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How about a compulsory voting law?

How about a compulsory voting law?

Editor November 10, 2016 Comments Off on How about a compulsory voting law?

There has been a lot of discussion in recent weeks and months about whether America “will survive” the very contentious presidential election that concluded on Tuesday. I, for one, have no concerns about that

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Not everyone loves a birthday celebration

Not everyone loves a birthday celebration

Editor November 6, 2016 Comments Off on Not everyone loves a birthday celebration

Birthdays—who doesn’t love them? I am sure I would get pretty good agreement from most people about enjoying birthdays, whether they are their own or for someone else. It’s usually a party, special drinks,

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How do we get the kids to listen to us?

How do we get the kids to listen to us?

Editor October 29, 2016 Comments Off on How do we get the kids to listen to us?

The older I get the more I see a problem in our world. For most of us we have to live many years to gain a bit of wisdom, wouldn’t you agree? Then when

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Larry Ciko set parish journalistic standards

Larry Ciko set parish journalistic standards

Editor October 23, 2016 Comments Off on Larry Ciko set parish journalistic standards

A very special friend of mine passed away recently. Larry Ciko, known to hundreds—probably thousands—in St. Tammany Parish for his journalism career, died at his home a couple of weeks ago at the age

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I’m trying my best to be super mom with my four kids

I’m trying my best to be super mom with my four kids

Editor October 18, 2016 Comments Off on I’m trying my best to be super mom with my four kids

When one has small children, one finds the brain often works…slowly. Every week I am reminded of this as I try to come up with fresh and interesting things to write about for this

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‘The Northshore: North of Your Expectations’

‘The Northshore: North of Your Expectations’

Editor October 18, 2016 Comments Off on ‘The Northshore: North of Your Expectations’

I attended an especially enjoyable event this past Saturday. It was a reunion of former employees from the Slidell Sentry-News, which was the east parish paper owned by Wick Communications, a company that also

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A weekend of great fall activities for all

A weekend of great fall activities for all

Editor October 9, 2016 Comments Off on A weekend of great fall activities for all

There are no excuses to stay home this weekend. As usually happens when the month of October rolls around, the outside events explode all over and this weekend is no different. Starting on Friday

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Last call for former Sentry-News employees

Last call for former Sentry-News employees

Editor October 2, 2016 Comments Off on Last call for former Sentry-News employees

Calling all former members of the Slidell Sentry-News. There will be a reunion of former employees of the Slidell newspaper when we all get together on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. at Phil’s

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It’s good to be back after my very stressful move

It’s good to be back after my very stressful move

Editor September 24, 2016 Comments Off on It’s good to be back after my very stressful move

Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Had Jesus walked the earth today, he might have added, “or

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Smooth Jazz Fest for Slidell in 2017

Smooth Jazz Fest for Slidell in 2017

Editor September 24, 2016 Comments Off on Smooth Jazz Fest for Slidell in 2017

I met a very interesting fellow who gave me some interesting news when I was out at the East St. Tammany Chamber Cultural Economy luncheon. Wil Bias, and his wife Diane, have already scheduled

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Another reason to “Shop Local”

Another reason to “Shop Local”

Editor September 14, 2016 Comments Off on Another reason to “Shop Local”

It’s amazing how frequently I run into situations with local business owners and see why people should give the “Buy Local” idea a chance before running off to the national chain stores. Chuck Orzehoskie

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Parish keeps showing how it is helping

Parish keeps showing how it is helping

Editor September 14, 2016 Comments Off on Parish keeps showing how it is helping

It’s pretty amazing to hear the stories of assistance St. Tammany Parish is now sending out to others after the devastating flooding a month ago, which was fortunately not too bad in our own

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Cuba shows result of Communist leadership

Cuba shows result of Communist leadership

Editor September 4, 2016 Comments Off on Cuba shows result of Communist leadership

I had an interesting interview recently with the newest member of the Louisiana Legislature, Sen. Sharon Hewitt, who was elected last year and is in her first term as a state lawmaker. Of course,

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Last call for ‘Saints Fan Up’ pep rally

Last call for ‘Saints Fan Up’ pep rally

Editor August 28, 2016 Comments Off on Last call for ‘Saints Fan Up’ pep rally

Last call to join me and others this Thursday evening, Aug. 25 for the annual Slidell Chamber “Saints Fan Up” pep rally, set for the Northshore Harbor Center from 5 to 8 p.m. It’s

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Get a spot in our High School Football Preview

Get a spot in our High School Football Preview

Editor August 20, 2016 Comments Off on Get a spot in our High School Football Preview

Football sort of snuck up on me this year. I’m sure many of you were way ahead of me when it comes to the new football season since I know tons of friends who

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Time for me to retire here already?

Time for me to retire here already?

Editor August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Time for me to retire here already?

I got a reminder last week of my advancing age. A notice came in the mail from the Social Security Administration showing how much I will get in retirement. “Oh yea,” I realized, I

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Letter to the editor: Representative wants to offer advice in trying times

Letter to the editor: Representative wants to offer advice in trying times

Editor August 12, 2016 Comments Off on Letter to the editor: Representative wants to offer advice in trying times

Friends, We are living in dangerous times. Violent crime is rampant and domestic terrorists are gunning down those sworn to “protect and serve” our communities. We are filled with emotion but hesitant to do

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Special section today all about the police

Special section today all about the police

Editor August 8, 2016 Comments Off on Special section today all about the police

I hope you will take the time to closely look over our very special tribute in today’s Slidell Independent called “Blue Lives Matter.” As most of you must be aware by this time, Blue

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A reminder about face-to-face conversation

A reminder about face-to-face conversation

Editor July 31, 2016 Comments Off on A reminder about face-to-face conversation

I received a good reminder last week about the importance of dealing with people face-to-face. It’s something we easily forget, especially in this Social Media dominated world. We’ve all heard the news stories about

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School season nearing, lots to be done

School season nearing, lots to be done

Editor July 23, 2016 Comments Off on School season nearing, lots to be done

Back to school? Already? Yes, it’s getting very close to that time with schools now opening a week or two into August. So as quickly as it seemed school was over for the summer,

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