Columns/Opinions

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.

 

Tue
11
Sep

First newspaper in Catahoula in 1854

The other day I was reading “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, written by H. Ted Woods, the late editor of The Caldwell-Watchman Progress in Columbia.

I cut my teeth in the newspaper business under the leadership of Woods, starting to work at the Watchman when I started my freshman year at Columbia High School in 1955. Years later, Woods wrote two editions of “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, of which I have both copies.

I had never noticed the article about the first newspaper in Catahoula, which reportedly was started in 1854. It was The Harrisonburg Independent published by J.Q.A. Taliaferro, who was also president of the Catahoula Parish Police Jury.

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Gil Gutknecht: If you can’t communicate

Having come of age listening to GOPac tapes under the tutelage of a younger Newt Gingrich and observed at close hand the Speakerships of several others, permit me to offer some observations and a recommendation.

Newt distilled it down early on saying, “If you can’t communicate, you can’t govern.” Newt Gingrich was (and still is) a fabulous communicator. He had the ability to take complex subjects and reduce them to simple, understandable statements. He helped the entire class of ’94 become better at telling our story. He understood that the media and the angry Left would never give us any slack, so we had to take our message directly to the American people. And we did.

 

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