Columns/Opinions

Wed
22
May

Remember our fallen heroes this weekend

For 151 years, citizens of this country have paused on the last Monday of May to remember and honor those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

On May 5, 1868, the Grant Army of the Republic established Memorial Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers.

General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant presided over the first observance of Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery where over 20,000 Union dead and several hundred Confederate dead had been laid to rest.

 

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Wed
22
May

Now, send in the clowns

Sheriff David Clarke (Ret.):

What we are witnessing in the bubble of Washington, D.C. – that place where reality has been permanently suspended—has gone from raw politics to a total embarrassment. The 116th Congress is officially a clown show.  

It is one thing for these court jesters who call themselves politicians to subject the American people to this high school cafeteria food fight but a totally different thing to do this with China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea watching.

First and most importantly, the previously mentioned countries are no doubt exploiting this Congressional sophomoric behavior. Second, it weakens President Trump’s position in dealing with not-sofriendly nations as they have to believe that Trump is preoccupied trying to save his presidency and is in no position to get tough with them in foreign relations. They’re probably figuring they can wait him out for the next two years.

 

Wed
15
May

Why the left mocks the Bible

Have you ever wondered why the left mocks the Bible and belivers. As residents of the “Bible Belt” we do not understand some of the things folks in other regions of the country do and say about the Bible.

Dennis Prager recently wrote a column on Townhall Daily explaining some of the reasoning. I felt our readers would like to read his column. It follows:

“At PragerU, we have released about 400 videos on virtually every subject outside of the natural sciences and math. Along with two billion views, the videos have garnered tens of thousands of comments. So we have a pretty good handle on what people most love and most hate.

“For example, any video defending America or Israel inevitably receives many negative responses. But no videos elicit the amount of contempt and mockery that videos defending religion, explaining the Bible, or arguing for God do.

 

Wed
15
May

Gil Gutknecht: Those early men of faith

You have to hand it to President Trump. He definitely knows how to pull the strings of our friends on the Left. He managed to drive them into a deeper orbit last week with his speech to the NRA. It was bad enough that he reaffirmed his loyalty to the Second Amendment and in our right to defend ourselves. But, he wasn’t satisfied. He went further. He pledged that as long as he was the President, we would remain a nation under God.  

The Left went apoplectic.  

They apparently never learned what our founders said and believed. William Penn warned, “If we will not be governed by God, we must be governed by tyrants.” Those words are totally foreign to the Left. Unwittingly, they choose agnostic socialists who will surely become tyrants. Venezuela is but the latest example.

 

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Wed
08
May

Fond memories of graduation day

Almost 175 LaSalle Parish seniors will participate in graduation exercises this week with ceremonies at LaSalle High School on Thursday night and at Jena High School on Friday night.

For the past several weeks, the staff here at the newspaper has been working on a special souvenir graduation edition, featuring pictures of all the seniors, and greetings from family and businesses.

That special section can be found in this edition of your newspaper, along with a host of other information about graduation.

As we enter this time of the year, my thoughts always go back to my graduation day. I was the second in a family of ten children to graduate from high school. My oldest sister graduated when there were only 11 grades – in the last class of that era, and I was second. Another sister followed by receiving her high school diploma.

 

Wed
08
May

America founded with belief in God

Jim Huntzinger

The Shining City upon the Hill is very well a manifestation of St. Augustine’s City of God.  The origination of the Shining City was to be the City of God; this was the vision John Winthrop portrayed in his sermon on the Arbella.  It is also the vision portrayed by our Forefathers as the Colonial pastors articulated from their pulpits that a righteous civil government was one modeled after the Ancient Hebrews in the Sinai Desert.

This vision of the City of God was finally manifested by our Founding Fathers into the Compact [Declaration of Independence and Constitution] which formed the United Sates of American; the Shining City upon the Hill, which set its moral foundation upon the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.

Wed
01
May

Liberals have learned nothing

Derek Hunter:

Normal people, when proven to be wrong, will admit their mistake and apologize. But we aren’t dealing with normal people. That’s why, when the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller was released this week, not one Democrat – elected, pundit, or with a press credential – did anything close to what could be considered a mea culpa for the mistakes (if I’m being generous) or lies (if I’m being honest) they made repeatedly since the election of Donald Trump. In fact, they went in the opposite direction, proving they have learned nothing over the last 2 years.

Wed
01
May

Another unusual election for editor

In this edition of your parish newspaper, you will find an announcement from my son, Scott Franklin, who is seeking re-election as Sheriff of LaSalle Parish.

For the benefit of my readers and other candidates, I am re-printing my column, which was published the same week Scott first announced for Sheriff some 12 years ago this week. The column explains why the election is unusual and our policies concerning all candidates. Here is what I had to say:

“When I moved to Jena and took over duties as editor of The Jena Times and Olla-Tullos Signal in the fall of 1967, the parish was in the midst of an election for parishwide officials, including sheriff, clerk of court, assessor, coroner and police jurors.

I assumed ownership of the newspaper in January of 1968, and since that time, I have seen nine parishwide elections come and go, and have served hundreds of candidates for various offices during those elections.

 

Wed
24
Apr

Attacking Trump will never end

Michael Reagan:

I’m beginning to feel sorry for President Trump.

The attacks on him, his policies, his kids, his cabinet, his staff and everyone who’s ever worked for him as a caddie by the Democrats and the Trump-hate media will never end.

The political attacks keep coming from dumbos in Congress like Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters and the dozens of Democrats who are running for president in 2020.

 

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Wed
24
Apr

Special teachers are remembered

Teachers have the very important responsibility of shaping the lives of young, impressionable children. With this responsibility comes great pride and joy.

The LaSalle Parish School Board has a special proclamation declaring the month of May as “Teacher Appreciation Month” and the week of May 5-11, as “Teacher Appreciation Week”.

 

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