There Were Hopes And Dreams Aplenty At Trump's Inauguration, But Whose?

My sons remember the bitter cold. And they remember the warmth. They felt it on the toasty subway car jammed to the doorsills with people at 5 a.m., smiling a knowing smile at strangers riding with us from Columbia Heights to the National Mall and Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration. They also remember the warmth of the massive crowd that day, shoulder-to-shoulder in the expanse between the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument, where you were likely to step on a toe or jolt an...

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Donald Trump gave his inaugural address after being sworn in as president of the United States on Friday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

NPR's politics team, with help from journalists across the newsroom, has been live-annotating his remarks.

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Congress Ralph Abraham thinks the new President will immediately get down to work on his first day in office. Abraham says Donald Trump will have to wait long to sign his first bill.  

"We have accommodated that in Congress and have legislation on his desk to be signed," said Abraham. 

"He is waiting with pen in hand to reverse or strike out many of these crazy executive orders that Obama has put in place." 

Dr. Abraham also spoke out against the pardon of Chelsea Manning. He thinks the outgoing president set a dangerous precedent by releasing her early.

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April 2nd starting at Squire Creek Country Club, the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Northeast Louisiana is hosting its annual fundraiser, the Peachy Keen Caper. This adult scavenger hunt will ride out with style in limousines, shuttle buses, and party buses all around Lincoln Parish.

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What is your time horizon when it comes to your retirement planning?

Before you answer, check your calendar, your watch…or maybe your birth certificate. I’m guessing your time horizon is a lot longer than you might realize.

If, for example, you said that you have a 20 year time horizon, I’m guessing you mean the time until you plan to retire. So that would make you mid-forties (sorry to give that away).

You feel like you are at the base of your own personal financial Mount Everest and you’ve got a mere 20 years to climb to the top. Fine.

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This Thursday, January 19th, the Masur Museum of Art is holding a reception for the Everything is Abstract exhibition. The premise of this exhibition is to display how any attempt to depict an object changes how that object is perceived.

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Jan 16, 2017

Since the founding of America, attitudes toward nature have changed and they continue to do so.  Early pioneers maintained a European mind-set, considering nature an entity to be conquered, civilized and rid of competing wild beasts as necessary.  The theory of manifest destiny reflected a theological belief that settlers were divinely appointed to "use" the earth for the enhancement of civilization, no holds barred.  Such attitudes eventually led to the decimation of Native Americans and the extinction or near extinction of several animals.

 

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Not everyone is rich. So, does the profession of financial planning have anything to offer to the average or even poor person? What could just plain old regular folks do to live better?

I have met individuals worth multiple millions who had no time, no love and no peace in their lives. I have also met others who could list all their possessions on the back of a napkin whose family, community and lifestyle were a constant source of joy to them.

So let’s begin with the understanding that wealth never made anyone rich and poverty never made anyone…well, poor.

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The Louisiana's Master Gardeners Club is holding the seventh annual January Gardening Seminar Saturday, January 14th at the West Monroe Convention Center. This event is in collaboration with West Monroe's annual Ag Fest.

The seminar is focused on local foods. According to Kerry Heafner, northeast Louisiana's climate allows for a diverse agricultural crop. Local farmers can grow sweet potatoes, rice, and various fruits along with harvesting local eggs and honey from Louisiana's numerous bee farms. 

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Project 41 is hosting the annual White As Snow Gala at the Monroe Convention Center on Friday, January 13 from 7 p.m.to 9 p.m.. The event is organized to raise awareness and educate the community on the realities of sex trafficking. 

Project 41 is a local non profit organization founded to rescue, value, and transform the lives of victims of sex trafficking. Co founder and executive producer of Project 41, Lindsey Nadler, shares that, "there are over 27 millions victims right now that are trapped in the sex industry. This is happening in every city, every town, and every state."

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