Louisianans Impacted by Winter Storms Are Urged to Fill Out the Louisiana Disaster Preliminary Damage Self-Report

Local and state officials are compiling damage reports from the recent winter storms and need your information regarding the impact to your property.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is seeking information from anyone who received damage due to the winter weather event this week.  The self-reporting survey, which can be found at damage.la.gov, will help local and state emergency managers collect data to move forward with the recovery process. 

This step should not replace reporting damage to your insurance agency.Anyone impacted by the winter storm should fill out the survey to report damage to your home or business (structures only, no vehicles). 

The survey is voluntary and does not guarantee any federal disaster relief assistance. It will be beneficial in assisting with the damage assessment process in Louisiana related to this event. To fill out the report, visit: damage.la.gov.

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: James Byron Guichet
Date: 2-20-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 20
Charge: DWI 2nd, Careless Operation W/O Accident, Illegal Tinted Windows

Name: Deshawn M. Edwards
Date: 2-21-21
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Charge: Battery on police officer, Resisting arrest or officer

Name: Sean Brandon Berry
Date: 2-22-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 43
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Regina K. Elliott
Date: 2-22-21
Race: White
Gender: Female
Age: 50
Charge: Domestic Abuse Battery

Water Pressure: How it works

We’ve all just experienced what many are calling an unprecedented weather event and sadly that description seems to be turning into an excuse for the maladies we are experiencing with our water system and with it a wealth of misunderstanding. Many questions being asked of our government officials display a lack of understanding of the system and unfortunately some of the answers being given display the same amount of ignorance.

In order to understand the demands placed on water systems, first we have to delve into a little background of how these systems are supposed to work. The following five (5) minute video will explain the basics of our water system.

Snowbound and the Sound of the Cavalry

By: Bob Holeman

Snowbound.  If we thought we were isolated from others by the COVID situation, how about this snow, ice and below-freezing environment we find ourselves in now?  This is most un-Louisiana.  We’re not talking Minnesota snowdrifts over the top of the house but driveway and street conditions are such that few are venturing outdoors.  Not to mention downed limbs and trees you would have to dodge.

Someone pointed to another fact suggesting this is not a Louisiana event.  For most Louisiana snow, you have to be standing outside to see flakes falling to prove it really happened.  If you’re lucky, there’s enough accumulation on your car’s back window to make a good snowball.  Yes, there are occasional real snowfalls where we see an actual snow cover, kids playing outside and snowmen in yards here and there.  But snow and ice-covered trees that started Sunday and threaten to still be hanging around in a week?  No, we’re “snow today, gone tomorrow” sort of folks.

It’s quiet in our neighborhood.  I can’t say how things are going up on the five-lane because we can’t get up those five blocks.  We’d have to drive or walk up a couple of steep and icy streets to peek so we’re just going to wait until the thaw comes.  I’d guess that folks in rural areas with rural roads are facing the same.  Home is better.

The home quiet does give us time to ponder.  Diane observed rightly that Winn has experienced one heck of a six-month run.  Two hurricanes and two snow storms.  So what do you do?  Diane’s spent a lot of time bundled up under a blanket, reading Agatha Christie mysteries.  And together we launched a long-postponed chore of a photographic and written chronicle inventory of household items.  I think we’d all be amazed of the “stuff” we accumulate through the years.

In my own quiet time musings, I had a Gideon sort of wet-fleece-dry-fleece observation.  In the January snow we had, our back yard was blanketed with snow and the wrought iron table and chairs on the patio were piled nearly 5 inches high with the stuff.  Call that the wet fleece.  After Sunday’s snow this week, we awoke to a majestic landscape of snow Monday.  It was hard to tell where the patio ended and the yard began except for some bumps that were snow-covered bushes.  Then there was the wrought iron patio set, standing as black and metal and snowless as it could be.  We’ll call this the dry fleece.  So why the difference?  Here’s my quiet time logic:  January snow came with cold but not super-cold temperatures.  When the earliest flakes came down on the expended metal framework, there was some melting going on.  Later flakes were caught and soon the metal grids filled.  Snow piled and the effect was visually pleasing.  By contrast when this week’s snow came, temperatures had already been subfreezing for days and the metal furniture was just as cold.  The result was that snow did not melt as it hit the furniture but floated on through the gaps onto the patio.  So, lots of powdery snow rested on the ground, none on the furniture.  I’ll hold this theory until a science teacher tells me I’m wrong.

My Presbyterian friends advise me there’s no such thing as coincidence.  If something happens, Providence had a hand in it.  Does this apply to portable generators?  We’ve lived in our home for 35 years and never needed one.  When Hurricane Laura hit on a Thursday last August, I still thought I’d be OK.  But I started to get nervous and ran an extension cord to the generator of kind neighbor Mickey Simmon to keep my refrigerator cold.  Our son Chris arrived late night Friday with his generator (plus gasoline) which we unloaded the next morning and got it hooked up to the house and running.  He wasn’t in a hurry to get his generator back so lo and behold, come Hurricane Delta we’ve still got the generator (though power loss is short-lived).  Chris had planned to pick up the generator after Christmas when they came for a visit but when he looked at the worn tires on his truck, he decided to come in Sarah’s car instead.  As a result, we had the generator for Snowstorm Alpha and Snowstorm Beta.  Now he’s not so sure he even needs a generator in east Texas.  Coincidence or the Hand of the Lord?  There is one small caveat.  I’d planned, gassed up, practiced and all with the generator from Sunday until we actually needed it in Wednesday’ sleet and ice.  We heard a transformer blow about 4 p.m. and lost power.  All was well with the generator until we were ready for bed (earlier than normal, you might expect).  We turned off the generator, topped off the gas and turned it back on.  But after a couple of unsuccessful pulls on the start cord in the dark, the third yank  brought the handle and about 8 inches of cord off in my right hand and the rest wound back into the generator.  Again perhaps the Lord tapping Bob’s “I can do it all” ego?

Remember all those Westerns you watched as a kid and you feared the wagon train or the homesteaders were about the buy the farm because of an Indian attack?  Then you heard the bugle call of the fast-approaching U.S. Cavalry and you know all would be saved?  Diane and I heard that bugle call Wednesday night.  As I mentioned, we’d gone to bed earlier than normal and after awhile it seemed like the two blankets and a spread would not be enough.  Around 10, I got up to get an old sleeping bag from another room and added a layer to our covers.  As I got back into the bed, I noticed Diane had left to take care of business.  Then I saw a small flicker of light, not from her flashlight but from a red-shaded lamp across the room.  “Could it be?” I wondered.  Sure enough, our power came back on a few minutes later.  The city’s power crew was out late in this terrible weather, working to bring normalcy to residents.

I’ll bet providers receive a lot of complaints from customers when things go wrong but precious few thanks when they go right.  I talked to City Hall to get a little information and they confirmed this.  As the storm approached Mayor George Moss called in the city’s power crew and made arrangements to house them here, since three of them live out of town and are away from their families during this period of bad weather.  They’re out working late, getting some sleep then out again working early, helping to restore electrical power to homes and businesses.  Meanwhile Nature uses sleet and limbs and trees and frozen rain to do what She can to disrupt power.  It’s cold, wet work but somebody has to do it.  And in this case, it’s Jonathan Paul, Josh Coyler, Larry Desadier and Joseph Conroe.

Thanks guys.  And be safe.

Goldonna News

By Reba Phelps

The fish fryers were lined up with care under the pavilion at Goldonna Town Hall as the volunteers worked tirelessly to make sure the fundraiser went off without a hitch. And, boy did it! The snow and ice began to melt just in time so residents could come out and enjoy the day.

On Sunday, February 21st the community of Goldonna rallied to support local resident, Kristin Dupree, as her and husband are having to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for treatments and testing for the next thirty days.

The residents really showed up and it was quite evident as the cooks could barely keep up with high demand. They sold out of every single thing they had to offer. They even had utility linemen visiting the area from as far as Florida who stopped in to support the cause and enjoy some of the fresh caught area fish. The Dupree family sent a video from their first day in Minnesota with a heartfelt message of gratitude and thanks.

On Sunday, February 28th, there will be a Ribbon Cutting at the Goldonna Elementary/Junior High School at 2:00 in the afternoon. This will be the groundbreaking ceremony for the Uniti Fiber Optic Internet service to the students of the school. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Please wear a mask and observe social distancing rules.

“This is a historical moment for the students in Goldonna and we really hope the public can come out for the ribbon cutting. This is very exciting,” said School Board Member, Eugene Garner.

“This certainly helps pave the way in our getting residential access. Thanks to everyone that has worked so hard to make this happen,” shared Mayor Jennifer Smith.

In other news, the Louisiana based Creole food company, Tony Chachere’s in Opelousas, has donated boxed meal mixes to the Winn Baptist Association for churches affected by Hurricane Laura, in which Goldonna is a member. Former resident, David Dupree, will also be donating the sausage to help create the meals to feed the Goldonna Baptist Church at a future date. The church was very grateful for the show of support to entire community.

If you have news to contribute please email Reba Phelps jreba.phelps@gmail.com

RoyOMartin to Host Drive-by Hiring Event in Natchitoches – TODAY!

Hiring event today

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 | 2pm to 5:30pm
220 S. Jefferson St. | Natchitoches, Louisiana

(In the parking lot of NSU’s Prather Coliseum)

Make a Great Start with RoyOMartin.

Join us for a special, COVID-compliant drive-by hiring event for production team members at RoyOMartin’s plywood and timbers plant in Chopin, Louisiana. Company representatives will be on hand to collect resumes and provide details about upcoming interviews.

Competitive Wages

Starting pay is $14.50/hr., with the potential to earn up to $22.50/hr. through on-­the-job training.

Exceptional Benefits

Enjoy terrific medical benefits, including a health clinic, as well as life insurance, retirement, wellness program, and a variety of training and advancement opportunities.

A Commitment to Safety

Employee safety and wellbeing is our #1 priority. Our award-­winning safety program begins on Day 1 with new-hire orientation.


Remember This? The Unsinkable Stoker

By: Brad Dison

At the turn of the twentieth century, traveling by commercial steamships, commonly called ocean liners, was all the rage.  The finest luxuries were reserved exclusively for first class passengers such as the most exquisite dining saloons, elaborate state rooms, libraries, smoking rooms, gymnasiums, and exclusive access to the main deck, called the promenade deck.  Second class passengers enjoyed more modest experiences with sparsely decorated smaller state rooms, smoking rooms, libraries, and dining facilities.  Third class passengers were housed in cabins that contained little more than a bed, were fed adequate meals, and had access to few, if any, amenities. 

Deep in the bowels of these mammoth vessels, well below the third-class areas, were the ships’ engine rooms and boiler rooms.  These rooms were extremely hot and dirty.  Workers in the boiler rooms usually worked shirtless due to the heat and were collectively called “the black gang” because they were usually covered with black coal soot.  Black gangs consisted of stokers, firemen, trimmers, and a “peggy,” the firemen’s steward who brought food and refreshments to the group.           

John Priest was a professional seaman from the port city of Southampton, England.  He worked as a black gang stoker on several British steam ships.  He and the other stokers had the back-breaking task of shoveling coal into the boiler’s firebox.  John had worked on the sea since his youth and planned to have a long seafaring career.

In April 1915, on the eve of World War I, the British Admiralty converted the two-year-old RMS Alcantara, a royal mail ship, into an armed merchant cruiser.  Workers fitted 6-inch guns, antiaircraft guns, and added depth charges to the ship.  For almost a year, with John as part of the ship’s black gang, the Alcantara searched for German ships and submarines in the North Atlantic Ocean.  On February 29, 1916, the Alcantara intercepted the Greif, a German merchant raider ship disguised as a Norwegian ship.  The crew of the Alcantara signaled the Greif to stop for inspection.  The Greif slowed to a near stop, but as the Alcantara reached a distance of about 2,000 yards away, the crew of the Greif increased its speed and opened fire.  The Alcantara returned fire.  For nearly two hours, the ships exchanged volleys, and both received extensive, fatal damages.  The Alcantara capsized and sank, followed by the Greif later that same day.  68 men from the Alcantara died along with 230 men from the Greif.  John was injured by shrapnel from a torpedo, but he survived.       

The British Admiralty requisitioned the passenger ship HMHS Britannic as a hospital ship.  Rooms on the upper deck which had been designed for pleasure were transformed into rooms for the wounded.  The first-class dining and reception rooms were transformed into operating rooms.  On the morning of November 21, 1916, Britannic was transporting wounded soldiers from the Greek island of Lemnos back to England through the Kea Channel when an explosion rocked the ship.  Unbeknownst to the crew of the Britannic, exactly a month earlier, a German submarine, the U-73, had planted mines in the Kea Channel.  All efforts to save the Britannic failed.  Within 65 minutes after striking the mine, Britannic disappeared into the water.  Britannic holds the record for being the largest ship lost in World War I and is the world’s largest sunken passenger ship.  Once again, John survived.

The British Admiralty converted the RMS Asturius, a royal mail ship, into a hospital ship.  John joined the black gang of the Asturius.  On the night of March 20, 1917, John’s ship was steaming toward Southampton with all of its navigational lights on.  Large illuminated red crosses distinguished John’s ship as a hospital ship.  The Asturius had just disembarked approximately 1,000 wounded soldiers at Avonmouth and was headed for Southampton, England.  At around midnight, German U-boat UC-66 torpedoed John’s ship.  The crew aimed the damaged ship toward the shore and ran it aground.  Nearly two dozen people died and many more were injured but again, John survived.

John was next assigned to the SS Donegal.  Built in 1904, the Donegal served as a passenger ferry for an English railway company until World War I.  The British Admiralty converted this ship into an ambulance ship to ferry wounded soldiers from France back to England. On April 17, 1917, the Donegal was ferrying 610 lightly wounded soldiers across the English Channel.  Ambulance ships had been required to be clearly marked and lit to make them easier to identify.  However, the British Navy disregarded these requirements after the Germany Navy began targeting these marked ships.  The Donegal was not marked as an ambulance ship.  Unbeknownst to the crew of the Donegal, a German submarine, the UC-21, was lurking beneath the water.  The German submarine fired torpedoes at the Donegal.  Explosions shook the ship.  Within a matter of minutes, the Donegal sank.  The blasts from the torpedoes and subsequent sinking claimed the lives of 29 wounded British soldiers and 12 members of the crew.  John survived, albeit with a serious head injury.       

John’s reputation preceded him.  Rumors of John’s survival record spread throughout black gangs in England.  Rumors also spread that many of John’s black gang coworkers did not survive the sinking’s.  Many believed that it was bad luck to work on the same ship as the unsinkable stoker.  Each time John arrived at a new ship to take his place among its black gang, the other workers refused to work.  John, in body, may have been unsinkable, but his career was not.  Unable to find a black gang that would work with him, John had no choice but to find employment on dry land.  His days at sea had ended.           

John Priest, the unsinkable stoker, holds the distinction of being the only person to survive the sinking’s of five ships which included the HMHS Asturias, RMS Alcantara, SS Donegal, HMHS Britannic, and another ship.  The first ship’s sinking which John Priest miraculously survived, albeit with frost-bitten toes and an injured leg, happened on the morning of April 15, 1912.  That ship, arguably the most famous ship in history, was called the RMS Titanic.   


  1. The Spokesman-Review(Spokane, Washington), April 17, 1912, p.2.
  2. The Guardian(London, England), March 28, 1917, p.5.  
  3. The Times(London, England), April 23, 1917, p.10.

Expansion of COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Criteria in Louisiana

Expansion of COVID-19 vaccine eligibility criteria in Louisiana to include school and daycare teachers and support staff, adults aged 55-64 with high-risk medical conditions, and pregnant persons.

The State of Louisiana announced the expansion of the criteria for Phase 1b, Tier 1 of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. This expansion, was effective Monday, February 22, includes all persons previously available in Phases 1a and 1b, Tier 1 and expands Phase 1b, Tier 1 to include:

  • Teachers and any other support staff working onsite in K-12 schools or daycares
    • Teachers and staff actively working onsite should bring their employee badge or paystub
  • Individuals aged 55-64 with at least one of the conditions listed by the CDC as placing them at an “increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19.” The CDC list of conditions can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-with-medical-conditions.html.
    • Cancer
    • Chronic kidney disease
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Down Syndrome
    • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies
    • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
    • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30kg/m2 or higher but < 40kg/m2)
    • Severe obesity (BMIC >40kg/m2)
    • Sickle Cell Disease
    • Smoking
    • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • All pregnant persons, regardless of age
  • Providers/staff of Nonemergency Medical Transportation Services (NEMT), to be added to the currently eligible “ambulatory and outpatient providers and staff” category
  • Election workers assigned to work the March and April 2021 elections whom carry a letter stating they have been selected, along with their ID.

Important: Persons with above mentioned medical conditions should be instructed to complete the Louisiana COVID-19 Vaccine Attestation Form which is attached to this Health Alert and will be posted on the Louisiana COVID Vaccination website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Providers:

  • Providers should have self-attestation forms printed and available for patients who are to be vaccinated by virtue of a qualifying underlying medical condition. Patients are also able and encouraged to print the form at home and bring with them if they are able.
  • You must keep all self-attestation forms for those claiming high-risk medical conditions for a period of 6 months, in a HIPPA-safe manner. After 6 months these may be destroyed. These records may be requested and audited if necessary.
  • Providers can incorporate the self-attestation form into their online scheduling platforms. However, they must be able to retain an electronic copy for each patient.
  • Other “proof” of a high-risk health condition, beyond self-attestation, is not necessary.
  • Attestation need only occur on the 1st dose, not the 2nd dose (for those vaccines requiring 2 doses).
  • All providers of COVID-19 Vaccines must follow the priority group guidance listed on the LDH COVID-19 Vaccination page, and NOT determine their own criteria for vaccine eligibility.

Be an Inspiration

Curtis R. Joseph, Jr./Opinion

As a consequence of my mother’s military service, I was fortunate to spend some of my early childhood growing up in Germany.  Due to the Europeans’ widespread use of the rail system, we frequently traveled by train.  Suffice it to say, I soon developed an affinity for that particular mode of transportation.  During the Summer of 2016, I was fortunate to share the experience with my children when we drove to Marshall, Texas and caught the Amtrak Texas Eagle to Dallas. 

Aside from the gentleman who entered the train carrying what can only be described as a case for chainsaw, we had a fabulous time.  And, the roundtrip fare was less than the cost of fuel, had we driven.  The train was equipped with a viewing cabin, which afforded panoramic views of the East Texas countryside.  We enjoyed each other’s company, and the difference in travel time proved to be negligible.  

The train deposited us at Union Station, which left only a short walk to the Hyatt Regency.  During our weekend in Dallas, we walked everywhere we wanted to go.  Among our destinations was Dealey Plaza and the museum that is located on the 6th floor of what was formerly the Texas School Book Depository. 

Although I am a fan of the former President, I didn’t deceive myself into thinking that my young children would want to spend a great deal of time being inundated with information relative to JFK.  However, quite to my surprise, the kids were in no rush to leave the museum, the “grassy knoll”, or the plaza area.  Like most of us, they were taken in by the aura of a leader, who, despite his very human flaws, nevertheless inspired.  

As we rode the Texas Eagle back to Marshall, my wife and I began to debrief on the weekend’s trip.  As we shared our thoughts, a particular one resonated in my mind:  How vitally important it is to have leaders who inspire.  To that point, I recently came across the following JFK quote: “I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will protect the beauty of our natural environment, which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our national past and which will build handsome and balanced cities for our future.”  What an amazing concept!  Certainly, many leaders have referenced an appreciation for Kennedy.  And many cite him as one who inspired their actions.  Yet, he was a relatively young man when he left his mark on history.  

Much like JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr. was a young man when he went to Birmingham to address the injustices that pervaded the city.  In fact, he was only thirty-four.  As it regards Birmingham, this past February, my wife and I took a group of high school students to visit the city. While in Birmingham, we visited sites such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, which was bombed on September 15, 1963.  As a consequence of the bombing, four young girls lost their lives.  Ironically, our tour guide advised us that the Sunday School lesson that morning was titled “A Love That Forgives”. 

The church bombing was one of three such bombings that had occurred within an 11-day span and came on the heels of a Federal Court order that mandated the integration of Alabama’s public school system. In this light, it is seen that the bombings were instituted as push back against the progress that was being made due to the Civil Rights Movement, which was being spearheaded by the young Dr. King.  Again, despite their youth, both JFK and MLK were able to achieve great things because they inspired others to be more than themselves.  

Although they provide monumental examples of inspiration from the standpoint of iconic, national heroes, trust that the influence of local, hometown heroes cannot be overstated.  Due to the fact that we encounter our local heroes and heroines on a regular basis, their influence has the potential to be even more pervasive and lasting.  In short, we can actually touch them. 

We should also be aware of the fact that we can each live a life worthy of emulation.  We can live the type of life that serves as an inspiration to others.  Even our chance encounters can leave a lasting impression.  That impression can be a good one, or it can be an unpleasant one.  We CAN be difference makers should we choose to do so.

In closing, I’d like to reference another JFK quote.  During his 1961 address to the National Industrial Conference Board, President Kennedy stated, “For I can assure you that we love our country, not for what it was, though it has always been great…not for what it is, though of this we are greatly proud…but, for what it someday can, and, through the effort of us all, someday will be.”  Soaring rhetoric meant to inspire and capture a soaring ideal.  

The views and opinions expressed in the My Opinion article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Winn Parish Journal. Any content provided by the authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

CDW Offers Spring Training Schedule

Community Development Works, a program of The Rapides Foundation, is offering free skill-building trainings for Cenla residents and nonprofits. The trainings will be in the form of interactive webinars that can be accessed from electronic devices at specific times, and two podcasts available any time after registration.

CDW trainings are free of charge. Topics are geared toward nonprofit staff, board members, community volunteers and people interested in starting a nonprofit to improve their communities. The courses run from March 9 through May 11.
Spring trainings are presented within the following topic areas: the Start-Up Series for Nonprofits, the Grant Writing Series, the Evaluation Series, the Staff Development Series and the Financial Management Series.

Spring courses are as follows:
• Start-Up Series for Nonprofits training courses: To Be or Not To Be a 501(c)(3); Mission Heart, Business Mindset; Introduction to Finding Funders.
• Grant Writing Series training courses: Basic Grant Writing Part 1: Getting Ready; Basic Grant Writing Part 2: Getting Organized; Basic Grant Writing Part 3: Building a Case for Support; Crash Course in Grant Writing for Federal Grants.
• Evaluation Series courses: Conducting a Needs Assessment; Getting Started with Outcome Evaluation; Understanding Your Impact through Monitoring and Evaluation.
• Staff Development Series courses: Building an Empowered Team; Leader as Coach; How to Adapt Your Digital Strategy to Thrive; Adapting Programs and Services in Uncertain Times; Mindfulness at Work.
• Financial Management Series courses: Taking the Fear Out of Asking; Using QuickBooks to Manage Your Finances; Why People Don’t Donate (and What You Can Do About It).

Participants have the option of taking part in all trainings in a series or choosing only the ones that interest them.

To register, visit www.communitydevelopmentworks.org/attend-training or call CDW at 318-443-7880 or 800-803-8075.

Rush Limbaugh: The Lion That Roared

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

By simply but powerfully extolling the virtues of traditional American values, he built a vast conservative movement still growing at the time of his death

Despite what his critics have claimed in the wake of his passing, the legacy of Rush Limbaugh is really not complicated at all.

Over 32 years, he reached millions of Americans daily and, by merely reminding his vast audience of the unique nature of America’s miraculous founding, he created a solid, permanent, conservative movement in this country. They trusted him to be their constant, their anchor in an increasingly putrid cultural cesspool. He, in turn, empowered them with the truth and they never left him because he never left them.

Some of his detractors this week have referred to Rush’s legacy as “controversial” or “divisive” or that his rhetoric was “harsh.” Only to the Left, which was not nearly as offended by his manner as it was by his message.

However, to the great Silent Majority in this country, he was positively and powerfully enlightening. Using simple but compelling word pictures, he articulated daily what traditional American values really are. His substantial but succinctly stated commentary created the opportunity for millions of Americans to listen, learn, and ultimately come to the conclusion that “I’m a conservative.” It’s hypocritical to hear the Left describe Rush as having “dog-whistled” various “dark” messages to conservatives. All the while, of course, the harsh daily mocking of conservatives from the tabloid media on the Left is never condemned.

What is some of this “negative” commentary Rush offered? That it is Ok to love America, to believe that America, while not perfect, is truly exceptional and truly the “last best hope of man on earth”; that it is perfectly acceptable and logical to put “America First”; that it’s perfectly acceptable and legitimate to be unapologetically pro-family, pro-life and pro-2nd Amendment.

He made clear that it’s not only acceptable but completely accurate to believe that our free market economy has lifted millions out of poverty and is the envy of the world; to believe that a strong national defense, lower taxes, less regulation, limited government and religious freedom are, demonstrably, the best national policy; that it’s Ok to expect legal immigrants to learn our language and assimilate into our culture and to expect illegal aliens to be kept out of our country; to recognize that much of our public education system has failed abysmally and that our children are not being educated at all but, rather, indoctrinated in Marxist thought.

He was one of the first to notice and then call out the Cancel Culture that, fueled by the unfettered power of a social media sector that enormously benefits from (and abuses) federal law—as well as the national tabloid media, had arisen like a virus to stamp out conservative speech. He was also one of the first to note the treacherous effect on our constitutional republic of a massive, permanent, liberal federal bureaucracy we now know as the “Deep State.”

Rush Limbaugh was truly a lion who roared and his voice and message will continue to ring out long after his death by providing a political and historical roadmap in our quest to preserve America’s liberty and greatness.

The views and opinions expressed in the My Opinion article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of The Winn Parish Journal. Any content provided by the authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, individual or anyone or anything.

Best Practice When Encountering Injured or Orphaned Wildlife is to Leave It Alone, Undisturbed, LDWF Advises

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) would like to remind the public that the best thing to do when encountering injured or orphaned wildlife is to leave it alone and undisturbed.
Each year LDWF receives calls from concerned citizens who have found what they believe to be orphaned or abandoned mammals. It is against the law to capture, transport or possess mammalian wildlife and generally, those animals are better off left where they are found.
During the upcoming spring and summer months, the public is more likely to encounter or observe young wildlife with and without their parents. The presence of juvenile wildlife is common during these seasons as young wildlife begins to explore their environment, learn to forage/hunt and defend themselves.
LDWF is alerting the public to refrain from intervening in normal wildlife rearing and dispersal processes. 
It is not uncommon to find young wildlife alone while the parents are hunting/foraging or during a den relocation. Wildlife parents will return to the den site twice a day or more calling and waiting for a response from their young to then provide the necessary care of the young and/or move the young, one by one, to the new den site. The young will often be observed alone during the relocation and dispersal phases. Predators are less likely to find the young if the parents move the den location and doing so reduces the chances of entire den failure.
Individuals who encounter what appears to be orphaned wildlife should leave them alone and immediately leave the area, allowing the parents to return and continue to care for their offspring.
Individuals who encounter deer fawns must leave the area immediately.  Do not touch or interact with the fawn. Fawns are virtually scentless and use this advantage to avoid predation. Does often leave their fawns alone for hours to forage and to reduce attracting predators to the fawn.
You are most likely to see fawns in Louisiana from March-September. If you have encountered a fawn or deer which you believe to be orphaned or injured, note the location of the animal and leave the area immediately. Notify an LDWF biologist at the nearest LDWF Regional Office at https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/contact-us or call the 24-hour LDWF Enforcement Dispatch at 1-800-442-2511. Remember:  IF YOU CARE, LEAVE IT THERE!
Individuals who believe they have encountered other orphaned or injured wildlife species, should likewise leave the animal alone and contact an LDWF biologist at the nearest LDWF Regional Office http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/regional-offices or an LDWF licensed wildlife rehabilitator. A list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators can be found on LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov//page/injured-orphaned-wildlife
Individuals interested in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Program should contact Melissa Collins at mcollins@wlf.la.gov or 225-763-8584.