Columns/Opinions

Mon
20
Jun

Is personal responsibility obsolete? Part II

By Thomas Sowell
 
Too many social problems are conceived of in terms of what “we” can do for “them.” After decades of massive expansions of the welfare state, the answer seems to range from “not very much” to “making matters worse.” Undaunted, people in a number of countries are coming up with new proposals that are variations on the theme of government-provided income -- which amounts to relieving people from personal responsibility.  
 
Mon
20
Jun

Missouri takes stand on immigration

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
The following was taken from an editorial written by Republican State Rep. Nita Jane Ayres. It was published by the Ozarks Sentinel on May 13, 2009. Missouri has no illegals; go figure. Shouldn’t the other states do the same? Missouri’s approach to the problem of illegal immigration appears to be more advanced, sophisticated, strict and effective than anything to date in Arizona. 
 
Mon
13
Jun

Is personal responsibility obsolete?

By Thomas Sowell
 
Among the many disturbing signs of our times are conservatives and libertarians of high intelligence and high principles who are advocating government programs that relieve people of the necessity of working to provide their own livelihoods. Generations ago, both religious people and socialists were agreed on the proposition that “he who does not work, neither shall he eat.” Both would come to the aid of those unable to work. But the idea that people who simply choose not to work should be supported by money taken from those who are working was rejected across the ideological spectrum.
 
Mon
13
Jun

Thank you notes appreciated

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
There is nothing like getting a hand written “thank you” note in the mail from someone who wants to express their thanks for something you have done. Oh, I appreciate the verbal words of thanks and those sent via email, but nothing can take the place of a hand written one. A thank you note can change a life... at least that is the message from John Kralik, the advocate and author featured on a recent CBS “Sunday Morning” program.
 
Mon
06
Jun

Socialism for the Uninformed

By Thomas Sowell

Socialism sounds great. It has always sounded great. And it will probably always continue to sound great. It is only when you go beyond rhetoric, and start looking at hard facts, that socialism turns out to be a big disappointment, if not a disaster. While throngs of young people are cheering loudly for avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, socialism has turned oil-rich Venezuela into a place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to beer, where electricity keeps shutting down, and where there are long lines of people hoping to get food, people complaining that they cannot feed their families. 

Mon
06
Jun

Crooked government politicians

By Sammy J. Franklin

A faithful reader sent me the following, which he said had been around for a while, but I don’t think I have ever read it. It is by the renowned comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and contains some interesting and very true points. Every American should have the opportunity to read what Foxworthy had to say about our government. He titled the column, “A dumb country?” but my reader said he would like to make one clarification to the column, and that is this country is not necessary run by idiots, but by “crooked government  politicians”.  

Tue
31
May

Time – a moment in

By Jill Pertler

Tue
31
May

Notes App in iOS 9

By Lucy Thompson

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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