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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Mon
14
Aug

Strong values from small towns

By Sammy J. Franklin

As residents of a rural area, we have known for years the strong values that comes from living in the country side and not the big cities.

The other day I read a column by Salena Zito, which hit the nail on the head as rural and urban influence is compared in the United States. I think my readers will enjoy the column:

“The historic marker in front of the Whitley County courthouse in Columbia City, Indiana remembers the life of a man who would have stood out in today’s era of provocative politics and culture of entitlement as an abomination of sorts because he held true to his values ahead of power.

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Mon
14
Aug

Common sense is uncommon in Washington, D.C.

By Cal Thomas

“Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.” -- Dictionary.com’s definition of common sense.

Sometimes what used to be called “common sense” can seem radical in Washington, which is used to practicing senseless policies and funding programs that don’t work.

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Mon
07
Aug

The President is not the enemy

By Cal Thomas

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily -- make that hourly, even minute by minute -- onslaught of investigations to big media’s equivalent of Molotov cocktails.

Washington, D.C., recently made assisted suicide legal. The president isn’t helping his cause by committing unassisted political suicide. Changing his chief of staff may help, but significant change must come from the president himself.

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Mon
07
Aug

Time for school bells to ring, again?

By Sammy J. Franklin

I just cannot believe that another school year is just about to begin. It seems like just yesterday that parents and children, and school employees, were rushing around getting ready for the last school session. And it really doesn’t seem long ago that I started my first day of school at Grayson Elementary. That was in the fall of 1946. Was that 71 years ago?

As we look toward the opening of the new school year next week, several things pop in our minds.

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Mon
31
Jul

A plan to save Social Security

By Cal Thomas

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ignored.

The Social Security Board of Trustees, a six-member panel who serve the federal government by offering a short-term and long-range forecast on the health of the Social Security program, has issued a new report, which says that while the retirement program will be “cash flow positive” through 2021, it is still in line to run out of money unless taxes are raised, or benefits are substantially reduced.

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Mon
31
Jul

Who said, “You can’t go home again?”

By Sammy J. Franklin

There is an old saying, “you can’t go home, again!” But a couple of Sundays ago, I found this not to be true. I returned home and found some old friends, made some new ones, and was truly blessed by the day’s activities.

You see, when I was 12 and 13 years old, we lived about two miles from the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, which is about 8 miles west of Columbia just off LA 8. My mother carried us three children still at home – me; Katherine, age 10; and George, age 7 – to church at Mt. Pleasant.

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Mon
24
Jul

Global warming swindle

Reprinted from March 15, 2007– ten years ago)

By Thomas Sowell

Britain’s Channel 4 has produced a devastating documentary titled “The Great Global Warming Swindle.” It has apparently not been broadcast by any of the networks in the United States. But, fortunately, it is available on the Internet.

Distinguished scientists specializing in climate and climate-related fields talk in plain English and present readily understood graphs showing what a crock the current global warming hysteria is.

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Mon
24
Jul

Bridge mends feud between brothers

By Sammy J. Franklin

A faithful reader sent me the following story the other day. It has a very valuable lesson of life and I wanted to share it with my readers.

Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side-by-side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

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Tue
18
Jul

Child marriage in America

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer cannot even imagine being married at age 24, much less 14 and subjected to a forced arranged marriage. It’s unfathomable, but for many young women – even in the U.S. – this is a reality. Here is one woman’s unforgettable story of her life as a child bride.

“On the morning of October 19, 1983, 14-year-old Trevicia Williams’ goal was to land the role of Annie in the school play. Over 32 years later, she remembers these details so well because it turned out to be the day she got married. Trevicia exited her Houston-based high school, hands filled with textbooks, and walked to her mother’s car. She got in the backseat as her mother turned around and said, ‘You’re getting married today.’

 

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Tue
18
Jul

Every business, industry important

By Sammy F. Franklin

This week is the time each year when officials and citizens pause to give thanks for all the businesses and industries we have in LaSalle Parish. Every business and industry, small or large, is important to the economical well being of the parish.

The staff at the Times-Signal has been quite busy for several weeks now preparing this edition of your hometown newspaper as a special salute to all businesses and industries for being a vital part of our parish.

 

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