Columns/Opinions

Mon
15
Aug

Old Lies

By Thomas Sowell

We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago. One of the oldest of these lies is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. Like many other politically successful lies, it contains just enough of the truth to fool the gullible.   

Mon
15
Aug

Can’t get comfortable with that

By Sammy J. Franklin

Louis R. Avallone of Shreveport, shares another column about the upcoming election. It is well worth reading. “They are not “comfortable” voting for Donald Trump, they say. Ted Cruz. John Kasich. Lindsey Graham. And now more than 75 Republicans have signed a letter urging that the Republican Party spend the party’s money on helping secure the Republican majority in the Senate, and not on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. 

Mon
08
Aug

The political picture

By Thomas Sowell
 
Mon
08
Aug

Time for school bells to ring, again?

By Sammy J. Franklin

I just cannot believe that another school year is just about to begin. It seems like just yesterday that parents and children, and school employees, were rushing around getting ready for the last school session. And it really doesn’t seem long ago that I started my first day of school at Grayson Elementary. That was in the fall of 1946. Teachers have been in several training sessions already this year with others to come. Superintendent Roy Breithaupt told members of the School Board at their meeting last week that teachers have worked hard this summer getting prepared for the new school year. 

 

Mon
25
Jul

The War on Cops: Part II

By Thomas Sowell

Even in this age of runaway emotions, there are still some people who want to know the facts. Nowhere are facts more important, or more lacking, than in what has been aptly called “The War on Cops,” the title of a devastating new book by Heather Mac Donald. Few, if any, of the most fashionable notions about the police, minorities and the criminal justice system can withstand an examination of hard facts. Yet those fashionable notions continue to dominate discussions in the media, in politics and in academia. 

Mon
25
Jul

“The gun is civilization” – no question

By Sammy J. Franklin

Did you think you’d live to see the execution of police officers in this country, plus a variety of other shootings? And every time there is a shooting, the president pumps up the argument that we need more gun control. As we think about what many in leadership would like to do for gun ownership in this country, a letter written by Major L. Caudill, USMC (Ret) offers yet another stellar example that placed the proper perspective on what a gun means to a civilized society. 

Tue
19
Jul

Every business, industry important

By Sammy J. Franklin

Tue
19
Jul

The war on cops

By Thomas Sowell
 
 
There was never a more appropriately named book than “The War on Cops” by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in Dallas. Nor is this war against the police confined to Dallas. It is occurring across the country. Who is to blame? There is a ton of blame, more than enough to go around to the wide range of people and institutions that have contributed to these disasters. In addition to the murderers who have killed people they don’t even know, there are those who created the atmosphere of blind hatred in which such killers flourish. 
 
 
Mon
11
Jul

What Are We Celebrating

By Thomas Sowell

There was a time when the Fourth of July meant something more than a three-day weekend. Speeches, writings and commemorative ceremonies reminded us of the origins and greatness of America. No matter where in the world our ancestors came from, we today are almost invariably better off because they came to America. Independence Day signified much more than one country announcing its independence from another on July 4, 1776. It represented a new form of government -- freer and more accountable to its own people than the monarchies common around the world for centuries.  

 

Mon
11
Jul

A bit of history not many know

By Sammy J. Franklin

When Thomas Jefferson saw there was no negotiating with Muslims, he formed what are now the Marines (sea going soldiers). These Marines were attached to U. S. Merchant vessels. When the Muslims attacked U.S. merchant vessels armed soldiers repulsed them, but there is more. The Marines followed the Muslims back to their villages and killed every man, woman, and child in the village. It didn’t take long for the Muslims to leave U.S. Merchant vessels alone. English and French merchant vessels started running up our flag when entering the Mediterranean to secure safe travel. Why the Marine Hymn contains the verse, “To the Shores of Tripoli”. This is very interesting and a must read piece of our history. It points out where we may be heading. 

 

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