Columns/Opinions

Tue
11
Mar

Modesty is beautiful…good role models needed

By Morgan Tarpley
 
These days, the word “modesty” seems to be treated like a bad taste in someone’s mouth. There are skewed views of it everywhere from social media and television to bad versions of it in front of us in everyday life. Where are the good role models? Where are the women (and men) praising those who are modest not only in their appearance but their conduct? I think I can speak for many when I say we need them – and a local mother agrees as she stated in a recent Facebook post.
 
Tue
11
Mar

Things we should do more often

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
As an editor, I get countless offers for columns from writers around the country, offering a variety of views on many topics. I will glance over most of them, but every now and again, I will come across one that really catches my eye. That was the case the other day when Jill Pertler, an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication”, forwarded me a column to consider.
 
Tue
04
Mar

More than a child star

by Morgan Tarpley
 
“Animal crackers in my soup, Monkeys and rabbits loop-the-loop, Gosh, oh gee, but I have fun, Swallowin’ animals one by one…” This silly song and a mop of springy curls is what I recall with nearly the rest of the population as the iconic child star Shirley Temple. With her passing last month at age 85, I read two nice tributes to her in recent online articles from Movieguide and CNN.
 
Tue
04
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 Monday, March 10th, will be the fifth anniversary of my open-heart surgery. In recognition of American Heart Month, which just ended, and in hopes it may help convince others they need to be checked, I wanted to take time to review the events that led up to me having openheart surgery five years ago.
 
Tue
25
Feb

83RD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

Norman and Norma Burmah recently celebrated their 83rd wedding anniversary, making them the longest known married couple in the United States. The couple were first recognized in 2012 by the Louisiana Family Forum as being the longest married couple in Louisiana, but after more research, it was discovered that they are also the longest known married couple in the United States. At 103 and 100, Norman and Norma, live independently in their home in Marksville, where they attend Holy Ghost Catholic Church.
 
Tue
25
Feb

Technological discoveries: The tale of twins

By Morgan Tarpley

Born on one continent, yet raised on two others and united through YouTube – the tale of twin sisters. Sounds like a novel, right? Well, it certainly could be. But in this case…it happened to this writer. Okay, so the amazing story I’m referring to isn’t about me, yet I did have my own recent astonishing “twin” moment. I can definitely say I’ve found one of my doppelgangers in the world – and she just so happens to be a history-making U.S. Olympian.
 
Tue
25
Feb

Purple martins arrive; spring is coming

By Sammy F. Franklin

Our first report of the arrival of the purple martins of 2014 was from Belinda Finley Taylor at Hardtner Medical Center. The hospital has martin boxes out front and the staff noticed the martins were there around noon on Monday, February 17th. However, on Tuesday we received a call from Shelby Loe of Tullos who reported seeing the martins as early as Valentine’s Day – February 14th.
 
Tue
18
Feb

One person can make a difference

Sometimes it only takes one person and one thing to make a difference in the lives of thousands. Thus is the story of a young woman from Minnesota and her love for books, which is from the online article: “The 13-Year-Old Who Is Championing World Literacy, a Million Books at a Time.” “Freedom begins in the mind, and one 13-year-old girl aims to liberate children the world over with a book campaign to advocate world literacy. When she was only eight, Maria Keller took it upon herself to begin collecting books for kids. She founded her own nonprofit, Read Indeed, and this month surpassed her goal of sending over a million books to children in various parts of the globe.
Tue
18
Feb

Priceless gifts that don’t cost a penny

We are living in a much different world than when I grew up. People today are living disposable lives at neckbreak speed, and their children deserve better things. According to the Family Online Safety Institute, young people spent an average of 6.5 hours with media on a daily basis – that includes television, radio, and the Internet – back in 2004.
Mon
10
Feb

Affluenza can be very damaging to you

Are you familiar with the word “Affluenza”? I had heard it but never considered what it meant until I read an article by the Rev. Wilmer L. Todd in the The Tri-Parish Times the other day. Todd said the word could be defined in one of three ways: 1) The sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from trying to keep up with the Jones. 2) An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream.
 

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