Columns/Opinions

Mon
02
Oct

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.

Mon
02
Oct

“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

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.

Wed
27
Sep

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

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

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.

Tue
19
Sep

Christianity is good for America

By Huey P. O’Neal

Everything good that we have been blessed with in America, comes directly or in directly from the Bible’s influence. Many people do not realize what the Bible and Christian influence has accomplished for the betterment of our lives.

It is a well-known fact that that most of our founding fathers were godly men who took the Bible’s principle to construct the U. S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.

 

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Tue
19
Sep

Resonating with voters

By Sammy F. Franklin

A column in a daily paper caught my eye the other day, penned by Star Parker. We need more conservative columnist who don’t mind telling it like it is, regardless of how the liberals feel and react.

The column concerned the rising political star of Judge Roy Moore of Alabama. Parker stated that the Judge resonating with voters is another surprise in a political season defined by the unexpected and the unconventional.

 

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Mon
11
Sep

Franklin Graham: ‘We have judges who hate God’

By Todd Starnes

One of the nation’s most-respected evangelical Christian leaders denounced a federal court ruling regarding a Washington state coach who was punished for praying after a football game.

On Wednesday the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Bremerton School District was justified in suspending Coach Joe Kennedy after he took a knee and prayed silently at midfield after a football game.

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Mon
11
Sep

Jena native faced big decision on Saturday

By Sammy J. Franklin

An interview of Jena native and football standout, Casey Boyett, made headlines in the USA Today Network newspapers prior to the game between LSU and BYU on the Saturday before Labor Day. Glenn Guilbeau with USA Today Network had interviewed Boyett before the game.

“Casey Boyett cannot decide which team to pull for Saturday — his beloved Brigham Young University or his state school, LSU, which he grew up watching and idolizing star tailback Billy Cannon from 1957-59 as a boy in Jena.

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