Category archives for: Editorial

Overgrown grass brings many problems

Each summer, governing bodies across the parish are inundated with complaints from citizens regarding overgrown grass on private properties. Unfortunately, most of these complaints must be made because some residents choose to ignore ordinances or the condition of their property. In some cases, there are valid reasons why a yard or abandoned lot has become […]

Back to school already?

A new school year is just weeks away and educators and parents are starting to prepare. This year, the Jennings Daily News (JDN) is hoping to help ease the burden of tracking down supply lists and important dates as parents and guardians ready students. In the upcoming Thursday, July 16 edition, readers can find our […]

Smokers feeling heat in Louisiana

Smokers across the state are still adjusting to a new cigarette tax that has added 50 cents to each pack or $5 to cartons. Several years ago the state enacted strict no-smoking laws that cut puffing in restaurants and public buildings, but now cities and towns are taking those steps even further. New Orleans recently […]

Enforcement, awareness needed to curtail littering

Welsh Garden Club members have asked officials in the town to increase and enforce littering fines in hopes of keeping the area clean. Maybe it is time all areas of Jeff Davis Parish started enforcing littering laws and fines. It is simply lazy to drop trash wherever one feels inclined, and it is also lazy […]

Public needs to be more involved in community matters

A number of meetings are held regularly each month across Jeff Davis Parish that include towns and city councils, school board and police jury, just to name a few. Each meeting has a concrete schedule, such as the first Tuesday of each month or the third Thursday of each month, and always begins at the […]

Farewell, friend

This past week, Jennings said goodbye to one of its greatest friends, Tom Precht. Jennings and Jeff Davis Parish were so blessed to have someone like Tom on our team. In everything he did, he gave 110 percent, even as his health began failing in recent years. He never stopped smiling or believing that by […]

Remember the reason for freedom

Independence Day is one of those holidays when we often take the history of the event for granted. We get all excited about a long weekend, a day off of work or getting together with the family for a big barbecue. All of this is great, but the holiday itself means a whole lot more. […]

Be safe this weekend

It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – fireworks, a backyard barbecue, maybe a trip to the beach. Whatever people have planned, the American Red Cross wants them to enjoy their holiday and has steps they can follow to be safe. • Fireworks. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks […]

Fireworks harder on those with health issues

July Fourth fireworks fill the skies across the nation with more than sparkling bursts of color. They spew pollution, too. A study of 315 locations around the country found that the holiday explosions temporarily boosted the levels of airborne microscopic particles that can pose a health risk. At 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on July […]

Let’s move on

The Supreme Court’s majority decision to nationally legalize marriages of same sex couples was inevitable. Regardless of any one person’s beliefs on the matter, it was obvious in recent years that the issue was gaining support and would one day soon gain passage, especially since our highest court currently consists of a liberal majority. This […]

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