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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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Tue
26
Dec

Citizens want open government

By Sammy J. Franklin

We are in the midst of Sunshine Week – a time when corporate and individual members of news organizations remind the public of the vital role they play in gathering and presenting information about the operations of local, state and federal governments and their various agencies – operations that, in one way or another, affect the lives of all of us.

However, Sunshine Week is not strictly about journalists, although we can rightly say we often are the line between knowing and not knowing what one’s government is doing.

 

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Tue
26
Dec

Don’t listen to naysayers

By Stephen Moore

Imagine if in 1961 John F. Kennedy’s advisers had told him, “We will never put a man on the moon.” Or what if Ronald Reagan’s advisers had assured the Gipper, “The Cold War is unwinnable. We should sue for peace.” Actually, many naysayers told JFK and Reagan exactly these things. Fortunately, these presidents were visionaries. They asked: “Why not?”

Donald Trump seems to confront these nattering nabobs of negativism in the media and academia every time he announces a policy goal. “You can’t build a wall.” “You can’t root out the waste in government.” “You can’t get Europe to pay more for its own defense.” “You can never balance the budget.” And on and on.

 

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Mon
18
Dec

A Princess for Christmas

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Okay, so it’s that time of year for the cheesy TV Christmas movies – and this writer knows that most of you watch them so don’t try to deny it. (ha) I’ll admit I don’t really watch them, but there are a few favorites that I have from years past – one released from the Hallmark Channel in 2011, “A Princess for Christmas,” starring Katie McGrath, Sam Heughan and Sir Roger Moore and, of course, centers on falling in love with a prince.

I watched the film recently and naturally enjoyed every second of it. And it got me thinking about our overall fascination with royalty from the popularity of TV programs such as Downton Abbey and The Crown to films such as The Queen and The Prince & Me. But in the news as of late something else comes to mind – the recent engagement of the United Kingdom’s Prince Harry with American actress Meghan Markle.

Mon
18
Dec

Yes, Virginia…there is a Santa Claus!

By Sammy J. Franklin

One of my favorite articles at Christmas time is one written by the editor of The Sun newspaper way back in the year 1897 - more than one hundred years ago.

The Christmas classic was the letter from an 8-year-old girl inquiring if there really is a Santa Claus and the answer the wise editor penned those many years ago.

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Mon
11
Dec

Is “Bullycide” a thing?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Apparently, some say that “bullying” and “suicide” aren’t necessarily linked – and even though, yes, many cases of suicide occur for many different and multiple reasons I think suicides especially those linked to young adulthood are predominant because of a link between the two. But those are just my thoughts after I read an online article regarding them. Either way, it’s a sad and horrible matter. Here’s the article for you to check out.

“The death of a girl who died by what her parents call ‘bullycide’ is raising questions about whether suicide can be attributed to bullying. Ashawnty Davis, a 10-year-old student at Sunrise Elementary in Aurora, Colo., died Wednesday after spending two weeks on life support at Children’s Hospital Colorado because she had hanged herself in a closet in her home.

Mon
11
Dec

Social Security not entitlement program

By Sammy J. Franklin

A few weeks ago a fellow was complaining on the Internet about social security and offered the following observations. I added a few of my own to join in the fray.

I am drawing social security so I can’t complain but I was wondering if there would be any left for those that are not quite ready to receive it yet? I’m getting tired of social security being referred to as an entitlement.

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Mon
04
Dec

A Heartbreakingly Sweet Tribute

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer came across such a special heartwarming story online that I have to share it with you. It’s not too often you find such positive and memorable (in a good way) stories on the news, so I’ll latch onto about anything I can find that fits that mold. It’s a tragic story that centers on an incredibly thoughtful gesture from a father to his daughter.

“A father of four, who died in 2013 from pancreatic cancer, thought ahead when it came to his youngest daughter. Bailey Sellers wrote in a now-viral post on Twitter that her father, Michael, had been sending her flowers every year on her birthday since she was 17, and promised to send them every year until she turned 21. And indeed her last set of flowers, a purple bouquet, arrived this year two days before her actual 21st birthday on Nov. 26.

Mon
04
Dec

Understanding the real problem in our country

By Sammy J. Franklin

Our glorious leaders at all levels don’t understand the real problems facing our country and how can we expect them to address them. May God help our grandchildren to survive the future.

The problem in Washington, D.C. is that we have appointees who have never operated a business, and have no idea how business works, or what it takes to run a successful business.

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Mon
27
Nov

The job of a lifetime

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Working 9 to 5…for over 70 years and in the same place is unheard of these days – if ever – but one 91-year-old lady in California has done just that. Here’s her story.

“In current culture, millennials move from job to job in order to climb the ladder. The average time spent at a company is just two years. For baby boomers and other generations, this was not the norm. Loyalty and dedication to a single company or career drove, and still drives, many of their careers. AOL’s original series Lifers features these dedicated, loyal workers who have been in their jobs for years and years. Will they retire? Are they prepared to?

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Mon
27
Nov

A Vietnamese immigrant who became a US citizen

By Sammy J. Franklin

The following was sent to me by a faithful reader. It is something everyone in America should read.

The town of Prescott Valley, AZ, hosted a Freedom Rally. Quang Nguyen was asked to speak on his experience of coming to America and what it means. He spoke the following in dedication to all Vietnam Veterans. Thought you might enjoy hearing what he had to say:

“Thirty-five years ago, if you were to tell me that I am going to stand up here speaking to a couple thousand people, in English, I’d laugh at you. Man, every morning I wake up thanking God for putting me and my family in the greatest country on earth. I just want you all to know that the American dream does exist and I am living the American dream. I was asked to speak to you about my experience as a first generation Vietnamese-American, but I’d rather speak to you as an American.

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