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Happy Birthday, America

The Way I See It by DON WEST “We the people of the United States of America, in order to form a more perfect union…” Tomorrow will be the 238th birthday of this auspicious moment in history. The words that begin the Preamble to the Constitution of our nation are much more than just words […]

Loyalty and love

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY The New Oxford American Dictionary defines loyalty as “the quality of being loyal to someone or something,” and loyal as “giving or showing firm and constant support or allegiance to a person. The word “loyal” is of French origin. It comes from the Old French “loial,” which in turn comes […]

Hopefully, I’ve done more good than harm

The Way I See It by DON WEST God has a way of getting my attention when He wants to. He puts people around me that have the guts to tell me when I am wrong. It’s not an easy thing for me to accept, but God makes it so obvious, I cannot deny the […]

The gift of hugging

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Some people are not so lucky in the in-law department. I, on the other hand, won the lottery. I had the kindest and most giving mother-in-law and father-in-law. My husband’s only sister has become like a sister to me. The rest of his relatives have become my loved ones as […]

Let’s play the renaming game

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH I think it’s time we realize there needs to be a team-renaming revolution across the athletic board, on the professional and collegiate levels. Many team names are offensive to scores of individuals and groups and it is time this country becomes the epitome of political correctness. We need to […]

The sky is falling?

The Way I See It by DON WEST There was a report from the Washington Post regarding possible global warning. The Commerce Department in Bergen, Norway, reports that icebergs are melting and the seals may be finding the water too warm. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers point to unheard of changes in the […]

Good people are still out there

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Some days you see and read about people being cruel to their fellow man. Reasons vary from greed to sheer meanness. I have witnessed enough of that myself to know that sometimes there is no reasonable explanation. On the other hand, I also have been privileged to see people do […]

Big kids still need their dads

I’m Just Sayin’ By SHEILA SMITH “We’re still just children. We may have lost some of our innocence, but we’re really nothing but little boys and girls.” from “Off Magazine Street” by Ronald Everett Capps I do not remember the topic of conversation. All I remember is telling my mother, “You’re an adult, though. It’s […]

If I build it, no one will come

The Way I See It by DON WEST Drought then flood, then drought, then flood. We must be in Southwest Louisiana. We have about a zillion dollars invested in our yard with flowers, dirt, fertilizer, plant food, mulch, fruit trees, berries, tools, labor and all the other paraphernalia that accompanies home ownership. So, if the […]

Dad’s brand of humor

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY When it comes to dads, many of us would argue that ours is the best! I would be among them. My dad passed away on Dec. 26, 2008, at 85. He is sorely missed. When you mention the name Norace Benoit in Lake Arthur, you get such wonderful comments and […]

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