Category archives for: Editorials

‘Dry drowning’ stories are inaccurate

Despite what ongoing viral videos and stories would have you believe, death after swimming is extremely rare and is not known as “dry drowning.” Some of these stories have utilized incorrect terms such as “delayed drowning” or “secondary drowning” to describe the deaths of children who died several hours to days after swimming. These stories […]

Shopping in Louisiana is expensive

Louisiana charges the third-highest average sales tax in the country, according to a national review of rates released by the Tax Foundation. The Tax Foundation, a Washington-based, independent tax policy nonprofit, reported that Louisiana remains one of the top taxers in the country, with combined state and local sales tax rates averaging slightly more than […]

Are police ambush killings now part of society?

Wednesday morning, New York City police officer Miosotis Familia was ambushed and killed while sitting inside an RV command station. The policewoman was killed simply because of her chosen profession. What could be sadder than that fact is that the murder was not especially surprising. It seems police ambush killings have become a chilling yet […]

Be cautious in Louisiana heat

A couple of things you can bet on in Southwest Louisiana are the heat and humidity. The winters seem to only get milder as time goes on and during the summer, well, Mother Nature can be somewhat brutal. One problem that plagues locals during July is heat stroke, which can strike even the healthiest of […]

Too harsh on Mainieri?

Well, another year has come and gone in Omaha and LSU’s Paul Mainieri still has yet to raise a crown since winning one in 2009 at the old Rosenblatt Stadium. However, programs like Florida, Florida State and other powers have yet to ever win a championship (Florida won their first this year), showing just how […]

Free speech does not quiet others

HB269 would have allowed Louisiana colleges and universities to bar students from demonstrating against controversial speakers that are appearing on campus. Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoed the bill on Tuesday. The supposed “free speech” bill was an answer to colleges that saw heated protests and riots against certain campus speakers’ public appearances, most notably highly […]

It could happen to you

Since 1994, 804 children have died from heat-related illnesses in cars in the United States, according to Kids and Cars, an advocacy center that conducts research on car-related dangers surrounding child. An average of 37 children die each year after being left in a vehicle. Undoubtedly, there have been cases where parents intentionally left a […]

Less students dream of following in teachers’ footsteps

This week, the Jeff Davis Parish School Board declared several areas of critical shortage for the 2017-2018 school year. Some of these areas include administration, special education, 7-12 mathematics, science and Spanish, just to name a few. Superintendent of Schools Kirk Credeur commented that far less students are pursuing careers as educators. In fact, he […]

Back where they belong in Omaha

What a wonderful week to be a Tiger fan if you like baseball. Another year, another trip back to TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha for the College World Series (CWS). After a heart-stopping first game in the NCAA Super Regional best-of-three series against SEC rival Mississippi State, the Tiger bats, and everyone wearing purple and […]

Check the expiration date

During the weekend, a police report from Jeff Davis Parish began making its rounds on social media, urging residents to be on the lookout for a vehicle whose occupants might be attempting to kidnap or harm unsuspecting children. Naturally, alarmed citizens began sharing this story in hopes of alerting friends and relatives of the potential […]

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