sound, stated one authority. As Obama is getting ready to leave office progress must be made. During the election process neither candidate offered a detailed Social Security reform plan. Social Security was designed as a pay-as-you-go program in which taxes paid by the current workers pay benefits to retirees and other recipients. Since 2010 these tax revenues fall short of the benefits being paid out. A day of reckoning will come in 2034 when the trust fund is expected to run out.

 

Wed
30
Nov
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Random Ramblings

By Daniel Jones

“Show respect for the dead.” As a southerner, this is one belief that was ingrained into your head from a young age. However, how is one supposed to show respect after the death of someone like Fidel Castro? According to Human Rights watch, the Cuban communist government under Castro built a highly effective machinery of repression.

 

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Tue
22
Nov
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means only one thing— Christmas is almost here!! The stores are packed with decorations, trees, wrapping paper and ribbons, greeting cards and all kinds of gift ideas for all ages. I bet Santa will be showing up soon to listen to children list what they would like for Christmas. As Christmas rolls around, it comes to mind about the year that I misplaced an entire bin of Christmas presents. I looked high and low and still couldn’t locate them. So I purchased more gifts. Come March, I found the bin in a storage unit…at the bottom of a stack of boxes and bins. Some people got March presents, too!!! I vowed never to let that happen again.

 

Tue
22
Nov
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REFLECTIONS, CONTINUED

By Pete Abington

As we reflect on the recent presidential election, several points were brought up last week. This week let’s talk about another. It is called “sanctuary cities.” They are located all over the United States, from San Francisco to New York, New Orleans, Chicago, etc. These cities are given federal money and they allow illegals to remain there without proper prosecution of federal law. This was sent down from the Obama Administration. They have ignored our laws on immigration. Many do not work or pay taxes. Presidentelect Trump says this is not going to continue, that the rule of the law is the way it’s going to be and that the illegals, especially the criminals, are going to be picked up and sent back, or the federal money will be cut off to that city.

 

Wed
16
Nov
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Since I have been staying off my inflamed knee for several days, I have been resting in my chair with a pillow under my knee. After the first day or two, when I discovered I couldn’t focus on my book, I decided to try some television!! Big mistake. I hit channel 52 on the TV with hopes of finding some reruns of Bonanza, or old series that I loved when I was younger.

 

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Wed
16
Nov
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REFLECT ON IT

By Pete Abington

This past Tuesday Americans hit the reset button and said, “We’ve had enough.” Donald Trump defied all the polls, predictions, prognoses and won the election to be president of the United States. What a race. We are all exhausted. Let’s reflect at some of the comments and innuendos that took place: #1. The Bush Family turned their back on Jeb Bush committing along with 17 others that they would back the Republican ticket, no matter what. They refused, as well as some others, to back Donald Trump. Maybe with this selection we have gotten rid of the Clinton’s, once and for all, as well as the Bush’s.

 

Wed
09
Nov
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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

By Pete Abington

 

Fifty years ago, (November 1, 1966) the National Football League awarded the 16th franchise to New Orleans and the Saints have been marching in ever since. Of course, politics had a big part in this deal. The National Football League pays taxes through its various money-making offshoots such as NFL Properties and NFL Ventures. The league office in midtown Manhattan, doesn’t pay taxes.  

 

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Wed
09
Nov
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Patchwork

By Donna smith ammons

In the 90’s our family was fans of the Chicago Cubs. We didn’t miss a broadcast on television. In fact, I even had a Cubs t-shirt. We all had favorite players and mine was Ryne Sandberg, the third baseman, who wore #23. He was a Cubs’ legend, who played for 15 seasons (1982-95 and 1996-97). His career record was 1.061 runs batted in; 282 homeruns and 2,386 hits. Sandberg retired in 1994 and was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2013, he became interim manager and then manager until 2016. He resigned when the Cubs’ record was a horrible 26-48. This year he came back as Team Ambassador and threw out the first pitch of one of the World Series games last week. 

 

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