Category archives for: Editorial

Have fun, but be safe at Regatta

The public is anxiously awaiting the arrival of this year’s Regatta, an event  that always offers a good time for attendees. More and more people have been traveling to the small town of Lake Arthur each year thanks to the draw of the festival, which has steadily grown in entertainment and popularity since its return. […]

Citizenship requires knowledge

Louisiana’s public high school students will have to take the same civics exam as immigrants who seek U.S. citizenship. The bill (House Bill 34), sponsored by Sen. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, received final passage with a 39-0 Senate vote Monday and heads to the governor. Supporters of the bill said high school students often have little […]

Enjoy the great outdoors this month

Mother Nature is being celebrated across the country, including in Louisiana, this June. Since 1998, June has been recognized as National Great Outdoors Month, and this year is no exception. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and President Barack Obama are just two leaders who signed proclamations in support of the month-long initiative. As Obama stated in […]

Ins. commissioner urges storm preparedness

If a tropical storm severely damaged your roof, would you know how much you were responsible for paying out of pocket? Would your insurance cover your flooded living room? Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is advising insurance policyholders to know the answers to these types of questions before a storm threatens this hurricane season. The Louisiana […]

Without community newspapers, small towns disintegrate

This small-town newspaper has reported the happenings of Jeff Davis Parish for nearly 120 years. From births, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and obituaries to world wars, hurricanes, crimes; depressions and 20 presidential inaugurations. And let’s not forget all the countless goings-on in between: elections and swearing-in ceremonies; families coming home to visit and residents traveling by […]

Equal work, qualifications deserve equal pay

It’s disappointing that in 2015, Louisiana Republicans shot down a bill that would prohibit a “distinction in compensation” because of an employee’s gender. It outlined a course for legal action for workers who claim to be underpaid. The provisions would apply only to employers with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time employees. It allowed […]

Knowing La. heat, fan drive needs support

Louisiana’s weather is notoriously unpredictable. Just last week we had a small cool snap while this week has brought storms and steam. The heat is no exception and we all know that our late springs – and especially summers – can be unbearable. Many of us in good health have experienced a variety of problems […]

Take advantage of early hurricane prep

Louisiana is no stranger to devastating storms. We all know that preparing for possible natural disasters is a must in this area. In some ways, there is no way to prepare, such as with the monstrous storms and flooding plaguing our neighbors in Texas. More often than not, though, Louisiana knows when a serious or […]

Share club news with JDP

Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) boasts several active civic and student clubs that aim to serve the community, and these groups stay busy throughout the year working hard on a variety of causes. Whether raising funds to help underprivileged individuals, volunteering at community events, educating the public on important issues or sponsoring and encouraging family activities, […]

Our freedom was paid for in blood

“As I approach the gates of Heaven; St. Peter I will tell, “One more soldier reporting, sir; I’ve served my time in hell.” Mark Anthony Gresswell Can any one person truly fathom all the costs of war? Should we simply say many have given their lives and offer no more thought? This world is not […]

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