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Mon
09
May

Random Thoughts: 2016 Elections

By Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene: One of the problems with being a pessimist is that you can never celebrate when you are proven right. If what you want from politicians are quick and easy answers, someone is sure to supply them, regardless of which party you follow. History can tell you where quick and easy answers lead. But, if you don’t want to bother reading history, you can just wait and relive its catastrophes.  

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Mon
09
May

Graduation day hold special memories

By Sammy J. Franklin

Around 184 LaSalle Parish seniors will participate in graduation exercises this week with ceremonies at LaSalle High School on Thursday night and at Jena High School on Friday night. There are another 24 from Harrisonburg High and 14 from Georgetown High School. For the past several weeks, the staff here at the newspaper has been working on a special souvenir graduation edition, featuring color pictures of all the seniors, and greetings from family and businesses.

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Mon
02
May

Complicating the Obvious

By Thomas Sowell

Engineers who design computerized products and services seem to have an almost fanatical determination to avoid using plain English. It is understandable when complicated processes require complicated operations. But when the very simplest things are designed with needless complications or murky instructions, that is something else.  

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Mon
02
May

Staff goes beyond the call of duty

By Sammy J. Franklin

This past week has been a very difficult one for your editor with the sudden loss of a granddaughter on Wednesday night of last week and the many facets that go into changing the format for the paper as you see it this week. First and foremost, I want to express my personal thanks to all of you that have shown the many acts of sympathy and your words of comfort at the loss of our granddaughter. Lauren was our second granddaughter, born in Natchez, MS on her father’s birthday – November 20, 1989.

Mon
25
Apr

Winners or Whiners?

By Thomas Sowell 
 
If there is one pattern that is emerging from this year’s political campaigns, it is that rhetoric beats reality -- in both parties. The biggest surprise among the Democrats is Bernie Sanders, and among the Republicans is Donald Trump. Although they are each seeking to be put in charge of the nation’s government, does anyone know -- or care -- what their actual track record in government has been? Trump of course has no track record at all in government. If Sanders has anything to show for his many years in Congress, no one seems to know what it is. But both are great at rhetoric.
 
Mon
25
Apr

Major changes coming to newspaper

By Sammy J. Franklin

When I started in the newspaper business as a “printer’s devil” (that’s what they called beginning printers) some 60 years ago, type for newspapers was set in “hot type” and the paper actually printed on old Duplex presses. The quality of printing was very, very poor, and operating one of those old presses took more patience that most of us possessed. The web – newsprint – broke at the drop of a hat and it took a long time to peel the paper off the ink rollers.

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.
 

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