Columns/Opinions

Wed
18
Nov

America at a crossroad

It may be weeks before we know the final outcome of the 2020 presidential race as President Donald Trump’s team of attorneys challenge the outcome of the election in key swing states in light of allegations of voter fraud and other irregularities.

There’s no doubting Democrats engaged in illegal behavior to turn the election in Joe Biden’s favor. We know enough already about pallets of ballots magically arriving in the wee hours of the morning after the polls had closed and miraculously, every single vote was for Biden.

We also are fully aware of voters who cast absentee ballots but did not request one. We’ve seen evidence as well of election workers marking ballots for Biden on election night and turning them in to be counted as if it was just another day at the office.

 

 

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Wed
18
Nov

Jury stands at crossroads with garbage system

Jury stands at crossroads with garbage system

First and foremost, I have never supported a tax issue that I didn’t feel would benefit our parish. Over the past few weeks I have heard many comments concerning the proposed halfcent sales tax the Police Jury has placed on the December 5th ballot to fund the parish wide garbage system.

Before they make a final decision, I feel voters need to consider all the facts concerning the need for this extra revenue, and what they can expect if the measure is not approved.

May I reflect back to when I first moved to LaSalle Parish in the late 1960’s? We had several open dumpsites around the parish where people would just dump trash, and every now and then, the Police Jury would send a dozer out to push the garbage up in a pile and burn it.

 

 

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Wed
11
Nov

2020 stresses + Jesus = PEACE

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So many people on both sides of the political aisle have worried, stressed, and lost sleep over the past week about the presidential election. In this unprecedented year of 2020 a questionable election was right on cue.

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Wed
11
Nov

Pause and salute our brave veterans

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Today, 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.

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Wed
04
Nov

James McCoy: Problematic truth in journalism

Editor’s Note: This column was co-authored by Loyd Pettegrew.

John Keats wrote in his “Ode on a Grecian Urn” that Beauty is truth, truth beauty, —that is all — Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” These days truth is in precious short supply in much of journalism.

Coveted award for Fire Chief of Olla

Wed
04
Nov

Nothing like the old days

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By the time you read this column, the election will be over. We may not know who the winners are for days – or we may already know. Although the results locally were not known when this column was penned, I almost can guarantee that President Trump had a landslide win in La Salle, like he did four years ago.

Coveted award for Fire Chief of Olla

Wed
28
Oct

Feeling high school seniors’ pain

Feeling high school seniors’ pain

Last week, I had the privilege of interviewing five Jena High School seniors for a special article in this week’s paper concerning how they are coping with COVID-19.

The interview was to help promote their Saturday fundraising event in Jena (Fall Street Fair) but what we were allowed to do is catch a glimpse inside the minds of a group of people that many have forgotten about. The article turned out to be much more than a promotional piece as they candidly shared their views of many issues surrounding the coronavirus.

For a lot of us, it’s easy to forget what it was like to be a teenager – a senior in high school. The years have flown by and only the unique and special memories of that year are still clear.

 

 

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Wed
28
Oct

Cliff Perkins: Remember who we are, then vote

Where is common sense? If ever needed, it is now. Historically, Americans knew their history, knew something of world history, cared to understand the difference. If we forget who we are – if we do not educate youth honestly – we risk losing it all. Here is the unvarnished truth.

Some people think today’s difficulties materialized from thin air. They did not. They represent laziness, a decline in critical thinking. As society has sped up, attention to values, clear thinking, and history has not kept up. It must.

Today, too many people default labels. Labels get one nowhere. Rather than honest dialogue, thinking exchanges, and pursuit of truth – people revert to tossed-off insults, dismissing whole groups of fellow Americans as racist, fascist, xenophobes, supremacists, promoters of “systemic racism,” and countless other demeaning departures from reason, respect and common sense.

 

 

Wed
28
Oct

Exercise your freedom – vote

Exercise your freedom – vote

In case any of you don’t know, this coming Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, with the election of a president and vice president at the top of the ballot. This is perhaps the most important presidential election in my lifetime. There are also some important statewide and district races on the ballot. We would encourage every registered voter to exercise his or her freedom to cast a ballot.

There are some other important decisions facing voters on Tuesday, including the election of a U. S. Senator, U. S. Representative, Associate Justice to the Louisiana Supreme Court, seven amendments as well as a proposition on sports wagering activities. Voters in Justice of the Peace District 1 will be voting on a JP seat.

Elsewhere in this edition, you will also find our recommendations on the seven proposed constitutional amendments.

 

 

Wed
21
Oct

Marc Lotter: This election is about your security

Every four years the American people put the future of the country on the ballot and every four years a variety of issues take center stage as presidential candidates make their case to the American people.

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