Category archives for: Editorial Columns

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 […]

This is why I support the jail tax

The Final Word by DONA H. SMITH We’ve heard a lot of talk about the upcoming election for the half-cent sales tax needed to fund operation and maintenance of a new jail in Jeff Davis Parish. There have been positive and negative comments and plenty of misinformation floating around. Some voters have voiced support; some […]

I have but one child to give to my country

by SARAH MORRISON STEPHENS So, my one child that God blessed me with is going to jump out of a perfectly good plane soon. A perfectly,good plane. Jumping. Out of it. With a parachute on his back. Oh, Lord, give me strength. From the time Charlie was old enough to talk, he said he wanted […]

I’m busy, give me a break!

The Way I See It by DON WEST OK…. Easter is over for another year. We can go back to living life as we did before Holy Week. Break out that old grudge that you have been carrying for years. Your father (stepfather, mother, stepmother, grandmother, step grandfather, uncle, aunt) wasn’t the person they should […]

Making the best of the worst

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY Growing up in a large family with seven siblings, one learns to appreciate the silence. I can’t imagine what it was like for my mother when we all tromped off to school, and she finally had some peace and quiet. I do know that the remaining part of her day […]

Making all things new

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH “Whatever happens Whatever you see Whatever your eyes tell you has become of me This is not, not the end I am making all things new again”   I have heard it said many times that hope is a beautiful thing. Of course, I only recently realized hope seems […]

One month in April

by SARAH MORRISON STEPHENS This time four years ago I was back home in Louisiana spending a month with my little mama, Jeanette Holland Morrison. My father had died four months earlier. Three days after his funeral my mother went into the hospital and never rebounded. She had spent those four months in the hospital […]

We can adjust

The Way I See It by DON WEST Well, you know God has a sense of humor. He just had to poke fun at Al Gore and his global warming buddies one more time before winter was done. Unfortunately, he may have caught the flower and tomato growers by surprise. I hate that because my […]

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