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Traffic deaths up, safety encouraged

Traffic deaths are on the rise, and experts fear the trend will continue. “While the statistics point out a dangerous trend, we have the ability to influence outcomes through our choices and behavior,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC). “Take your responsibilities behind the wheel seriously and ensure […]

Choosing a 2016 Medicare plan

The Medicare Annual Election Period (AEP) runs through December 7. Medicare is a critical source of health care for millions of Americans, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sets this time for people to select and make changes to their plans each year. As AEP continues, the old adage “good health is […]

Choose a leader

Thank goodness Saturday, Election Day, is almost here and gone. After all, those attack ads are becoming quite redundant and muddy. Still, we have a duty to our communities, state and even country to choose the next governor of Louisiana. Current leader Gov.  Bobby Jindal has headed the state for eight years, so Louisiana is […]

HIV/AIDS still a big part of society

It’s not a disease that sees as much media attention as it once did, but actor Charlie Sheen’s announcement Tuesday morning that he is HIV positive has people talking about HIV/AIDS again. Thanks to advancements in medicine and research, HIV/AIDS is no longer the death sentence it was known as in the 1980s and 1990s. […]

Thanksgiving grocery costs stable this year

Bird flu took a bite out of the turkey supply. Heavy rain washed out the pumpkin crop. Yet Thanksgiving groceries likely won’t cost Americans much more than last year, and nobody should have to miss gobbling down their favorite holiday foods. The holiday season perennially generates stories about some items being in short supply or […]

Deck the halls safely

Decking the halls for the holidays is a beloved tradition for many families. A home’s exterior festooned with lights help create a festive holiday mood, while stockings hung by the chimney and a Christmas tree in the living room bring that holiday cheer inside. Though the holiday season is a festive time of year, it […]

Thank you, veterans

“Damn the wars but bless the soldier.” – T.L. Moffitt On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11 […]

November focuses on adoption

November is National Adoption Month and this year’s nationwide campaign focuses on the adoption of older youth currently in foster care, with the theme “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family.” This theme calls attention to our nation’s population of older youth in foster care who need loving, permanent families. Youth ages 15 to 18 […]

Edwards thrives with Dardenne’s added support

It looks as though things are falling neatly into place for Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards, with the announcement by Lt. Gov.  and GOP member Jay Dardenne he was publicly backing Edwards in favor of Republican Sen. David Vitter. Dardenne said his decision was predicated on Vitter’s “misleading” attack against Edwards, while the long-time […]

Half of black millennials know victim of police violence

More than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says. The information, from the “Black Millennials in America” report issued by the Black Youth Project at the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, reflects […]

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