Columns/Opinions

Wed
22
Jul

Every business, industry saluted

Every business, industry saluted

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.

Many stories can be found throughout this edition of the paper reflecting the changes in LaSalle Parish. Every business in the parish was invited to submit information for a free story in this issue, and at last count, over 200 stories had been written. Throughout this edition, you will find each business’ own success stories.

 

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Wed
15
Jul

What if it’s all a lie?

Would you be shocked to learn that a big hunk of the citizenry is absolutely convinced that Donald Trump will not only be re-elected but re-elected in a landslide? It’s true, and it’s not an ironic or performative belief, but rather one drawn from a perspective that the mainstream media utterly ignores. This means you probably have no idea it even exists, and that could lead to an unpleasant surprise in November.

Well, unpleasant for you.

Remember that apocryphal anecdote about how Pauline Kael moaned that she did not know anyone voting for Dick Nixon? If you’re here, then that’s very likely you.

You can dismiss these people as stupid – many of them really believe that Jesus stuff, deny systemic racism, and have no fear of civilization being destroyed by the weather in a decade or so.

 

 

Wed
15
Jul

Sawyerton Springs much like our town

Sawyerton Springs much like our town

For my birthday, my wife gave me a copy of Andy Andrews’ book, “Tales from Sawyerton Springs”. Although the book was first released in the mid 1990’s, it was new to me and I truly enjoyed it.

In fact, I have read several of Andrews’ books and have enjoyed each tremendously. I would recommend any of his books for an enjoyable read.

As I read my latest possession, I could not think about how the town of Jena (or Olla, Tullos, or Urania), could be compared to Sawyerton Springs.

Andrews says, “the town is somewhere down the road and across the holler from your hometown.”

 

 

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Wed
08
Jul

Ben Shapiro: The problem of ‘Anti-Racism

Today, the nostrum goes, it is not enough for Americans to be not racist. They must be “anti-racist.” This woke terminology has infused our lexicon. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), recently declared from the well of the Senate: “Being race-conscious is not enough. It never was. We must be anti-racists.”

What, pray tell, is the difference between being against racism and being anti-racist? Ibram X. Kendi, author of “How to Be An Antiracist,” provides an answer: Racism is no longer to be defined as the belief that someone is inferior based on race.

Instead, racism is to be defined as the belief that any group differences can be attributed to anything other than racism. Thus, any system that ends with different outcomes must be racist. Indeed, Kendi contends, “Racism itself is institutional, structural, and systemic.”

 

 

Wed
08
Jul

Have spoiled brats taken over the USA?

Have spoiled brats taken over the USA?

We have had enough. It is time for patriots of this country to stand up and be counted, and not let the spoiled brats of this country take over everything. The following column is rather long but well worth reading.

Derek Hunter, columnist for Townhall Daily, shared the column saying he would have to preface it with a disclaimer:

I don’t know if this actually came from a cop or not. I’ve seen this shared on Facebook a few times and while I can’t verify it was really written by a police officer, the sentiment is accurate, so it’s worth sharing some of it here with that caveat.

It starts, “It’s not the police who need to be retrained, it’s the public. We have grown into a mouthy, cell phone-wielding, vulgar, uncivil society with no personal responsibility and the attitude of ‘it’s the other person’s fault,’ ‘you owe me.’ A society where children grow up with no boundaries or knowledge or concern for civil society and personal responsibility.”

 

Wed
01
Jul

Derek Hunter: New levels of crazy

A friend who works for a conservative website shared an email with me that was sent to the staff, “We have to be careful” about how they write about Black Lives Matter, it said. Not because what they were reporting was inaccurate, but because it could upset the mob, and upsetting the mob nowadays is worse than being inaccurate. “Truth” can be whatever you want it to be, the mob, on the other hand, can seemingly make reality anything they want it to be by force of will or worse.

It’s not even Black Lives Matter, really, at least not the rank and file protestors taking to the streets in righteous indignation over what happened to George Floyd. It’s the Marxist leadership that coupled with, or refused to de-couple with, ANTIFA and other Black Bloc groups hell-bent on destruction of property and society. There’s a lot of money in this racket and it’s all based on fear.

Wed
01
Jul

Freedom is as precious as life

Freedom is as precious as life

On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of America given to us 244 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost.

Although the human spirit yearns for freedom, tyrannical regimes have been the norm throughout history. Since the dawn of mankind, people around the world have lived miserable, subjugated lives repressed by monarchs, fascists, tyrants, and dictators who controlled virtually every aspect of their lives.

In 1776 America became the first country founded on the recognition of the sanctity of individual freedom. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the core of America.

 

 

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Wed
24
Jun

Terry Paulson: The lives of all God’s children matter

Honest dialogue on race in America requires involving both sides of our divide. For many years, too many have cowered into politically correct comments designed to keep them safe from charges of racism. That is not honest dialogue. Those who demonstrate see the numbers marching and may assume overwhelming support for their issues far beyond the killing of George Floyd. That could be an illusion.

Progressives demand orthodoxy—you must say “black lives matter” or face consequences. Any variation is viciously attacked! People have been fired; others have resigned with forced apologies for saying “all lives matter.”

Wed
24
Jun

William Marshall: Kneeling belongs in church

What is in the water? Here, there and everywhere, kneeling seems to be the order of the day. Or, really, submission seems to be the order of the day.

Why did FBI agents deployed in DC take a knee? Why are police officers around the country taking a knee? Why did a crowd of white liberal Bethesda, Maryland residents get down on both knees before some black activists? Houston, we have a problem.

I was raised to believe that you only kneel before God.

Kneeling is a powerful symbol in human expression. It signifies, depending on the context, submission or respect, or both. But what exactly does it mean in the wake of George Floyd’s death, whose neck was knelt upon by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, which presumably led to Floyd’s death?

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
24
Jun

Why dogs live less than humans

Why dogs live less than humans

My wife and I had to make another tough decision last week on whether to have one of our dogs put to rest or watch her suffer during her final days. This was the second one in the past four months.

And, if you are a dog owner/lover, you know the pain associated with this decision. In February of this year, our outside dog, Rocky a beagle, became sick and suffered several days before we decided to have her euthanized.

About a month ago we noticed our lab, Bella, an inside dog, was losing weight and losing a lot of her stamina. In the past couple of weeks she was eating less and we could tell she was in pain, especially when she tried to sleep at night.

A visit to LaSalle Veterinary Clinic on Wednesday of last week confirmed what we had suspected. Bella was very sick with lymphoma and Dr. Macy Tullos gave us the bad news. She maybe had two months to live, but the pain would continue to increase.

 

 

 

 

 

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