Opinion

It’s the little things

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Every Sunday morning my husband and I attend church. It is important to us. It draws us closer to God and each other. The best Sundays are when we have the boys and we all sit together as a family. It is something I look forward to all week long. Sitting together in church as a family brings a sense of togetherness and closeness. So I was surprised this past Sunday when Jay said we were not going to church. Instead, as a family, we went to watch and participate in the send off of the 527th Engineer Battalion. This group of 150 National Guardsmen and women left Sunday for a year-long de ployment as part of Operations Spartan Shield, Freedom’s Sentinel and Inherent Resolve.

UP Clerk of Court dedicated public servant

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Politicians can disappoint you and they often do. Union Parish Clerk of Court Dodi Eubanks is not one of those, probably because she is not a politician. Dodi has integrity and is quiet, efficient, non-controversial and unassuming. I have watched her grow professionally from the time she began as a deputy clerk many years ago. Smart and hardworking, she is a dedicated public servant and has done an outstanding job as our clerk of court.

Free money is not free

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America has been in the throws of a worldwide pandemic for 13 months. Disease and death have become constant. We went on a nation-wide shutdown that led to initial calls of American xenophobia and later became the national standard for countries around the world.

Does empowering women to run for office harm men?

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We wouldn’t be where we are without our husbands, brothers, fathers, sons and male friends in our lives. However, there are two all-too-common myths that persist here in the boot among our gentlemen friends. The first myth is that women can’t be mothers and elected officials at the same time. The second is that by supporting women, men are somehow devalued.

Winter is “snow” fun

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Like me, I am sure that you have spent the last couple of days staring at an amazingly beautiful winter wonderland. This is the second snow of 2021 for us here in North Louisiana and that in itself is a miracle. In order for us to get snow, the weather conditions have to be perfect and personally I believe depends on the number of whispered “please let it snow” prayers from school children all over Louisiana.

Welcome to Florida BUT leave your politics where you came from

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The title of this article references Florida, but is also associated with Texas and any other freedom loving non-regulated state that enjoys low taxes and unencumbered growth. As we witness what is happening within our great nation the questions must be how do we handle the successes and what should be done with the shortfalls or failures of state and local governments.

What’s happened to freedoms in America?

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Most Americans agree on the importance of safeguarding basic freedoms protected by the constitution. But here’s where it gets a little murky. Do we have to give up certain of these freedoms to be safe and secure? The current and past presidents, one Democrat and one Republican, think that there are tradeoffs, and that individual freedoms have to be compromised for the sake of security. In order to combat crime and terrorism, they say, it is necessary for the government to take away certain freedoms and civil rights.

UGH proud to be a vaccine provider

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Union General Hospital is proud to be actively working to immunize citizens around the area. As of January 29, we have given 427 vaccine shots and have had 116 individuals complete the two-shot regimen.

Look at what is happening

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America is at a crossroads. A contradiction between two alien philosophies of how a country should be administered serves to divide the greatest nation the world has ever witnessed.