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Tue
07
Apr

Investing in education is important

Education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments we can make in our young people. I have always been impressed and proud of the folks in LaSalle Parish that have supported education. I don’t think I ever remember voters turning down a tax issue or renewal, which was dedicated toward improving our education system.  

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Mon
30
Mar

Historic day of foolishness

In research regarding the origins of the oddball holiday of “April Fool’s Day,” this writer found a myriad of different reasons from hundreds of years of world history to how it began. But I’m not as concerned with how it started as much with what are considered the best April Fool’s Day jokes of all time. I was laughing out loud at some of the clever and quirky pranks from years past I found on The Museum of Hoaxes’ website list.
 
Mon
30
Mar

Reigniting the promise of America

I really like what Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz had to say last week when he officially announced that he would seek the nomination for President of the United States in 2016. Thousands rallied around Cruz at Liberty University early Monday morning to solidify his candidacy for the White House. I am sure when former Governor Mike Huckaby of Arkansas announces for the office, if he does, he will say basically the same thing.
 
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.
 

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