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Happy Father’s Day

Too often, great men are overlooked or under-appreciated; many times, these men are fathers or father-figures. Society puts much emphasis on the men who shirk responsibility and care of their children, but seldom does society show admiration for the many men who have helped to mold us into the people we are today. Dads, grandfathers, […]

There is no excusing hatred, ignorance

Our hearts are heavy as we continue to grieve with the rest of the nation for the nine innocent people murdered in Charleston, SC, in an apparent hate crime. So many of us spend time each week in our area churches, gathered for Bible studies, prayer groups and family activities. We never expect horror to […]

Film tax credits need tweaking

You often have to spend money to make money, but it’s time for Louisiana to focus on the money it has instead of what it hopes to one day bank. For the past several years, Louisiana has been attracting Hollywood, mostly thanks to state film tax credits. The state is attracting blockbusters, too: “The Twilight […]

Take advantage of NFIP hotline

As Tropical Storm Bill soaks an already waterlogged Texas, it’s a reminder that hurricane season can bring great surprises. Many in this area depend on National Flood Insurance coverage to protect their homes and belongings in the event of a disaster, and a special hotline has been set up this storm season to answer insurance […]

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 […]

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