Columns/Opinions

Mon
18
Apr

Selfies Tell All: Beauty Standards

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
 
In a world of self-portraits or “selfies,” it seems many, especially women, are scrutinizing themselves more than ever about their appearance. With the use of photo altering apps, anyone can manipulate their image to whatever they would like others to see. It’s the newest “Mirror, Mirror on the wall” sort of obsession – and though certainly there is a huge amount of pressure here in the United States to appear in person like our altered photos there surprisingly seems to be even more in China. Here’s the story: “What Selfies in America vs. China Can Tell Us About Beauty Standards.”
 
Mon
18
Apr

Why do liberals hate America?

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
A look into how far to the left our country has come in just a short few years should frighten every American. I know it does me. Stephen Moore hit the nail on the head with the following column: “The idea of American exceptionalism has been embedded in our collective DNA for generations. It is the faith-based belief that, as Ronald Reagan put it, America is a “shining city on a hill.” 
 
Tue
12
Apr

Dangerous Donald Trump

By Thomas Sowell
 
Donald Trump’s victories in the Republican primaries may make him seem like a sure winner. But those victories have been achieved by receiving either somewhat less than 40 percent of the votes or somewhat more than 40 percent, but never a majority. The fragmenting of the Republican vote among many candidates in the primaries made this possible. But victory in the general election for President of the United States in November is going to require a lot more than 40 percent of the votes. And polls consistently show Mr. Trump to be the most negatively regarded of any of the candidates in either party.
 
Tue
12
Apr

Investing in education is important

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
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. I don’t think I ever remember voters turning down a tax issue or renewal, which was dedicated toward improving our education system.
 
Mon
04
Apr

An incredible way to look at God!

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
Jerry and JoAnn Stevens shared an email with me the other day about an incredible way to look at God. Although I think I have printed something along this order, it is still amazing when you consider what God has made and how perfect everything works. When GOD solves our problems, we have faith in HIS abilities. When GOD doesn’t solve our problems, HE has faith in our abilities. 
 
 
Mon
04
Apr

Supreme Hypocrisy

By Thomas Sowell
 
If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy. Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats because the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats complain, and the media echo their complaint, that it is the Senate’s duty to provide “advice and consent” on the President’s appointment of various federal officials. Therefore, according to this claim, the Senate is neglecting its Constitutional duty by refusing even to hold hearings to determine whether the nominee is qualified, and then vote accordingly.
 
Mon
28
Mar

Black and white, left and right

By Thomas Sowell
 
Much is made of the fact that liberals and conservatives see racial issues differently, which they do. But these differences have too often been seen as simply those on the right being racist and those on the left not. You can cherry-pick the evidence to reach that conclusion. But you can also cherry-pick the evidence to reach the opposite conclusion. 
 

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Mon
28
Mar

Amusing homographs and heteronyms

By Sammy J. Franklin

I felt my readers needed a little break from all the cares of the world, the political races for President, the ups and downs of the stock market and price of oil. Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

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Mon
21
Mar

Desperate Tactics

By Thomas Sowell

It is desperation time for the Republican party establishment. Its extremely well financed favorite -- Jeb Bush -- never got anywhere with the voters in the primaries, and has already been forced out of the contest. This should at least cause some second thoughts -- or perhaps first thoughts -- by people who keep repeating that money buys elections. It is one of many theories that seem impervious to evidence. 

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Mon
21
Mar

Enjoying the beauty of the spring season

By Sammy J. Franklin 

The spring of the year is a favorite season for many people, and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. To me, spring and fall are my favorite times of the year. We officially welcomed spring last Sunday. Spring is when the earth comes back to life after a long cold winter, and it is in the spring when the first flowers begin to bloom and the green world begins to return after its winter slumber.

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