Columns/Opinions

Mon
24
Oct

The Left and the Masses

By Thomas Sowell

The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves. One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested or imprisoned.   

Mon
24
Oct

Louisiana lost another great servant

By Sammy J. Franklin

We have our politicians and then we have our servants – those who stand for the conservative values this country was built on. We lost one of those great servants last week in the death of Clyde Holloway of Forest Hill. After holding several other positions, Holloway was a member and chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission at the time of his death. 

Tue
18
Oct

Words versus deeds

By: Thomas Sowell

Donald Trump’s gutter talk about women shows yet again that he is bad news. The problem is that Hillary Clinton is far worse. Trump’s talk is indefensible. But Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State, carrying out the Obama administration’s foreign policies, have cost many lives in many places, including the American ambassador and others killed in Benghazi.
 
Tue
18
Oct

Don’t mess with old Veterans

By:Sammy J. Franklin

Mon
10
Oct

Dunbar After 100 Years

By Thomas Sowell

One hundred years ago, on October 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C. and named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its history is a story inspiring in many ways and appalling in many other ways. Prior to 1916, the same high school had existed under other names, housed in other buildings -- and with a remarkable academic record.    

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Mon
10
Oct

How our government really works

By Sammy J. Franklin

I think you’ll like this one!!!! A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new 2016 BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”   

Mon
03
Oct

‘Favors’ to Blacks

By Thomas Sowell

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor -- off the record -- what his response to them was. He said, “I give them all A’s and B’s. To hell with them.” Since many of those students were admitted with lower academic qualifications than other students, he knew that honest grades in a tough subject like chemistry could lead to lots of failing  grades, and that in turn would lead to lots of time-wasting hassles -- not just from the students, but also from the administration.  

Mon
03
Oct

Listen as American voters roar

By Sammy J. Franklin

Like most of you, I watched the debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Afterwards, I read several columns devoted to the debate and who the writer of the column thought won. One of the best ones I read was by Debra Saunders. 

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Mon
26
Sep

Our political predicament

By Thomas Sowell

 

There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory. A professor at Morgan State University summarized the situation by saying that the upcoming debates may enable voters to decide which is the “less insufferable” candidate to be President of the United States. My own take on this election is that the voter is in a situation much like that of an American fighter pilot in World War II, whose plane has been hit by enemy fire out over the Pacific Ocean and is beginning to burst into flames. If he bails out, there is no guarantee that his parachute will open. But even if he lands safely in the ocean, he may be eaten by sharks. If he comes down on land, he may be captured by the Japanese and tortured and/or killed.    

 

Mon
26
Sep

Looking back at the last 49 years

By Sammy J. Franklin

 

It was 49 years ago this month that I first blew into Jena with high hopes of one day purchasing this newspaper. I was working at the Caldwell Watchman in Columbia when I learned that R. W. Wagner might be interested in selling The Jena Times and Olla-Tullos Signal. I found out from a salesman one day during the week in mid-September 1967. 

 

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