Category archives for: Editorial Columns

Keep trying… and learning

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY As a school teacher, I learned much more than I taught! That is a fact! Every year of my 30 years in the classroom I learned something new. I learned that some times we educators don’t follow our own advice or listen well enough. Humbling is one way to express […]

Time to say goodbye to your hard-earned money

The Way I See It by DON WEST Spring has sprung, flowers are blooming, tomato plants are finally in the ground and the great annual money grab is just days away. April 15 looms large, and if Washington hasn’t fleeced you yet, you have just 12 days to say your goodbyes to your hard-earned cash. […]

Thank those who have fought for our freedom

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY I love to travel, and often in my travels, I sit and wait in many airports. Everywhere I go I see soldiers dressed in uniforms waiting for another plane to take them back to their next detail. I always go up to each one and thank them for their service. […]

Why even have a speed limit?

The Way I See It by DON WEST Well, who woulda thunk it? One of our state representatives has come out against cameras on the interstate highways to regulate speeders. Our governing bodies seem to have a habit of passing laws that apply to everyone except them. Rep. Mike Danahay (D), from Sulphur, says traffic […]

My love is a little stronger

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY As an old English teacher, I have many favorite stories, books, and poems and, of course, some favorite lines. One of the lines that I love is from Walt Whitman’s poem, “I Sing the Body Electric.” It is quite simple: “I have learned that to be with those I like […]

Let go and let God

The Way I See It by DON WEST About 28 years ago, I disproved the old adage, “if I walked into church, the roof would fall down.” After a long hiatus from the church, I proved that the dog just wouldn’t hunt anymore. I went, though cautiously, sat in the back, just in case I […]

‘Bossy’ is the new b-word

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH I cannot stand a male chauvinist. What I truly cannot tolerate? A feminist. Either one is the fanatical version of his or her gender but as a woman, I feel particularly misrepresented by the Hilary Clinton/Lena Dunham types who feel women need to be empowered through free birth control […]

All the political hot air is the cause for “global warming”

The Way I See It by DON WEST Keep an eye on your wallet – the Legislature is in session. Even though this is a session when they are not allowed to deal with any tax propositions, you may still want to take an inventory of your money after they have concluded their business in […]

It’s not about income inequality, it’s about effort inequality

The Way I See It by DON WEST A few weeks ago, Mr. Obama proclaimed that he would spend much of the remainder of his time in office trying to resolve the injustice of income inequality. Some have, some do not and he and his liberal followers believe that is wrong. I don’t believe that […]

Let’s do away with ALL government retirement programs

The Way I See It by DON WEST This past week, I reviewed some of my columns written more than 10 years ago and I noted that, though the names have changed, politics remains the same. John Breaux, former Senator from Louisiana, was speaking then about something that he knows nothing about – Social Security. […]

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