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EDITORIAL: We #BackTheBlue

The outpouring of support for law enforcement at recent rallies and vigils — both locally and across the state — is an important reminder that the public, which law enforcement serves, values and respects their officers.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: Offended by grace

Who would think someone could be offended by grace? It’s one of the most beautiful things about God’s generosity and our faith. Grace is that wonderful, welcoming forgiveness. It’s what God chooses to bestow upon us as a gift and is what can make life whole when it seems like nothing else will. It’s given to us. It’s free. No charge. More than you could ask for.

Bill increases transparency on local debt

The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. This week I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.

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Bill increases transparency on local debt

The 84th Legislative Session came to an end on June 1. There were 6,276 bills and 200 constitutional amendments filed this session. Of these, 1,282 bills have passed into law. This week I will write about some of the legislation that was passed this session.

We should rethink guns on college campuses

Yet another movie theater shooting has taken place in Lafayette, Louisiana, and I think back to just last week when I dropped off my 13-year-old daughter and two of her friends at the local movie theater for summer afternoon fun.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, but how?

Wow, what a show, right? If you didn’t catch the GOP debate Thursday night it was something to behold. This debate is aptly being described as the least boring presidential debate perhaps ever. And TV ratings from Thursday night proved it.

LARRY PHILLIPS: Law seeks to effectively regulate synthetic drugs

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the production, evolution, and sale of synthetic drugs. Informed observers explain that the term “synthetic drugs” is used to describe a wide range of ever-changing man-made chemical products created specifically to mimic the effects of illicit drugs. Recent reports show that the products are often marketed as harmless fragrances and legally sold in convenience stores and online under the guise of incense or potpourri but that the drugs can be as dangerous as many illicit drugs with the same potential to cause adverse life-altering or lethal consequences. Additional concern surrounds the fact that these drugs are generally not detectable on drug tests.

MOMENTS WITH THE MINISTER: The great ocean of truth

This Pluto stuff amazes me. Ever since I was a child I have been intrigued by our solar system and space itself. I remember staring up into the sky wondering how big the universe was and debating whether it went on forever or had some end. Neither option really made sense to me which just added to the wonder of it all. So to see pictures of Pluto like we’ve never seen before has just been simply fascinating.