Commentary

Wed
05
Sep

Choosing Between Homelessness and Abuse

By Stacey Rachel

It’s estimated that 1 in 4 women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. While the public often wonders why women don’t leave abusive partners, the answer can often be as simple as “And where would they go?” Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families nationwide, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Families that become homeless due to domestic violence often face challenges that other homeless populations may not have to confront,” said Trena Pruitt, DART’s Shelter Manager. “They may require critical safety measures, such as a confidential location, and it’s likely they will need trauma support. There is also the unfortunate reality that people sometimes stay with an abuser because they don’t have access to the money they need to get them into a safer situation.”

 

Wed
31
Jan

Tyrades! by Danny Tyree

By Tom Smith

 

They’ll do it every time. Whenever Joe Sixpack (or Joe’s congressman) gingerly raises the subject of hiring extra border guards, tweaking our broken system of monitoring work visas or fine-tuning our vetting of refugees from terrorist-infested countries, the cliche© knee-jerk responses are swift. Copycat editorial cartoonists, sanctimonious talk-show hosts and professional agitators bombard us with caricatures of an immigrant-loathing Statue of Liberty and parodies of Emma Lazarus’s 1883 sonnet “The New Colossus” (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”). Joe and his ilk are savagely branded as haters and xenophobes and violators of sacred promises.

 

But “The New Colossus” is not a covenant Moses brought down from Mount Sinai. It is not an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a landmark Supreme Court ruling, an executive order, a treaty, a trade pact or even a local zoning ordinance.

 

 

Wed
31
Jan

“Life’s Greatest Foundational Truth”

By Tom Smith

 

It’s the one on which everything else depends. Life’s greatest foundational Truth. In some ways I’ve always been interested in knowing what makes things (and people) tick. Not in a mechanical way—for I still remember tearing apart a small motor in my dad’s shop, not being able to put it back together and getting in trouble! No, my search for real, irrefutable, verifiable

Truth began at an early age. And, thankfully, even though quite young, I found that upon which everything hinges and what a difference it’s made in my life. “What might that be?” asks one in curiosity

 

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Wed
27
Dec

“2017 Ruminations”

by Tom Smith 

Well, here we are again. At the end of another year. Another 12 calendar pages torn off and a new calendar put in its place. That’s why it’s important that we spend some time “ruminating” over the past 365 days, remembering both the “good” and the “bad.”

Why is that?

Simply because it gives us an opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for His blessings. It also (hopefully) helps us learn from our mistakes because, as someone said,

“History has a way of repeating itself.”

 

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Wed
31
May

How The Legislature Got From There To Here

By Jeremy Alford 

Many lawmakers entered the Memorial Day weekend not thinking about backyard barbecues or dreaming about seaside resorts. Thoughts instead gravitated towards one question: “What in the hell is going on?”

With the regular session scheduled to end soon, as in next week, they weren’t the only ones. Others tracking the process — and even those ignoring it — would have been satisfied just to learn exactly how the Legislature got here, this place where important bills are somehow stalled in legislative purgatory and a complete meltdown is a likelihood.

Well, those with keen eyes received their first glimpse into the darkness of impasse on May 4, 2017. That’s when the Louisiana House of Representatives approved a skinny state budget without the meaty tax increases sought by the Governor’s Office and Senate leadership.

 

Wed
31
May

Summer Safety: Driver Distraction by Cell Phones and Texting, Part II

By Terry Driskill, MA, MA Licensed Professional Counselor 

Yes! Everyone is guilty of talking on our cell phone or texting while driving. I do talk on my cell phone while driving but I do not even attempt to text while driving. If you recall from last week’s article the topic was defining the three types of distraction. In this week’s article the discussion will be violation of the law and the consequences.

Wed
16
Sep

Kim Davis, marriage licenses and down the road

By Glenn Mollette

If you take a job for the government then you should abide by the rules of the job. If you don't agree with the rules then you should resign. When the government as in Kim Davis' case makes allowances for her to exercise her religious convictions then that "seems" to be a good thing.

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Wed
16
Sep

The past, future of the refugee crisis

By Thomas Sowell

The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite how many shrill voices in the media may denounce those who fail to come up with a solution. Some options may be better than others, but there is nothing that can honestly be called a solution. Nevertheless many countries, including the United States, could do a lot better.

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Wed
09
Sep

The school climate: Community Involvement

By Terry Driskill. MA, MA Licensed Professional Counselor

There is a growing body of research on school improvement that suggests involvement of parents, teachers, students, and district and school administrators are essential for successful schools. The foundation is laid by the district office with an “open door” policy where education leaders are available to sit and talk with other stakeholders.

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Wed
09
Sep

Who’s afraid of the big bad budget?

By Jeremy Alford

With about a week to go until qualifying and roughly 50 days remaining before the primary ballot, Louisiana’s runaway train of a budget has divided the Bayou State’s political class into two distinct camps. One lot doesn’t want to talk about it, fearing the reality of the situation could derail campaigns and bring recent budget decisions into question.

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