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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
29
Jan

NFL rejects Super Bowl ad from Veterans

By Katie Pavlich:

The NFL is in hot water again after rejecting a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans (AMVETS). The ad asks people to stand for the National Anthem. Adding insult to injury, the NFL reportedly asked the organization to submit an ad and then declined to accept it. “American Veterans appreciated the opportunity to place an ad in the Super Bowl LII program at the invitation of the National Football League, but that appreciation quickly gave way to deep disappointment when we learned your staff had refused to publish our ad because of its simple, two-word message -- ‘#PleaseStand

Mon
29
Jan

Blame us for government shutdown

By Cal Thomas:

 

If we don’t like what is happening in Washington -- and few do -- the blame must be placed squarely where it belongs. It is “we the people” who send these people here. We send people of different and often opposing viewpoints to Washington and expect them to get along. Many quickly turn opportunities to represent us into opportunities to represent themselves.

 

They become careerists, statists and hypocrites, first supporting one cause or policy when it suits them and then with whiplash intensity turning around and supporting its opposite when it is politically expedient. It is why my favorite lecture circuit laugh line is “I’m happy to be here tonight from Washington, D.C., where the only politicians with convictions are in prison.”

 

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Mon
22
Jan

Trump tax cut is already working

By Stephen Moore

With the recent announcement of Walmart’s increasing starting wages and Fiat Chrysler’s opening a new plant (with 2,500 jobs) in Michigan, there are now more than a hundred companies that have offered bonuses and benefit hikes to their workers due to the tax cut. An estimated 1 million workers have benefited. This after less than one month.

Liberals disparage all of this as a “publicity stunt.” To hundreds of thousands of families, this is a wonderful stunt, and let’s hope to see a lot more examples of it in the weeks and months ahead.

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Mon
22
Jan

Reporter share views of Jena 85 years ago

By Sammy J. Franklin

A reporter from The Shreveport Times visited Jena in March 1933 and had some positive comments on the town in a column appearing in that newspaper that month.

The article included a picture of the old LaSalle Parish Courthouse and a view of the downtown business section of Jena.

A copy of the story was obtained by your editor and is being reprinted below. The name of the writer did not appear in the clipping provided.

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Tue
16
Jan

Nation has abandoned the Bible

I won’t make any assumptions about how many readers noticed I took a three-month break from column writing.

Nevertheless, I want to explain why.

I needed the time to finish the first volume of the biggest project of my life as a writer, a commentary on the first five books of the Bible, or what are called the Torah in Hebrew.

The commentary is addressed to people of every faith and, especially, to people of no faith.

 

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Tue
16
Jan

Who are you calling a moron?

I remember when I was in fifth grade and kept losing tennis matches to a kid I despised. After one match I slammed down my racket and fumed to my mother that my nemesis was a really terrible tennis player. She brought me back down to earth by placing her hands on my shoulders, looking me in the eyes and saying: “How bad can he be, if he keeps beating you?”

Which brings me to the trash talking from the media and others on the intellectual left about Donald Trump in the wake of Michael Wolff’s new anti-Trump screed, “Fire and Fury.” The talking heads are now out in full force, once again thrashing Trump as a moron, a dangerous fool who is intellectually and temperamentally “unfit for office” and even “mentally ill.” This is what they have been saying since the day Trump announced he was running for president.

Mon
08
Jan

President Trump; the right leader for the U.S.

By Sammy J. Franklin

The following article, written by Andy Joppa, has been making its rounds on the Internet. One of our faithful readers forwarded it to me one day last week. It contains some thought provoking comments from the writer and I think our readers will enjoy it.

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Mon
08
Jan

Trump’s sneakily successful first year

By Rachel Alexander

While the left complained nonstop about Trump’s tweeting and boisterous language, Trump buckled down and accomplished an incredible amount during his first year as president. The Washington Examiner counted an impressive 81 major achievements and another 100 minor achievements. Some of the largest include substantial tax cuts, increasing U.S. energy production and getting Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court. Other notable accomplishments include appointing more judges to the federal appellate courts than any other president during their first year and reducing illegal immigration. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports a 23 percent decline over the previous fiscal year.

The left is excitedly churning out articles gloating about a handful of items Trump was unable to accomplish, such as repealing Obamacare and getting Congressional funding for a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Tue
02
Jan

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

I have been an avid reader of The Jena Times since I was a teenager. I look forward to it each week. It is not unusual to read someone’s comments about LaSalle Parish, or especially about Jena.

I have lived in LaSalle Parish all my life except for some short periods as I served as inspector on projects out-of-town. No place in Arkansas, Mississippi, or Tennessee can compare to Jena. We have lived in Jena since 1964.

 

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Tue
02
Jan

Brand new year looking promising

By Sammy F. Franklin

Last Monday, we embarked on a brand new year. With the passage of the historic tax package by Congress as the old year ended, things looks very promising for our country. Only time will tell just how much impact that legislation will have on the economy.

But under the leadership of our President, it seems the economy is certainly moving in a positive direction. A look at the stock market (up almost 40%) since President Trump took office, I can’t see how things will not continue to improve.

 

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