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Consider giving life

April is designated as National Donate Life Month in support of organ donation, and we hope if you have not already committed to give life one day, you will consider doing so. According to government data, an average of 75 people receive organ transplants each day. Sadly, an average of 21 people die every single […]

Cigarette tax hike a possibility this session

Louisiana’s health advocacy groups see an opportunity this legislative session to get a long-sought cigarette tax hike in a state that has one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the country. As lawmakers look to raise new money to plug a $1.6 billion budget hole, at least 10 tobacco tax measures have been filed for […]

All law enforcement need body cameras

Kudos to the Jennings Police Department (JPD) for making the decision to outfit on-duty officers with body cameras. JPD Chief Todd D’Albor made the announcement in Wednesday’s edition of the Jennings Daily News, explaining equipment has been ordered and that the department is waiting on delivery and setup. Perhaps the best part of the chief’s […]

Strain: Hire licensed horticulture professionals

It’s that time of year when people will be working in their yards and doing some landscaping. While many find that work rewarding, Louisiana Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., is urging Louisiana homeowners to use only licensed landscape horticulturists, arborists and landscape irrigation contractors when there is a need to hire out […]

Veterans suffering under current system

America’s Armed Forces operate with precision and effectiveness and when an order is given, the men and women in uniform answer quickly. They do not delay or expect those in need to fare well under extended wait times. So it is certainly a shame that our veterans are still waiting for Veterans Affairs (VA) to […]

Community improvement requires community involvement

All too often, it seems the public expects officials and elected leaders to fix every problem a community encounters. We blame the mayor when people allow their yards and homes to become unruly or a hazard. We get angry at law enforcement because criminals continue to break laws. We blame the police jury if our […]

State needs to get taxes from companies, too

When U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy hosted a town hall meeting in Jennings on April 2, while discussing corporate tax benefits, he brought up 2010, the year General Electric (GE’s) had a federal tax bill of zero dollars thanks to exemptions and breaks. GE’s profits that year? A cool $5.1 billion in America and $14.2 billion […]

Certain revenge-seekers could see new penalties

Louisiana is finally joining other states in seeking justice for “nonconsensual disclosure of a private image,” a term more regularly referred to in society as “revenge porn.” Current Louisiana law penalizes individuals who take nude photos or videos of people without consent. However, there is currently no criminal penalty under Louisiana law for disseminating illegally […]

Be blessed this Easter

While New Year’s is typically the holiday known for new beginnings, in every sense, Easter truly represents restoration, new life after death. For most, Easter Sunday is the culmination of a spiritual season that represents the battle with the flesh and its ultimate fate, death. One dark day, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, took responsibility for […]

Smoke alarms vital to every home

The Associated Press reported New Orleans officials are launching a data-driven effort to reduce fire deaths in the city by zeroing in on neighborhoods where buildings are least likely to have smoke alarms and most likely to have a fire fatality. Under the initiative announced Tuesday, the city will identify those areas then conduct a […]

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