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The Midterms: What’s At Stake

The Midterms: What’s At Stake

Michael Kurth August 16, 2018 Comments Off on The Midterms: What’s At Stake

In three months, voters will cast their ballots in the midterm elections. Locally, all 15 School Board seats will be on the ballot, although only four are being challenged. The towns of DeQuincy, Westlake

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A Night At The Symphony

A Night At The Symphony

Michael Kurth August 2, 2018 Comments Off on A Night At The Symphony

My wife Cathy and I recently went to see the Lake Charles Symphony’s thoroughly entertaining production of “Shaken Not Stirred — The Music of James Bond.” The Symphony performed with Jeans ‘N’ Classics: a

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The Yield Curve And Recession

The Yield Curve And Recession

Michael Kurth July 19, 2018 Comments Off on The Yield Curve And Recession

According to President Trump, we are in the midst of a tremendous economic expansion that “in many ways [makes this] the greatest economy in the HISTORY of America.” There is no question that investment

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The Perils Of A Trade War

The Perils Of A Trade War

Michael Kurth July 5, 2018 Comments Off on The Perils Of A Trade War

Shortly after President Trump took office, he told reporters he had asked his staff to find a country where we actually do well in foreign trade and there wasn’t any. “It’s just losses with

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The Plight of the Asylum-Seekers

The Plight of the Asylum-Seekers

Michael Kurth May 17, 2018 Comments Off on The Plight of the Asylum-Seekers

Recently, a group of about 200 Central Americans arrived at the U.S. border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, vowing to wait there until they were granted asylum in the United States. But that’s not how

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The Stockholm Syndrome

The Stockholm Syndrome

Michael Kurth April 20, 2018 Comments Off on The Stockholm Syndrome

With tensions between the United States and North Korea at an alarming level over North Korea’s growing nuclear capability, North and South Korea have suddenly started talking to each other. In fact, things are

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Trump’s Tariffs

Trump’s Tariffs

Michael Kurth April 5, 2018 Comments Off on Trump’s Tariffs

The Cost of Saving Jobs President Trump recently signed a proclamation imposing tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. He was able to bypass Congress by claiming his action was for national security. But it

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Help From The Government

Help From The Government

Michael Kurth March 15, 2018 Comments Off on Help From The Government

The Unintended Consequences Of Good Intentions An old proverb says the road to hell is paved with good intentions. If that’s the case, there must be a six-lane expressway paved with good intensions leading

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Republican Tax Plan: Will It Work?

Republican Tax Plan: Will It Work?

Michael Kurth February 15, 2018 Comments Off on Republican Tax Plan: Will It Work?

I am writing this on the eve of President Trump’s second State of the Union address to Congress. I don’t know what he will say in his speech, but everyone expects him to praise

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Mardi Gras Time In The Lake Area

Mardi Gras Time In The Lake Area

Michael Kurth February 1, 2018 Comments Off on Mardi Gras Time In The Lake Area

Recently, my wife and I attended the 12th Night celebration at the Civic Center, which marks the start of Mardi Gras season. It was quite a show. Lake Charles has the second-largest Mardi Gras

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