Category archives for: Editorial Columns

The end of another summer is here

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD It feels like just yesterday, students of all ages were squealing with delight as they entered those first carefree days of summer with wild abandon. Kids from the first grade to the twelfth wrapped up their final days of the school year, filled with hopeful anticipation and […]

These years are less than golden

The Way I See It by DON WEST “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” is a line from an advertisement for the United Negro College Fund. My mind has become a “wasteland”.  Information goes in, but can’t seem to find its way out again. Strange, but I can remember something that happened when […]

Advocates for our students

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Imagine learning to read, and for you the letters seem backwards or even upside down. You might see text seeming to jump around on the page. Even simple words seem difficult to a dyslexic person. Doctors estimate that at least 10 percent of the population has dyslexia. The term “dyslexia” […]

Put it on the card

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH I walked into the multi-million dollar building and approached an employee. “Hi, I’d like to pay my bill,” I said, and presented my debit card. “Oh,” she laughed, “we don’t take those but we do take checks.” I was somewhat taken back. A business, in the year 2015, in […]

Seek greatness outside the box

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD You ever notice how when we have huge personal decisions to make, we always turn to the people around us for advice? Sometimes the advice is offered, even though it isn’t sought out, and sometimes, in our confusion or frustration, we request it. That can be beneficial, […]

Reunited we stand

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY In May, I received an email that left me a bit unsettled. Michael McQueen was the sender. He was my brother’s Platoon Leader. Mike and I were somewhat acquainted through email related to Garland’s time in Viet Nam. He was issuing me an invitation on behalf of my brother to […]

To be young again

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARDA How many times have we, as fully functioning adults, looked at young people and thought, “Ah! To be so young again and know what I know now.” I used to think the same. Then my own children became teenagers and I got over it. Sure, the young […]

Love them while you can

The Way I See It by DON WEST When I was a child, my grandfather, on most days when he would leave work, would pass by our house on his way home. He had an old 1948 model Ford pickup and he may put us in the back of it and take us for a […]

From “Star Wars” to “Sopranos”

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY As my husband and I grew up and older together through the years, we shared an interest in the same type of movies and television shows. One of our favorites that some may remember was “Hill Street Blues.” To the dismay of our children, we also enjoy watching the sci-fi […]

Change needs to come before tragedy, not after

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH Part of my job is being the bearer of bad news. I have been part of this newspaper for nearly 10 years and in my time here I have reported on more murders, rapes, molestations and dirty officials than I care to recall. It’s true that after a while […]

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