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Wed
16
Sep

It’s true – all media is biased

It’s true – all media is biased

Is the news media biased? That question has never been so popular as it is today. President Donald Trump has helped usher this topic into Americans’ minds as they now view certain news organizations as either biased or not biased, but the truth is all media is biased to some extent.

That’s right, I said, “all media,” which of course, includes this newspaper. The fundamental beliefs of every publisher, editor, and news reporter does in fact make it’s way into news stories, topics, and coverage of events, even when they don’t realize it’s happening. Sometimes it’s blatant; other times is subtle.

Looking at The Jena Times from cover to cover and it doesn’t take one long to realize we have a bias toward a conservative view. From the editorials that appear to even news stories that are printed or not printed, our decisions are primarily based upon our conservative bent.

 

 

Wed
16
Sep

Stephen Moore: Celebrate the miracle of America

In his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden had this uninspiring assessment of America’s current predicament: “The president keeps telling us the virus is going to disappear. He keeps waiting for a miracle. Well, I have news for him: No miracle is coming.”

Actually, as an American, I feel it’s hard NOT to believe in miracles. As the great historian Paul Johnson has noted, that our nation -- “the last, best hope” of the world -- even exists is a miracle. That the greatest assembly of men at any time or any place in history came together to write the U.S. Constitution -- the most influential document in history outside of the Bible -- was a miracle.

The polio vaccine was a miracle. D-Day was a miracle. The inventions of the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were world-changing miracles.

 

 

Wed
16
Sep

Laughter is good medicine

Laughter is good medicine

I woke my wife up the other morning laughing. I was in the kitchen reading and she was in the back of the house still in bed when she heard me laughing…and I couldn’t stop.

Let me explain. A few days ago my good friend, Cleveland Poole, dropped by the office and gave me a copy of a short book by Lewis Grizzard “on Fear of Flying”. Cleveland knew Grizzard was one of my favorite columnists and said he had found the book in some old publications he was going through, and thought of me.

I usually get up around 5 a.m., put the coffee on, take the dogs out, come back, pour me a cup of coffee, and sit down at the dining room table to do my morning devotional and Bible reading. When I finished this particular morning I reached for Grizzard’s book and started reading.

 

 

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Wed
09
Sep

LaSalle lost beloved, dedicated educator

The community was saddened early Tuesday morning of last week to learn of the death of one of our beloved and dedicated educators, Virgie Wilson.

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Wed
09
Sep

Community comes together after Laura

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Well, we all survived Hurricane Laura, probably the strongest storm ever to hit LaSalle Parish. We survived without the loss of a single life, although the storm took its toll on the parish.

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Wed
02
Sep

Franklin: Legislators need to stand up

Franklin: Legislators need to stand up

It’s time for our legislators to stand up and be counted.

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way, he’ll keep Louisiana in Phase 2 until after the November 3rd Presidential Election and it appears he is receiving no opposition from our elected officials.

While their constituents are screaming for freedom and removal from the Phase 2 restrictions, our legislators have been largely quiet – at least publicly.

Many have signed the “petition” against the governor’s orders but only a handful have come out and spoken against the governor or legislative leadership.

Oh, I’m well aware of how things work in Baton Rouge. I’ve heard all the excuses. I know all about the repercussions our legislators will face if they come out publicly, but at some point they have to make the decision to stand up and be statesmen, leaders, and the representatives that we’ve elected them to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
02
Sep

Column in ‘86 very interesting

Column in ‘86 very interesting

We had a visitor to our morgue last week looking up some things that happened in the 1980’s. She happened upon a column I published in the April 1986 edition, and called my attention to it, noting how interesting that things contained in the column reflects a lot of what is happening today.

There are a few differences. We were midway through President Ronald Reagan’s second term. Our national debt was $2.1-trillion; and as of July 31, 2020, our national debt is above $26.6-trillion – more than a $24.5-trillion increase

But the struggle between idealistic moralizers and practical moralizers was raging at the time the column was written. The content of that column follows:

“Scarcely a day passes when millions of Americans aren’t subjected to an anguished outcry by an idealist berating the government or American people for not doing more for some disadvantaged class or group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
02
Sep

Cal Thomas: Optimism vs. Pessimism

If you watched last week’s virtual Democratic convention, you heard about an America with which you might not be familiar. Speaker after speaker portrayed America as a failing nation full of misery, poverty and angst that only they can make better.

On his radio program last week, Rush Limbaugh reminded listeners what the fight for the future of America is about. He played an excerpt from Donald Trump’s inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2017:

“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug

Franklin: I just want the old normal

Franklin: I just want the old normal

I keep hearing the term, “the new normal.” There are not many things I despise but this new normal may just be it.

The new normal includes wearing facemasks all the time and everywhere. It includes no more large gatherings. It means staying six-feet away from people, walking certain ways down aisles, no handshakes and most certainly no hugging.

This new way of life comes with so many restrictions and mandates it takes a lawyer to figure out what one can and cannot do. Tragically, this normal has removed visits with family in nursing homes or families gathered together sitting beside a loved one who is dying in a hospital room.

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug

Kelli Ward: Erasing our founding principles

It is fitting that on the first night of Joe Biden and the Democrats’ national convention, Michelle Obama was a featured speaker. After all, it was Michelle Obama who said 12 years ago, while her husband was running for President, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”

At the time it shocked many Americans. The very idea that the spouse of someone running for our nation’s highest elected office was not proud of America seemed mind boggling. We now see that Mrs. Obama was merely pulling back the curtain and letting us see the inner thinking of many in the Democratic and Leftist elite.

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