Commentary

Wed
26
Apr

Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

The highlight of my trip to Washington, D.C. by train was “everything”…….the train ride, sleeping on the train, seeing Union Station, touring all of the Smithsonian museums, riding the Metro, eating Ravioll Alla Matrimonia at Filomena’s in Georgetown (the marriage of two of the most asked for favorites—chef-made meatballs alongside Mamma’s cheese ravioli) It was FABULOUS!!.

I loved seeing the snow and throwing a snowball or two. I loved having to bundle up to stay warm.

 

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Wed
19
Apr

Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

My favorite monument in Washington, D.C. is the Lincoln Memorial. No surprise there…….I’ve always thought Abraham Lincoln was a great president.

As a child President Lincoln and the stories about him captured my attention.

His memorial is a testament in stone to a man who led the nation through the Civil War. The Lincoln Memorial is a monument to all states, not just the North and South.

 

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Wed
12
Apr

Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

After a 26-hour ride on the train, we finally arrived in Washington,D.C. for Lexie’s conference. Union Station was massive and absolutely beautiful. We had so many suitcases, that I felt like the Beverly Hillbilles as we made our way out to the curb to hail a cab.

The first half-day after arrival, the four of us tossed our luggage in a beautiful room on the seventh floor of the Omni Shoreham and did a quick walk-around of the luxurious hotel. We admired the crystal chandeliers in the lobby, and realized that we were in the same hotel as the famed Blue Room, which hosted a number of inaugural balls over the years and was the home-away from home for the Beatles when they first came to the states back in the early 1960’s.

 

Wed
05
Apr

Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

I had only ridden a train once in my life before I jumped on the Amtrak Crescent in New Orleans three weeks ago. My trip was a short one from San Francisco to Los Angeles and the only thing I recall was the clankity clank of the wheels rolling down the track. I was a fifth grader, so I was only interested in the sights.

The Amtrak was a little different. Tina had warned me to take earplugs or I never would sleep. I packed four pair. I knew there was snow on the ground in Washington, D.C., so I packed boots, turtlenecks and sweatshirts to layer under my wool coat, and plenty of Hot Hands. This gal wasn’t going to get cold!!

 

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Wed
05
Apr

SANCTUARY CITIES

By Pete Abington

President Trump has issued an Executive Order that “sanctuary cities” shall not be eligible to receive federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes. The editorial appeared recently defending New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu for telling the President to shove his executive order. Trump has ordered Immigration and Custom Enforcement to publish a weekly list of cities and counties that refuse to join the round-up of the illegal immigrants. The first list last week includes New Orleans and 117 other jurisdictions. Hundreds others may be eligible to make the list in future weeks. They think they should be allowed to violate the law.

Billions have been given to these cities. Let’s redirect those dollars elsewhere.

 

Wed
29
Mar

Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

With summer just around the corner, I have a fondness of looking back and thinking about how we entertained ourselves.

Long sunny days stretched into the evening hours and we were allowed to play outside “just a little bit longer.”

There were times in our lives (I am referring to little brother and me) that we had to come in, get a bath and hop in bed when it was still daylight. Unfortunately, other parents were a little more lenient with their children.

 

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Wed
29
Mar

ORIGINAL ANTILITTER CAMPAIGN

By Pete Abington

As the state moves to have anti-litter campaigns, I am reminded of our original campaign right here in Sabine Parish. It was born by Cliff Ammons. He thought of it and really got out to sell it in the community, putting up signs everywhere. Since we had started having many tourists, he felt it was important to make a good appearance. The only problem was we had never heard of an anti-litter campaign at that time.

Finally, Mr. Cliff set in place another idea. He caught someone littering and got the authorities to arrest that person. As I remember the fine was about $50.00 but the fellow they caught littering did not have the $50.00. Mr. Cliff felt like that if the public found out that littering could cost you money, they might quit littering.

 

Wed
22
Mar

Patchwork

By donna smith ammons

One summer we lived with my grandparents in Garden Grove, California. We were in between homes, since we had been transferred from the East Coast to the West Coast. Daddy was in the Marines and every three years we packed up and headed to a new base. It was an adventure for us, since we were young. There was a new house at each station, new friends and lots to be learned. Personally, I loved being the new girl in school!!

We didn’t get to see our grandparents very often, so it was a really treat to live with them. There were a large number of great aunts and uncles living close and DisneyLand was just a hop, skip and a jump down the road. We could hear the train whistle every morning and watch the fireworks from the back yard at night.

 

Wed
22
Mar

LOUISIANA & MEDICAID

By Pete Abington

Louisiana is never going to correct its money problems until we get a understanding on Medicaid expenditures. Medicaid already consumes 41% of all the state’s spending. We pay our DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee $236,000 a year, plus benefits. We have a legislature that represents themselves to be good stewards of our dollars. Surely all those qualified individuals could bring this situation to a head.

Why don’t we get together and figure out just how much money can we afford to spend on Medicaid and properly run our schools, take care of our roads and meet our other financial needs. At that point, Dr. Gee would have to operate her department within the boundaries left. We’d have TOPS money were it handled correctly.

 

Wed
15
Mar

Patchwork

by donna smith ammons

I have baby hands. All of my friends’ hands are larger than mine. In fact, my 11-year-old granddaughter’s hands are larger than mine.

When I was in first grade, I took piano lessons. It was hard to stretch my fingers to reach the keys.

After a year, I called it quits. Baby hands won out!!

However, I found that these baby hands could swing a bat, and handle a football while I was in elementary school! On the field, they called me Dynamite Donna, because I could hit a homerun and the boys; in fifth grader let me play flag football with then at recess because I could run and catch the ball!!

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