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Spread diabetes awareness, support

November is National Diabetes Month, a time to not only educate ourselves on the types of diabetes affecting society, but also learn how we can better care for our bodies in hopes of avoiding certain types of diabetes. It is a serious illness that so many in our community, from children to the elderly, live […]

Public invited to thank veterans

Without our veterans, our nation would be nothing. Some of our veterans have seen the atrocities of war. They have gone into strange lands with unfamiliar cultures to defend our nation and seek justice. They watched friends give their lives for the sake of others. They saw more bloodshed than the average human can imagine. […]

Who should control tribal recognition?

A Republican proposal to let only Congress decide whether American Indian tribes deserve federal recognition threatens the legitimacy of hundreds of tribes and would add delay to what was long a broken system, an Obama administration official said Wednesday. The comments came as a House committee considered legislation to block the administration’s recent overhaul of […]

Play it safe this Halloween

Ghosts, goblins, witches and werewolves will be out and about knocking on doors this evening in celebration of All Hallows Eve … better know as Halloween. Halloween is traditionally a time of childish pranks and attempts to scare the wits out of friends and neighbors. But, nothing can be more frightening than a real life […]

Parish’s voter turnout was embarassing

This newspaper has heard every complaint possible regarding Jeff Davis Parish (JDP) and usually, the complaints come from people blaming elected officials for the problems in our communities. However, if this past Saturday’s gubernatorial primary elections are any indication, the people are equally responsible for a lack of needed progress and change. In a race […]

Is it a fair fine?

If you ever allowed your auto insurance to lapse but never had to pay a fee to the state office of motor vehicles (OMV), your bill might be on its way. The OMV announced this week that it had mailed about 1.2 million letters to drivers with lapsed insurance. The OMV is trying to recoup […]

Why optimism about the US economy’s strength has dimmed

Consumers, fueled by job growth, cheaper gas and higher home values, would drive the U.S. economy through a global slump. That was the widespread hope just a few months ago. Now, doubts are growing that the United States can withstand economic pressures flowing from overseas. Economies in China, Canada, Brazil and Europe are struggling. Canada, […]

Equality raises talk of revamping draft

If women want to be treated as complete equals with men in the US military, they may soon find themselves required to register for the draft. During a three-day meeting and exposition of the Association of the US Army at the Walter E. Washington center in D.C., Army Secretary John McHugh rightly pointed out the […]

More struggle for SS, Medicare recipients

Older Americans got a double dose of bad news Thursday: There will be no cost-of-living increase in Social Security benefits next year, and Medicare bills are set to soar for many. It’s just the third time in 40 years that Social Security payments will remain flat. All three times have come since 2010. The annual […]

House numbers vital in emergencies

House numbers are not only convenient for finding addresses but necessary for emergency responders to locate those in need. When responding to an emergency, minutes matter, so be sure that fire, ambulance, and police personnel can easily and quickly find your address. Though officials and emergency personnel often ask the public to make sure their […]

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