Opinion

Voting in person can make a difference

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Will elections ever be the same? From coast to coast, there is a great deal of controversy over mail in ballots as well as absentee voting. According to some projections, as many as 50 percent of voters will cast mail in ballots. And these ballots take a long time to count. A number of states don’t even begin ballot counting until election day. The ballots have to be verified, including signature comparisons. It could be weeks before final results are known in a number of states.

Difficult job well done

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Hurricane Laura hit north Louisiana recently and Union Parish was in its path. A category 1 hurricane this far north of the gulf is pretty much unheard of, but rain and wind from Laura tore through our area causing serious, debilitating damage.

Pretty trees, cute caves and weird ideas

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I remember countless concepts about writing imparted to me by the late Wiley Hilburn Jr., longtime head of the Louisiana Tech journalism department. In my journal that was required in his creative writing course I took as a sophomore, I carelessly described the trees outside the classroom window as “pretty.” “Never use ‘pretty’ as an adjective,” I remember him saying.

The vaccine is near

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The COVID 19 pandemic is bad, real bad. It has not only killed hundreds of thousands of humans but it has also had enormous negative impact on the world economy. Several months ago I stated that we would be in trouble until a vaccine is developed, manufactured, dispersed and used by the general population. That day is quickly approaching.

Empowering voters to make their vote count

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Each eligible voter should consider allowing their vote to speak loudly and mater-of-factly during the November election 2020. Voters have considerable power in their vote; to say who remain and who enters governmental office to serve the people.

Lake D’arBonne – coming of age

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In the early 1950s several businessmen from the Union Parish area sat together to discuss how to develop a project that at the time would have been considered to be an impossibility. Politicians were involved as well as other well established and well-respected businessmen. It was a small group but it represented much of the influence in the parish.

Storms of life

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If there is one thing I know for sure, life is not predictable. From the time we enter this world and take out first breaths, we set off on a journey that is somewhat out of our control. We can certainly control our choices and the way we choose to conduct our lives. However, there are always unknowns, surprises and twists and storms that we cannot foresee or control.