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Weighing the pros and cons of TED

With as many stories as the Jennings Daily News has reported regarding the Welsh Police Department’s (WPD) Traffic Enforcement Detail (TED) program, it’s time we give an opinion on the matter: Give TED a chance, but with restrictions. The Welsh Board of Aldermen and the WPD have argued on the matter since 2006, both with […]

Strokes can strike anyone

May is National Stroke Awareness month and the National Stroke Association (NSA) is reminding people that even the smallest efforts matter when it comes to stroke prevention. National Stroke Awareness Month has taken place this month since May 1989, when President George Bush, Sr., designated the event at the urging of the NSA. Since then, […]

Relay for Life is bittersweet

Attending the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life can be a very powerful and emotional experience. Everyone we know and everyone you know has been touched by cancer in some way. The reason Relay is so powerful is because, sadly, we can all share in it somehow. A truly monumental amount of work goes into […]

SWLA gets high marks for air quality

Louisiana’s air quality has been steadily improving, and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has data to show the entire state meets the one-hour and 1997 eight-hour federal standards for ozone. In the newly released 2011 “State of the Air” report, distributed annually by the American Lung Association, no Louisiana cities or parishes were listed […]

Sex assault victims need local voice

Television shows and news stories do no justice to highlight the impact sexual assault has on our communities until you look at the numbers. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual abuse organization in the country, sexual assault takes place every two minutes if you compare the time in […]

Arbor Day celebrates 139 years

This Friday is National Arbor day, celebrated annually throughout the nation and the world on the last Friday in April. The first Arbor Day was held in Nebraska City, Neb., in 1872, through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton, who proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for […]

How is “Easter egg” offensive?

There was an alleged story out of Oregon this week that found one public school changing the name of Easter eggs. To be politically correct, they decided to call them “egg spheres” or “spring spheres” instead. (We’ll put aside for a moment the idea that an egg would be considered a sphere, which is itself […]

Remember the meaning of Good Friday

Today, Christians around the world are reflecting on the life and death of Jesus Christ, who was tortured and crucified so that our sins can be forgiven. As we gather with friends and loved ones throughout this weekend, we should reflect on the true purpose of the Easter holiday. First of all, understand that Good […]

Look for autism signs early

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and that awareness is not easy. Autism is a very complex disability that comes in a variety of forms. In other words, it isn’t always easy to describe what autism is, and there doesn’t seem to be any single cause for it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

Factors contribute to well-being of children

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect and create strong communities to support children and families. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) website, increasing public awareness of the need to ensure the safety and welfare of children led to the […]

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