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Rick Jensen

The media continues to lie about Trump

The problem with the “fake news” meme is that such fabrications exist in two places — online at sites dedicated to creating falsehoods and mainstream news outlets.
The point of documenting the following recent egregious example is to humbly caution what I believe to be the majority of good reporters covering national politics.
Trump is so replete with gaffes, faux pas and “offensive” phrases that reporters really don’t need to create provable fictions about him. To do so simply adds to the list of falsehoods, thus further eroding trust in journalism.

Tom Purcell

For happiness, head for the hills

In my experience, the study’s findings are true.
According to The Washington Post, the Vancouver School of Economics and McGill University have determined that people who live in rural areas and small towns are happier than those who live in congested urban and large metro areas.
McGill’s happiness researchers have found that the happiest communities have shorter commute times, less expensive housing, less transience and people who have a greater “sense of belonging” in their communities.

West’s World: All hope for justice is not lost

A grand jury decision to indict two murder suspects and a detective with the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office has left me feeling like all hope for justice is not lost.
The most surprising of the grand jury’s true bills was the one issued against EPSO Detective Caleb Stelly. However, it is the one that has proven progress, even in Evangeline Parish, is possible.

Danny Tyree

Downsizing: 20 mirthful years

My son thought I was kidding him, but I really am writing about the lighter side of the 20th anniversary of being downsized out of my previous “day job.”
Was my termination a surprise? Well, I had been both blue collar and white collar in my 15 years at the factory, so I guess I should have known the next fashion trend would be shock collar.

Jim Brown

The highs and lows of Billy Cannon

Billy Cannon died last week. He was a Louisiana sports legend. There are some things you just don’t forget. Where were you on 9/11, or when President John Kennedy was shot.  Down here in the Bayou State, add to those special dates Halloween night 59 years ago when Billy Cannon made football history with his 87 yard run to beat Ole Miss and keep the Tigers undefeated. His story is the rise and fall, then the rise again by LSU’s all-time great sports hero.

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