Category archives for: Editorial Columns

Don’t feel too secure on your next flight

The Way I See It by DON WEST Anyone who has flown the “friendly skies” since 9/11 is well aware of the new security measures that we have deemed necessary to prevent terrorists from repeating the dastardly deeds done on that fateful day. You should also realize that this undertaking has been perpetrated by the […]

Botox, anyone?

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY I “do” Botox, but not for the reason normally associated with it – to have fewer wrinkles. Instead, mine is used as a treatment for severe headaches caused by Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), a rare disease which often causes strokes. Recently, I visited my FMD Specialist at New York’s Mt. Sinai. […]

It’s raining, it’s pouring

The Way I See It by DON WEST Okay, Lord, we surrender. Maybe Your aim is off just a little. It is California and those western states that need the rain, snow, etc. Louisiana and Texas have had enough for a while. I know that You will not put us in charge of the weather […]

Accent and all

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY As to my heritage, I am mostly Cajun, but my great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee. 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 to […]

“You showed us what we had to lose”

I’m Just Sayin’ by SHEILA SMITH When I arrived at worked one day in 2011, my then-assistant editor asked, “Did you know the Iota Marine that was killed?” At the time, I was unaware there had been a casualty. I did not personally know the young man or his family. But the assistant editor passed […]

I want to hear your story

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD If there’s one thing I’ve learned since I started this job, it’s that everyone has a story. One of the first things I’ve noticed when I sit down to interview almost anyone is they all say the same thing: “I don’t know what you want me to […]

I can’t write like this

The Way I See It by DON WEST I have to admit that when I first encountered the somewhat modern day computers, I was not exactly open minded regarding our co-existence. I am referring to me making friends with computers. The first computer I saw was while stationed overseas in the military and it occupied […]

Work = therapy

Lessons Learned by GLENETTA SHUEY I suppose some people think I work too much and need to slow down because of this disease I have. But, as my Daddy used to say, we don’t “do slow”! There are days that I have to take it easy, but on the days that God grants me headache-free, […]

Welcome to the rest of your life

In My Own Little World by AUBREY BROUSSARD As graduation ceremonies commence around the parish and the surrounding areas, I feel the need to extend my ample congratulations to all of the graduates as you complete the easiest phase of your life. That’s right, I said the ‘easiest.’ I know it doesn’t seem that way […]

There can be no shame in answering the call of duty

The Way I See It by DON WEST Recently, the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War (notice I did not call it a “conflict”) was observed. For those who were part of that atrocity, few would call it a conflict. Over 58,000 young men and women lost their futures in that small […]

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