Columns/Opinions

Tue
12
Aug

Is it time for school bells to ring, again?

I just cannot believe that another school year is just about to begin. It seems like just yesterday that parents and children, and school employees, were rushing around getting ready for the last school session. Starting 
on Thursday, buses will roll, principals and teachers will be welcoming new students, and everyone will be holding their breath and crossing their fingers in hopes that all the preparation will result in a smooth school opening
 
Tue
12
Aug

True stereotypes of our beloved state

In a recent article, Louisiana was named not only the happiest state in the U.S. but we had six out of 10 of the happiest cities in the nation as well, according to the study conducted by Harvard. Recently, this writer spotted
something a friend posted on social media involving Louisiana stereotypes that are completely accurate. My guess is that some of these true stereotypes might just factor in a bit to our happy state 
 
Tue
05
Aug

“Uncle Steve Wants You” to serve

James Montgomery Flagg created the most famous poster in the world during World War I, with a picture of Uncle Sam pointing a finger  and saying, “I Want You for the U.S. Army.” Over four million copies of the poster were printed between 1917 and 1918, as the United States entered World War I and began sending troops and material into war zones.
 
 

 

Tue
05
Aug

Finding a few good women in history

Last week, this writer highlighted a woman who was a pioneer in journalism and this week I’ve turned my eye to a woman who hailed from the World War II era. “The Nazis called them ‘Night Witches’ because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch’s broomstick. The Russian women who piloted those planes, one-time crop dusters, took it as a compliment.
 
 

 

Tue
29
Jul

Congressional election – third in row

This fall will mark the third year in a row that voters in the Fifth Congressional District have chosen a U.S. Representative to represent the district in the U.S. Congress. Two years ago, veteran Congressman Rodney Alexander
easily won re-election to a sixth term defeating two opponents, Ron Ceasar and Clay Grant
 

 

Tue
29
Jul

Where no woman had gone before

This writer is definitely not what you’d call a “feminist” per say – but I sure can’t overlook fascinating stories about independent, courageous and adventurous women. I thought I’d share my latest findings with you, Reader The first story is about a young woman named Elizabeth Jane Cochran who was born in the mid 1800s. She was definitely a unique woman – a writer, traveler and champion for the less fortunate. 
 

 

Tue
22
Jul

Every business, industry important

This week is the time each year when officials and citizens pause to give thanks for all the businesses and industries we have in LaSalle Parish. Every business and industry, small or large, is important to the economical well 
being of the parish.  
 
Tue
22
Jul

What shouldn’t be done at first sight?

What is the world coming to? There’s already enough people choosing not to get married and then there are those who actually get married and then tend to treat it  like a quicky divorce is theireasy-out “Get out of jail free” 
card and now we have this…a new reality series called “Married at First Sight.” 
 
Tue
15
Jul

Life seen through eyes of old man

A subscriber sent me an article and poem, which he had received from an Internet friend. As the story goes, when an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in  an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value  
 
Tue
15
Jul

Computers in 1600s...more than 4 centuries ago?

A computer in the 1600s … no way! Right? Well that’s what I thought too until I was educated by this blog post from writer Debbie Lynne Costello. It’s just a reminder that words used now most likely carried different meaning 
in the past. “When most people think of the word computer, they think of it being a relatively modern term. 
 

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