GPSO Announces Deputy’s Graduation from Correctional Academy

Sheriff Steven McCain and Warden James Watkins are proud to announce that Deputy Wendy Brown-Chelette recently graduated from the Correctional Academy.
 
The academy consisted of 9 weeks of training that involved firearms, physical fitness, defensive tactics, Louisiana laws and much more.
 
Deputy Brown-Chelette was also the President of the academy class.

Edwards Vetoes Two Bills Authored During Second Special Session

John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, Oct. 27 he vetoed two bills authored by republican lawmakers during the second special legislative session of 2020.

The governor said he vetoed HB 4 authored by Rep. Mark Wright (R-Covington) and HB 51 authored by Rep. Blake Miguez (R-Erath). 

HB-4 would have given the Louisiana Legislature power to overturn emergency declarations declared by the governor. 

HB-4 is different than the petition signed by 64 republican legislators Friday, Oct. 27 that lawmakers claim overturns Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 restrictions. Gov. Edwards’ administration filed a lawsuit Monday, Oct. 26 contesting the legality of the petition. Edwards called the petition “reckless, irresponsible, and unconscionable” during a news conference Friday, Oct. 23. He also questioned the constitutionality of the petition and credited his restrictions for the plateau in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since July. A judge in the state’s 19th Judicial District Court will determine if the petition is constitutional.

HB 51 prohibited the use of private funds for any part of the State of Louisiana’s election system. Edward’s veto letter to Speaker Schexnayder stated, “House Bill 51 is an unnecessary political ploy that only serves to threaten the safety of polling places during a pandemic and increase the costs to taxpayers to administer safe elections.”


My Opinion – A Tale of Two Americas

By Royal Alexander

This election provides us with a choice as profound as it is clear: do we want America to remain America?

Do we wish to remain a nation that is governed by a constitution and adheres to a rule of law? Should we fight for and cling to the numerous, and rare, individual rights and liberties guaranteed to us; Do we continue to protect freedom of speech and freedom of religion and religious expression; do we really believe in the 2nd Amendment and the individual right to keep and bear arms; do we still believe that our life, liberty and property cannot be denied us without due process of law—while we are presumed innocent.

Should we citizens defer to government, or is government supposed to be responsive to us; do we preserve a limited federal government with specific, enumerated powers that governs only with our consent, or a socialist model of the kind we’ve seen fail throughout history in so many places; do we believe we know best how to run—and are better at running—our lives, as well as our families and our children’s lives than the government is, or do we cede those rights of self-determination to government bureaucrats, social engineers and the ever-encroaching tentacles of the “nanny” state.

Should we pay exorbitantly higher taxes to the federal government—a government that cannot even fully block robocalls—because if we do it will somehow be able to control the warming and cooling of the earth; do we allow abortion on demand, along with the violation of conscience entailed in using the tax dollars of we who are deeply opposed to the barbaric procedure, to pay for them; do we want a vigorous oil and gas industry—even as we continue to move toward renewable energy sources—so that we are not foolishly reliant on oil from hostile foreign governments. 

Do we believe that massive new taxes, regulation and a restricted, managed form of capitalism are necessary to provide our best life and society, or do we wish for a vibrant free-market economy where we may pursue our dreams of small business ownership; do we want the public schools to educate our children, or to indoctrinate them.

Do we want the best, highest-quality health care in the world, or do we turn the critical provision of health care over to government agencies and bureaucrats who are often more concerned with limiting and rationing care than with whether we are healed and cured; do we want to live under a government—as we’ve graphically witnessed this year—that defunds the police and tacitly condones violence, looting and destruction of property, or do we desire a society that is based upon law and order and a democratic process through which to seek lasting social change.  

Do we seek a society filled with free and robust speech, press, petition and peaceful assembly, or the kind of country in which Political Correctness and Groupthink get us shouted down and cowed by threats of one kind or another when we seek to express the truth and our beliefs in relation to it.

We repudiated and defeated communism in the last century.  It’s precursor, Socialism, is also a dark and hopeless ideology.  Today, desperate, freedom-seeking people all over the world continue to perilously strap themselves and their families onto “boats” consisting of broken boards and logs, buoyed by empty plastic milk jugs, risking their lives in the hope of reaching America.  They are fleeing Socialism.  Why would we even conceive of granting it a stronghold here?

Do we desire a country in which elites rule, or one in which any child, of any faith, background or upbringing may grow up to be president, or anything else they dream of, pray and work for?

Do we seek a society based upon “critical race theory” that has as its foundation the belief that every societal flaw stems from American sexism, racism or some other form of prejudice or “systemic bias”; or, one in which were are judged not “by the color of our skin but by the content of our character”? 

Do we want an admittedly imperfect country that never stops seeking to improve itself, or one in which social and cultural change is impossible because the ruling elite—our “government”—has arrogantly assumed it “knows better” than we, the unenlightened, the rubes, deplorables, or  “maggots” as Keith Olbermann said about Trump supporters.

We should pray and vote to have America remain America.

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 Grant 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.


Louisiana Remains in Phase 3 Despite Some Misinformation

According to an email received by business owners registered for the opensafely.gov updates “despite some misinformation being shared, the Governorʼs public health emergency order REMAINS in effect at this time, and you should continue to adhere to the guidelines associated with it. While there has been a challenge to the Governorʼs order, it is still in place while this is being worked out in the courts. Louisiana remains in Phase 3 and the statewide mask mandate is still in place.”

The current Phase 3 Order expires on November 6, 2020. On, October 22, 2020, Gov. John Bel Edwards amended the order  for outdoor high school sports by allowing outdoor stadiums in parishes with lower rates of positive COVID tests to move to 50 percent capacity, up from 25 percent. The amended order included Grant and Winn parish. Prior to this change, the capacity for sports stadiums, arenas and athletic events was limited to 25 percent. 


Remember This? A Fake Farce

On the morning of February 20, 2005, Mike Bolesta and his son Christopher visited a Best Buy in Lutherville, Maryland, about twenty minutes north of Baltimore.  They were shopping for a cd player for Christopher’s car.  The carefully considered the pros and cons of each model until they finally decided on just the right one.  The technician assured Mike that the cd player would fit perfectly in Christopher’s dashboard without any alterations.  Mike agreed to pay a $114 installation fee in addition to the cd player once it was installed.  After a while, the technician returned with bad news.  The cd player would not fit but Best Buy had another model which would fit, and it was $67 cheaper.  Mike and Christopher were disappointed, but the technician’s offer to waive the $114 installation fee was too good to pass up.  Mike had the technician install the cd player.  After the technician completed the installation, Mike paid the cashier for the cd player and said he would be glad to pay the installation fee.  The cashier was aware of the technician’s offer and did not charge him for installation.  Mike and Christopher left the store pleased with their purchase.

As the old saying goes, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”  The following day, a representative from Best Buy called Mike and threatened to call the police unless he returns to the store and pays the $114 installation fee.  Mike mentioned that the technician had waived the installation fee because of their inability to install the cd player they had originally chosen.  The Best Buy representative stood his ground.  Mike agreed to come in the following day to settle up.

On the following day, Mike returned to the Best Buy to pay the installation fee.  He handed the cashier $114 in cash.  The cashier noticed that some of the ink on the bills was smeared.  She suspected the bills were counterfeit.  She pointed out the smearing to Mike and said, “I don’t have to take these if I don’t want to.”  Mike replied, “If you don’t, I’m leaving.  I’ve tried to pay my bill twice.  You don’t want these bills, you can sue me.”   The cashier took the money and checked each of them with an anticounterfeit pen.  The ink showed that the bills were real but the cashier was still uncertain.  Other employees became curious and inspected the bills.  “Are these real?” they asked.  “Of course, they are,” Mike contended, “They’re legal tender.”  They too suspected the bills were counterfeit.  One of the employees discreetly called the police.    

Within minutes, police arrived and inspected the bills.  One officer noticed that, in addition to the smearing, the bills ran in sequential order.  One of the officers asked where he got the bills and Mike replied that he got them from his bank.  “You got a problem, call the bank.”  By this time, all of the customers and employees in the area were gawking at Mike.  He later said, “I am 6 feet 5 inches tall, and I felt like 8 inches high.  It was humiliating.”  Like the Best Buy employees, the officers concluded that the money was counterfeit.  One of the officers handcuffed Mike and told him, “We have to do this until we get it straightened out.”  Mike retorted, “I can’t believe you’re doing this.  I’m paying with legal American money.”  The officers were unyielding.

One of the officers transported him to the county police lockup in Cockeysville, about 10 minutes north of the Best Buy.  They walked Mike into a jail cell which had a metal pole attached to the floor and ceiling in the center of the room.  Next to the pole was a single chair.  An officer sat Mike in the chair and uncuffed one hand.  Mike assumed he would remove the handcuffs.  Instead, the officer handcuffed Mike to the pole.  Mike was even more shocked when the officer shackled his legs to the pole.  Mike said, “at this point, I’m a mass murderer.”  Mike sat and waited.

Three hours after being handcuffed and shackled to the pole, United States Secret Service agent Leigh Turner arrived at the jail.  She examined each bill for size, thickness, weight, tested the paper’s ink, and paid close attention to the sequential numbers.  She concluded that the bills were absolutely real, legitimate American currency.  She had the final say in the matter.  In her report, agent Turner noted that “sometimes ink on money can smear.”  Officers released Mike and apologized for the inconvenience.

A few days later, Mike’s son asked him for some money.  Mike pulled his wallet from his back pocket and pulled out a few bills.  Mike’s son suddenly remembered the story of Mike being arrested and decided that he no longer needed the money.  Why were the Best Buy employees and officers confused about Mike’s form of payment?  Why was he arrested?  Mike paid the cashier the $114 cd player installation fee in fifty-seven crisp, real… $2 bills.      

For more Real Stories about Real People …with a Twist, order your copy of “Remember This?” at http://www.BradDison.com or from Amazon.com.          

Source:

The Baltimore Sun, March 8, 2005, p.B1.


Notice of Death October 27, 2020

GRANT:
Anita “Oma” Biedenbacher
January 12, 1944 – October 26, 2020

WINN:
Gary Higgs
September 28, 1941 – October 25, 2020
Service: Wednesday, October 28 at 11 am in the Southern Funeral Home Chapel

NATCHITOCHES:
Edwin Davidson, Jr.
September 12, 2003 – October 19, 2020
Arrangements TBA

Marjorie Remo
October 22, 2020
Arrangements TBA

SABINE:
Nickolas Charles Parrie
September 28, 2001 – October 25, 2020
Service: Thursday, October 29 at 11 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church

RED RIVER:
Roy Ricky White
October 26, 2020
Arrangements TBA


McCallum the Clear Choice, Record Speaks for Itself

McCallum is currently on the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal. Before that, he served as a judge of the Third Judicial District (Lincoln and Union Parishes). Prior to being elected judge, he served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Third Judicial District, and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (1992-2002).

As the only candidate who has rendered decisions as a trial court judge, McCallum is uniquely qualified to be our next Supreme Court Justice given that the job requires reviewing other judge’s decisions.

To be fair, how can someone grade the decisions of others if they have no experience making those decisions? In order to do the job and to be fair in the decisions a Supreme Court Justice is asked to make, that person should have experience in making those decisions. McCallum is the only candidate in the Louisiana Supreme Court race who has presided over trials and sentenced criminals.

McCallum has also been endorsed by the PACs of the Associated General Contractors, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, the Louisiana Home Builders Association, and the Associated Builders and Contractors. These PACs represent thousands of members and workers who have endorsed Judge McCallum because of his record of fairness.

McCallum is the only candidate in the Louisiana Supreme Court race who has a pro-life, pro-second amendment, pro-family record as a legislator who co-authored NRA legislation supported by Charlton Heston and Wayne Lapierre.

Again, he is the only candidate who has experience as a Prosecutor, a State Representative, a District Court Judge, and a Court of Appeal Judge. McCallum has the most judicial experience in the race for Louisiana Supreme Court with 18 years as a judge and the most legal experience with 35 years as an attorney.

Because of his record of working with law enforcement to help keep our families and communities safe, McCallum has the law enforcement endorsement of Sheriffs, retired Sheriffs, District Attorneys, retired District Attorneys, Chiefs of Police and retired Chiefs of Police from 15 of the 20 parishes that comprise the Supreme Court district:

Sheriff John Ballance, Bienville Parish; District Attorney John Belton, 3rd JD; Chief of Police Andre Benson, Junction City; Sheriff Clay Bennett, Caldwell Parish; Sheriff Andy Brown, Jackson Parish; Chief of Police Joe Bryan, Spearsville; Sheriff Sammie Byrd, Madison Parish; Chief of Police Tommy Clark, Grambling; Sheriff Kevin Cobb, Franklin Parish; Chief of Police Bim Coulberston, Farmerville; Chief of Police Mark Dodd, Marion; District Attorney Penny Douciere, 5th JD; Chief of Police Don Dufour, Dubach; District Attorney Brian Frazier, 37th JD; Chief of Police Sandy Freeman, Simsboro;Sheriff Dusty Gates, Union Parish; Sheriff Gary Gilley, Richland Parish; Chief of Police Randal Hermes, Louisiana Tech; Chief of Police Eddie Horton, Bernice; Ret. Sheriff Wayne Houck, Lincoln Parish; Sheriff Rickey Jones, Tensas Parish; Sheriff Cranford Jordan, Winn Parish; Ret. District Attorney Mack Lancaster, 5th JD; Sheriff Scott Mathews, West Carroll Parish; Ret. Sheriff Steve May, Caldwell Parish; Chief of Police Van McDaniel, Homer; Chief of Police Jerry Melton, Grambling University; Chief of Police Bobby J. Milner, Choudrant; District Attorney Chris Nevils, 8th JD; District Attorney Danny Newell, 2nd JD; Sheriff Jason Parker, Webster Parish; Ret. Chief of Police Minor Patton, Bernice; District Attorney Jimbo Paxton, 6th JD; Ret. Sheriff Jerry Philley, West Carroll Parish; Chief of Police Earl Roberts, Downsville; Sheriff Jay Russell, Ouachita Parish; Chief of Police Lewis B. Russell, Oak Grove; Ret. Sheriff Gary Sexton, Webster Parish; Ret. Sheriff Mike Stone, Lincoln Parish; District Attorney Steve Tew, 4th JD; Sheriff Mike Tubbs, Morehouse Parish; Ret. Sheriff Ken Volentine, Claiborne Parish; Sheriff Stephen Williams, Lincoln Parish; Sheriff Wydette Williams, East Carroll Parish.

Early voting begins Friday, Oct 16 and goes through Oct 27, 2020 with Election Day Nov 3

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