My Rant Today:
By Marcella Meeks

Trump is causing a lot of uproar in this country over the border wall that is hurting a lot of people and may hurt even more in the long run, Why don’t they just give him the money and let him build that wall? Sooner or later some other country is going to get the money to build chemical weapons anyway. Without the wall, we are going to end up taking care of thousands more people who come into our country. Our own people need the help in the worse ways possible. We need the jobs, too.

People are not getting paid, income tax refunds may not be paid and people on food stamps and low income housing are going to be hit the hardest in the long run. Some of these people rely on these programs to survive.



“If I Were President of the United States”

“If I Were President of the United States”
By Marcella Meeks

For the past few months, every where I look on the Internet there is something written about President Trump. He is a very popular man, this president. You know, America, he may tweet too much or ask for too much by putting up the border wall, but give the man a break. He is trying to run this country as best as he can instead of chasing after some woman like Clinton did during his presidency or creating something ludicrous as Obama Care.

Honestly, I didn’t vote for neither one of them. I have lost any and all respect for our current political officials and anything they put out there.

But I do admit putting up a border wall is one of the best ideas yet. And keeping the money in the U.S. instead of sending millions to all these other countries is another great idea. At least Trump has managed to do a few good things, but he has had to put up a fight to get it done.

If I were president, I’d build the border wall and enforce the law just like other countries do when American people go into their countries. We have to have a passport in order to get in, so it should be here also. They’d have to be legal in order to work here and they’d certainly have to be legal in order to draw food stamps, SSI or Social Security. We have to pay taxes, and it should be set for them to pay as well when they come to this country. If I were president, I’d make them pay taxes plus pay an additional ten percent for a year in order to become a US citizen. But that’s just me!

We have people in America who are homeless and can’t afford shelter or food and they cannot get benefits because they don’t have a home. Why should we give those same benefits to illegals who come here and don’t have homes either? Our own people would be priority if I ran this country.

What gets me is the school system. When our children start school we have to show our ID with a current address or if we don’t have that, we have to produce two forms of a bill showing our residency such as an electric bill or water bill. How do the illegals get their kids in school? How do they get an ID or driver’s license?

It’s a good thing I am not president because I’d sure crack down on a lot of things. I would find ways to fund our veterans who fought for our freedom much more vigorously. These other countries wouldn’t get the money when our own heroes need it more.

Prisoners who have murdered innocent children should never be set free. They’d spend their life in prison without parole.

But since I am not the president and never will be, at least I can think up ways to help this country. If you were president, what would be different? What restrictions would you implement? Just curious to hear other view points…



On Saturday, January 19, park staff will lead guests on a guided tour of the battlefield, visiting key points on the field where some of the most significant action of the battle occurred. The tour will depart the visitor’s center at 2:00 PM, and will involve outdoor walking of app. 1/2 – 3/4 mile. Appropriate footwear and clothing recommended.

Mansfield State Historic Site is located at 15149 LA Highway 175, three miles south of the town of Mansfield, Louisiana. Admission is $4 per person ages 4-61; seniors 62 and over and children 3 and under admitted free. For more information call 318.872.1474 locally, or toll-free 888.677.6267.

Family Traditions

My Rambles…
By Marcella Meeks

The rain and cold is relentless. I can’t wait for spring to get here. Christmas is over, the tree is down and I am trying to get my life back to normal, to some extent. The hardest part of the Christmas holiday was, not only did I eat too much but the fact remains that I spent more money than intended. But who didn’t? But that’s the fun part. My children and grand children made spending enjoyable and worth every cent.

Growing up in a large family was a lot of fun and there are memories that I cherish. They shaped me into the person I am today and that makes me happy. My parents never had a lot to spend on us but what we did get was appreciated. Getting together every year with the older siblings was the best part. My older sisters always brought me special things… The times we shared was priceless. We didn’t have Playstation 4 or XBox 1, or cell phones or I-Pads or any of these expensive gadgets. What we had were board games or a deck of cards. We had a game we played with marbles called Chinese Checkers – we spent endless hours around the table playing it or Monopoly. Our favorite card game was Go Fish or Battle! Oh, how I miss those good times.

The New Year is upon us and everyone is asking what my plans are. Apart from cooking a pot of black-eye peas, boiled cabbage and cornbread, there are no plans other than that. It’s the only tradition I can afford anyway!

If you’d like to share your new year’s traditions with us, send your story to DeSoto Parish Voice at Our readers will enjoy reading your story.

Letter to the Editor Party Line is now open

Letter to the Editor Party Line is now open to DeSoto Parish readers and to the public…
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Outside My Window



Outside My Window


By Marcella Meeks

Looking out my window today, all I could see was a gray dreary day. Literally speaking – it was a very gray day. It was cool and damp all day with a hint a of thunderstorm in the making. Usually, days like today make me sad or lazy but not this day. For some odd reason, I had a little too much energy and started doing a little spring cleaning project that went on for quite some time. Truthfully, it was a little too much caffeine!

As the day wore on, and the cleaning finally ended, I cooked supper, played and watched TV with my three grandsons ages seven, eleven and fourteen. By nine thirty, I took the boys home right after a thunderstorm had ended.

It is winter time here in the south. Late December the weather is always unpredictable. The weather could be thirty one day and seventy five the next.

It was about sixty degrees here today, with overcast skies. The sun peaked through the clouds for awhile but didn’t hang around for very long. I think it’s supposed to be in the lower seventies tomorrow, with chances of thunderstorms and showers. Another dreary day!

With weather like this, unpredictable and dreary, a tropical paradise sure sounds like a great idea. I’d like to be where the sun shines a lot and the temperature stays mild and warm every day of the year. Tropical rain showers would be okay as long as it stayed warm all the time. But since is it is wishful thinking on my part, I guess I will settle for the gray, wet, dreary December day like today. At least it inspired me to get some spring cleaning completed.

Soon Spring will be popping in at a moments notice and I will be out in the yard taking care of my flower beds and hanging blooming petunias every where. For just a little while I can enjoy a little southern paradise just looking out my window…

Till next time, have a warm, sunny, blessed day.



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Notes from the Voice of DeSoto Parish

Notes from the Voice of DeSoto Parish
By Marcella Meeks

Somehow I got lost in the technical side of The Voice this week, updating the site and building the pages that I actually lost sight of what it was I needed to do. This column was one of those things, but when I sat down to get started, a blank screen stared back at me for endless hours. Wrestling with ideas plagued me all day yesterday but for all it was worth, nothing got written.


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