Columns/Opinions

Mon
06
Nov

A time to pause and salute our veterans

By Sammy J. Franklin

This coming Saturday, November 11th, is Veterans Day – a time to pause and honor our veterans, both those who have gone on before and those still with us.

Five public programs are being planned in the parish to honor our veterans. I encourage everyone to attend at least one, and more if possible, to express your appreciation to our veterans.

Several events have been planned to honor veterans of LaSalle Parish in recognition of Veterans Day.

 

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Mon
06
Nov

Why pick up and go?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Travel experiences this writer has had in my life are something that I consider invaluable – and have definitely helped the person I am today. I’m not alone in this type of thinking either. A recent article regarding reasons we should travel definitely hit home for me.

“We often don’t take the time to think about exactly how much travel benefits us both individually and as a community. Need more reasons to justify your next adventure? It’s educational - School is great, but the best education is through travel. Travelling teaches about different cultures, world history, customs, new languages, architecture, arts and music, fashion, transport, technology and so much more. It’s like an encyclopedia on steroids, and the reading is replaced by amazing first-hand experiences.

 

Mon
30
Oct

Large Concern Continues in America

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Something this writer has definitely noticed while traveling around the world is the vast difference between the general overall eating habits of Americans vs. everyone else. I must say I don’t prefer our typical American leanings of supersized fries and sodas and burgers, and I’m glad. I try to eat a balanced diet and only splurge on fries and burgers occasionally. So, when I spotted an article addressing obesity I took notice.

“America’s weight problem isn’t getting any better, according to new government research. Overall, obesity figures stayed about the same: About 40 percent of adults are obese and 18.5 percent of children. Those numbers are a slight increase from the last report but the difference is so small that it could have occurred by chance.

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Mon
30
Oct

Impressed with Court proceedings during trial

By Sammy J. Franklin

Over the years as a reporter, I have sat through numerous criminal trials in 28th Judicial District Court. But it has been a long time since I had the opportunity to sit through a trial, but made time last week for a double murder trial.

Randy Eugene Waits, 40, was on trial for the murder of Patsy Irmalene Cotten, 73, and Kylie King Duncan, 19, all of Urania. The body of Cotten was found around noon on April 22, 2015, at her home at Urania, and the body of Duncan was discovered the next day near Tullos.

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Mon
23
Oct

A true lesson in patience

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

“Patience is a virtue” is not a saying to be taken lightly nor is patience easy to come by for us especially with one of the most important parts of our lives – our children. Online this week, I came across one of the best examples of a parent’s patience with their child when they had an accident in a public place. I wasn’t the only person impressed by the action, but a woman witnessed it and wrote about it on Facebook, praising how the father handled the situation.

As a parent, I really want to be as mindful of my child’s mistakes and my own reactions/emotions to show my child this much grace when he or she makes a mistake. This is a great reminder of the lessons we can teach our children when we remain calm and use the moment to help and teach rather than hurt with our words and actions.

Mon
23
Oct

Ten rights Americans do not have

By Sammy J. Franklin

The following has been attributed to Lewis Napper, a Jackson, Mississippi, computer programmer. He didn’t expect his essay, a 10-point list of “rights” Americans do not have, to become a legend.

“We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great- grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of Non-Rights.”

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Mon
16
Oct

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.

Mon
16
Oct

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

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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Mon
09
Oct

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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