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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Ruby Taylor Streetman, 90, of Jena, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, October 11, 201

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Roy Arthur Mercer, 76, of Joyce, passed from this life on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at his home

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sarah B.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Wilma Breithaupt, 90, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the LaSalle

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ella Ruth Dotson, 78, of Jena, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Rapides

Tue
16
Oct

When did they become so angry?

It was not always this way. In the ‘60’s, they were so high that they seemed so pleasant. They used to go to Peter, Paul and Mary concerts and sing with joy of what our country was to be and what it had become. Where did those people go?

Currently, it seems like they are constantly marching and screaming. If you saw a picture of the women stomping around the halls of the Senate office building during the Kavanaugh hearings, you would think their children had just been stolen from them. What vitriol. What happened to “you can catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar”?

The Left used to have happy warriors. People like Hubert H. Humphrey who, though he lost the presidency, maintained respect amongst all Americans with a cordial attitude toward his political opponents.

 

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Tue
16
Oct

Endorsement for vital tax measures

When LaSalle Parish voters cast an early ballot beginning next week, or vote in person at the November 6th election, they will face a number of tax propositions which are vital to the agencies which placed the tax issues on the ballot.

All the tax renewal propositions on the November ballot have been on the tax rolls for years and each one provides needed services to various areas.

Each tax renewal is totally endorsed by this newspaper for the vital role each plays in providing various services to local residents.

 

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Tue
09
Oct

Small town residents depend on their paper

By Sammy J. Franklin

This week – October 7-13, is National Newspaper Week. Please allow us to “toot” our own horn for a moment.

Two-thirds of residents in small towns across America depend upon their local newspaper for news and information, according to the National Newspaper Association’s most recent newspaper readership survey.

NNA, founded in 1885, represents 2,200 members across the U.S. Its mission is to protect, promote and enhance America’s community newspapers. Most of its members, including The Jena Times, are weekly or small daily newspapers in smaller or niche communities.

 

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Tue
09
Oct

Salena Zito:

The politicians we deserve

In the spring of 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, ending months of excitement among conservatives around his possible run. His family’s reservations under the spotlight far outweighed any political pressure he may have been feeling, and he gracefully bowed out.

His decision was a low point for conservatives hungry for that Midwestern sensibility and sharp wit that he embodied. As former senior political adviser to President Ronald Reagan and head of President George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget, Daniels was a rock star in the conservative movement. But the Daniels family had a complicated past. He and his wife had married, divorced and eventually remarried each other.

 

Tue
02
Oct

Everything we print important to someone

By Sammy J. Franklin

“Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”

It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.

 

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Tue
02
Oct

Why is anyone a Socialist?

By John C. Goodman

Socialism is the most discredited ideology in the history of political thought. That’s assuming you don’t count cannibalism as an ideology.

During the last century, socialist ideologues killed, tortured and starved innocent people on a heretofore unimaginable scale.

 

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Tue
25
Sep

I have very little chance of recovery

By Sammy J. Franklin

Every day I receive hundreds of emails – many of them contain news releases which we need – but far too many contain educational material that I think has totally messed up my mind and I may have very little chance of recovery.

Here are some of the fears I have developed from reading these educational pieces:

I no longer open a public restroom door without using a paper towel or have them put lemon slices in my ice water or tea without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can’t use the remote in a hotel room because I don’t know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

 

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Wayne Allyn Root:

Welcome back, Obama! We missed you

In my last column, I explained how Obama’s policies badly damaged my businesses and careers. But more importantly, I explained how small business owners like me see Obama as a walking, living, breathing, curse upon business. Whatever he touches dies, or winds up in a coma.

If you own a business and you see Barack Obama coming, “run, hide, fight.” On the other hand, small business owners now rate Trump the highest of any president in the history of the United States. We don’t want to go back to Obama. No way.

The great news for us is that Obama is back. He’s out of hibernation. He’s out campaigning again. He should have stayed out of sight, out of mind.

 

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Tue
18
Sep

More from first paper in parish

By Sammy J. Franklin

Last week, my column was about material found in a copy of Catahoula Parish’s first newspaper, established in 1854 in Harrisonburg (at which time LaSalle Parish was part of Catahoula.)

In his second volume of “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, the late H. Ted Woods, publisher of The Caldwell Watchman-Progress in Columbia, quoted from a copy of the Harrisonburg Independent dated April 3, 1861.

There were some very interesting articles and other materials highlighted by Woods and we’d like to share more from that edition of the parish’s first newspaper.

The following appeared in that edition of the newspaper:

Tue
18
Sep

An open letter to President Trump

By Erich Reimer:

Anonymity seems all the craze nowadays. On social media, as sources for entire news reports, and even now op-eds, such as the latest by an alleged senior Trump Administration official in the New York Times this week in which he claims to be a part of a “resistance” within the President’s own government.

In contrast to all of that, here is an open and honest letter to our President – bylined and everything. I speak only on behalf of myself, and while none of us in this great country agree on everything I believe my sentiments are shared in part by many others as well.

I voted for you in 2016 and was grateful to be able to serve as a chair on your campaign. Like many others, I did not support you in the primary. I did not, and still do not, agree with everything you say or do. When I disagree, I state it. I remain true to my values and beliefs.

 

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