New Marshall Speaks to Rotary Club of Winnfield

The guest speaker for The Rotary Club of Winnfield’s meeting at Lynda’s Country Kitchen on January 20, 2021 was Jamey Maxwell, Winnfield’s recently-elected City Marshall.  He told Rotary members about the duties and authority of his office, and how he has been spending his time as Marshall since he took office at the first of the year.

Mr. Maxwell has 23 years of law enforcement experience with the Winn Parish Sheriff’s office, and is familiar with the ropes of enforcing the laws of our city and state. The City Marshall has the same law enforcement authority as the office of the Sheriff within the city limits and seven of the wards within Winn Parish. The City police department and the Sheriff’s office conduct all investigations, and the Marshall simply backs them up if needed. But he has authority to make traffic stops and give citations, make arrests and so forth, if the occasion warrants the same.

The primary duties of the City Marshall involve Winnfield City Court, where he serves as the court bailiff, and as the officer who serves all citations, pleadings requiring service, summonses for court appearances, and court orders. He supervises the eviction of tenants from rented premises, and collects and disburses seizures of funds by garnishments of wages obtained in the City court, as well as overseeing any needed enforcement of other City court orders.

Funding for the Marshall’s office is derived through fees charged by the court for serving the various papers and summonses, the 6% fee allowed to the collector of wage garnishments. The Marshall receives a salary of $450 per month and is allowed to draw up to 90% of the service fees collected by city court, although Mr. Maxwell assured his audience he does not draw that large percentage. He prefers to leave most of the money collected in the Marshall’s fund, despite the many hours of service he renders to the City court each week. He says he intends to manage the moneys he collects through his office with the best interest of the City of Winnfield and its citizens in mind.

The Rotary Club of Winnfield meets every Wednesday at Noon for lunch at Lynda’s Country Kitchen. For more information about the Rotary Club of Winnfield, you may contact President, Jodi Taylor (832) 573-5085. You can also find club information on Facebook at Rotary Club of Winnfield Facebook Page or online at   

Lauren Daigle Good

When a bride to be is in the planning stages of her wedding there are so many details that need the utmost attention. The pianist or organist to play the designated wedding music is at the top of that list. When I was planning my wedding, many moons ago, I did not have to give this a second thought. My next-door neighbor was a musician at Goldonna Baptist Church and I just knew without a doubt she would come through for her favorite neighbor.

When the time came, I walked over for a brief visit to make sure she was not busy on the chosen date. I even rehearsed the conversation in my mind. I would pop the question, she would say that she is happy to be asked, we would hug it out and go forth with our lives.

This is not how it played out at all. My sweet neighbor, Linda Dupree, looked me straight in the eye and told me under no certain terms would she ever consider this task. She was not known for using four letter words at all but it was almost as if she wanted to use a word that has double hockey sticks at the end. However, she was known as a quick-witted jokester. Maybe she was just pulling my leg by declining my amazing offer. So, I asked again.

Her exact words to me were, “I am not good enough to play at First Baptist Church. I am good, but not First Baptist Church good.”

I tried to convince her otherwise but she was not changing her mind. Needless to say, her words have lingered in my mind for two decades.

You can only imagine my surprise when I received word that my former neighbor, retired school teacher, Linda Dupree played the piano at a funeral for the famous Christian artist, Lauren Daigle.

The funeral was for a colleague of Dupree’s. They had taught many together at Calvin High School and she wanted to be there for the family as she taught all of her children as well. Never thinking for a moment that her colleague’s sister was the grandmother of Lauren Daigle or that she may even be in attendance.

As the funeral began, Dupree was asked to accompany a local vocalist, Todd Martin, with some of the music. Dupree was very comfortable playing for him as she has in the past. She did not even hesitate to step in. All of the sudden a big grin with a big hat pops in and asks if Dupree can play, “As the Saints Go Marching In”. They had a whispering rehearsal that lasted a few minutes and off they went.

Dupree did not even have time to get nervous or decline the invitation to play.

Martin and Daigle sang her song, “Rescue” to a CD. It was such a beautiful and moving moment. It touched everyone so deeply that it brought Dupree to tears. When the song was over, Daigle sat by Dupree and patted her on her back consoling her for making her cry. Dupree was quite sure that she gained another granddaughter at that moment. Daigle was so very kind and genuine. She also said that Lauren made her piano playing sound good. Dupree never had formal lessons to play because she was too hyper as a child to sit still long enough. She was self-taught.

I was speechless and tickled all at the same time at the woman who claimed to not be good enough to play a simple Wedding March at a local Southern Baptist church, but was suddenly the lone accompanying pianist for world renowned recording artist, Daigle.

“Every now and then God will wink at one of his kids and do something in our world that only he could pull off,” said Linda.

Being the humble servant of the Lord that she is, she went on to say, “I honestly don’t see the reason behind the hoo-hah. You just do whatever needs doing at the moment. Except playing for a wedding at First Baptist Church!”.

Let it be known that my neighbor was not First Baptist Church good at all…. she was just Lauren Daigle good.

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” –  Mathew 23:12

Winn Parish LDH COVID Weekly Update 1/28/2021

According to the Louisiana Department of Health website on January 28, 2020, Winn Parish reported 1,378 (1079 confirmed – 299 probable) total new cases of COVID 19. An increase of 33 cases since 1-21-2021. One additional deaths was reported in Winn Parish increasing the parish total to 35 (29 confirmed – 6 probable). The current case count as of 1-25-21 is 323.

Cases are very high and have stayed about the same over the past two weeks. The number of hospitalized Covid patients has fallen in the Winn Parish area. Deaths have remained at about the same level. The test positivity rate in Winn Parish is high, suggesting that cases may be undercounted.

An average of 6 cases per day were reported in Winn Parish, about the same as the average two weeks ago. Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 10 residents have been infected.

Nov. 2020 was the worst month for cases in Winn Parish.

Confirmed cases and deaths, which are widely considered to be an undercount of the true toll, are counts of individuals whose coronavirus infections were confirmed by a molecular laboratory test. Probable cases and deaths count individuals who meet criteria for other types of testing, symptoms and exposure, as developed by national and local governments.

Winn Correctional Center

According to ICE.GOV as of 1/26/2020 there are 4 detainees with confirmed cases of COVID 19 currently under isolation or monitoring at the Winn Correctional Center (WCC). There have been  no additional deaths keeping the total number of deaths of a detainee who died after testing positive for COVID-19 while in ICE custody at WCC at one. There have been 287 total confirmed COVID-19 cases at WCC since testing began in February 2020. 

There have been no official numbers reported by Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office or LaSalle Management regarding number of positive COVID cases or deaths amongst staff at WCC. 

Winn Parish Long-Term Care Facilities

The latest Nursing Home Report dated  January 27, 2020, reflects  three new cases among residents, and one new case among staff reported for this week at Autumn Leaves Nursing & Rehab Center. Winnfield Nursing & Rehab reported no new cases among residents, and no new cases among staff.

FacilityAutumn LeavesWinnfield Nursing & Rehab
Resident Census8175
Total COVID-19 Cases
Among Residents
New COVID-19 Cases
Among Residents
Since Last Report (1-20-21)
Of Total Resident Cases, Number Whose Infections Began at this Facility4162
Total Residents
Total COVD-19 Deaths
Among Residents
Total COVID-19 Cases
Among Staff
New COVID-19 Cases
Among Staff
Since Last Report (1-20-21)
Total Staff Recovered3943

Winn Parish Schools

COVID-19 cases reported to LDH by K-12 Winn Parish Schools as of the 1/13/21 report:

ParishNo. of Schools
in Parish
Total Cases
Total Cases
Cases Reported
1/18 – 1/24
1/18- 1/24
Cases are defined as individuals reported to have positive SARS-CoV-2 molecular or antigen laboratory tests. Cases are self-reported
by K-12 schools currently enrolled in the school reporting system.

Becoming a Citizen—The Golden Rule

In 1954, Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding, published his highly regarded novel, Lord of the Flies.  The story is set against the backdrop of an unspecified war and chronicles the plight of a marooned group of British schoolboys, who must establish a framework of governance to survive on an isolated, remote island in the Pacific Ocean.  Free from adult supervision, the boys initially bask in their freedom; however, the group soon splits into two factions—one seeking to adhere to the discipline and order that had been instilled within them by society, and the other opting to pursue basic instinct and impulse. 

In many respects, the novel is a microcosm of our society.  By that, it examines the conflicting human impulses of civilization on the one hand and the will to power on the other.  Essentially, one group of boys chose to be civilized (i.e., polite, well- mannered and conscientious), but the other group gave vent to their more savage nature.  By today’s meaning, the term “savage” has developed an association that means awesome or fierce.  However, historically, when someone or something was described as being savage, the intent was a derogatory one typically used by someone from “civilized” society. 

In terms of word roots, our modern-day concept of civility comes from the word civilis which, in Latin, means “becoming a citizen”.  Essentially, this concept assumes that there is something about us that requires elevation and, as such, it tends to suggest that earning the status of a “citizen” is necessarily a work in progress. 

To that point, when an immigrant goes through the naturalization process, they are advised of their rights (i.e., voting, serving on a jury, the right to a fair and speedy trial, freedom of expression, freedom to worship how you wish (or, to refrain from worshiping), and the freedom to register for Selective Services to defend the country, to name a few).  They are also advised of their responsibilities (i.e., to support and defend the Constitution, to participate in the democratic process, to respect and obey federal, state and local laws, to pay your taxes, to stay informed on issues that affect your community and your country, and to respect the rights, beliefs and opinions of others). 

Along those same lines, the early Greeks believed that civility was both a private virtue and a public necessity, which functioned to hold the state together.  In other words, civility amounted to respect.  And in addition to the rights associated with citizenship, one became obligated to take on responsibility to the public…responsibility to the whole. 

Interestingly enough, many religions also teach that we are essentially born in need of reformation.  Which begs the age-old question…is mankind, in its natural state, born either “good” or evil”?  I doubt that we will ever get a conclusive answer to that question.  Certainly, we’d be hard pressed to obtain verification one way or the other.  Nevertheless, it goes without saying that our ordered society is dependent upon our ability to coexist.  This can only be accomplished if we treat one another with respect. 

Evidence points to the fact that our civic bonds are becoming more and more strained by an overall decline in civility.  Look no further than the typical day-to-day exchanges between every day, ordinary people.  The ability to disagree without being disagreeable is a lost art.  Disagreements devolve immediately into name calling, followed by threats of violence.  We see this behavior modeled by our so-called leaders and, unfortunately, parroted by our young. 

But, there is guidance for us in the Golden Rule—“in everything, do unto others what you would have them do unto you.”  Crystal clear in its simplicity, the Golden Rule is the common thread that runs through most, if not all, cultures and organized religions.  This time-tested maxim sets forth an agreement that assumes a two-way street which places the burden, first, upon us. 

I am reminded of the Saturday morning cartoons that presented the hero at a crossroads, faced with a dilemma.  There he stands, with an angel on one shoulder and the devil on the other.  In this scenario, the angel represents civility, and the devil represents civility’s alternative.  We’re faced with such choices all day, every day.  To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, let’s make a habit of yielding to the better angels of our nature.  Our society hangs in the balance. 

Curtis R. Joseph, Jr.

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.

How to Buy A Bass Boat…Part 1

By Steve Graf Owner/Co-host Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

Even though 2020 was one of the worst years on record for obvious reasons, boat dealerships had what many would say was their best year ever. As more people turned to the waterways for their quarantine entertainment, bass boat companies could not keep up with the demand heading into 2021 as they were three months behind. Of course, you’ll also need a motor for that new bass boat and these manufactures are four to five months behind. With all this being said, dealerships will still be selling boats. Even though most boat shows will be canceled for 2021, some dealerships will be doing in-house boat shows and offering great deals. Over the next two weeks, I’m going to give you some advice and some really good insight on how to buy a new bass boat.

  1. Know your needs….Are you fishing big waters like Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend or are you just fishing local cypress tree lakes. This will determine what length of boat you need to consider. For big water lakes, you would prefer nothing less than a 20-to-21-footer. The length really makes a huge difference when crossing the big water lakes in terms of ride, comfort and staying dry. But shorter boats (17 to 18 feet long) make navigating smaller cypress tree lake thickets a lot easier.  
  2. How big a boy are ya……If you’re 6’3” or taller, the one thing you don’t want is your knees banging on the console. Take the time to sit in the boat (or test drive) to make sure you have plenty of leg room. Also take a good look at the seats; you want seats with good padding like Ranger Boats SRS (Soft Ride Seat system).
  3. Storage capacity….I will go ahead and tell you now, it’s like your house, you can never have too much storage capacity. You want room for all your rods & tackle but make sure the rod locker has guide tubes which really helps protect your rods. I also want lighted boxes and rod lockers. This makes it a lot easier to find things early in the morning when you’re on the water before sunrise. But the one thing that is of the utmost importance is that the storage lockers STAY DRY. Make sure the lids have a good tight seal when you open and close them.
  4. Deck space….one thing that I really like is a wide front deck like the Ranger Z Series of boats. This gives you plenty of room to lay several rods on the front deck without stepping on them. I also look for a boat that has at least a 3-inch rail lip because it keeps you from kicking & losing rods over the side. Beware of boats where the deck is flush with the top of the hull.  Also make sure the boat has good rod tie downs on the front deck on both sides.
  5. Dual or single console….I like dual console for several reasons. As a guy that has fished as a co-angler at one time, I really appreciated having that protection in front of me while traveling down the lake in bad weather. It also gives me another storage compartment to put things that I have quick access to. Plus, it also makes for a better-looking boat and can really be an asset when you resell the boat.

Bass boats today are a major purchase and the choices you make now will have a big impact on whether you’ll get a good return when you sell or trade-in this boat. Next week we’ll talk about your motor choices, and accessories. Till next time, don’t forget to set the hook! For great angling tips, tune in every Monday at 12:00 noon to Tackle Talk Live on Facebook or catch us on our You Tube channel.

Steve Graf
Co-host Tackle Talk Live

Steve Graf


Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show

Job Opening for Outpatient Medical Center

TITLE: Clinic Managers

Looking for 3 ethical, personable, highly-responsible and highly-accountable experienced healthcare supervisors to run OMC clinics in Natchitoches (largest), Leesville, and DeSoto (RHC) under established policies and procedures. Outstanding, energetic, and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply.   Must have a record of successful business management experience.  Salary based on degree of job-related experience and qualifications.  For information or to apply, email or call 318-357-2071. EOE.

Notice of Death January 28, 2021

Leila Morrow
January 10, 2021
A memorial service to celebrate her life with family and friends will be at a later date.

Ronnie G. Edwards
January 28, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Francis Deloney
March 08, 1940 – January 26, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 1 pm at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Natchitoches

Ryan Brown
December 12, 1990 – January 24, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Marquita Nash
December 21, 1985 – January 25, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Julia Rowzee
June 29, 1941 – January 20, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 10 am at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Montgomery

Ola Henderson
January 23, 2021
Service: Sunday, January 31 at 1:30 pm at the North Star Baptist Church in Powhatan

Edward West
February 1, 1964 – January 20, 2021
Arrangements TBA

Carla Phillips
January 18, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 1 pm in the chapel of the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home, located at 318 North Street in Natchitoches

Ervin David Dickens
July 19, 1951 – January 24, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 2 pm at Harmony Cove Baptist Church

Steve Ezernack Sr.
February 1, 1950 – January 27, 2021
Service: Saturday, January 30 at 10 am at New Freedom Fellowship Church

Tommy Ray Byles
December 23, 1943 – January 27, 2021
Service: Friday, January 29 at 12 pm at Mt. Freedom Cemetery

Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office Arrest Report

Name: Kyowa David Reynolds
Date: 1-21-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 48
Charge: Arrest Warrant: Video Voyeurism

Name: Latonya Yevette Campbell
Date: 1-22-21
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Age: 38
Charge: Failure to Appear

Name: Morgan J. King
Date: 1-23-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 44
Charge: No Record of Insurance, Driving Under Suspension W/O Accident, Switched License Plate, Expired Dl Under 30 Days

Name: Thomas J. Wise
Date: 1-23-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 24
Charge: Battery-Aggravated

Name: Thomas Bryan Garrett
Date: 1-24-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 44
Charge: Careless Operation W/Accident-1st Offense, Driving While Intoxicated-1st Offense (W/Test)

Name: Christopher Paul Fredrick
Date: 1-26-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 36
Charge: Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Prohibited Acts; Drug Paraphernalia

Name: Timothy Scott Honeycutt
Date: 1-26-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 37
Charge: FTA, Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Prohibited Acts; Drug Paraphernalia

Name: Howard Marshall Smith
Date: 1-26-21
Race: White
Gender: Male
Age: 38
Charge: Possession of Schedule II Drugs, Prohibited Acts; Drug Paraphernalia

Have A CDL? The Winn Parish Police Jury Highway Departments Wants to Talk to You!

The following position is currently open at the Winn Parish Police Jury. Applications may be picked up at the Winn Parish Police Jury office.

Job Title: Dump Truck Driver:
Department: Highway Department
Description: Under direct supervision of Road Superintendent, operates trucks and other light equipment used in construction and maintenance; performs a variety of manual tasks in connection with such operations; and performs other duties as required. This is an entry-level job.
Examples of Work: Equipment Operation-Drive or operate such equipment as 5 yard dump, stake, and flatbed trucks, small farm type tractors with blade or bush hog. Provides routine maintenance on equipment, assists in mechanical repairs, performs physical labor as required; maintains simple records of equipment operations; may operate less complex equipment as needed; and services assigned equipment daily. 
Minimum Qualifications: Training and Experience -Three (3) months of experience operating one or more kinds of equipment specified for the class, OR six ( 6) months to one (1) year of experience in general labor or maintenance work.
Licenses and Certificates: Must Possess CDL license. 

Obit For Wanda “Cookie” Kay Saucier

Mrs. Wanda Kay “Cookie” Hayden Saucier, age 71 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Born Monday, January 23, 1950 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Kent Hayden; her husband, Warren B. Saucier; and her sister, Joyce Hayden Shirley.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Jeff (Shannon), Shannon, and Shawn “Dune”; her brother, Richard “Dicky” Hayden (Patty); her grandchildren, Jacie (David), Gage, Scout, Claycee, Chandler, Case, Chase, and Claire; her great grandchildren, Rhemi, Rorie, and Reese; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be announced by the family at a later date.

LDWF Stresses Safety After Three Recent Boating Fatalities

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division is encouraging all boaters to practice safe boating while enjoying the waterways of Louisiana. This notice comes after three people have died in boating accidents in 2021.

The Enforcement Division has witnessed an uptick in the number of boating crash incidents and boating related fatalities in past couple years.  The numbers of boating crash incidents reached 162 in 2020, up from 129 boating incidents in 2018 and 135 boating incidents in 2019. The number of boating fatalities also rose from 19 in 2018 and to 20 in 2019 and up to 24 in 2020.

The boating fatalities this month include two 15-year-old boys in Caldwell Parish with the operator of the vessel being charged with vehicular homicide and operating a vessel while intoxicated. The other boating fatality occurred in St. Landry Parish and involved a kayak that capsized and the deceased was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) and never resurfaced.

“The boating crash incidents and fatality trend in the last year is disturbing to say the least,” said Col. Chad Hebert, head of LDWF’s Enforcement Division which enforces recreational boating safety laws and investigates recreational boating crash incidents.

Hebert said the growing number of accidents in 2020 was probably boosted by the COVID-19 pandemic where more people got outside, especially on the water where they could practice safe distancing and still have a good time.

“We saw an increase in the number of people recreationally boating along with a higher number of days on the water, especially in last year which we attribute to higher incidents and fatalities.” Hebert said. “While we are happy people can enjoy the outdoors during this time, we also want them to do it responsibly and in a safe manner.”

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet echoed Hebert’s sentiments about welcoming more people on the waterways, “but we have to be smart. Safe practices will be beneficial to everyone. We can help ourselves and other boaters by following the rules of the water.”

Of the 24 fatalities in 2020, 20 were recovered without wearing a PFD.  Anyone 16 years of age and younger is required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved and properly fitting PFD while underway on a vessel under 26 feet long.  Also, everyone on a vessel less than 16 feet long, propelled by a hand tiller motor, must wear a PFD while underway.

There must also be a PFD for each person on board a vessel and anyone riding on a personal watercraft must wear a PFD.

Of the 24 boating fatalities in 2020, 4 of them involved alcohol.  Nationwide, alcohol is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating incidents, causing 19 percent of all deaths on the water.

In Louisiana, operating or driving a vessel while intoxicated has the same penalties as operating a vehicle.  A DWI on the water can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel while impaired. LDWF agents issued 78 citations for DWI on the water in 2018, 88 in 2019 and 72 in 2020.

Boaters are encouraged to take the LDWF approved safe boating course. It is mandatory for anyone born after Jan.1, 1984, to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  LDWF certified over 9,610 boaters in 2020.

To register for the course, visit

The Rising China Threat

By Royal Alexander/Opinion

The Chinese Communist Party has made clear that it will do whatever it determines is necessary to win what it sees as an inevitable war with the U.S.  

Economically, militarily, and geographically, the United States faces a stark and growing threat from China.  We have known this for some time but recent examples of cyberterrorism, hacking, industrial espionage and the theft annually of hundreds of billions of dollars of intellectual property highlight this fact.  (Over the last decade alone it is estimated that the Chinese government has stolen some $6 trillion of U.S. intellectual property).

President Trump should be highly commended for his America First agenda and for the aggressive and relentless reshaping of the trade relationship between the two countries to address the enormous and unfair trade deficit the U.S. has had with China.  In fact, long before he was, or even contemplated becoming president, Donald Trump was sounding the alarm about Chinese economic aggression.  The coronavirus crisis proved him correct when the United States and the world suddenly discovered how dependent we all are upon the Chinese supply chain for a wide variety of pharmaceuticals and other related products.  This development underscores why it is so concerning that over the decades much of American manufacturing has left the U.S. and relocated in China. 

As we reflect on our American history we can look back and recall that at one time it was both helpful and necessary—to protect American foreign policy and national security interests—to, diplomatically and strategically, align with China in order to bracket the former Soviet Union and check its international aggressions.  However, that time is long past as we are now engaged in a similar cold war with China itself.

The Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) cruel, dark, and repressive history (the CCP has executed over 100 million of its own people in the last century, as it now murders the Uyghurs in a campaign of genocide and brutally crushes the Christian faith—to say nothing of its one-child policy which has resulted in more than 500 million unborn babies slaughtered by abortion) has made clear that the CCP would not hesitate to create the Covid 19 virus in that Wuhan lab and then weaponize and release it across the world, doing the incalculable damage we continue to witness. 

In many respects, various American administrations have greatly contributed to this problem by, for example, making enormous economic benefits available to China by granting “Most Favored Nation” trading status—as well as membership in the World Trade Organization.  We have also tolerated the continued diminishment of our military power with respect to China while we, narrowly and shortsightedly, viewed America’s principal enemy to be Islamic terrorists in the Middle East as we prosecuted the War on Terror.

Although the Trump Administration strove mightily to “catch up” our depleted military we do not currently have the ability to militarily counter either the encroachment by the Chinese navy or the building of multiple military installations in the South China Sea.  It is also unnerving to realize the Chinese military is presently developing an advanced fighter aircraft that will likely equal our best fighter aircraft. 

The CCP has made clear that it will absolutely do whatever it determines is necessary to win what it sees as an inevitable war between itself and the U.S. This includes conventional—and even nuclear—warfare, terrorism, and biological, cyber, economic, data and political warfare.  The U.S. simply has no choice but to begin to plan aggressively to rebuff this multifaceted threat to America’s safety, security, and viability.

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.