Category archives for: Editorial

Private choices, public duties sometimes clash

Aware of the great influence the media has on the public, many newspapers do not allow their employees to campaign for or endorse political candidates. The idea behind this rule is uncomplicated: if a newspaper endorses one candidate, that immediately alienates those citizens who are either opposed to that candidate, or simply do not want […]

Football time is here

It’s jamboree season here in Jeff Davis Parish, also known as the final time football teams will receive the opportunity to face off with a different colored jersey before the games actually count, for the uninitiated. The resurrection of each new football season brings with it this idea of extreme optimism. This is the year […]

Keep kids connected, but safe

Thousands of adults across the nation are dealing with the fallout from the Ashley Madison hacks, in which an online site for married individuals seeking extramarital affairs was compromised, revealing the names, addresses and partial credit card numbers of users. The situation has also led many to question how safe private information really is on […]

Can law enforcement trust you for support?

There has been an outpouring of appreciation and compassion for the law enforcement community in the wake of the tragic death of Louisiana State Police Sr. Trooper Steven Vincent. While mourning the loss of a dedicated trooper, husband and father, the public is also saddened at the heartache his badge-wearing brothers and sisters are enduring. […]

Oil prices bringing uncertainty

The Associated Press reported Friday that the price of oil had fallen for the eighth straight week, the longest down streak in 29 years. It’s dropped 34 percent from its high this year, and 62 percent less than its 2014 peak. A boom in production has outpaced growth in global oil demand. Adding to the […]

Gov’t action needed on medicine costs

A new poll finds Americans worried about medication costs and broadly supporting government action to curb drug prescription prices. Overall, 72 percent said the cost of prescription medications is unreasonable, according to Thursday’s poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Regardless of party affiliation, large majorities support requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they set […]

Committee to review Common Core

Amid an ongoing political storm over Common Core educational standards for public schools, a state committee began Wednesday to review Louisiana’s educational benchmarks – but some feared the deadline is too short and the panel would end up rebranding the controversial standards that started the debate. The 26-member standards review committee, which held its first […]

Scam-proof your doorstep

Nowadays, you can encounter a scam artist just about anywhere – online, over the phone and even at your door. Here are a few ruses that might come  knocking, and tips to avoid getting taken: Home repair scams Someone offers to do yardwork or make repairs in or around your home. You want to save […]

Gun control doesn’t mean control of guns

In light of the recent shooting tragedies at the Grand 16 theatre in Lafayette last month and the killing of a Jennings teen last week, residents of Jeff Davis Parish are feeling the heat of the gun control debate. Of course this rhetoric is no mystery to our parish, as second amendment rights are easily […]

Scams ringing phones off hooks

If your phone number is one of the more than 217 million numbers on the Do Not Call Registry, you’ve taken action to stop most unwanted sales calls. The law allows political calls, calls from charitable organizations, informational calls, calls about debts you owe, and phone surveys, as well as calls from companies you’ve done […]

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