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Wed
22
Aug
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

I loved my Gramma Ankrom. She was a short lady who was always buzzing around the kitchen, stitching clothes or measuring me for patterns she drew on newspaper.

It was not unusual for her to stir up pudding on the stove, if I needed a late night snack.

I didn’t get to spend near enough time with my Gramma, because we were always moving. I did get to spend an entire summer one year and looked forward to seeing her with regularity when we lived in Arizona and they were in Garden Grove, California.

I reminded myself of my dear Gramma on a recent trip to north Arkansas, to see my oldest granddaughter, Riley Kate. I had promised her I would take her school clothes shopping since she would be starting 7th grade in a new school.

 

Wed
22
Aug
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

By Pete Abington

CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION?

It has been 45 years since the 1973 Constitutional Convention. Politicians have stated many times that we need to redo our constitution, only that statement always seems to go nowhere. This became more prevalent in this last regular session, yet it has been almost three months and nothing has been said since. One thing is for sure, they had better think it through before we do. Our state is so complex that we have several hundred amendments to our present constitution and something needs to be done. In the event they do have a constitution convention, everything needs to be looked at, even topics like - do we need to elect a Lt. Governor, for instance. We could ask the same question about the insurance and agriculture commissioners.

Wed
15
Aug
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Helicopter ride checked off my bucket list!!

Thanks Life-Air-Rescue-Louisiana!!

Thursday, August 9 turned out to be a very exciting day!

Sabine Parish Chamber of Commerce student worker Amanda Tedder and I thought we were covering a ribbon-cutting for the Chamber’s newest member, Life- Air-Rescue Louisiana. It was a clear and sunny Thursday morning, August 9 at the helicopter pad behind Sabine Medical Center where we all gathered for the event. Little did we know it would end up in the air!!

We went through the ritual, cutting the ribbon, having business leaders and our Mayor Ken Freeman speak, along with Chamber Director Kenneth Ammons welcoming the newest members. We took pictures and did quick interviews…..and then much to our surprise, they responded to Chamber Board member Shanna Gaspard, who wanted to fly in a chopper. Amanda and I were next in line and for several flights, those who were adventurous were treated to flying over Many.

 

Wed
15
Aug
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Boomers going bankrupt at unprecedented rate

The social media teaser for a recent New York Times article paints a grim portrait of the economic prospects for aging Baby Boomers: “Vanishing pensions. Soaring medical expenses. Inadequate savings. The rate of older Americans filing for bankruptcy has tripled since 1991.” A study by the Consumer Bankruptcy Project shows that, for people aged 65 to 74, annual bankruptcy filings have increased from 1.2 per 1,000 people in 1991 to 3.6 in recent years.

“There is no question that more and more seniors are facing financial hardships,” said Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark. “The New York Times story and the Consumer Bankruptcy Project study that inspired it both fail to mention the three causes of bankruptcy cited in the story’s headline: vanishing pensions, inadequate savings, and soaring medical expenses. These are all problems caused largely by government policy.”

Wed
08
Aug
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Braeden and PaPaw feeding the giraffe!

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!!

While visiting our oldest son, Davy and wife, Kt and our three wonderful grandchildren, Riley, Braeden and Darby, we were able to visit and spend the morning at Wild Wilderness Drive Through Zoo. The four-mile, 400 acre zoo, located in Gentry, Arkansas, was really neat. Needless to say the kids had a great time!

We traveled from their new home in Cave Springs, northwest of Bentonville, through country roads to Gentry. Upon entering Gentry, which was one of my destination spots, I jumped out of the van and had my picture taken with the Gentry sign. Guess who I sent it to? (My boss of 39 years!)

Wed
08
Aug
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Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

UPSETTING THE WORKS

It was revealed this past week that Jim Bernhard might be buying into the race for governor in 2019. With his enormous business skills and wealth this would upset the applecart if he ran in the Democrat or Republican party. He mentioned running before several times but declined to do so. The last thing Governor Edward’s force wants is a Fortune 500 darling jumping into the race with his own money and splitting up the Democrat vote. It has been said he could toss in $20 million. He is presently a Democrat and is not very likely to change parties.

In 1987 he and two other investors founded the Shaw Group, a corporation providing construction and maintenance services to energy companies. By the time he sold the Shaw Group in 2013 it was worth $3 billion and was on the Fortune 500 list.

 

Wed
01
Aug
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

Do people even iron anymore??

I can remember watching mother iron when I was a little girl. She would set up the ironing board and fill a green 7-Up bottle with water, and plug in a stopped with tiny holes, so she could sprinkle water on the item she was ironing. I was mesmerized about how she patiently pushed the iron back and forth to get a neatly pressed short.

I expressed so much interest in ironing that one day, she put me to work!! I sat on a high stool and she placed a stack of handkerchiefs in front of me. I ironed them and was ready for more. Next, she gave me a stack of cloth napkins. I was having so much fun that I think I would have ironed tea towels, sheets and more!!

 

Wed
01
Aug
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THE COWBOYS

By Pete Abington

Cowboy owner Jerry Jones was right up front last Wednesday when he stated that the Cowboys will stand for the National Anthem. He declared he wouldn’t support anyone who chose to stay in the locker room. Last week the NFL and the players union agreed to suspend the rule approved by owners this Spring that gave the players the option to stay in the locker room while allowing teams to distance players who took a knee or sat out during the Anthem. This was suspended when the Miami Dolphins reported that players who protested during the Anthem would be suspended for up to four games under team policy. Jerry Jones, last season, and then emphatically this season, said the player will be required to stand for the flag.

Wed
25
Jul
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Patchwork

By Donna Smith Ammons

What happened to the “good old days” of childhood? Remember shopping for school supplies and picking out just the right color of rulers, or the perfect tin lunchbox or what size your new box of crayons would be?

I can remember anticipating going school supply shopping for a few items, but paper, paste and other items were furnished back then.

What happened to long summer vacations? We didn’t travel to far off places, but we were out of school for three months. Nowadays, the summers go so fast with baseball, soccer, traveling to Gramma’s and trying to get in a few fun family times. Back then our travels were in a loaded down station wagon going from one coast to another, since we were a military family.

 

Wed
25
Jul
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FOOD STAMPS - BIG BUSINESS

By Pete Abington

The Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) is big business in Louisiana. One in five Louisiana residents it helps to feed. Marketa Waters, Secretary of the State Dept of Children and Family Services, stated that SNAP provides food aid to 400,000 Louisiana families. She said that is 860,000 of its most vulnerable residents - nearly 2/3rds of them elderly, disabled or children. She stated that many individual families cannot afford the cost of basic survival and “at $4.00 per day per person, SNAP can hardly cover the difference.” This comes to 20.2% of our population who live in poverty. The state spends $67.4 million to draw down $1.4 billion in 100% SNAP benefits to Louisiana families.

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