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Wed
02
Nov
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

It is strange what women can dig out of their purses. (No wonder they are so big these days!) Among my wallet, checkbook, make-up, sunglasses and cell phone, I can always come up with a pile of store receipts, gum wrappers, pens that have run out of ink and notes. It’s the notes that drive me nuts!! Whenever I have an idea, or someone shares a story idea with me in the middle of shopping, I write it down. I grab the first thing I can find to write on….backs of checks, wrappers, church bulletins, and every once in a while, a piece of paper. I am forever thinking I am going to add a small tablet in my purse.

 

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Wed
02
Nov
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ABOUT THE AMENDMENTS

By Pete Abington

This is a very brief opinion on the amendments that will be up for vote on November 8th. You might be well to read upon them yourself if there is any interest. Several people have asked that I comment. There are six constitutional changes on the ballot: #1. Calling for more qualifications for applicants and guidelines for hiring to be a Registrar of Voters. Applicants would need a degree and work experience, seven years of full time work without a degree, five years of full time work in a Louisiana registrar’s office. Parishes will also be required to make residents aware of this vacancy. Vote Yes.

 

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Wed
26
Oct
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

 

I believe in ghosts. I do believe I’ve seen some in my lifetime, but that’s another story. With that said, I willingly toured a haunted, eight-sided mansion named Longwood in Natchez, Mississippi. Hubby-dear and I met Lexie and Paul in Mississippi for the Great Mississippi River Balloon Race. We saw colorful hot air balloons up close on the bluffs of the Mighty Mississippi and again the next morning, as they floated by our windows at The Briars—a bed and breakfast where we stayed. They were magnificent!! WE shopped in antique stores, took time out for coffee (and milkshakes) at the Natchez Coffee Company, listened to bands at the festival, took a drive through the city looking at old homes, enjoyed a wonderful meal at Dunleigh Plantation, and toured two lovely homes—Melrose and Longwood. 

 

Wed
19
Oct
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

My doctor is a rock star!!! 

For years I’ve heard about a rock band that was composed of five high school boys who formed a band. Since I didn’t attend high school in Many, so I could only depend on what others had told me. After moving to Many, we searched for a family doctor and entrusted our health to Dr. Richard Oosta. Needless to say, his oldest daughter and I became besties. Dr. O. was always there for me----like when Daddy was diagnosed with cancer. He let me sit in his office one afternoon and after explaining what was going to happen, he let me cry. Over the years he took good care of me…. and when I had my gall bladder out, Kathy insisted her assist in the surgery…..so he could save me if something went wrong!! When he retired, he suggested I go to a new doctor in town….. Dr. Jack Corley. So my health has been in the hands of this YOUNG doctor for years.

 

Wed
19
Oct
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RESTORE LOUISIANA TASK FORCE

By Pete Abington

Governor John Bel Edwards recently appointed the Restore Louisiana Task Force - one of the most influential government-created bodies in the state - that you probably know the least about. The Task Force was established to set priorities for the recovery and redevelopment of parishes (all but ten) that were affected by the flooding in March and August. The Governor appointed the membership and voters and residents of the state are demanding swift and decisive leadership as well.

 

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Wed
12
Oct
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

Gibbs, my cat, has become quite the hunter in recent weeks. If a bug or moth happens to get into the house, he’s on it! Just recently he knocked over by glass of water as he stalked a little moth. One time in recent months I came home and the lamp was on the floor, along with a bunch of my papers. In knew he had been on a mission. This morning, as I was typing some stories, I heard him meow at the back door. I went to answer his call and he had a huge frog on the porch. I praised him and within a minute, the frog leaped off the porch. I was reduced to giggles, as the frog jumped and so did the cat.

 

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Wed
12
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

The establishment, Washingtonians, professional politicians, or whatever you want to call them, are about to go bananas to stop Trump. He has made several grave errors, but he keeps coming back. Have you ever given it some thought as to why he does? First of all, he is not a professional politician and his remarks are not politically thought out. He has been in business for many years and his tax returns and history has not been politically cleansed.

 

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Wed
05
Oct
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

Last week was busy, as we made a swoop through south Louisiana to visit young son, Paul and his wife, Lexie for a few days and then went on to Zachary to see oldest son, Davy, his wife, Kt, and the grandchildren, Riley Kate, Braeden and Darby. Hubby dear attended a seminar in Baton Rouge for two days for the Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce and I became a helper, as Davy and I did jobs around the house. First order of the day was getting everyone off in the right direction. Riley arises first and dresses, then comes down for breakfast. After she gets on the bus, it’s time to wake Braeden. (He’s like his Grammie and doesn’t like to get up!). For the next half hour is was “Braeden get dressed!”

 

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Wed
05
Oct
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

This report popped out the other day and I thought you would find it newsworthy. Louisiana has the second highest tax payer burden in the nation, according to a report from Truth & Accounting, a Chicago based bank tank that analyzes government finances. It would cost each taxpayer $17,400 to pay off our debt. Kentucky owed more than $33,700. Tennessee is the only state in the South with a taxpayer surplus, which enables them to pay state bills divided by the state taxpayers.

 

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Wed
28
Sep
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Where Is That Wasteful Government Spending?

By Lawrence S. Wittner

In early September 2016, Donald Trump announced his plan for a vast expansion of the U.S. military, including 90,000 new soldiers for the Army, nearly 75 new ships for the Navy, and dozens of new fighter aircraft for the Air Force. Although the cost of this increase would be substantial--about $90 billion per year--it would be covered, the GOP presidential candidate said, by cutting wasteful government spending. But where, exactly, is the waste? In fiscal 2015, the federal government engaged in $1.1 trillion of discretionary spending, but relatively small amounts went for things like education (6 percent), veterans’ benefits (6 percent), energy and the environment (4 percent), and transportation (2 percent).  

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