Columns/Opinions

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.

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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