Columns/Opinions

Wed
05
Aug

My TV watch list is shrinking

My TV watch list is shrinking

My TV watch list is shrinking. In light of recent events I have elected to not watch many programs that once dominated what little time I do have to watch my flat screen.

I’m talking about recent events revolving around the disrespecting of our National Anthem by professional athletes at sporting events and the promotion of other non-American societal issues. I, like many Americans, am fed up with the overpaid millionaires disrespecting our flag, our military and police, and joining with the anti-American, pro-rebellion movement that has swept this country.

They can tell me all day long that it has nothing to do with the flag or patriotism and they are supporting this group or that group, but at the end of the day it is un-American…period.

Wed
05
Aug

Matt Vespa: We’ve reached a new level of idiocy

Are we living in a quasi-Oceanic state? Are we living in the United States or a place more resembling Airstrip One? Okay, maybe not that far, but the liberal media’s refusal to utilize the English language to describe what is happening on the Left Coast is troubling. Is it shocking? Not really, but disconcerting all the same.

While most of the country has moved on from rioting in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police on May 25, there are small pockets where these clowns have simply not gone home. Most of it is occurring in the usual places, California, Portland, and Seattle.

These leftists are still there because it’s not about George Floyd, which unleashed a new wave of Black Lives Matter activism and political correctness policing. Oh, and it also set forth a renewed push to…eliminate all law enforcement, but that’s a tale for another time.

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
05
Aug

Provide religious liberties to seniors

Provide religious liberties to seniors

Since the onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic, nursing homes throughout the country have been closed to visitors, including family members, clergy, and others. Bascially, the same policy has been followed by most hospitals.

We certainly are not blaming our local nursing homes, because they are bound by state and/or national orders. But we are concerned about several provisions of the policy, which has been in effect concerning nursing homes everywhere since mid-March.

There have been cases, even here locally, that elderly residents in nursing homes have been denied family members to visit in time of critical condition. Just last week, a local resident was not allowed to deliver a death notice to his mother, that his sister and her daughter, had died. He was required to tell his mother by telephone of her daughter’s death.

Wed
29
Jul

You’re free to leave, anytime

Dear leftists, mutants, rioters, perma-protestors, and all those funding or cheering on these violent goons destroying once-great cities of every color and possible human configuration (I realize that’s a long way to address a letter, but I wanted to make sure to be “inclusive,” lest someone feel offended or left out).

I write to you today on behalf of everyone else – not just the people who roll their eyes in disgust at the sight of you, but the people you don’t see – the people going to work every day, people with families or without, those stuck at home, those trying to get an actual education, and anyone else who loves this country, people of every race and ethnicity. In other words: normal Americans.

You really seem to hate it here. So, we have a question: why are you still here?

 

 

Wed
29
Jul

Lot’s of us are feeling lonesome

Lot’s of us are feeling lonesome

“Are you lonesome tonight? / Do you miss me tonight? / Are you sorry we drifted apart? / Does your memory stray to a brighter, sunny day?” -- Elvis Presley

Loneliness is such a sad affair, as the saying goes, and our politicians have succeeded in turning America into a lonely nation by decree. We are going on four months now of lock-ins, business shutdowns, and few if any, social gatherings. What this is doing to the nation’s psyche has been devastating.

Stephen Moore, a columnist for Townhall Inc. gives this account of how being shut-off from friends can affect you.

“A good friend of mine, Wayne, is 80 years old. He’s sociable, always upbeat, and a great storyteller. He likes nothing more than to have a whiskey sour and a long dinner with friends. He’s single and loves to visit the ladies -- especially the younger ones in their 60s and 70s!

 

 

Wed
22
Jul

Kurt Schlichter: Masks and other madness

I’m pretty tired of the whole pangolin pandemic panic and the manifest bullSchiff surrounding every aspect of it. I’m not a COVID Truther. There’s a virus. It makes people sick. It can kill old people and people with other health problems. Everyone else is pretty much safe. Not everyone, but the vast majority. And it’s time to get on with our lives.

See, people who are vulnerable to this disease – and I have them in my family and among my friends – should stay away from other people. Those of us who aren’t especially vulnerable, well, we need to get on with our lives. So, vulnerable people should hunker and invulnerable people should be able to go about their business. Simple.

 

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Wed
22
Jul

Every business, industry saluted

Every business, industry saluted

This week is the time each year when officials and citizens pause to give thanks for all the businesses and industries we have in LaSalle Parish. Every business and industry, small or large, is important to the economical well being of the parish.

The staff at the Times-Signal has been quite busy for several weeks now preparing this edition of your hometown newspaper as a special salute to all businesses and industries for being a vital part of our parish.

Many stories can be found throughout this edition of the paper reflecting the changes in LaSalle Parish. Every business in the parish was invited to submit information for a free story in this issue, and at last count, over 200 stories had been written. Throughout this edition, you will find each business’ own success stories.

 

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Wed
15
Jul

What if it’s all a lie?

Would you be shocked to learn that a big hunk of the citizenry is absolutely convinced that Donald Trump will not only be re-elected but re-elected in a landslide? It’s true, and it’s not an ironic or performative belief, but rather one drawn from a perspective that the mainstream media utterly ignores. This means you probably have no idea it even exists, and that could lead to an unpleasant surprise in November.

Well, unpleasant for you.

Remember that apocryphal anecdote about how Pauline Kael moaned that she did not know anyone voting for Dick Nixon? If you’re here, then that’s very likely you.

You can dismiss these people as stupid – many of them really believe that Jesus stuff, deny systemic racism, and have no fear of civilization being destroyed by the weather in a decade or so.

 

 

Wed
15
Jul

Sawyerton Springs much like our town

Sawyerton Springs much like our town

For my birthday, my wife gave me a copy of Andy Andrews’ book, “Tales from Sawyerton Springs”. Although the book was first released in the mid 1990’s, it was new to me and I truly enjoyed it.

In fact, I have read several of Andrews’ books and have enjoyed each tremendously. I would recommend any of his books for an enjoyable read.

As I read my latest possession, I could not think about how the town of Jena (or Olla, Tullos, or Urania), could be compared to Sawyerton Springs.

Andrews says, “the town is somewhere down the road and across the holler from your hometown.”

 

 

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Wed
08
Jul

Ben Shapiro: The problem of ‘Anti-Racism

Today, the nostrum goes, it is not enough for Americans to be not racist. They must be “anti-racist.” This woke terminology has infused our lexicon. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), recently declared from the well of the Senate: “Being race-conscious is not enough. It never was. We must be anti-racists.”

What, pray tell, is the difference between being against racism and being anti-racist? Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to Be An Antiracist,” provides an answer: Racism is no longer to be defined as the belief that someone is inferior based on race.

Instead, racism is to be defined as the belief that any group differences can be attributed to anything other than racism. Thus, any system that ends with different outcomes must be racist. Indeed, Kendi contends, “Racism itself is institutional, structural, and systemic.”

 

 

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