Category archives for: Editorial Columns

Our ignorance is causing disasters

The Way I See It by DON WEST Unless you live under a rock somewhere, you are probably aware of the relentless rain and resulting flooding that has been going on in our neighboring state of Texas. First of all, if you didn’t already know it, there is a place just west of Jennings that […]

The art of the Jitterbug

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Music and dance were so much a part of my childhood. Hardly a day went by that we weren’t listening to music or dancing to it. As far back as I can remember, this is true of my life. This joyful legacy was left to me and my family members […]

Neighborhood watching

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH Now that I have been in Jennings about a year and a half, I am familiar with my neighborhood. Coming from a place I had lived all of my life, I knew everyone in that community, their vehicles, the vehicles of their visitors and the like. That neighborhood ran […]

A reminder of the meaning of Memorial Day

The Way I See It by DON WEST Each year another patriotic holiday or observance occurs, especially Memorial Day. I have to stop and remind myself and all of you that the observance of that day is just another day on the calendar if we don’t honor the million-plus men and women who have given […]

Filling a pew

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Coming from a large family, I don’t remember many vacations. With eight children, it was just too expensive. As an adult, I have taken every opportunity to vacation, though many of my trips are medically related. In my youth, the one event though that was done as a family was […]

Thank you to the red and blue

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15, as Peace Officers Memorial Day, as well as the beginning of Peace Officer Memorial Week. In an effort to recognize, honor and show appreciation to all area law enforcement agencies throughout the parish, several businesses, […]

It’s time for rediscovery

The Way I See It by DON WEST Sometimes it seems that no matter how old we get, how mature we think we are, how humorous we try to be, we would be better off having said nothing. I can hear my mother’s voice again, “Let people think you are stupid, don’t open your mouth […]

A word’s worth

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY The written word has always fascinated me: its origins, various meanings, and the way the most prestigious authors have chosen to use those words. Charles Dicken’s famous first lines in  Tale of Two Cities (1859) drives home my point: “It  was the best of times, it was the worst of […]

Where’s the fire?

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD Do you know if town workers are bleeding the town lines (smoke testing) and you have a leak in your sewer lines, it looks like your house is on fire? It’s true. I found out that fun fact just this week. When I first moved into my […]

Time and experience are the best teachers

The Way I See It by DON WEST Newsweek magazine reports that those who were born between 1977 and 1994 are designated as “millenials.”  Having been raised under the mantra “follow your dreams” and being told they were special, they are overall confident. While largely a positive trait, that confidence sometimes seems to overflow into […]

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