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Medicaid changes should be carefully weighed

Louisiana is developing a proposal to impose work requirements on certain adult Medicaid recipients, as the Trump administration announced Thursday it will allow states to enact such provisions. The details of what Louisiana is crafting — and how many low-income people in Louisiana’s $12.5 billion Medicaid program it would affect — aren’t clear. Gov. John […]

Save a life this month

Millions of Americans would die each year if not for those willing to donate blood. January is National Blood Donor Awareness month, and there is generally a shorter supply of blood during the winter months. About one in seven people in the U.S. entering a hospital are in need of blood and about 39,000 units […]

Don’t let this NYE be your last

New Year’s Eve is one of the most popular party days of the year. As the clock ticks down toward a new year, revelers across the globe raise glasses of champagne in celebration of what’s to come. Such celebrations are a staple of the holiday season but so, too, are accidents that result from excessive […]

Courts must uphold rights of all Americans

Former Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein are facing an estimated $135,000 judgement for citing religious beliefs when declining to make a wedding cake for Rachel and Lauren Bowman-Cryer. When looking at the facts of the case, though, it seems the Kleins are the ones ultimately being denied their rights. Five years ago, the […]

Blessing others is the real gift

Yet another Christmas has come and gone and judging by the long lines and crowds at stores all over, another profitable season has made people quite happy. But, as new toys, electronics and video games are flooding homes all over America, the question is, “How much is too much?” It is a great feeling to […]

Mobile pet shelter vital to storm-prone state

Last week, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner (LDAF) Mike Strain, D.V.M., unveiled a second mobile pet shelter for emergencies. This additional pet shelter was made possible through a $72,100 grant from the Banfield Foundation. As the commissioner pointed out, the floods of 2016 and 2017, as well as this year’s row with Hurricane […]

Who is going to be held accountable in Fenton?

Meetings were not documented. The village attorney was taking minutes instead of a clerk. Invoices for dozens of disbursements are missing. Over $2,000 was withdrawn from one account yet no one knows why. Payroll data was incorrect, aldermen received double payments in one month and the mayor received $15,000 more in pay than he should […]

Jennings native has captured national attention, admiration

On New Year’s Day, Travis Etienne, Jr. will get something of a homecoming when he and his Clemson Tigers play Alabama in the Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. However, the hype leading up to the game has began thanks to the media coverage Etienne is receiving on a national level. The […]

Expect the unexpected in Louisiana

Louisiana never knows what to expect during hurricane season, which is why beginning June 1 of every year, we prepare for potential storms. We should do the same during the winter months because as with hurricane season, we never know what to expect. Few of us in Southwest Louisiana expected to wake up to a […]

Another banner year for football in JDP

It’s hard to believe that just over 15 weeks ago, football season had officially began here in Louisiana with a Hurricane-stricken delay to the year. Like it normally does before a blink of an eye, it comes to an end. However, this year it will end with a team from Jeff Davis Parish playing in […]

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