Category archives for: Editorial

The media is not responsible for society

Could “The Young and the Restless” or “General Hospital” be the reason for problems in America? You probably laugh, but in Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro believes his country’s telenovelas (soap operas) are spreading “anti-values” to young people. Monday, Venezuelan officials actually met with television heads to discuss possible violations of a 2004 law requiring “socially […]

Vitter to run for La. governor

Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be a candidate in Louisiana’s 2015 governor’s race, announcing his decision Tuesday in an email to supporters and immediately becoming the front-runner for the election. “I believe that as our next governor, I can have a bigger impact addressing the unique challenges and opportunities we face in Louisiana,” the […]

State Police acknowledge National AMBER Alert Awareness Day

Louisiana State Police joined the nation and acknowledged National AMBER Alert Awareness Day on Jan. 13, which the U.S. Department of Justice declared to increase awareness of the AMBER Alert program and encourage public engagement in the safe recovery of abducted children. The AMBER Alert program was named after the late Amber Hagerman. On Jan. […]

Follow the law and it won’t be a problem

This week, an area television station featured a report on the Welsh Police Department’s (WPD) upcoming use of camera-equipped radar guns to clock and ticket speeders. The move is part of the Traffic Enforcement Detail (TED) program the WPD conducts on Interstate 10 within town limits. When the report was posted online, hundreds of locals […]

Is cursing a reason to bring in authorities?

Did Nebraska officials go too far in placing a toddler and his 17 year-old mother in foster care? The pair was removed from their home after a video surfaced of adults cursing and taunting the two year-old boy. The adults continuously prompted the child to repeat curse words; curse at a chair he overturned; and […]

Help promote healthy highways

Imagine the public and official outcry that would result if twice a month during 2014, a jumbo jet crashed in the United States, killing 400 people aboard. If that highly unlikely scenario ever occurred, the total annual death toll would still be lower than that of the number of people killed each year in alcohol-related […]

Food companies cutting back on calories

Are you watching what you eat? According to a new study, some of the nation’s largest food companies are actually counting calories for us, as they’ve cut calories in their products by more than 6.4 trillion. The study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found between 2007 and 2012 the companies reduced their products’ […]

La. needs more online degree programs

Louisiana didn’t have a good showing in U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 ranking of online degree programs, with only four universities ranked in the top 200. However, the state’s poor representation on the list doesn’t necessarily mean Louisiana programs are lacking in quality. Instead, college administrators offered a number of reasons why Louisiana schools […]

Should teachers be disciplining or educating?

The Obama administration is issuing new recommendations on classroom discipline that seek to end the apparent disparities in how students of different races are punished for violating school rules. Civil rights advocates have long said that a “school-to-prison” pipeline stems from overly zealous school discipline policies targeting black and Hispanic students that bring them out […]

New prospects in 2014 for an immigration overhaul

President Barack Obama begins 2014 clinging to the hope of winning a lasting legislative achievement: an overhaul of immigration laws. In recent weeks, both Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have sent signals that raised expectations among overhaul supporters that 2014 could still yield the first comprehensive change in immigration laws in nearly three […]

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