Commentary

Wed
26
May

On the Bright Side

If you have dearly loved and lost a pet, I have great empathy for you.

As I wrote in a recent column, I lost my little fur-girl, my miniature schnauzer Charli, in early April. She was only two and a half years old, and it was sudden.

We adopted Charli when she was just six weeks old, and I raised her with tender love and care. The way I loved Charli reminded me of the man who raised the small ewe lamb in the Bible in 2 Samuel 12:3 — “He raised her, and she grew up with him and with his children … in his arms she would sleep. She was like a daughter to him.”

Charli was like a little daughter to me.

 

 

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Wed
19
May
Wed
19
May

On the Bright Side

Dear High School Graduate,

As you enter college or the workforce, you will encounter many people who try to persuade you to follow various religions other than Christianity.

You are being deceived.

Christianity is unique from all other religions, in that all other religions have man reaching up to God, trying to attain salvation through something they “do.”

 

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Wed
12
May

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

LEGISLATURE

The legislature is being directed to both low tax rates and broad tax bases, provide a fair, simpler and more competitive environment for individuals and businesses that also produces stable, sufficient state revenue. Some of the things they are doing include increasing stability and lower rates for individual income tax. This will include eliminating the deduction of federal taxes for Louisiana individual income tax filers to allow lower taxes and a more stable and predictable source of revenue with a neutral net impact, as stated in a report by Harris, DeVille & Associates The deduction ties the tax liability of Louisiana taxpayers, and ultimately the state’s revenue outlook, to changes in the federal tax code. Only two other states have a full federal deduction; only Louisiana has it in its constitution.

Wed
12
May

The Weight of Memorial Day

(Editor’s Note: All are encouraged to attend the Memorial Day event to be held on May 31 at 11 a.m. at the DAV building at Toledo Town.)

For the second year in a row, Memorial Day may look a little different than in years past. However, the spirit of the day, along with our memories and emotions, remains the same. For countless families across the nation, today is a stark — and often painful — reminder of those loved ones who were never afforded the opportunity to be honored as veterans.

Their sacrifice is a true expression of selfless service — something no one would pick for themselves. Whether they volunteered to fight in a war, served at a time of peace or never expected to wear our nation’s uniform until their draft number came up, they represent the best America has to offer.

Wed
05
May
Wed
05
May

On the Bright Side

For years my dad, Robbo Davidson, had often mentioned writing a book about some of the cases he worked on during his 33-year career as a detective with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Department.

He would say, “I just think it would be interesting to compile several cases, using just the facts, real names, and tell these stories in detail, just the way it all happened.”

Dad’s book, The Evil I Have Seen: Memoirs from the Case Files of Lt. Detective Robert (Robbo) Davidson, Ret., was released on April 20. It is co-written by the very talented P.J. Jones, a decorated journalist (and also my mother-in-law!).

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Wed
28
Apr

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

UPCOMING LEGISLATION: TAX

Several items are in the works to change our tax season system. One would be to eliminate the deduction of federal taxes from Louisiana individual income tax filers to allow lower tax rates and a more stable and predictable source of revenue to produce a neutral net impact. The deduction ties the tax liability of Louisiana taxpayers and ultimately the state’s revenue outlook and eliminate the federal tax deduction. Only two other states have a federal deduction and only Louisiana has it in its constitution.

Wed
28
Apr

On the Bright Side

On the Bright Side

If you haven’t been to the 4C Coffee House nestled in Grand Cane’s historic district on Main Street, you’re missing out!

My sister Ashley and I were in for a real treat when we visited 4C for the first time last Wednesday. We met our parents there for mid-morning coffee and pastries.

The atmosphere at 4C is modern but cozy and welcoming. The mural on one wall features Grand Cane sites such as the Cook-Hill House and Central School. The exposed brick adds a Seattle-coffee-shop feeling, and the beautiful wooden accent wall on the opposite side of the shop provides a warm, inviting feeling.

Light music fills the air.

 

 

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Wed
21
Apr

Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

	Speaking Out for Louisiana Citizens

FILIBUSTER

With the victories the Democrats received in the Fall elections, they now have 50 Senators plus Democrat Vice-President to vote for their agenda. The filibuster whereas one Senator or Congressman could stand up and talk for hours and tie up the vote was eliminated with the 60 vote rule many years ago and will eliminate the old traditional filibuster from taking place. Democrats now want to drop the sixty vote requirement and pass their radical agenda. At this time the Senate is considering two landmark voting right bills that would establish national standards for access to the polls. But as the present rule stands it would take 60 votes to overcome a GOP filibuster. Democrats need all 50 votes to sign on. Centrist holdouts Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.Va) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz) claim the filibuster fosters bipartisan legislation and refuse to go along..

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