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FROM MY NOTEBOOK... BY REV. RICHARD C. ARCENEAUX P,4SrOR BEI.I EVUE APTIST CHURCH bellevuebc(cenlurylink.net Greetings: You know there are many times when we wonder why God has given us the cross we must bear. We often complain and gripe because we don't have the breaks other people seem to have. However, I am a firm believer in what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work to- gether for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." Allow me to give you a very good illustration of this in the following story: A dreamer and his dream Let me tell you, Jesse hated this job. And you would too, l imagine, if you had to do it. Jesse was a chicken plucker. That's right. He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us wouldn't have to. It wasn't much of a job. But at the time, Jesse didn't think he was much of a person. His father was a brute of a man. His dad was actually thought to be mentally ill and treated Jesse rough all of his life. Jesse's older brother wasn't much better. He was always picking on Jesse and beating him up. Yes, Jesse grew up in a very rough home in West Virginia. Life was anything but easy. He thought life didn't hold much hope for him. That's why he was standing in this chicken line, doing a job that darn few people wanted. In addition to all the rough treatment at home, it seems {:hat Jesse was always sick. Sometimes it was real physical ill- uess, but way too often it was all in his head. He was a small child, skinny and meek. That sure didn't help the situation any. When he started to school, he was the object of every bully on the playground. He was a hypochondriac of the first order. For Jesse, tomorrow was not always something to be looked !brward to. But, he had dreams. He wanted to be a ventriloquist. He lbund books on ventriloquism. He practiced with sock puppets and saved his hard earned dollars until he could get a real ventriloquist dummy. When he got old enough, he joined the military. Even though many of his hypochondriac symptoms persisted, the nilitary did recognize his talents and put him in the enter- tainment corp. That was when his world changed. He gained confidence. He found that he had a talent for making people laugh, and laugh so hard they often had tears in their eyes. Yes, little ,Jesse had tbund himself. You know, folks, the history books are full of people who overcame a handicap to go on and make a success of them- selves, but Jesse is one of the few I know of who didn't over- come it. Instead he used his paranoia to make millions of dol- lars, and become one of the-best-loved characters of all time in doing it! Yes, that little paranoid hypochondriac, who trans- ferred his nervousness into a successful career, still holds the record for the most Emmy's given in a single category. The wonderful, gifted, talented, and nervous comedian who brought us Barney Fife was Jesse Don Knotts. NOW YOU KNOW, "THE REST OF THE STORY" There is even a street named for him and his statue in Morgantown, West Virginia, his place of birth. ....... :Z ................ A GUEST COLUMN I BY DAN JUNEAU PRESIDENT Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) J Risks and Rewards One of the things I ad- mire most about business people particularly small business people-is that they have the courage to take risks. Free market capi- talism isn't for the faint of heart. Those folks who take m idea, wrap it in scarce re- sources, nurture it with hard work, and make it successful will ahvays be special to me. Risk is the very crux of any free enterprise system that isn't adulterated by govern- ment-sponsored crony capi- talism. The vast majority of small businesses don't get a subsidy, a preference, or a government-backed loan. They sink or swim on their ability to create a product or service that others are willing to buy and to man- TRY 5611 Shreveport Hwy. Tioga, LA 71477 640-0128 BRACES CROWNS BRIDGES IMPLANTS DENTURES PARTIALS DENTAL LAB ON SITE Dr. Leonard Hedrick, D.D.S. Dr. Guy Hedrick, D,D.S. Dr. Joshua Huffman, D.D.S. age a business successfully in a growing maelstrom of government regulations and mandates. Successful small busi- ness owners who grew their businesses take great pride in the fact that they started with next to nothing and made something out of it. Those individuals undoubt- edly felt misunderstood and belittled by remarks Presi- dent Obama made recently at a campaign stop in Vir- ginia. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Some- body else made that happen," the president told the crowd at a fire station. The kindest interpretation of President Obama's remarks is that he was noting that each of us benefits from education, fire and police protection, and public infrastructure-and that is generally true. But to take that generalization and turn it into "somebody else made that happen" in- dicates a gross misunder- standing of the ingenuity, industry, and willingness to take risks that are the criti- cal ingredients in creating a successful small business. In the president's view, government is the force that moves the wheels of the economy and in doing so it must ensure that busi- nesses are appropriate tools of social justice and an in- strument for reallocation of wealth. I can understand how he came to believe that and how passionate he is about his belief. I only wish that he would temper his view of the economy with a greater understanding of how economics actually works; The government re- directs wealth, it doesn't create it. It takes resources from the private sector to fund public initiatives. If the private sector stops develop- ing the resources, the public sector experiences exactly what is happening today. Small businesses under- stand the real marketplace. They live in it. They respect consumers' needs and de- sires. They don't have the authoritarian power (nor do they want it) to force choices on consumers that they don't want. Small businesses un- derstand and respect the symbiotic relationship they have with their customers: both benefit from each other in a voluntary relationship. Unfortunately, President Obama and many in gov- ernment don't comprehend that concept. In their view, government determines the "common good" and trumps the freedom of economic choices in the quest for so- cial justice. I wish the president un- derstood small business owners better. I wish he could see how they serve as the backbone of com- munities; how they engage in community service; how they sustain charities and coach children's sports teams. He might learn that running successful busi- nesses and hiring folks in their communities is part of the "quality of life" that ev- ery community strives for and too many of them don't have. He would then under- stand how misinformed his "you didn't build that" com- ment is on so many levels, THE JENA TIMES Olla.Tullos-Urania Signal P71 WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012 RdJam Trees suffer during drought With more than half of the continental United States in some stage of drought, what can homeowners do to keep their trees healthy during hot- ter, drier summer months? "While its impossible to keep every tree in good health in times of severe drought, taking a proactive approach for a prized or sentimental tree can support its good health," recommends Tchukki Ander- sen, staff arborist with the Tree Care Industry Associa- tion. "A plan that is supported with good cultural practices, proactive monitoring for pests and disease, and response to warning signs is more likely to survive." Silent Suffering A tree's first damage from drought occurs beneath the soil line in the form of root damage, long before any out- ward signs of trouble. After a tree's unsuccessful attempts to conserve water by closing leaf Opportunistic Pests and Diseases That's when "opportunis- tic" pests make their move. Boring insects are thought to be drawn by the chemical and acoustic signals of stressed trees. The sound of water col- umns breaking cues the borer to invade the tree and lay eggs. Andersen recommends apply- ing a 3-inch layer of organic mulch or wood chips over the root zone at least out to the drip line. This will hold mois- ture longer for stressed roots to access, and will provide a long-term nutritional source for the soil. Prized or impor- tant trees may be protected from wood-boring insects with spray or injection treatments Another danger to stressed trees are fungal pathogens. Andersen notes that when a chemical change in the tree signals a weakened state, cer- tain pathogens penetrate the bark, wood and cambial zone, with fan-like, leathery clumps, cutting off the water supply to the tree. While all trees are at risk during long period of drought, some are more prone to its effects. New transplants are highly vulnerable to drought stress, and supplemental wa- tering for the first few years of establishment is necessary, to the extent that it's allowed. But even mature trees are suffering. Drought exacerbates mat- ters for trees already un- der stress, like those on dry slopes, surrounded by pave- ment, or improperly plant- ed. In landscape situations, consider taking action, such as moving smaller trees to a better location, alleviat- ing compaction, or replacing moisture-draining lawn with a layer of mulch. A two- to three-inch layer of compost will help trees in maintaining moisture. The aftereffects of drought may last three to five years, with the strongest trees sur- viving. Trees have developed their own mechanisms for coping with these cycles, but some trees are on the brink of survival and could go either way. If it means the difference between keeping a tree around for your lifetime or losing it in the next five years," Andersen says, "it's worth doing some- thing about." Child Search is looking for children from birth to five who may need an early educational program. The earlier you recognize your child's needs and seek assistance, the greater the possibility of him reaching the greatest potentials. 1 ub am'+ t"o t, C00ilct S.r& ALL CHILDREN who require special education and related services due to: *SPEECH IMPAIRMENTS .HEARING IMPAIRMENTS *VISUAL IMPAIRMENTS *PHYSICAL DISABILITIES *MENTAL DISABILITIES .LEARNING DISABILITIES *MULTIPLE DISABILITIES