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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Tue
14
Aug

A square dance to be remembered

Sammy Franklin

I recently ran across an article that appeared in this newspaper years ago written by the late L. H. Taylor of Olla. It is about a “square dance to be remembered” held at The Bucksnort in Urania.

In 1897, The Bucksnort, a boarding house and dance hall in Urania, was the scene of a party such as is seldom seen. The writer shared the following story:

“The western part of Catahoula parish (now LaSalle) has always been renowned for its attractive women. Rebecca Pilcher and her three pretty sisters lived up to that enviable reputation.

 

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Tue
07
Aug

Let’s keep a strong economy growing

“We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are.”

That’s a real headline. And it appeared in The New York Times.

No, that’s not a misprint. The actual New York Times, which has published scathing criticisms of President Trump, was admitting in a June 1 article that the U.S. economy is strong beyond description right now.

Words such as “splendid” and “excellent” certainly fit, according to reporter Neil Irwin: “Those are the kinds of terms that are appropriate when the United States economy adds 223,000 jobs in a month, despite being nine years into an expansion, and when the unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent, a new 18-year low.”

 

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Tue
07
Aug

Delivering for America’s heroes

By: Brett Velicovich

Veterans Affairs once represented everything wrong with big government. Its inefficiency and incompetence didn’t just waste taxpayer dollars, it cost the lives of many brave men and women who served our great country.

That’s why Donald Trump promised to change the VA to ensure our veterans receive the care and respect they deserve -- and change he is delivering. As a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I’m proud to finally see our veterans receiving the care they deserve.

Where career politicians failed, President Trump succeeded in keeping his promise made to those who have served our country. “We will not rest until all of America’s great veterans can receive the care they so richly deserve. Tremendous progress has been made in a short period of time,” the President declared last year.

 

Mon
30
Jul

Media’s double standard has concerns

By Marina Medvin

For the past few days, the media has been abuzz with the potential evidence that Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws with a buyout of the rights to a story of an affair he had a decade prior to the election.

But what about Hillary Clinton’s potential campaign finance law violations, where are the Big Media stories about that?

 

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Mon
30
Jul

Greatest hysteria in American history

By Dennis Prager

You and I are living through the greatest mass hysteria in American history. For many Americans, the McCarthy era held that dubious distinction, but what is happening now is incomparably worse.

For one thing, any hysteria that existed then was directed against the greatest evil in the world at the time: communism. Then-Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee notwithstanding, there really were Americans in important positions who supported communist regimes enslaving their populations and committing mass murder. McCarthy was on to something.

 

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Mon
23
Jul

Quick reflection on qualifying last week

By Sammy J. Fraklin

A quick look at qualifying of candidates for the fall 2018 election reveals that for the most part, voters are satisfied with the performance of most of their local elected officials.

Twenty-three school board and municipal officials were returned to office for new terms without opposition, which relates that voters are very pleased with the performance of these officials for the past four years.

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Wed
18
Jul

Preserving a Constitutional Republic

By Derek Hunter+

Every year, without fail, some conservative says, “Why doesn’t Saturday Night Live make fun of liberals the way they mock conservatives?” It makes sense on the surface; the show is hopelessly, and joylessly, liberal because it’s written by liberals, and they happen to be in a perpetual state of anger. But there’s another problem. Even if SNL wanted to mock liberals it would be nearly impossible to do. Not because there’s nothing to mock, it’s because they’ve actually become a parody of themselves, and it’s very difficult to parody a parody.

Wed
18
Jul

Preserving a Constitutional Republic

By Terry Paulson:

 

Elections matter. With a presidential victory comes the right and the responsibility to appoint Supreme Court justices to the court. Last week, President Donald Trump announced his next appointment. His promise to appoint originalist judges helped bring him to office. Instead of allowing the Constitution to become a “living document” drifting on the winds of opinions, an originalist judge is committed to keeping the Constitution an anchor that provides a true north for our country’s laws.

Changing our Constitution is difficult for a reason. To change it easily leaves our freedoms susceptible to the whims of context and emotion. The Constitution is not there to protect government from the people, but the people from an overreaching government.

 

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Wed
11
Jul

A supreme liberal meltdown

By John Dempsey:

Wed
11
Jul

A supreme liberal meltdown

By Derek Hunter

Who doesn’t love it when a good plan comes together? More than that, who doesn’t love it when their opponents’ own actions come back to bite them in the butt? Both of those things came to a head this week when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was calling it a day, opening up a second seat on the high court for President Donald Trump to fill.

The announcement caused liberals to lose what was left of their collective mind. The plan was to elect a Republican president; a box the American people checked by rejecting Hillary Clinton. The butt-biting was that Democrats were so irrational at the success of that plan that they effectively disarmed themselves by using the last obstructionist tool they had – the filibuster – leaving them with nothing but anger and regret.

 

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