Columns/Opinions

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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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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