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Keep ethics rules in place

When people hear the term “lobbyists,” they often picture an individual wooing politicians on behalf of big business or an industry in order to sway policy. People believe elected officials should make the best decisions possible without needing anything in return. According to the state Legislative Auditor’s office, between 2002-2006, Public Service Commission’s (PSC) members, […]

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Most high school athletes would give anything for the chance to play in a major college sports program, namely the LSUs, Alabamas and Mississippi States of the SEC when it comes to playing collegiate baseball. However, an interesting story, and quite admirable one at that, was discovered recently when a high school pitcher from Lafayette […]

People being punished in politicians’ games

Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging Congress to keep the Medicaid expansion program intact as they work to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to the Associated Press. Louisiana’s Democratic governor sent a letter Tuesday to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders. In it, he says he has “serious concern” with the GOP health […]

Say a prayer for Gracie

While this space is often used to discuss current issues or happenings, a situation sometimes takes place that reminds you of the most important things in life. Today, instead of talking about the state budget, bickering on Capitol Hill or the problems plaguing society, let’s talk about seven-year-old Acadia Parish resident Gracie Zaunbrecher. Gracie is […]

Program changes enable more families to access child care assistance

The Louisiana Department of Education recently announced changes to the eligibility requirements for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which provides federal funds to help low-income families pay for child care while working or attending school or training. The changes enable more working families in Louisiana to access child care assistance. The new eligibility requirements, […]

Some march, some work

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), meant to be a global type of holiday that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Most people likely wonder why such a day is necessary in 2017. IWD actually began about 106 years ago – undoubtedly a time when women were barred from doing anything […]

Millenials’ lifestyle bringing health concerns

Just in time for the kickoff of March, which is also Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute revealed alarming news: Such cancer rates are on the rise among American Millenials and Gen X’ers. By looking at a government registry of cancer diagnoses, scientists found that those […]

Doing away with distracted driving

The evidence is clear: Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Removing one’s eyes from the road for mere seconds can have dangerous repercussions, contributing to accidents, injury or even death. Distraction.gov, the United States government’s official website for Distracted Driving, states that, in 2014, 3,179 […]

Ash Wednesday begins Lenten season

Catholics around the area will now focus their attention to the 40-day period known as lent. Ash Wednesday marks the onset of the 40-day period of fasting and abstinence. Also known as the “Day of Ashes”, so called because on that day, Catholic faithful have their heads marked with ashes in the shape of a […]

Celebrate safely

Many have been celebrating Mardi Gras for a few weeks but the biggest celebrations in towns and homes will take place over the next several days. Mardi Gras is perhaps one of the biggest party holidays in Southwest Louisiana and with that comes danger. The biggest danger usually stems from free-flowing alcohol and, in other […]

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