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Wed
28
Feb
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Random Ramblings

By Daniel Jones

I’ve had a fascination with space since a young child, and sat in complete amazement as I watched the Falcon Heavy launch from its pad at the Kennedy Space Center on February 7.

The rockets are designed to delivery a maximum payload to lowearth orbit of roughly 64 tons, more than double that the Delta IV Heavy, or the next-biggest rocket, designed by United Launch Alliance and delivering a payload of 29ish tons.

How could a child growing up in the 80s not develop an interest in such. The Apollo missions were still fresh in everyone’s mind and the shuttle program was just entering into service. Later on, as I entered into adolescence, the shuttles were phased out, but humans had developed a permanent presence in space through the International Space Station.

 

Wed
21
Feb
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Winter Olympics where have you been? No matter, they are back and dominating nighttime television in our house.

Gone are the documentaries about Elon Musk and Space X that put a Tesla in space two weeks ago.

Also gone are my NCIS shows….they are showing re-runs, which I have seen numerous times. We really don’t watch much network television anyway. We enjoy Netflix and DVDs. Every once in awhile, I can slip in a Hallmark movie, especially if hubby-dear has dominated the television with World War II, space and other topics I have little interest in. If hubby is watching something special, I grab a book and read.

But now, we are watching ice skating, ice-dancing, snowboarding, short programs and long programs, and even commercials featuring Olympic athletes.

 

Wed
21
Feb
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Kennedy should address net neutrality

Now is the time to get serious about giving all Americans lasting protections to unfettered access to an open Internet that policymakers know they deserve. A political battle has turned a legitimate policy discussion about the best regulatory framework for an open Internet into a fight over ever-more tangential side issues.

While some have taken issue with how the current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has sought to bring the discussion back from hyperbole, no one can fault his ultimate objective, which is the bring back policy that promotes further investment and build out of the Internet. Democrats and Republicans alike would benefit tremendously amongst their supporters by taking quick and decisive action to introduce and pass legislation that resolves the issues once and for all.

Wed
14
Feb
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By  Pete Abington (Various Newsworthy Articles and My Opinion

The governor has set February 19th to begin a special legislative session. Our state faces a $1 billion shortfall in its 2018-19 budget, beginning July 1s,, after about $1.4 billion in temporary taxes expire on June 30th. Two hundred million will reduce the shortfall because of the federal tax changes that will help state revenue.

This leaves seven hundred to eight million dollar shortfall. Of course, the government wants to close the gap with about $1 billion in permanent taxes. The GOP lead house is leading the resistance. This is not necessarily true in the Senate. The big discussions will be what we are going to let the governor cut in expenditures, or if hes cuts things he should not and what will we tolerate that will continue our tax dollars to be spent for non-state expenses

 

Wed
14
Feb
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Patchwork

Ny donna smith ammons

 

A get-away from the sadness and stress of losing Mother in January was just what I needed….and hubby-dear saw that a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina would be healing. My youngest son, Paul and his wife had moved to the beach town, where Paul became the new Chief Financial Officer of a behavorial center. In fact, they left from the funeral headed to their new home. A long Christmas weekend in Zachary preceded my flight out of Baton Rouge on a Sunday afternoon. Needless to say, I was nervous. I had not traveled along in a number of years.

Wed
07
Feb
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

Christmas in Zachary with the grandchildren—Riley Kate, Braeden and Darby—finally arrived the last weekend in January. Talk about stretching out the holidays!!

Although I did very little decorating, except for my traditional memory tree, Christmas came and went pretty quickly. s

For the past month, I have kept my tree lit and decorated. Lots of presents have been tucked under the tree in anticipation of Christmas with the grandkids.

 

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Wed
07
Feb
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THE SARC ADJUSTMENTS

By Pete Abington

The SARC has been forced to make some necessary temporary changes. Recently they have been the victim of sabotage, which resulted in a fire. Much of the facility was destroyed and they have taken the necessary steps to keep everything going as good as possible plus to reconstruct the damages. Under the leadership of the Executive Director Wayne Martinez and his staff of Roderick Davis, Tim Goodwin, Marie Montgomery and Janis Edwards, along with a dedicated board and employees, they hit the ground running getting things back to order. They have temporarily had to move their main office to Main Street, right across from Sonic Drive In and run the day care center from 545 San Antonio Avenue next to the Boyens Hardware. The car care center is back running full blast as it did not actually incur any major damages.

Wed
31
Jan
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Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

What can you say--but a sincere thank you--to people who have gone out of their way to do something very meaningful in your life.

In the past year, three very special people have visited Arlington National Cemetery and gone to the grave of my father for me. These visits are very special to me because of many reasons.

Last year, Mr. G and his wife, Laurie, took time out from their visit to the nation’s capital to visit Daddy’s grave. Words cannot express my gratitude to these special friends. Not only did they visit, but they placed a colorful bouquet of flowers on his grave. This kind act speaks volumes to me! And just recently I received pictures of their visit. Thank you, dear friends. This is so special to me because I worked at The Sabine Index for Mr. G for almost 40 years. Not only did he support me and shared in my sorrow then, but he still remembers that hard time in my life, where he stood strong for me during my sorrow.

Wed
31
Jan
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BECOMING A CITIZEN

By Pete Abington

One easy answer about anyimmigrant remaining in the United States is simply for them to obtain citizenship. It really is quite easy and then we would all be playing by the same rules. With a few exceptions, first you must obtain a green card before you become eligible for citizenship. You must meet a few more requirements such as the length of time you spent in the U.S. as a green card holder, your moral character, your ability to pass a test in English and on U.S. History and government, and more. It really is not hard and a lot of people do it.

You might not be able to get a citizenship eligibility right now because you can’t show good moral character - like you have committed a minor crime (though not a major one enough to make you de-portable) or you have broken your continuity by spending too long outside the United States. There might be a few more minor steps but you can talk to the immigration authorities for full coverage.

 

Wed
24
Jan
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Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

During the past week, I have managed to see a wonderful movie at Parkway Cinema in Natchitoches and read a great book. I don’t really know how I managed to wedge them into my busy schedule of writing and visiting Mom every day at Sabine Retirement and Rehabilitation, but I did.

Vicki and Allen and I went to see “The Greatest Showman” starring Michelle Williams and Hugh Jackman and Hubby-dear strolled down the hall to “The Last Jedi”. He’s been an avid fan of Star Wars for 40 years and he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see the newest episode!! Allen was the one in the dilemma. He felt like he should go with Hubby, but wanted to see the story of P.T. Barnum.

 

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