Commentary

Wed
10
Feb

Pilgrim Reflections

Just call me “old school.”

Yes, you can call me that or “out-of-touch”. . .or “ultra-conservative”. . .or some kind of “phobic” about this-or-that because I don’t like what’s happening in America.

But, that’s okay: for, at the end of the day, I’m still an American through-and-through who still believes we should say “One nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance—with our hand over our hearts or saluting if a military member.

Believe it or not, I sometimes still get goosebumps when I hear or sing the Star-Spangled Banner. . .or hear Taps playing. . .or hear a 21-gun salute at the funeral of a veteran.

 

 

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Wed
20
Jan

Spirit of Northwestern members take part in virtual college marching band show

The Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band was well represented in a virtual college marching band show that debuted during the College Football Playoff National Championship game earlier this week.

Seventeen members of the band took part including members of the Demon Dazzlers who were featured during the video that is available on Facebook.

Participants from the Spirit of Northwestern were drum majors Jacob St. Pierre of Laplace, Chloe Farrar of Bossier City, and Abby Kent of Benton, Ben Wilkinson of Bossier City on trumpet, Eric Renova of Mesquite, Texas, on clarinet, Daniel Scott of Benton on saxophone, Austin Pierre of Gray on tenor drums and Caroline Shephard of Frisco, Texas on bass drum. 

 

 

 

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Wed
20
Jan

Letter to the Editor GOAT as Mayor

Sent in by Linda Hall of Dodson

The year 2020 was a tough year in so many ways. Hurricanes and power outages. Seems the list is long. We pray 2021 be better, yet the signs do look bleaks. I know this personally too.

Here in Dodson, we have a bright spot. He truly does not know it and never dare to admit it. He is our mayor Ritchie Broomfield. I have never faced a problem big or small he could not solve and did it. Not a list to do – he knows.

As a widow – I forgot how to start the generator. I called Ritchie on how to do it. In less than five minutes he and his helper was at my door. He must have a battery like an Energizer cause he goes and works.

Plue he truly loves our town! Cause it sure shows by his actions. I guess he works 80 hours a week. I never heard him complain. Safe to say 98 percent folks here love and respect him. It would be hard not to.

 

 

Wed
06
Jan

Don Fritz

Don Fritz

Don Fritz, 82 years of age, Winnfield, LA died on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at Rapids Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, LA. He was born February 25, 1938 in Adams, Nebraska to the late Homer and Nora Fritz. His career encompassed serving 20 years in the Air Force, working in a VA Hospital, being Director in the National Cemetery System, and finishing up with working in Funeral Homes as an attendant. He was serious about serving others.

Midwestern values were instilled in him at a young age and they carried him through his entire life. He was hard-working, dependable, reliable, and supportive to those who needed him. Always.

Don was a life-long Cornhusker fan watching the games whenever he could.

He was an amazing story-teller – entertaining others in detail about events from throughout his life experiences.

Wed
23
Sep

It’s Okay to Ask, “How Long, O Lord?”

When the COVID-19 virus first hit the headlines, it seemed we didn’t know what to think. Once we were bombarded with headlines and mandates, we were afraid to think about what we were afraid of. Now that many places are opening up, there is still a lot of uncertainty, and we don’t know what to think. We had hoped this situation would go away in a short time, but one constant theme throughout this pandemic has been, “How long?” How long will it last? How long must we wear masks? How long will businesses be closed? How long before a vaccine is found? The longer we wait, the more plaintive our “How longs” get.

Wed
23
Sep

Letter to the Editor

Carolyn Gray, Manager /TAC Real Estate, LLC

All of us at Shady Lane Srs. Apartment appreciate the Mona and all the others at the Winn Parish Library Team who have big hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
02
Sep

How Labor Day Was Established

How Labor Day Was Established

To many Americans, Labor Day marks the end of the summer, a day off from work and school, and one last chance to relax. But Labor Day is much more than just a day off. It represents a very important victory for laborers everywhere. The holiday is a celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers.

 

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Wed
10
Jun

When You Come to a Knife in the Road

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Diet and Exercise. Diet and Exercise. This has been the mantra of the wellness sector for years. Better to stay well through self discipline than to battle any illness resultant from being a couch potato who eats too much pizza and donuts.

I’ve got a friend who has been walking on a regular basis for years. He told me his exercise routine was not so much for right now (he was about 40 at the time) but for when he gets to be 80. He doesn’t want to lack the mobility he saw in his father.

I thought this was a great idea but didn’t get around to it until a couple of years ago, inspired by Diane who had begun walking with a friend. I mapped out a route up and down the hills of our neighborhood, through the parking lot of the old Autumn Leaves and back to the house. One mile. We’d walk it twice on nice days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
26
Feb

~ Letter to Editor ~

Dear Editor,

The dedication of all prayer warriors is needed to spread the word about some VERY important events that are taking place for the pro-life movement in just a few days. The Justice Foundation of America, which works tirelessly to help women and stop the harm of abortion, is asking YOU, the people of God, to rise up through prayer and through action.

There is hope.

Will you pray with us now? Please pray for the reversal of Roe v. Wade and the Court’s other abortion cases. Please pray that the 4,660 testimonies of Women Injured by Abortion, including Norma McCorvey (the former “Roe” of Roe v. Wade) and Sandra Cano (the former “Doe” of Doe v. Bolton, the companion case to Roe) – who both came to publicly oppose abortion – will be read and “heard” by the Court.

 

 

 

Wed
18
Sep

Letter to the Editor

The purpose for this notification is to make the many Christ loving men and women of Winn, Jackson and surrounding parishes aware of a real need and truly just cause, in our community. My lifelong home (Winn), is in decline and has been for many years. It’s clear for anyone to see. Our greatest resource, our children, have had to leave here in search of meaningful employment. We are losing many of our best and brightest and most talented young people to other cities because of the opportunity that exists in those places, and this fact is not likely to change. As a parent and grandparent I am proud and glad that our loved ones can move to better places to raise our future generations. It saddens me though, that many of our local citizens don’t live within short driving distances of their loved ones and only get to communicate by phone or electronically. But back to my point, crime, drugs, and lawlessness is on the rise. Our moral society is at risk.

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