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Editor’s note: The News asks readers and commenters to remember that local comments only will be accepted and published. A column on April 26, 2018, explained The News is moving away from national commentary, focusing on local, community-based banter. The News will accept national comments o…

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Editor’s note: To wrap up the year, The News began with our history and we’re moving into a piece about the benefits of local business by our community specialist, Drew Walker. As we move into 2019, readers will see stories like this one occupy this space as we further embrace our community …

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My name is Bobby Allen Achord. The Livingston Parish school board has 6.8 million dollars to build a sports complex yet refuses to spend a couple of million on overtime police officers to act as resource officers in our schools. Also they have made no obvious efforts to harden the perimeter …

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What is going on with the Walker High School athletic programs? It has been one thing after the other lately and as usual our kids are the ones being punished because of the actions of the adults in charge. Is the principal spread too thin with all that is going on at the school?

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Just a couple of weeks ago we had no idea who exactly would be running for governor next year, nor were there many hints as to which issues would feed into the anti-incumbent narrative to come. This week, we know a touch more than we did then, thanks to the recent mid-term elections and a fe…

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Thanks to all who voted!  Shame on Jason Ard and others for making the TV commercials for the tax proposition. They were deceptive, misleading, lots of smoke and mirrors. I was surprised when I read the actual proposition. If the sheriff wanted funds to provide protection for our children, h…

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I’m confused!! The mayor of French Settlement has appointed the new Chief of Police!! He is not post certified and is legally blind!! If the people can’t depend on the Chief like we all did for our last Chief, then who do we depend on. You can’t depend on the 2 officers in French Settlement …

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Our schools teach us the importance of literacy and the value of numbers, among many other subjects that guide the future of our young people. In regards to the latter of the numbers, the figures we hear in terms of teacher pay give one the idea that Louisiana may not merit a passing grade i…

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I noticed on Facebook that Mr. Wascom was asking the people of Watson if they wanted to support a tax that would fund spraying poison on their streets. Mr. Talbert then challenged Mr. Wascom to address spraying poison where he lived if he really thought it was poison. The funny thing was aft…

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Baton Rouge’s echo chamber was filled with theories last week about the momentous spike in early voting. Nearly all of the reads and interpretations, including the recent analyses published by Louisiana’s daily newspapers, attributed the 10 percent early voting turnout to a variety of nation…

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I have been living in Livingston Parish a number of years and recently turned 62 years of age. I have been pondering that I would like to see a couple of milestones occur before I go to the great parish in the sky.......The landing of man on the planet Mars and the completion of the construc…

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I'm wondering if everybody is getting these telemarketer phone calls like I am. I average two or three a day on each of my phones. I'm just wondering if we should call our congressman and our two senators. Each time we get a call, I think if we call their office, I believe they would get up …

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I hope the voters in this parish educate themselves about the Sheriffs enormous sales tax proposal. It disappoints me that our sheriff is using the safety of our children and our emotions to push this tax on us. This tax will put Juban Crossing at a sales tax of over 11% and that is absurd. …

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11, states: “Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a public trial at which or she has all the guarantees necessary for his or her defense.”     

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I just saw the commercial of Garret Graves standing in the Washington Street exit on the interstate saying that exit was stupid. No, what’s stupid is him standing in the middle of the interstate. Plus, it’s illegal, and why hasn’t he been arrested? I guess we all know.