Columns/Opinions

Mon
29
Jun

Hillary and History

By Thomas Sowell
 
There are no sure things in politics, but Hillary Clinton is the closest thing to a sure thing to become the Democrats’ candidate for president in 2016. This is one of the painful but inescapable signs of our time. There is nothing in her history that would qualify her for the presidency, and much that should disqualify her.
 
Mon
29
Jun

Freedom is as precious as life itself

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of America given to us 239 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself. But its true value is rarely appreciated by people unless it is either threatened or lost.
 
Mon
22
Jun

Twenty years later: Jurassic is Back

This writer was swept away with the recent update on a 1993 cinema institution – “Jurassic World.” The film hit theaters nearly two weeks ago with world-record breaking numbers – overtaking the highly popular “The Avengers”
film by a few million dollars as the largest movie opening of all time and shattering a global record as the first movie to cross the $500 million mark in a single weekend. Yes, this movie is as big as the film’s new frightening dinosaur, the Indominus Rex.
 
Mon
15
Jun

Providing housing for our friends

Being friends with the homeless is not exactly a frequently accepted thing to do within society whether you’re 50 or 38 years old – but especially not five. Now age 9, Hailey Fort of Washington not only has homeless friends, but she’s building houses for them. “When Hailey Fort was just five years old, she spotted a homeless man in Kitsap County, Washington where she lives. She asked her mom whether she could help him. Her mom said yes, and for the last four years, that’s what Hailey’s been doing: helping the homeless, with the help of her mom. She plans to build 12 mobile shelters this year.
 
Mon
15
Jun

Employed for 60-plus years and counting

A few days ago I was taking one of my grandsons home after he had helped around the office for a while and I got to telling him that I started working when I was his age – 14 – and have held a steady job since that time – just over 61 years. Actually, between 11 and 15, my brother and I operated a lawn mowing business in Caldwell Parish. We did very well with two push mowers as we had several regular customers and some that called when they needed us.
 
Mon
08
Jun

Re: Losing Grip on the Homeland

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
 
This writer always welcomes to hear from readers reacting to my columns, photos, articles, etc. And I was pleasantly surprised to receive a well-presented rebuttal to my column published in our May 27th edition.
 
Mon
08
Jun

How we worded things back then

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
A few days ago, I received an email that caught my eye on the way we worded things back in the day. You know, back in the day before computers, iPhones, and all the other high-tech stuff that we have available at our fingertips today. I am talking about back in the day when we all enjoyed life.
 
Mon
01
Jun

Mini libraries becoming a national trend?

I had never heard of this fascinating thing called a “little library” until I read the article about it in the American Profile two years ago. These enlarged birdhouse-like structures have popped up all across the country and promote reading.
 
Mon
01
Jun

Fallen heroes honored at ceremonies

I had the privilege of attending all three public Memorial Day programs in the parish this past weekend, where those who gave their all in defense of this country was honored. It was the first year for the program at Tullos and a good turnout was recorded. Council member Joan Martin served as master of ceremonies and the program included several speakers, and a tribute from the Veterans Honor Guard, including presenting the Colors, the folding of the flag, tribute to fallen
comrades, 21-gun salute and taps.
 
Tue
26
May

The Bible says that life is a vapor

Have you ever given much thought to our life expectancy? Some people die at 3 days old, some at 17, 31, 49, 78, 94, and beyond 100. In Psalm 90:20, David writes, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

 

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