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Mon
14
Mar

Random Thoughts

By Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene: The presidential election prospects for the Democrats are so bad this year that only the Republicans can save them -- as Republicans have saved them before. 

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Mon
14
Mar

This country in dire need of a statesman

By Sammy J. Franklin

I think all my readers would agree with me that this country is in dire need of a true statesman. Look at the cast of candidates left for President of this great country, and it makes you wonder if we’ll ever have a true statesman again. In my search for a definition of a statesman, I came across an article penned by D. Michael North. We are in need of some men with the qualities of our founders. 

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Mon
07
Mar

Where do I come from?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

Family history can be an at times a fascinating and sore subject. But there’s something that draws most of us to know more about where we came from – whether about our parents or grandparents or even our ancestors back centuries ago. Either way our pasts contain tidbits that are surprising and even downright shocking, which is what a young woman named Sara recently experienced. Here’s the story. “After my grandparents died, I learned a tragic family secret. Unlocking the mystery meant confronting a meaningful, but devastating, part of my history.

Mon
07
Mar

Heart check may have saved my life

By Sammy J. Franklin

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Friday, March 10th, will be the seventh anniversary of my open-heart surgery. In recognition of American Heart Month, which just ended, and in hopes it may help convince others they need to be checked, I wanted to take time to review the events that led up to me having open-heart surgery seven years ago.

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Mon
29
Feb

Some are born to fly; others are not

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer has boarded quite a load of airplanes over the years – but I still don’t really enjoy flying. It’s a necessary evil to get me where I want to go. I tolerate it. And even only being a petite woman I still feel a bit cramped and uncomfortable at some point (mostly on those 7+ hour flights). My discomfort on airplanes pales to many other passengers though – especially women like Debbie Owen. I can’t even begin to imagine how uncomfortable she felt in 1990 when she had to give birth on an airplane. She’s not the only one too.

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Mon
29
Feb

We need to solve our litter problem

By Sammy J. Franklin

I was having supper at a local restaurant the other night when Charles Davidson came over to my table and sat down to discuss a real problem. He asked me what could we do about our litter problem, noting that he spends a lot of time picking up litter on the street that runs in front of his home in Jena.

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Tue
23
Feb

Twenty years since Amber

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

 

Tue
23
Feb

What has happened to our country?

By Sammy F. Franklin

 

Alma Womack of Jonesville submitted a column to me last week for my consideration. After reading it and agreeing wholeheartedly with the contents, I decided to use it as my column this week. Every American should have the opportunity to read what Alma submitted, and reflect on it’s message.
 
Mon
15
Feb

Toxic Words

By Thomas Sowell

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is “entitlement.” To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from “affordable housing” to “a living wage.”  

 

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Mon
15
Feb

Time for a little automobile nostalgia

By Sammy J. Franklin

I was reading the other day where we are about to be introduced to the self-driving automobile. That calls for a time of automobile nostalgia – especially for us old folks who learned to drive a standard shift.  

 

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