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National Security: Monuments

Joe Boyles: Guest Columnist A national news story these days is how the City of New Orleans is removing, under the cover of darkness, four pieces of sculpture and monuments dedicated to the memory of Confederate leaders like Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee.  A new wave of political correctness and sensibility has demanded their removal, to the delight of some and horror to others. All of this causes me to ask several questions: are we trying to rewrite history, and are Madison’s historic monuments in danger?  And while I’m…

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Advocate’s Avenue… Man’s best friend or service dog? How about both?

Leslie McLeod Dogs are affectionately known as “Man’s Best Friend.” They are loyal, compassionate, and show unconditional love to their owners. Dogs are amazing creatures and can help ordinary people in extraordinary ways. For example, dogs are used to help law enforcement, fire and rescue departments, search and rescue missions, and the military. Dogs can be of service to those with health concerns, whether it is for diabetics, seizure alert, physical assistance needs, hearing impairment, assistance with guidance or therapy needs. Service dogs can enhance independence for children and adults…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: I’m Going To Bed The Difference Between a Man and a Woman

Emerald G. Parsons This column is dedicated to all women and wives everywhere.  Not just mothers, but women and wives in general.  (However, being a mother just adds a much larger list onto the pile of womanly chores, as it is.) Women: stop wondering if you’re a good wife or a good mother!  Because you are!  Celebrate what you do!  Celebrate who you are! One of my favorite stories I’ve ever heard… A husband and wife were watching television when the wife said, “I’m tired and it’s getting late. I…

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Advocate’s Avenue…The benefit of summer camp and why all children should attend

Leslie McLeod The last day of school is just two weeks away. Summer is almost here. For many children, this means it is time for summer camp. Summer camp is an exciting experience where youth participate in fun activities and meet new people. Summer camp is beneficial to all children, including those with special needs. This experience provides children with different opportunities to develop important life skills that are difficult to achieve in any other environment. What are these opportunities? Let’s start with the life skills opportunities. To become a…

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