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One round of voting left this year

In a press release last week, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler noted that turnout for general elections in December is usually “historically low.” In fact, he stated, 70 percent of voters usually head to polls in November while only 20 percent do so in December. The drastic drop in voter turnout could have something […]

The internet is just too much for some

The Internet and social media have revolutionized the way people spend their time. In the not-so-distant past, the sharing of information took considerable time. But now the instant a thought pops into a person’s head, it can immediately be broadcast and shared with the world. According to Brandwatch, there were 2.3 billion active social media […]

Fire, fireplace safety important this season

It’s important to keep in mind that this time of year can pose specific safety risks, particularly around the use of candles, fire and heating products. In 2015, one home structure fire was reported every 86 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Unfortunately, the hustle and bustle associated with this time of year […]

Thanksgiving offers history lessons

Over the years, turkey has become the signature item of Thanksgiving by being served in over 90 percent of all homes on the national holiday. However, what most people don’t know is that it may not even have been on the menu when the original feast took place in 1621. In fact, there are loads […]

Santa should shop locally

While you await the arrival of Black Friday sale ads tomorrow, make sure to check out what small businesses will be offering this shopping weekend. Many people are willing to wake up in the middle of the night, drive over 30 minutes away and stand in line for an hour or more to wait for […]

Learn about recalls for safe holidays

Shopping for the perfect gift and then hiding it under the tree adds to the excitement of the holiday season. Knowing the recipient will display a big smile when tearing away the wrapping paper makes gift givers feel good. Each year, certain gifts emerge as trendy crowd favorites. However, no matter how coveted a gift […]

Say what you must, but expect consequences

Americans often defend saying whatever they please by pointing out that they are entitled to freedom of speech. While this is true, people fail to realize freedom of speech does not shield us from facing consequences for our words. This week several people have learned the hard way just how deeply words can cut. In […]

Donate smart this season

With the holiday season here, so are the seasonal requests to help the less fortunate. Nonprofit organizations and charities do extensive work to help people and fulfill their missions. Unfortunately, this time of year is also when scammers are working their hardest to swipe money from unsuspecting givers. When commercials, emails or direct mail pamphlets […]

Cities making homelessness a crime

Is being homeless a crime? Some cities think so. The Associated Press reported today that Cities across the country are enacting more bans on living in vehicles, camping in public and panhandling, despite federal efforts to discourage such laws amid a shortage of affordable housing, a new report said. Denver, which ordered about 150 homeless […]

How will Trump affect bonds?

Investors have been yanking money out of bonds around the world since Trump’s victory became apparent early Wednesday, sending prices tumbling and wiping out several months of gains. They expect higher debt, higher inflation and higher interest rates — all negatives for bonds. Bond investors can get things horribly wrong, and it’s only been a […]

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