Columns/Opinions

Tue
04
Sep

Sorry, Democrats, you found fool’s gold

By Matt Vespa

It’s a good week for the Democrats. That’s what fellow Democrats, anti-Trump stooges, and members of the media think about this whirlwind week of news. Michael Cohen has a plea deal over alleged campaign finance violations, along with bank and tax fraud charges.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s short-lived campaign chief, was found guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges as well. For Manafort, these allegations predated the 2016 campaign. For Cohen, the alleged payments for these reported affairs, while slimy, is not necessarily illegal.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Icon business to close doors soon

By Sammy J. Franklin

An icon business, which dates back to the early oilfield days of this area and has a very colorful history, will be closing its doors forever in the very near future.

Charles O. Williams and Hank Cooksey, owners of Hayes Lumber Company of Jena, announced last week that the business will be permanently closing its doors following an inventory liquidation sale, which is now underway.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

Derek Hunter:

Liberals find new levels of low

Every time I think the political left has hit bottom they break out a shovel. This week it was a jackhammer and a backhoe, and deeper they went.

It started with almost 350 newspapers banding together against President Trump to declare themselves to free and independent of groupthink and bias. Each of them declared themselves, in one form or another, to be champions of truth. If you missed it in your paper it was likely just under 1,000-word write-up of whatever the latest wild Omarosa claim was that day.

Tue
28
Aug

H.W. Crocker III:

The late, great USA

Is anyone really surprised by New York governor Andrew Cuomo saying, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” The Left has been saying that, if not quite so bluntly, for decades. The only difference is that many more Americans now hold that view, including a disconcerting number of putative “conservatives.”

Dani Lever, a spokeswoman for Governor Cuomo, added that President Donald Trump’s Bull Moose patriotism “ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions.”

Tue
21
Aug

Democratic socialism wrong for America

by Michael Busler 

Many Democrats running for state and national elections in November are running on a Democratic Socialism platform. These candidates are following the model pushed by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The candidates offer free health insurance to all Americans, free college tuition, higher taxes on those who contribute most to the economy and government control of many markets. Many millennials may agree.

Tue
21
Aug

This is priceless!!

One of my faithful readers shared an email with me the other day. I have read a version of this before, but it’s worth repeating for our younger generation. Enjoy!

“Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.

The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

 

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Tue
14
Aug

A square dance to be remembered

Sammy Franklin

I recently ran across an article that appeared in this newspaper years ago written by the late L. H. Taylor of Olla. It is about a “square dance to be remembered” held at The Bucksnort in Urania.

In 1897, The Bucksnort, a boarding house and dance hall in Urania, was the scene of a party such as is seldom seen. The writer shared the following story:

“The western part of Catahoula parish (now LaSalle) has always been renowned for its attractive women. Rebecca Pilcher and her three pretty sisters lived up to that enviable reputation.

 

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Tue
07
Aug

Let’s keep a strong economy growing

“We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are.”

That’s a real headline. And it appeared in The New York Times.

No, that’s not a misprint. The actual New York Times, which has published scathing criticisms of President Trump, was admitting in a June 1 article that the U.S. economy is strong beyond description right now.

Words such as “splendid” and “excellent” certainly fit, according to reporter Neil Irwin: “Those are the kinds of terms that are appropriate when the United States economy adds 223,000 jobs in a month, despite being nine years into an expansion, and when the unemployment rate falls to 3.8 percent, a new 18-year low.”

 

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Tue
07
Aug

Delivering for America’s heroes

By: Brett Velicovich

Veterans Affairs once represented everything wrong with big government. Its inefficiency and incompetence didn’t just waste taxpayer dollars, it cost the lives of many brave men and women who served our great country.

That’s why Donald Trump promised to change the VA to ensure our veterans receive the care and respect they deserve -- and change he is delivering. As a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, I’m proud to finally see our veterans receiving the care they deserve.

Where career politicians failed, President Trump succeeded in keeping his promise made to those who have served our country. “We will not rest until all of America’s great veterans can receive the care they so richly deserve. Tremendous progress has been made in a short period of time,” the President declared last year.

 

Mon
30
Jul

Media’s double standard has concerns

By Marina Medvin

For the past few days, the media has been abuzz with the potential evidence that Donald Trump violated campaign finance laws with a buyout of the rights to a story of an affair he had a decade prior to the election.

But what about Hillary Clinton’s potential campaign finance law violations, where are the Big Media stories about that?

 

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