Category archives for: Editorial Columns

“You showed us what we had to lose”

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH When I arrived at worked one day in 2011, my then-assistant editor asked, “Did you know the Iota Marine that was killed?” At the time, I was unaware there had been a casualty. I did not personally know the young man or his family. But the assistant editor passed […]

I want to hear your story

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD If there’s one thing I’ve learned since I started this job, it’s that everyone has a story. One of the first things I’ve noticed when I sit down to interview almost anyone is they all say the same thing: “I don’t know what you want me to […]

I can’t write like this

The Way I See It by DON WEST I have to admit that when I first encountered the somewhat modern day computers, I was not exactly open minded regarding our co-existence. I am referring to me making friends with computers. The first computer I saw was while stationed overseas in the military and it occupied […]

Work = therapy

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY I suppose some people think I work too much and need to slow down because of this disease I have. But, as my Daddy used to say, we don’t “do slow”! There are days that I have to take it easy, but on the days that God grants me headache-free, […]

Welcome to the rest of your life

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD As graduation ceremonies commence around the parish and the surrounding areas, I feel the need to extend my ample congratulations to all of the graduates as you complete the easiest phase of your life. That’s right, I said the ‘easiest.’ I know it doesn’t seem that way […]

There can be no shame in answering the call of duty

The Way I See It by DON WEST Recently, the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War (notice I did not call it a “conflict”) was observed. For those who were part of that atrocity, few would call it a conflict. Over 58,000 young men and women lost their futures in that small […]

Life after…

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY (Editor’s Note: Although contributing writer Glenetta Shuey’s May 6 column stated that column would be her last, she has agreed to continue to share her words with Jennings Daily News readers as often as her busy schedule permits.) We all have lost someone who has left a void in our […]

Today is not our day

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH “What are your plans for Mother’s Day?” my friend asked me as we sat together, visiting with another friend. “Well, I don’t have kids and I don’t have a mom, so I guess not too much,” I said. “I have kids but they don’t live around here and my […]

Failing with grace

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD When I was growing up I was never very competitive because quite frankly, I wasn’t really very good at anything. As a matter of fact, it took me a very long time to realize that I had any skills or strengths at all. I liked winning, but […]

Goodbye, my friend

The Way I See It by DON WEST Each time we attend the wake of another friend or family member, we are reminded that our time is short – or as my friend Joe once said, “We are getting closer to the front of the line.” It is never a pleasant experience, however, wakes and […]

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