Columns/Opinions

Tue
24
Mar

Enjoying the beauty of the spring season

The spring of the year is a favorite season for many people, and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. To me, spring and fall are my favorite times of the year. We officially welcomed spring last Friday.

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Tue
24
Mar

Kindness and courage triumph all

Soot and sparkles and slippers, oh my! Thus the story of Cinderella has swept back into cinemas and the hearts of millions from its recent debut. The live action film graced theaters with a $132.1 million worldwide debut and a surprising number of an amateur cast members outside of the talented Cate Blanchett who played the wicked stepmother.

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Tue
17
Mar

Family vacations: old style?

Are family-togetherness vacations sans technology coming back? This writer means the driving hours squashed up together in a station wagon or RV heading to perhaps a national park campground and stopping at every single oddity along the roadside. Okay, maybe National Lampoon-esque trips are not exactly coming back, but the idea of family time on vacation without distraction is. But is that kind of trip truly possible in the 21st century? Well, according to a recent article I spotted these types of experiences are not only being sought out by parents but others have already jumpstarted the now growing trend of these so-called “unplugged vacations.” Here’s the story.

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Tue
17
Mar

Solving litter problem will take all of us

An effort is underway to do everything possible to solve the litter problem which plagues our highways and byways throughout LaSalle Parish. Folks, the litter problem comes down to each of us taking the responsibility upon ourselves to not litter. It’s plain and simple, if each of us made a decision not to litter, then the problem would be gone, and we’d have a clean, beautiful parish to show off to visitors when they come to visit or shop.

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Mon
09
Mar

Obama’s fictional history about Islam

At the National Prayer Breakfast recently, President Obama told attendees that violence rooted in religion isn’t exclusive to Islam, but has been carried out by Christians as well. He said that even though religion is a source for good around the world, there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.”

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Mon
09
Mar

Being crafty for a good cause

If you’re a frequenter of multiple Pinterest boards, just a crafty kind of person in general or enthused with an interesting story then I think you’ll be fascinated with the following story this writer discovered online recently. It not only involves types of specific crafts that have been going on for centuries and centuries but also penguins, koalas and kangaroos.

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Mon
02
Mar

Heart check may have saved my life

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Next Tuesday, March 10th, will be the sixth anniversary of my open-heart surgery.
 
Mon
02
Mar

Interesting Eats Across the Nation

Some of the top eating hot spots in the country were the subject of this writer’s editorial last week and there was obviously no way to cover all 50 states in it. So, I thought I’d introduce some more of the  fascinating must-stop places to try out a bit of our nation’s best cuisine from the article, “Are These the Most Iconic Restaurants in Every State?” To make this list, each stop mentioned had to have been in operation for at least 30 years and still be a crowd favorite. 
 
Tue
24
Feb

Best laid plans subject to de-railment

Even though we plan and plan for something, our best laid plans are subject to be de-railed. That was the case last week when the Franklin Clan’s long awaited winter ski trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee went awry.
 
Tue
24
Feb

Eating Well Across the Nation

In the United States, our culture – like many others – revolves around food, well more like our area’s historic and seasonal cuisine. And with the diversity of all our states, we have quite a smorgasbord, which I’m sure some
of us have sampled on our U.S. travels.   
 

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