Columns/Opinions

Mon
05
Dec

Backward-Looking ‘Progressives’

By Thomas Sowell

People who call themselves “progressives” claim to be forward-looking, but a remarkable amount of the things they say and do are based on looking backward.

One of the maddening aspects of the thinking, or non-thinking, on the political left is their failure to understand that there is nothing they can do about the past. Whether people on the left are talking about college admissions or criminal justice, or many other decisions, they go on and on about how some people were born with lesser chances in life than other people.

Mon
05
Dec

Kennedy best choice for Senator

By Sammy J. Franklin

Louisiana voters have two choices on Saturday as they pick the next United States Senator to represent Louisiana – one a Republican and the other a Democrat.

With the election of a Republican President in Donald Trump, and with a majority Republican Congress, it makes sense that the one candidate who would best serve the interest of Louisiana citizens is the Republican.

Mon
28
Nov

What Now? - Part II

By Thomas Sowell

As the post-election shock of some, and the euphoria of others, both begin to wear off, the country and the new administration will have some very serious problems to face, at home and abroad. How those problems are faced -- or evaded -- will tell us a lot about the next four years, and about the longer-run future as well.

As the multiple disasters of ObamaCare become ever more painfully visible with the passage of time, the big question is whether to repeal it or to start tinkering with it, in hopes of being able to “save” it.

Mon
28
Nov

Trump hallmark - sound cabinet choices

By Sammy J. Franklin

If past is prelude, America has a lot to look forward to. Sound cabinet choices across the board by President- elect Trump seem to be emerging, and with regularity. Controversial, at a time when everything is controversial, perhaps. But scrolling back the rhetoric, these choices are rational, thoughtful, experienced and – in a word – appropriate for the times, states Robert Charles, a columnist for Townhall Daily. Charles has a good take on the upcoming appointments.

Consider the President- elect’s selections to date. Vice President Mike Pence is a rock-solid, tested, proven national leader. The press says little of him, because he is principled, no-nonsense, dispassionate, hard worker. We need more of those in government. Pence was in Congress, was a thoughtful Governor, and will be a credit to America as our Vice President.

Mon
21
Nov

What Now?

By Thomas Sowell
 
A Hillary Clinton victory would have meant a third consecutive administration dedicated to dismantling the institutions that have kept America free, and imposing instead the social vision of the smug elites. That could have been the ultimate catastrophe -- not just for our time, but for generations yet unborn. In one sense, Donald Trump’s victory was a unique American event. But, in a larger sense, it represents the biggest backlash among many elsewhere, against smug elites in Western nations, where increasing numbers of ordinary people are showing their anger at where those elites are leading their countries.
 
Mon
21
Nov

Annual Thanksgiving message

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good.” - Ps. 118-1 Thanksgiving is the most personal of all the holidays. Poor indeed is the soul that does not have cause to give thanks. Several years ago I ran a column based on a devotion I led at my church on the night before Thanksgiving in 1983. I have revised that column for this week’s Thanksgiving edition.
 
Tue
15
Nov

LaSalle second reddest in nation

 By Sammy J. Franklin
 
According to information obtained by this newspaper, LaSalle Parish gave President-Elect Donald Trump the second highest percentage vote total of all counties and parishes in the United States. Leading the list is small Leslie County in Kentucky, where Trump led with 89.4 percent of the votes cast. Leslie County has a population of 12,401 citizens. 

 

Tue
15
Nov

A liver brought love

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
 
Love can find people in very unexpected ways. This writer definitely understands that  and so do Christopher and Heather Dempsey who met and fell in love in such an unexpected and unique way that it truly sounds like the story could be from a movie or novel. The story caught my eye from its headline: “Man Donates Liver To Stranger, Marries Her 2 Years Later.”

 

Mon
07
Nov

A time to pause/honor our veterans

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
This Friday, November 11th, is Veterans Day – a time to pause and honor our veterans, both those who have gone on before and those still with us. Five public programs are being planned in the parish to honor our veterans. I encourage everyone to attend at least one, and more if possible, to express your appreciation to our veterans.
 
 
Mon
07
Nov

The Left and the Masses: Part III

Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left -- which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly. Like so much that is claimed by the left, their compassion for the masses has seldom been subjected to any factual test. Both their words and their deeds reveal their low opinion of the people they claim to be championing.

 

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