Columns/Opinions

Tue
19
Sep

Christianity is good for America

By Huey P. O’Neal

Everything good that we have been blessed with in America, comes directly or in directly from the Bible’s influence. Many people do not realize what the Bible and Christian influence has accomplished for the betterment of our lives.

It is a well-known fact that that most of our founding fathers were godly men who took the Bible’s principle to construct the U. S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

 

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Tue
19
Sep

Resonating with voters

By Sammy F. Franklin

A column in a daily paper caught my eye the other day, penned by Star Parker. We need more conservative columnist who don’t mind telling it like it is, regardless of how the liberals feel and react.

The column concerned the rising political star of Judge Roy Moore of Alabama. Parker stated that the Judge resonating with voters is another surprise in a political season defined by the unexpected and the unconventional.

 

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Mon
11
Sep

Franklin Graham: ‘We have judges who hate God’

By Todd Starnes

One of the nation’s most-respected evangelical Christian leaders denounced a federal court ruling regarding a Washington state coach who was punished for praying after a football game.

On Wednesday the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at midfield after a football game.

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Mon
11
Sep

Jena native faced big decision on Saturday

By Sammy J. Franklin

An interview of Jena native and football standout, Casey Boyett, made headlines in the USA Today Network newspapers prior to the game between LSU and BYU on the Saturday before Labor Day. Glenn Guilbeau with USA Today Network had interviewed Boyett before the game.

“Casey Boyett cannot decide which team to pull for Saturday — his beloved Brigham Young University or his state school, LSU, which he grew up watching and idolizing star tailback Billy Cannon from 1957-59 as a boy in Jena.

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Tue
05
Sep

‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’

By Stephen Moore

One of the most enduring lessons from the American health care fiasco is that to win a political battle it is best to keep the message simple. If there are too many moving parts to a plan, if Americans don’t understand what the politicians are doing, or if there are parts of a bill they don’t like, it probably will go down in flames.

Most people don’t like Obamacare, but when they couldn’t understand the Republican alternative, they chose the devil they knew versus the devil they didn’t.

 

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Tue
05
Sep

These signs revived sweet memories

By Sammy F. Franklin

Someone recently sent me an email that really brought back some sweet memories from the days gone by.

Burma Shave put up signs from 1927 through 1963, spaced several hundred feet apart and each sign was short and quick to read, but the four signs gave a special message.

 

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Mon
28
Aug

Why do some old people get cranky?

By Sammy J. Franklin
 

A column by Dr. Glenn Mollette came to my inbox the other day and as I was reading it, I began to think about some of the senior citizens I know.

Some are pleasant and enjoy life; others are grouchy and get on the nerves of everyone around them.

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Mon
28
Aug

Thank God he was carrying

By Salena Zito

All he was trying to do was go to work.

In the minutes that ticked by in the 8 a.m. hour on Monday morning, Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was walking through the narrow alley in the shadow of the Jefferson County courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, when a man got out of his car in the nearby bank parking lot and opened fire.

Police say Bruzzese returned fire, and a nearby probation officer stepped in and ultimately killed the suspect. Another man who was with the attacker, sitting in the car with him, was taken into custody.

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Mon
21
Aug

If we erase our history, who are we?

By Pat Buchanan

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson.

Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between extremists on both sides of the issue of whether Robert E. Lee’s statue should be removed from Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park. With Heyer’s death, the brawl was elevated to a moral issue. And President Donald Trump’s initial failure to denounce the neo-Nazi and Klan presence was declared a moral failure.

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Mon
21
Aug

Fond memories of days gone by

By Sammy J. Franklin

It was with a sad heart that I watched early last Thursday morning as wrecking crews tore down the remaining part of the old Humphries Motors building in Jena. I had told the contractor that I wanted to take a picture when he started to take down the columns and he said he planned to do that at daybreak Thursday before the traffic became a problem.

I was on the spot when the workmen started to show up Thursday morning and memories started flowing about my relationship with the folks that operated this historic dealership.

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