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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 […]

State Police discontinue mailed crash reports

The Louisiana State Police announced this week that they will soon be discontinuing the practice of mailing out crash reports for vehicle accidents. Starting June 1, if you’re in an accident investigated by troopers, you’ll have to hit the Web to buy your crash report or go to your local Troop Headquarters in person. Crash […]

Help prevent child abuse

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect while creating 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 […]

Don’t play games with our money

It is a shame that with so many of us suffering today, our high-ranking politicians are still making money off of the working man’s back. More and more stories are coming out of state capitols and our nation’s headquarters about massive budget cuts and layoffs that are needed to make the system work. But the […]

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