Columns/Opinions

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. 
 
Tue
17
Dec

Yes, Virginia…there is a Santa Claus

One of my favorite articles at Christmas time is one written by the editor of The Sun newspaper way back in the year 1897 - more than one hundred years ago. The Christmas classic was the letter from an 8-year-old
girl inquiring if there really is a Santa Claus and the answer the wise editor penned those many years ago 
 
Tue
10
Dec

When will we say, “Enough is enough”?

Well, it has happened again. The political establishment has imposed its views on a school system in Georgia because they feel Christmas cards are sending the wrong message to students. For as long as anyone can remember, teachers at Brooklet Elementary School in Brooklet, Georgia, have posted Christmas cards in the hallways outside their classrooms – that is until Monday of last week.
 
Tue
10
Dec

“Marriage isn’t for you” controversy

“The Internet is loaded with marriage advice, but rarely does one single tidbit resonate strongly with so many people. On Saturday, writer Seth Adam Smith posted an essay on his blog titled, ‘Marriage Isn’t for You,’ about
his utterly selfless approach to marriage, generating both praise and vitriol 
 
Tue
03
Dec

Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Many people take pride in defying the conventions of society. Those conventions of society are also known as civilization. Defying them wholesale means going back to barbarism.
Barbarians with electronic devices are still barbarians. After the government shutdown crisis, the one thing that Congressional Democrats and Republicans finally agreed on was to kick the can down the road a few more months, so that we can go through all this again ~ and perhaps again after that.
 

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