Category archives for: Editorial Columns

It’s the spending – have a clue

The Way I See It by DON WEST Pay attention to these two statistics. There are approximately 1.4 million Louisiana citizens on Medicaid. Of those 1.4 million, approximately 3 percent or 42,000 spend 42 percent of those dollars. Let me repeat 3 percent spend 42 percent of the dollars. What’s wrong with this picture? According […]

A safe place

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Teachers, in my opinion, always have had a challenging job. In addition, we also must be sure our classroom is a safe place. I mean that literally. I taught for years before the incidents at Columbine High School and Sandy Hook Elementary School occurred. Those tragic school shootings made me […]

Dealing with the difficult parents

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH (My note: I am not speaking on behalf of any school, agency or board in this parish. This is my homegrown opinion.) It Started on a Monday James Ward Elementary was being evacuated due to a bomb threat. My first thought was, There is no bomb but somewhere there […]

Politics used to be private

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD I remember when discussing political views was considered a social faux pas. When I was growing up, a person’s political position, social opinions, sexual orientation or religious views were not discussed outside of the home. They were private and no one else’s business. The year Dave Treen […]

It’s past time to clean out Washington

The Way I See It by DON WEST I have tried to watch the Democratic and Republican debates without actually becoming nauseous or throwing something through the television, but it hasn’t been easy. While both parties seem to have an equal share of chronic liars, there are some who stand head and shoulders above the […]

A smile’s worth

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do” is a quote by Nobel Peace Prize winner Mother Teresa, who is expected to be canonized into sainthood this year. These words have been a part of my belief system since I was a little girl. Raised […]

When did abortion become normal?

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH Abortion is legal. That is never going to change, no matter what political tactics the GOP employs or the outrageous attacks launched against abortion supporters and providers (like those blatantly edited Planned Parenthood videos from last year supposedly depicting price haggling over fetal tissue). Still, that does not mean […]

Stop coddling criminals

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD I’ve noticed an increasing trend in current events, regarding what I feel is an unwarranted consideration towards the privacy and respect for criminals. One of the most popular topics on social media right now is the social disappointment, bordering on outrage, of the sudden leave of an […]

Compassion is a virtue that should not be abused

The Way I See It by DON WEST “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.” This quote has been attributed to a number of different people but the consensus […]

I am woman

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY As to my heritage, I am mostly Cajun, but my great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian. According to my husband, that explains so much! I find it interesting sometimes how many cultures and perspectives one can experience in a lifetime. Aside from my Cajun heritage, I have been fortunate enough […]

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