Rational persons gain information from myriad media.
Therefore, the truth is dependent on multiple media.
The above syllogism is a testament to how despite — or perhaps because of — the sundry quality of the media, it is now the sole messenger of reality in the 21st century. To delve into and sift facts out of the daily onslaught of news on the internet, television and smartphones is no longer a choice, but a necessity, a civic duty of an informed and educated American.
Whew! It is a hot one out there today! However, I must admit that north Louisiana has been blessed with relatively mild temperatures throughout the month of June, with the exception of a few days. We’ve also been blessed with abundant rainfall — I think we are well over 30 inches for the first half of the year, with some areas receiving more or less depending on location.
Is there finally a little bit of light shining at the end of the long, cold and dark tunnel known as Louisiana’s state budget.
Apparently that could be the case.
With Louisiana’s economic picture brightening, legislative leaders are proposing a $6 million boost to their budget next year.
The budget to finance the House, Senate and other legislative agencies would grow to $98.4 million next year, under recommendations approved without objection Wednesday by a panel of legislative leaders.
My head is filled with so many different thoughts as I sit down to write this week’s column. I am thinking of the heartfelt and humble Christmas Angel requests we have from children who have lived with the fear and stress of family violence. I am considering the fact that for many of those children, the holidays will not bring sweet and comforting family traditions, but instead a guaranteed mounting tension in the home, a growing anger, an increase in curses, threats and beatings.