Columns/Opinions

Wed
06
May

Looking closely at the shutdown

Looking closely at the shutdown

For more than six weeks we have been in a shutdown mode and last week, our governor extended that shutdown for another two weeks, until the middle of May. Some communities, like LaSalle, has had enough. It’s time to get back to living.

Not everyone agreed with the governor’s decision, including many members of the legislature. In fact, we understand, that legislators were told that Edwards would lift the stay-at-home order on May 1st. That did not happen, which has caused a stir among lawmakers, other officials, and citizens of the state.

As Stephen Waguespack, President of LABI noted, we are obviously disappointed with the decision.

 

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Wed
29
Apr

Marvin Olasky: The rising and falling

Romans 8:28 says “all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” How could the effects of COVID-19 possibly be good? Many are dying. Many more face disruptions in their lives and careers, financial hardships, family stress, boredom, the list of difficulties goes on.

Understanding the deaths is a hard question, but Jesus didn’t dodge it when asked about 18 who suddenly died as “the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: Do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you, but unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:4). Every dead person is a missionary and an evangelist, reminding us that we must repent if we don’t want to perish in this life or the next.

 

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Wed
29
Apr

Lincoln’s battle with press during Civil War

Lincoln’s battle with press during Civil War

I continue to be amazed at how the reporters from the main street media continue to show their disrespect and disdain for our President during the daily press briefings on the COVID-19 Pandemic. They are rude and try to argue with the Chief Executive, many times on things not even connected to the topic at hand – the coronas virus.

As I was pondering on these happenings, I read an article in The Epoch Times by Michael Walsh, who compared Trump’s battle with the press with that of another Great President, Abraham Lincoln, during the Civil War. Lincoln actually closed two New York newspapers.

I felt our readers would also enjoy the column. It follows:

 

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Wed
22
Apr

Darrell Scott, Kareem Lanier, and Tim Dunn: Let’s get America back on her feet, together

Darrell Scott, Kareem Lanier, and Tim Dunn: Let’s get America back on her feet, together

Dear Mr. President:

We have seen your heartfelt concern for American lives. You took bold steps to protect America from an invisible threat. But, as you have said numerous times, we must not allow the cure to be worse than the disease.

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Wed
22
Apr

Consider changes in past fifty years

Consider changes in past fifty years

Those who were born more than fifty years ago have witnessed a lot of changes during the half-century.

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Wed
15
Apr

Robert Charles: Faith during crisis – an American strength

Something odd is happening – or perhaps not so odd. The coronavirus is causing more Americans to seek out, rely on, and expressly draw comfort from prayer – placing their faith in a loving God’s mercy. This is not a matter of conjecture, but survey-supported fact.

According to the non-partisan Pew Foundation, more Americans admit they are turning to prayer in this coronavirus crisis than at any recent time. Just as during the height of World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans are revisiting faith.

In 2017, the Pew Foundation reported, after surveying 35,000 Americans, that 63 percent were “absolutely certain” in their faith, 20 percent “fairly certain.” Of that group, the majority were Christians – not surprising in a nation where 70 percent identify as Christian. Still, parallel numbers attached to other major faiths.

 

Wed
15
Apr

Confession of a Country Editor

Confession of a Country Editor

Looking back at some older columns penned by your editor, I ran across one that ran about 25 years ago titled “confession of a country editor”. Following is that column.

“I have a confession to make. I love weekly newspapers. Specifically, I love country weeklies. And I guess I have since I was 15 years old and started at the newspaper in Columbia as a printer’s devil (a phase used to identify someone learning the business).

Let me tell you why I love country weeklies. A country weekly newspaper is not your run-of-the-mill institution. By nature, we survive only in sparsely settled, out-of-the-way pockets of humanity. Generally speaking, we represent the only written history of the community we serve.

 

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Wed
08
Apr

Dogs, Guns Important During Early Living

Dogs, Guns Important During Early Living

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Dogs and guns were important in the lives of the people in our community. My memories of happenings involving dogs and guns are numerous.

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Wed
08
Apr

“Parked Out Back”

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Joe’s red truck is parked behind his house. It hasn’t moved in days.

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Wed
01
Apr

Dennis Prager: Suggestions for this difficult time

Dennis Prager: Suggestions for this difficult time

(Editor’s Note: This column was submitted mid-last week. Things are changing day by day in the USA.)

Since we are all stuck at home for weeks, here are some suggestions to help you and help America.

Watch less news. Interview and opinion shows on TV and talk radio shows that add to one’s understanding of the situation can be valuable. But watching depressing, panic-inducing news about COVID-19 24/7 will only make you jittery, anxious and depressed. It’s good for the news networks’ ratings, but it’s bad for your mental health.

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