Columns/Opinions

Wed
28
Oct

Exercise your freedom – vote

Exercise your freedom – vote

In case any of you don’t know, this coming Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, with the election of a president and vice president at the top of the ballot. This is perhaps the most important presidential election in my lifetime. There are also some important statewide and district races on the ballot. We would encourage every registered voter to exercise his or her freedom to cast a ballot.

There are some other important decisions facing voters on Tuesday, including the election of a U. S. Senator, U. S. Representative, Associate Justice to the Louisiana Supreme Court, seven amendments as well as a proposition on sports wagering activities. Voters in Justice of the Peace District 1 will be voting on a JP seat.

Elsewhere in this edition, you will also find our recommendations on the seven proposed constitutional amendments.

 

 

Wed
21
Oct

Marc Lotter: This election is about your security

Every four years the American people put the future of the country on the ballot and every four years a variety of issues take center stage as presidential candidates make their case to the American people.

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Wed
21
Oct

You can mark the real recovery

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As this political season nears an end, it appears that the Democratic team for president and vice-president are having trouble remembering just a few years ago.

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Wed
14
Oct

Derek Hunter: On anonymous sources

Remember the game “telephone”? When a line of kids pass along a bit of information to see how that information changes as it’s passed along? What starts at one end of the line is often unrecognizable by the other end. It’s a simple concept – the further from the original source you get, the more the information fails to reflect reality. This is what journalism has become, a never-ending game of telephone.

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Wed
14
Oct

Most important election coming

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A faithful reader shared a copy of Dr. James Dobson’s open letter to all Christians regarding the upcoming November 3rd presidential election. We agree with what Dr. Dobson said, and wanted to share his letter with all of our readers.

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Wed
07
Oct

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.

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Wed
07
Oct

Paper important to local residents

Paper important to local residents

This week – October 4-10, is National Newspaper Week. Please allow us to “toot” our own horn for a moment.

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Wed
30
Sep

NFL’s experiment is no touchdown

In 2017, when Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva stood near the tunnel to the Pittsburgh locker room with his hand over his heart while “The Star-Spangled Banner” played, the former Army Ranger was the only member of his team to do so.

Apropos of the moment, that game against the Chicago Bears was being played at Soldier Field.

Villanueva, a Bronze Star recipient, said his decision was not an intentional violation of coach Mike Tomlin’s order for every team member to stay in the locker room until the anthem had concluded. It was the result of Villanueva asking the team’s leaders to amend their original plan because of the texts he’d received from wounded veterans asking him to stand for the anthem. Instead, he stood with star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the team’s other captains at the front of the tunnel. Chaos ensued, and Villanueva found himself standing alone, with his teammates a few yards behind him.

 

 

Wed
30
Sep

Happy Golden Anniversary LGH

Happy Golden Anniversary LGH

When I moved to Jena to take over the reigns of your local newspaper in the fall of 1967, motions had been put in place for the construction of a community hospital, LaSalle General Hospital.

For more than 20 years, the Jena Hospital, located in downtown Jena at the corner of Second and Elm Streets, had served citizens of this community with their medical needs.

I remember several times after we moved here and before the new hospital was opened some three years later, I made several visits to the ER at Jena Hospital with my two oldest children.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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