Columns/Opinions

Tue
18
Nov

Losing our longest running advertiser

With the merger of Bank  of Jena and Catahoula-La- Salle Bank, this newspaper is losing its longest running advertiser – dating back to year 1906 – the year after the paper  was first published in 1905. The two strong financial
institutions with over two centuries of total customer service have merged for one purpose, to combine hometown banking with the latest  conveniences, providing an experience unmatched in the area, according to their announcement. 
 
Tue
18
Nov

Decades later: Love finds a way

There are several local couples that this writer knows of who are either childhood or high school sweethearts who were apart for years and then ended up together – one such couple is Mark and Madge Bailey of Olla.And another is one of my best friends who declared at the age of 11 that one day she’d marry Josh – who was a few years older than her – and now well over a decade later they are married and expecting their first child  
 
Tue
11
Nov

Times staff burns little midnight oil

What a day! Last Tuesday was Election Day around the country and it proved to be a long day at the newspaper office in Jena. Usually, we finish the paper  and get it to the printer before we leave on Monday evening. On Tuesday morning, it is printed and the different section returned to Jena so our staff can put them, along with our inserts, together and get them in the mail and ready for the newsstands..
 
 
Tue
11
Nov

Does the punishment fit the crime?

Though this writer is not even getting married for another  week or so I’m the thinking ahead type so when I saw an online news article about a father’s punishment for his daughter’s disobedience it got me thinking about disciplining my future children.
 
 
Wed
05
Nov

Random thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: What a non-judgmental society amounts to is that common decency is optional — which means that decency is likely to become less common. The biggest issue in this fall’s election is whether the Obama administration will end when Barack Obama leaves the White House or whether it will continue on, by appointing federal judges with lifetime appointments who share President Obama’s contempt for the Constitution.
 
Wed
05
Nov

A time to pause and honor our veterans

Next Tuesday, November 11th, is Veterans Day – a time to pause and honor our veterans, both those who have gone on before and those still with us. Four public programs are being planned in the parish to honor our veterans. I encourage everyone to attend at least one, and more if possible, to express your appreciation to our veterans.
 
Tue
28
Oct

We should all take the time to vote

Next Tuesday is Election Day in every voting precinct in this great country. There are offices on every level to be filled, and there are important propositions on the ballot facing many voters. Early voting got underway last week and there has been a strong turnout of voters up to this point and we are hoping that trend continues right on through Election Day.
 
Tue
28
Oct

Sisters Forever: United through technology

The tale of two sisters, raised on different continents with different languages and finally united through the accidental help of technology – thus is the story of a pair of twins separated at birth. This writer wrote about this incredible
and moving story back in February and for those who didn’t catch it here it is with an update.
 
Tue
21
Oct

Ebola and Obama

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is both a danger in itself and a wake-up call for Americans — about President Obama, about the institutions of this country and, most important, about ourselves. There was a time when an outbreak of a deadly disease overseas would bring virtually unanimous agreement that our top priority should be to keep it overseas
 
Tue
21
Oct

Generation Y or “why not?”

Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the demographic  group, following Generation X (1965-1980), for those born in the early 1980s to the early 2000s. I am one of these approximately 80 million Millennials. And I think our generation can be summed up in one statement: “We’re not Generation Y. We’re Generation ‘Why not?’ because the world is at our fingertips.” 
 

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