Columns/Opinions

Wed
29
Jan

Marijuana should remain illegal in state

An organization out of Monroe is pushing legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in Louisiana. A committee of Louisiana lawmakers is entertaining the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical use. Meantime, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson is presenting information on marijuana legalization and its results to members of the state legislature. Law enforcement opposes legalizing marijuana.
 
Tue
21
Jan

Have you been to the movies lately?

This writer has always enjoyed watching movies. Growing up, I spent countless hours with my best friends and family in the movie theater. It was our special treat – going to a movie and getting popcorn. This love of film has extended into my adult years though I don’t view very many movies in theaters.  
 
Tue
14
Jan

Want to lose some big-time debt?

Debt, debt, debt… the knee-buckling, argument- kickstarting topic among not only government and other entities but also individuals. It’s hard to live these days without some amount of debt – even if one is frugal Therefore we need to take every measure to pay down our debt before tacking on more whether by choice or emergency.
 
Tue
07
Jan

Mid-week holidays hectic for newspaper

The holidays are over and by now, most of us have settled back down to a routine schedule. However, these mid-week holidays are very hectic for newspapers trying to keep schedules and get papers out on time. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy the holidays just as much as the next person. Not just the day itself, but the events leading up to Christmas and New Year’s Day.
 
Tue
07
Jan

Thankful for those who came before

In honor of the journalism profession, this writer thought she would pay homage to a few of the female journalists who have gone before me. There have been quite a few of them who opened up a place for women within the
journalism world. The idea for this post stemmed from a blog post by popular Christian author Laurie Alice Eakes about “Historic Women in Journalism.”  I’ve added additional research to that which she has written.
 
Tue
31
Dec

A Duck Dynasty checklist

The outrage industry was in high dudgeon just before Christmas over remarks “Duck Dynasty” family patriarch, Phil Robertson, made to GQ magazine about homosexuality. Outrage is the primary ingredient for political fundraising and political power. One must always have an enemy. Let’s go down the “I Take Offense” checklist and make sure all the boxes were “ticked” before considering a larger point 
 
Tue
31
Dec

Beginning my 47th year as your editor

January 1 marks the beginning of my 47th year as your editor and publisher. My, where has the time gone? It seems just yesterday that I took over the reigns of this newspaper at the ripe old age of 27. Actually, I moved to Jena
in early October 1967 to begin working as editor for the late R. W. Wagner, who had owned the paper for the previous 25 years. 
 
Mon
23
Dec

The War Against Achievement

A friend recently sent me a link to an inspiring video about an upbeat young black man who was born without arms. It showed him going to work — unlike the record number of people living on government payments for “disabilities” that are far less serious, if not fictitious 
 
Mon
23
Dec

This was my life and I really loved it

I grew up in the country, in the hills of Caldwell Parish, except for the short time I  lived in the country in LaSalle Parish. I was always (and still am) a country boy and would have it no other way. The other day someone
sent me something by email that touched a chord in this ole country boy’s heart 
 
Tue
17
Dec

Christmas Books

As Christmas approaches, the shopping mall can become a shopping maul. One of the ways of buying gifts for family and friends, without becoming part of a mob scene in the stores, is to shop on the Internet. However, for many kinds of gifts, you want to be able to see it directly, and perhaps handle it, before you part with your hard-earned cash for it. 
 

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