Opinion

A 10-point plan for small business survival

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The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, issued a “Legislative Plan for Small Business Survival,” today, that included ten prescriptive recommendations to help ensure more small businesses survive the coronavirus crisis and more quickly return to normal business operations once restrictions are lessened.

Lessons from my kid

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Being a single mom is not easy. Being head of household, bread winner, disciplinarian, chauffer, cook, housekeeper, laundry lady, yard girl, homework checker, social media stalker and the list goes on and on, can be an extremely daunting task. So daunting that it is sometimes all too easy to lose sight of how much joy motherhood can bring. And it does bring joy… especially when you are a boy mom.

Despite dip in graduation rates, strong education efforts must continue

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It was discouraging to see that Louisiana’s high school graduation rate fell slightly in 2019 compared to the previous year. The drop wasn’t huge – 1.3 percentage points – and our graduation rate remains above 80-percent, which is a milestone Louisiana cracked for only the first time in 2018. But it sends a message that we need to pay attention to.

Back in the saddle in Union Parish

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My husband’s current show “For the Love of Horses,” which has reopened at the Union Museum of History and Art, brings back reflections of my own dealings with horses during childhood.

Leaders fiddle as America burns

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In ancient Rome there was a leader named Nero. He was a leader that had lost touch with the citizens and what it took to govern in an efficient manner.

LABI has education recommendations

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The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) recently released policy recommendations to help stabilize public education and address the dire workforce needs facing our state as Louisiana phases out of the initial response to COVID-19.

Remember America's heroes

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“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

America at a Crossroads

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As we look to the future of our great and noble nation, America is facing a great dilemma. At this time, we are at a crossroads of what America will look like 20 years from today. The legacy we leave for our children and grandchildren is in the hands of the citizens of the United States today.

There are better ways

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New Orleans residents were shocked last week when Mayor LaToya Cantrell revealed that the city would request businesses to keep a record of every customer entering their establishments. Civil rights groups, such as ACLU of Louisiana, raised concerns, saying the program must be “voluntary, transparent and respectful to people’s privacy rights.” It’s no surprise that the outrage this policy generated led Mayor Cantrell to back off this policy, and instead, follow the state’s lead.

When ‘necessities’ became necessary

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As I continue waiting on my two industrial-size toilet paper rolls to arrive from Amazon, and as “out of stock” still sporadically pops up on Walmart.com, my thoughts have turned to the history of the human race.