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Mon
15
Jun

Employed for 60-plus years and counting

A few days ago I was taking one of my grandsons home after he had helped around the office for a while and I got to telling him that I started working when I was his age – 14 – and have held a steady job since that time – just over 61 years. Actually, between 11 and 15, my brother and I operated a lawn mowing business in Caldwell Parish. We did very well with two push mowers as we had several regular customers and some that called when they needed us.
 
Mon
08
Jun

Re: Losing Grip on the Homeland

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
 
This writer always welcomes to hear from readers reacting to my columns, photos, articles, etc. And I was pleasantly surprised to receive a well-presented rebuttal to my column published in our May 27th edition.
 
Mon
08
Jun

How we worded things back then

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
A few days ago, I received an email that caught my eye on the way we worded things back in the day. You know, back in the day before computers, iPhones, and all the other high-tech stuff that we have available at our fingertips today. I am talking about back in the day when we all enjoyed life.
 
Mon
01
Jun

Mini libraries becoming a national trend?

I had never heard of this fascinating thing called a “little library” until I read the article about it in the American Profile two years ago. These enlarged birdhouse-like structures have popped up all across the country and promote reading.
 
Mon
01
Jun

Fallen heroes honored at ceremonies

I had the privilege of attending all three public Memorial Day programs in the parish this past weekend, where those who gave their all in defense of this country was honored. It was the first year for the program at Tullos and a good turnout was recorded. Council member Joan Martin served as master of ceremonies and the program included several speakers, and a tribute from the Veterans Honor Guard, including presenting the Colors, the folding of the flag, tribute to fallen
comrades, 21-gun salute and taps.
 
Tue
26
May

The Bible says that life is a vapor

Have you ever given much thought to our life expectancy? Some people die at 3 days old, some at 17, 31, 49, 78, 94, and beyond 100. In Psalm 90:20, David writes, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

 

Tue
26
May

Corporate Welfare? What Does That Even Mean?

By Terry Baugh
 
As I have written before, it offends me when Louisiana businesses are referred to as if they were not citizens of our state. I am referring to the actual business entities. Elected and appointed officials often talk about businesses and individuals as if the two are completely disconnected.

 

Tue
19
May

The British Elections

By Cal Thomas
 
“Shocked,” “surprised,” “stunned” were some of the words used by broadcasters, columnists, political “experts” and pollsters when a Conservative Party victory was forecast by exit polls on election night. Former Liberal Democrat Party leader Paddy Ashdown was so certain the exit polls were wrong that he announced on the BBC he would publicly eat his hat if they were right.
 
Tue
19
May

Remember fallen heroes this weekend

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
For 146 years, we have paused on the last Monday of May to remember and honor those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. On May 5, 1868, the Grant Army of the Republic established Memorial Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers.
 
Mon
11
May

Graduation day holds special memories

Almost 150 LaSalle Parish seniors will participate  in graduation exercises this week with ceremonies at La- Salle High School on Thursday night and at Jena High School on Friday night. For the past several weeks, the staff here at the newspaper has been working on a special souvenir graduation edition, featuring pictures of all the seniors, and greetings from family and businesses.
 

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