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A ‘reminder of birth of nature’

On the official Louisiana road map, the town of Plaquemine on the Mississippi River and St. Martinville on Bayou Teche are only 3.5 inches apart. That’s about 35 miles. But those miles cross the heart of the Atchafalaya Basin, a place travelers have described for centuries as one of the wildest, prettiest, lushest, scariest, and fascinating places in North America.

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Rich Manieri

The media will miss Trump, he’ll miss the media

Batman needed the Joker. Javert needed Jean Valjean. Patton needed Rommel.
The media needs Donald Trump and vice versa. What will they do without each other? We can only speculate.
CNN will have to radically change its entire programming schedule and return to actually covering the news. Remember that? Those were the days, before the 24/7 “10-reasons-why-we-hate-Donald-Trump” format.

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Danny Tyree

Can you believe the EPA is 50?

It may be the sort of birthday where someone shouts, “50 candles blazing on the cake? Are you crazy? Why don’t we just fill a pinata with cow methane while we’re at it???”
I’m speaking of the 50th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency. President Richard Nixon proposed the independent executive agency on July 9, 1970, (fun fact: “EPA” was the only term on that particular Nixon tape with fewer than FOUR letters) and it began operation on Dec. 2, 1970.

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Jese Graves

Go long for Thanksgiving

Recently, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and Bummercloud in Chief, Dr. Anthony Fauci, expressed concerns over families gathering together for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite playfully assigning nicknames to this fine physician (also, Dr. Doomopotamus), I think we should take these warnings seriously and do all we can to protect our family members from possible viral droplets spewing from our pumpkin pie holes when we gnaw on our Butterballs.

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Danny Tyree

What does the future hold for church attendance?

Are you a faithful Christian who is concerned about empty pews — and the steadily decreasing impact of Christianity on the social fabric?
There’s good news about the Good News.
After years of procrastination, I have stretched beyond my 600-word columns and written an honest-to-goodness BOOK.
My first effort is a departure from my usual lightweight tomfoolery (although you’ll find snark, pop culture references and stream-of-consciousness observations aplenty).

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