Columns/Opinions

Wed
07
Nov

My early visits to Olla Fair recalled

The 111th edition of the North Central Louisiana District Fair gets underway today, November 7, at the fairgrounds in Standard, just north of Olla.
The fair was first held in 1908, before there was a LaSalle Parish. It was organized as the Central Louisiana Free Fair and served three parishes – Catahoula, Caldwell and Grant.
Two years after the fair was organized, LaSalle Parish was created from part of Catahoula Parish and the fair then served the same area but four parishes – LaSalle, Catahoula, Caldwell and Grant.

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Michelle Malkin: 2018 midterms: All about Obama

Former President Selfie Stick is back in action, firing up Democrats before the midterms with his signature rallying cries:

I, I, I, I! Me, me, me! My, my, my!

According to a tally by The American Mirror’s Kyle Olson, Barack Obama’s campaign speech Monday for Nevada Senate Democratic candidate Jacky Rosen referred to himself 92 times in 38 minutes -- or an average self-allusion every 24.7 seconds.

When he wasn’t “I”- ing, the former narcissist- in-chief was lying.

“Unlike some, I actually try to state facts,” Obama snarked passive-aggressively in a swipe at President Donald Trump. “I don’t believe in just making stuff up. I think you should actually say to people what’s true.”

 

 

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Tue
30
Oct

Gil Gutknecht: He wins because he fights

Historians tell us that the War Department didn’t have much respect for him. They told the president that he drank too much. He was reckless. He was too willing to accept large numbers of casualties. Establishment Republicans worried aloud that Grant’s approach would lead to military and political disaster. When Lincoln was asked why he chose the diminutive Ulysses Grant to command the Union Forces, he said that he could not spare him “because he fights.”

Lincoln had more than a stomach full of the resume’ rich Generals who looked the part. The ones who said the right things, who came from the right families and graduated near the top of their class at West Point. They were risk averse. They dawdled while Confederate Generals with smaller armies out maneuvered them. Grant had mud on his boots and graduated in the middle of his class. But, he understood what needed to be done to win the war.

 

Tue
23
Oct

The alternative to dying is discussed

Last Friday I attended the homecoming celebration at Caldwell Parish High School and sat with my Class of 1958 from Columbia High School. Man, that was 60 years ago and may I say, some of my classmates are looking mighty old.

You see, when I went to high school in the 1950’s, Caldwell Parish had three high schools – at Columbia, Grayson and Kelly. In 1963, when Caldwell Parish High School was constructed and opened, these three high schools were consolidated into one school. A few years earlier, a high school at Clarks was consolidated with Grayson High School.

Thus, now graduating classes from those four high schools are honored together at Caldwell Parish High School. Out of a class of 37, I believe we have lost seven of our graduates, which still leave the majority of the class. There were fifteen of us to be recognized during homecoming at CPHS on October 12th, along with other honored classes from 1968, 1978, 1983, and so forth.

 

Tue
23
Oct

Liberal Americans hate America first because they hate Normal Americans

By Kurt Schlichter

Arizona breathlessly awaits the latest treasure unearthed from the social media and YouTube archives of Democrat Senate candidate Krysten Sinema, who called her own state “crazy” and the “meth lab of democracy” before explaining to her 9/11 truther pal that she’s cool with Americans fighting for the Taliban. We eagerly await the video of her with Jane Fonda slowly roasting a bald eagle over a fire made from burning flags at an Antifa picnic.

Tue
16
Oct

When did they become so angry?

It was not always this way. In the ‘60’s, they were so high that they seemed so pleasant. They used to go to Peter, Paul and Mary concerts and sing with joy of what our country was to be and what it had become. Where did those people go?

Currently, it seems like they are constantly marching and screaming. If you saw a picture of the women stomping around the halls of the Senate office building during the Kavanaugh hearings, you would think their children had just been stolen from them. What vitriol. What happened to “you can catch more flies with honey than you do vinegar”?

The Left used to have happy warriors. People like Hubert H. Humphrey who, though he lost the presidency, maintained respect amongst all Americans with a cordial attitude toward his political opponents.

 

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Tue
16
Oct

Endorsement for vital tax measures

When LaSalle Parish voters cast an early ballot beginning next week, or vote in person at the November 6th election, they will face a number of tax propositions which are vital to the agencies which placed the tax issues on the ballot.

All the tax renewal propositions on the November ballot have been on the tax rolls for years and each one provides needed services to various areas.

Each tax renewal is totally endorsed by this newspaper for the vital role each plays in providing various services to local residents.

 

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Tue
09
Oct

Small town residents depend on their paper

By Sammy J. Franklin

This week – October 7-13, is National Newspaper Week. Please allow us to “toot” our own horn for a moment.

Two-thirds of residents in small towns across America depend upon their local newspaper for news and information, according to the National Newspaper Association’s most recent newspaper readership survey.

NNA, founded in 1885, represents 2,200 members across the U.S. Its mission is to protect, promote and enhance America’s community newspapers. Most of its members, including The Jena Times, are weekly or small daily newspapers in smaller or niche communities.

 

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Tue
09
Oct

Salena Zito:

The politicians we deserve

In the spring of 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, ending months of excitement among conservatives around his possible run. His family’s reservations under the spotlight far outweighed any political pressure he may have been feeling, and he gracefully bowed out.

His decision was a low point for conservatives hungry for that Midwestern sensibility and sharp wit that he embodied. As former senior political adviser to President Ronald Reagan and head of President George W. Bush’s Office of Management and Budget, Daniels was a rock star in the conservative movement. But the Daniels family had a complicated past. He and his wife had married, divorced and eventually remarried each other.

 

Tue
02
Oct

Everything we print important to someone

By Sammy J. Franklin

“Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.”

It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years.

 

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