Opinion

A brokered convention

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Presidential conventions are looming in front of us. One convention’s outcome, the Republican convention, has been decided. Unless something totally extraordinary happens between now and convention time, Presidential Donald Trump will be nominated. There will a convention, but it will be lacking the drama of the Democratic convention. There will be speeches and there will be enthusiasm but the decision of who will represent the Republican party will be an anti-climax.

Sunshine week sheds light on govt.

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Most of us prefer sunshine. It’s rare to hear someone say, “That was a nice, cloudy day.” We’re invigorated by a glorious sunrise and spend hours outdoors on brilliantly sunny days. As John Denver so succinctly sang, “Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.” In journalism, the reference to sunshine takes on an equally important meaning. Each year in March, news media organizations across the country celebrate Sunshine Week. We take this time to highlight the importance of transparency in our government, and we underscore the vital work our journalists do to fight for access to records that shed light on government activity. The Sunshine Act and the Right to Know Law are Pennsylvania’s primary public access laws. These laws guarantee the public’s right to access government information at public meetings and through public records. Open access to meetings and records is fundamental to the public’s ability to understand government actions and hold officials accountable. Access to public information is essential for journalists to accurately report about what your elected officials are doing and how it will impact your life. Otherwise, you will not be informed about the decisions made by your local government, and you will be kept in the dark. As we celebrate Sunshine Week, on behalf of newspapers across the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association will continue to advocate for more access to essential information from all levels of government. We are advocating for three key transparency issues. One, for public agencies to record executive sessions. Two, for requiring agencies to provide agendas in advance of meetings so the public can attend and participate in issues that matter to them. Three, for keeping public notices in newspapers, so you know what’s going on in your community and have a chance to participate in a decision before it’s made. Much like how sunlight has a healthy and positive effect on our lives, the sunshine that journalists provide has the same crucial and beneficial impact on good governance. As we commemorate this Sunshine Week, we urge you to reflect on the vital impact your local journalists have on you and your community, and we encourage you to remind your elected officials about the importance of transparency. This way, the sun will continue to shine and keep all of us happy.

The Alabama Landing, Part 1

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In 1541-1542, Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto’s expedition included the first white men to explore this particular area of north Louisiana. They had traveled throughout mid-America from the Mobile, AL, starting point and, in time, to south Arkansas and north Louisiana. Expedition journals record they spent the winter of 1541 at an Indian village somewhere within the area of what’s now known as Camden, AR

Time to unite – get rid of the politics

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America is gripped in the horror of a major biological catastrophe and it is time to unite as one people and throw away political ideologies to combat and vanquish the dirty little bug that threatens the world.

A four-quarter fix

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You don’t put on a tuxedo to go to McDonalds and you don’t get on an airplane to visit your neighbor across the street. It would be silly to take such grand steps to accomplish something quite simple.

La. DA uses program to fund his foundation

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This is part 6 in a multi-part series about questionable behavior in Calcasieu Parish, reprinted from The Washington Post. The L.A.C.E. program is statewide and has been criticized and found to have many issues all across the state.

Socialist Democrat

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Anyone watching the Democratic debate last week may feel amused at the way the Democratic candidates tore into each other. In earlier debates it was like a group of canines walking around sizing each other out; sniffing and touching noses and being very cautious of each other. Now, think of the Caucus in Nevada as being a big piece of raw steak being tossed into the middle of the pack and suddenly the fangs came out and the animals tore into each other. The only winner in the debate was the big wolf sitting at the edge of the pit eating a wellcooked steak, President Donald Trump. The loser of the debate was the Democratic party as it continued to splinter.

A tale of 2 rankings

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Two recent sets of rankings about Louisiana’s economy and business climate send mixed messages about how attractive the state is to companies that want to invest here. Or do they? Sometimes you have to dig a little deeper to sort it out.

It's time to heal America

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Needless to say our country is in a real dilemma. The democrats and republicans don’t even speak to each other and when they do the dialogue is venomous and full of negativity. It’s amazing that the congress of the United States is able to pass any laws much less move a mighty nation forward. It is the resilience of the population that is ensuring that America remains the greatest nation in the history of the world.