Category archives for: Editorial Columns

You can’t “un-ring” a bell!

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Many myths surround the idea of the role of the doctor: they are not all wealthy, they are not all without bedside manner, and many rarely have time to take even a short vacation. Fortunately, many will do the best they can for you, and if they believe you need […]

The most precious gift is family

The Way I See It by DON WEST I grew up with a cane fishing pole in my hands on every occasion possible. There was an irrigation canal that made a dogleg on East Division and I spent many hours sitting on the bank there waiting for that big bite. Most of the time all […]

Taking a stand

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY A small, white cross stands upright in a ditch off a rural highway as a reminder to passers-by of someone’s life and death. That emblem is seen in many places, but this particular one represents Gary Conner, my brother-in-law, my baby sister’s first love. When their vehicle was struck by […]

Laughter through pain

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Some of us remember the famous silent era comic actor, Charlie Chaplin. He was known for his unusual antics on screen. Of laughter he said, “Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain.” A serious quote from a man who made his living making people laugh! If you […]

There is nothing free in this life

The Way I See It by DON WEST My brother, Tim, sent me a list last week that I find quite interesting, so I am passing it along to all of you for your consideration. The list is about social conundrums. A conundrum is a thought or communication that is puzzling or confusing. For example, […]

Influencing lives: A tribute

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY While doing my research for my articles and columns, I discovered that May is Honor and Remembrance Month. As I began writing this column today, I knew this theme was fitting. As a mom, I recall one of the best decisions I made was allowing my daughters to have jobs […]

Our voting process should be protected

The Way I See It by DON WEST We have all heard the tongue-in-cheek comments about “vote early and often” or “if you don’t think the dead come back to life check Chicago’s voting records”. There may be some truth to these humorous comments, but little validity. My question is why anyone would be against […]

Do voters like to be spoon-fed?

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH It was after I had written about 738 front-page articles and editorials regarding the proposed 10-year, half-cent sales tax connected to a new parish jail that a friend asked, “So, what’s this jail tax about?” We were having supper together. I dropped my fork and replied, “Have you not […]

We had many moments to remember

The Way I See It by DON WEST They came from Texas, Colorado, Alabama and from throughout Louisiana. They came to visit, to reminisce, to rekindle old friendships and to remember those who have gone before us. It had been 50 years since some had returned, but they came knowing that the opportunity to reclaim […]

Inspiration through faith

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY On this final day of April, Organ Donation Month, I wanted to honor a young man I knew well who died recently at age 33 waiting on a heart transplant. The irony was that he had, as the expression goes, such a “big” heart. Dereck loved life and loved to […]

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