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Parenting tips from the Danish?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer is about to embark on the journey of a first time parent early next year, and there are so many ups and downs that come with it that I’ve found myself reading almost any advice articles that come my way. That doesn’t mean I take all of them to heart, but I do read them. However, recently, there was an article that caught my eye because it was interesting and had some advice I think I can get behind. See what you think.

“We all want to raise happier, more confident kids. Taking a cue from Danish parents may be the secret to reaching that goal. Babies cry. Tears are an infant’s way of letting their parent know they’re hungry, tired, or need comfort, and a baby’s ability to communicate those needs is important to their survival. Fussy nights and tear-filled afternoons are a reality of motherhood that most just accept, but that doesn’t mean most moms wouldn’t jump at the chance to cut back on tears if they knew how it’s done.

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16
Oct
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Let’s put U.S.A. gun violence in perspective

By Sammy J. Franklin

Every time we have a mass shooting incident in the United States, those opposed to gun ownership jump up and down yelling for more gun controls. The following numbers were sent to me recently, which demonstrates that gun violence is not nearly as big a problem as those on the left would have you believe.

Don’t get me wrong. No gun violence is acceptable and should not be tolerated. But gun control is not the answer.

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Mon
09
Oct
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Evangelist allowed to step back in time

By Sammy J. Franklin

Have you ever thought about what first time visitors to Jena think of our town?

In mid-September, Fellowship Baptist Church in the Belah Community near Jena, hosted a four-day Bible Conference. The guest speaker for the conference was Dr. Jeff LaBorg, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church of Corryton, Tennessee.

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09
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Trump: Our Unity Cannot Be Shattered By an Act of Pure Evil

By Katie Pavlich

Speaking from the White House on Monday morning of last week, President Trump called the massacre in Las Vegas an “act of pure evil” and called on Americans to unite in a time of deep tragedy.

“We are joined together today in sadness, shock and grief,” Trump said. “It was an act of pure evil.”

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Mon
02
Oct
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Let’s stop and appreciate mothers

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

As most of us know social media can be filled with a whole lot of negativity including people ranting about an array of issues, but sometimes there are posts that aren’t necessarily negative or ranting but have a point and fill a need for someone to be a little vulnerable especially in the way of parenting. And though I’m only a Mom-to-be, I have plenty of respect for mothers whether they stay at home or work outside and inside the home. I can easily see why Liz Petrone felt compelled to post about her struggle.

“Liz Petrone hit a breaking point when she took to Facebook to give outsiders a glimpse of the reality of her life as a working mother with four young children. Petrone, 38, of New York detailed in nearly 400 words all that she accomplished in one morning before arriving at her full-time job at an IT company at 9 a.m.

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02
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“Kicking the Can” down the road

By Sammy J. Franklin

Louis R. Avallone, a conservative author, whose political opinion columns have been published regularly in The Forum News, Shreveport Times, and nearly 28 regional newspapers throughout Louisiana, recently submitted the following column. It pretty well explains how we got to where we are today with North Korea.

“Kicking the can down the road” is to put off confronting a difficult issue or making an important decision, typically on a continuing basis. Basically, it’s postponing the inevitable. It’s one of the reasons our elected officials won’t fix anything, and why they haven’t fixed Medicare or Social Security. Or tax reform and illegal immigration. Or education.

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Wed
27
Sep
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Vote of confidence

Life's Outtakes!

We attend a little country church in our rural community. I have been involved in many community events and have taken on lots of assignments that have come from the congregation leaders. Mostly I have worked in scouting.

On Tuesday of one week, I had been asked by the congregational leaders to take a new assignment with the young men. The announcement would be given in the church meeting on Sunday, and as usual, everyone in the congregation would be given a chance to either support or express their concern about the assignment. But as I was coming into the church that Sunday, one of the congregational leaders stopped me and told me they had changed their mind. They had felt inspired to ask me instead to be the person who would teach the children music.

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27
Sep
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Those annoying sounds of silence

It was in the 60s when Simon and Garfunkel recorded their famous song, “The Sounds of Silence.” I must confess that I do enjoy what I know of as “The Sounds of Silence.” Nothing is more relaxing than sitting back with a cup of coffee and enjoying the silence as it whistled by.

This has become a rather infrequent period for me. I love the silence and I enjoy the peace and quiet it brings. The problem is, silence can be taken too far. Recently, we were the target of a ferocious hurricane who tried to have her way with us.

She snorted, huffed, puffed and stomped her way up through the state of Florida. As it turned out, although there was a tremendous amount of damage, it was not as bad as expected. That is something we can thank God for.

Wed
27
Sep
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Nitpick, distort, exaggerate, omit and lie

Trump’s opposition:

Since the left and complicit journalists in the mainstream media cannot defeat President Donald Trump on the issues or legitimate grounds such as dishonesty, they have resorted to a superficial collection of tactics. They “make a mountain out of a molehill” and spend endless hours focusing on things that don’t matter. If you get your news from the mainstream media, you’re getting a very skewed view of what’s going on. The nightly news is devoted to trivial things related to Trump, while key events, real controversies and accomplishments are given short shrift.

Wed
27
Sep
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Student’s death leaves something to ponder

Another Man’s Opinion / Sam Hanna, Jr.

Maxwell Gruver of Roswell, Georgia enrolled as a freshman at LSU last month and pledged a fraternity.

Today, he’s dead. He was 18 years old.

Gruver passed after drinking way too much alcohol at a fraternity party. Officials are investigating whether hazing was involved.

According to Gruver’s family, he aspired to become a sports writer. He was a premass communications major, formerly known as journalism at LSU. His grandfather, Eugene Gruver, described him as “talented, very bright.”

As a father who has a daughter who’s a freshman at LSU, I cannot imagine what Gruver’s family is thinking or feeling today. They have every right to be angry. After all, Gruver left Georgia just a month ago to attend college in Louisiana where, presumably, he would embark on the rest of his life. Instead, the young man is gone.

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