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Protecting life sometimes means shedding blood

The Way I See It by Don West This Sunday past, February 19, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the day I wrote that blank check to Uncle Sam.  History found us in the pre-stages of the biggest troop buildup in Vietnam of the entire war.  Those of us who enlisted or were drafted had […]

Look in the mirror

Lessons Learned by Glenetta Shuey “Take a look in the mirror,” my daddy told me years ago. “That is the person you can count on.” He also said to me in that sweet Cajun accent of his that it is not important if everyone likes you, but it is genuinely and most imperative that you […]

Grow or wither

I’m Just Sayin’ by Sheila Smith “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” That’s the semi-sappy old adage people usually share when they have decided to join a gym or adopt a personal budget. I think that train of thought applies to the growth of communities, too. […]

Planning ahead and sharing the love

The Way I See It by Don West Well, Valentine’s Day seems to be a good day to sit and let the creative juices flow so that you will have this swill to read on Thursday.  It will be a good start to my day and I am anticipating a great day with my love.  […]

Good deeds and fleas

I’m Just Sayin’ by Sheila Smith In October, I made a deal with a friend. My side of the deal was this: I would foster a female dog who was living at the friend’s temporary shelter. I would help the pup become an adoptable dog and find a forever family she could call her own. […]

There is no self-pity among heroes

In My Own Little World by Aubrey Broussard Everyone has a heart, which means everyone has a vital organ that needs a little TLC. Heart health is becoming a hotter topic each year as the health of America’s overall population continues to gain weight and live on processed foods. Here in Cajun Country, the story […]

Pursue Happiness

The Way I See It by Don West Some 13 years ago on Super Bowl Sunday, Linda, after having returned from church, taken lunch and a nap began showing signs of a medical issue. Five days later she was gone. It was a brain aneurism and though the doctors did all that was possible, the […]

Seeing is believing

Lessons Learned by Glenetta Shuey I recently came across an anonymous quote that said,  “I opened 2 gifts this morning: my eyes.”  I am one who has always taken  those “gifts” for granted. My niece’s  husband had that gift stolen from him at the age of 18 – the age when most people are truly on […]

So many sideshows, so little space

I’m Just Sayin’ by Sheila Smith With so much going on in America, it’s difficult for me to decide which sideshow should be discussed. So this week, I decided to touch on a few areas. “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” – Inigo Montoya, “The […]

Wall talk

The Way I See It by Don West Well, I must not be politically correct and I must be a bigot and I must be prejudicial and I must be discriminating.  If you come to my door, and I do not recognize you and you cannot answer to my satisfaction, “who’s you momma and dem?”, […]

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