Columns/Opinions

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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Mon
16
May

Dry Rot in Academia

By Thomas Sowell

Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited -- and then disinvited -- to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech. Mr. Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and, perhaps most relevantly, author of a very insightful book titled “Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.”   

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Mon
16
May

Not a third party candidate

By Sammy J. Franklin

Every four years, there is political chatter about trying to run a third-party candidate who will supposedly be more conservative than the Republican nominee. The lesson is the same every time this is tried: third-party candidates do not win because the United States is a two-party country, according to a column penned by Phyllis Schlafly. She makes her point in the following: The grumblings we hear about Donald Trump are mostly because of his strong stand against illegal  immigration. Party bosses know that if Trump wins and then shuts down illegal immigration and so-called free trade, it will cost the Democratic Party millions of future votes and cost Republican businessmen lucrative deals for themselves with foreign countries.

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