Columns/Opinions

Tue
15
Apr

Back to the Jetsons - An Updated Report

So this writer started off the year’s columns reporting on the new Jetsons-esque technology and I’m back with an update. This time it’s a wristwatch meets the Smartphone to equal a “Smartwatch.” 
 
Tue
15
Apr

He is risen! The real celebration of Easter

Did you know if you went on the Internet and typed in the word Easter, you would be furnished with a wide range of activities associated with Easter. There would be an item about plastic Easter eggs, spinning tops, bunny hair
clips, and ‘chick-style sipper cups’ all linked to lead paint by a Cleveland area chemistry professor. 
 
Tue
08
Apr

Investing in education is important

Education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments we can make in our young people. I have always been impressed and proud of the folks in LaSalle Parish that have supported education  
 
Tue
08
Apr

Some reasons we see red during life

“Seeing red” doesn’t always refer to being angry in this writer’s book. I think it can also refer to debt and seeing the red of our financial life. And finances and debt are a major struggle for many. I recently read an article dealing
with some of the main reasons many Americans are in debt  
 
Tue
01
Apr

A Tiger of a Book

Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a “Tiger Mom” because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year. 
 
Tue
01
Apr

Is the ‘land of the free’ really free?

How does government control us? Daniel Gardner, a syndicated columnist, answered that question in a recent column. He said, “Let’s look at just seven areas; healthcare, poverty and welfare, debt, gun control, education, religion, and class welfare. The Affordable Care Act has been a dismal failure. Promising to provide affordable insurance for 30 to 45 million Americans without coverage, ACA has causedcancellation of more than 6.2 million policies so far  
 
Tue
25
Mar

The Left Versus Minorities

If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left’s avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. 
 
Tue
25
Mar

Is it time to master lost art of conversation?

LOL, EOD, BRB, TY, and YW might be key elements of the way to communicate in a texting, emailing, social-media- obsessed world, but they don’t make for high quality  communication or conversation. Sometimes you might not even know what your communicating counterpart is even saying to you 
 
Tue
18
Mar

A fascinating bit of history recalled

By Morgan Tarpley
 
One of my friends recently shared a fascinating bit of history on the Facebook wall about a woman nicknamed “Stagecoach” – whose actual name was Mary Fields (1832- 1914) and was the first African American mail carrier (male or female) in the United States. Here’s her story:

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Tue
18
Mar

Keeping the public’s business public

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
The more the public knows about what elected officials do, the better off we all are. During just about every legislative session, bills are introduced to give governmental bodies the option to distribute notices via the Internet, and this session is no exception. Most of our local governmental bodies don’t want the problems of trying to keep up a website for public notices and feel it would cost more than it cost to have their public notices published in the official journal.

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