Columns/Opinions

Mon
23
May

Grim Choices

By Thomas Sowell

We must frankly face the fact that the front runners in both political parties represent a new low, at a time of domestic polarization and unprecedented nuclear dangers internationally. This year’s general election will offer a choice between a thoroughly corrupt liar and an utterly irresponsible egomaniac. The Republican establishment, whose serial betrayals of their supporters created the setting for a Donald Trump to arise, must now decide how best to deal with the apparent inevitability of his candidacy.   

Mon
23
May

Remember fallen heroes this weekend

By Sammy J. Franklin

For 149 years, we have paused on the last Monday of May to remember and honor those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. On May 5, 1868, the Grant Army of the Republic established Memorial Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers. 

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Mon
16
May

Dry Rot in Academia

By Thomas Sowell

Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited -- and then disinvited -- to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech. Mr. Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and, perhaps most relevantly, author of a very insightful book titled “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.”   

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Mon
16
May

Not a third party candidate

By Sammy J. Franklin

Every four years, there is political chatter about trying to run a third-party candidate who will supposedly be more conservative than the Republican nominee. The lesson is the same every time this is tried: third-party candidates do not win because the United States is a two-party country, according to a column penned by Phyllis Schlafly. She makes her point in the following: The grumblings we hear about Donald Trump are mostly because of his strong stand against illegal  immigration. Party bosses know that if Trump wins and then shuts down illegal immigration and so-called free trade, it will cost the Democratic Party millions of future votes and cost Republican businessmen lucrative deals for themselves with foreign countries.

Mon
09
May

Random Thoughts: 2016 Elections

By Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene: One of the problems with being a pessimist is that you can never celebrate when you are proven right. If what you want from politicians are quick and easy answers, someone is sure to supply them, regardless of which party you follow. History can tell you where quick and easy answers lead. But, if you don’t want to bother reading history, you can just wait and relive its catastrophes.  

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Mon
09
May

Graduation day hold special memories

By Sammy J. Franklin

Around 184 LaSalle Parish seniors will participate in graduation exercises this week with ceremonies at LaSalle High School on Thursday night and at Jena High School on Friday night. There are another 24 from Harrisonburg High and 14 from Georgetown High School. For the past several weeks, the staff here at the newspaper has been working on a special souvenir graduation edition, featuring color pictures of all the seniors, and greetings from family and businesses.

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Mon
02
May

Complicating the Obvious

By Thomas Sowell

Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with needless complications or murky instructions, that is something else.  

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Mon
02
May

Staff goes beyond the call of duty

By Sammy J. Franklin

This past week has been a very difficult one for your editor with the sudden loss of a granddaughter on Wednesday night of last week and the many facets that go into changing the format for the paper as you see it this week. First and foremost, I want to express my personal thanks to all of you that have shown the many acts of sympathy and your words of comfort at the loss of our granddaughter. Lauren was our second granddaughter, born in Natchez, MS on her father’s birthday – November 20, 1989.

Mon
25
Apr

Winners or Whiners?

By Thomas Sowell 
 
If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality -- in both parties. The biggest surprise among the Democrats is Bernie Sanders, and among the Republicans is Donald Trump. Although they are each seeking to be put in charge of the nation’s government, does anyone know -- or care -- what their actual track record in government has been? Trump of course has no track record at all in government. If Sanders has anything to show for his many years in Congress, no one seems to know what it is. But both are great at rhetoric.
 
Mon
25
Apr

Major changes coming to newspaper

By Sammy J. Franklin

When I started in the newspaper business as a “printer’s devil” (that’s what they called beginning printers) some 60 years ago, type for newspapers was set in “hot type” and the paper actually printed on old Duplex presses. The quality of printing was very, very poor, and operating one of those old presses took more patience that most of us possessed. The web – newsprint – broke at the drop of a hat and it took a long time to peel the paper off the ink rollers.

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