Columns/Opinions

Tue
08
Apr

Investing in education is important

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  
 
Tue
08
Apr

Some reasons we see red during life

“Seeing red” doesn’t always refer to being angry in this writer’s book. I think it can also refer to debt and seeing the red of our financial life. And finances and debt are a major struggle for many. I recently read an article dealing
with some of the main reasons many Americans are in debt  
 
Tue
01
Apr

A Tiger of a Book

Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a “Tiger Mom” because of her take-no-prisoners, tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year. 
 
Tue
01
Apr

Is the ‘land of the free’ really free?

How does government control us? Daniel Gardner, a syndicated columnist, answered that question in a recent column. He said, “Let’s look at just seven areas; healthcare, poverty and welfare, debt, gun control, education, religion, and class welfare. The Affordable Care Act has been a dismal failure. Promising to provide affordable insurance for 30 to 45 million Americans without coverage, ACA has causedcancellation of more than 6.2 million policies so far  
 
Tue
25
Mar

The Left Versus Minorities

If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left’s avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. 
 
Tue
25
Mar

Is it time to master lost art of conversation?

LOL, EOD, BRB, TY, and YW might be key elements of the way to communicate in a texting, emailing, social-media- obsessed world, but they don’t make for high quality  communication or conversation. Sometimes you might not even know what your communicating counterpart is even saying to you 
 
Tue
18
Mar

A fascinating bit of history recalled

By Morgan Tarpley
 
One of my friends recently shared a fascinating bit of history on the Facebook wall about a woman nicknamed “Stagecoach” – whose actual name was Mary Fields (1832- 1914) and was the first African American mail carrier (male or female) in the United States. Here’s her story:

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Tue
18
Mar

Keeping the public’s business public

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
The more the public knows about what elected officials do, the better off we all are. During just about every legislative session, bills are introduced to give governmental bodies the option to distribute notices via the Internet, and this session is no exception. Most of our local governmental bodies don’t want the problems of trying to keep up a website for public notices and feel it would cost more than it cost to have their public notices published in the official journal.

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Tue
11
Mar

Modesty is beautiful…good role models needed

By Morgan Tarpley
 
These days, the word “modesty” seems to be treated like a bad taste in someone’s mouth. There are skewed views of it everywhere from social media and television to bad versions of it in front of us in everyday life. Where are the good role models? Where are the women (and men) praising those who are modest not only in their appearance but their conduct? I think I can speak for many when I say we need them – and a local mother agrees as she stated in a recent Facebook post.
 
Tue
11
Mar

Things we should do more often

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
As an editor, I get countless offers for columns from writers around the country, offering a variety of views on many topics. I will glance over most of them, but every now and again, I will come across one that really catches my eye. That was the case the other day when Jill Pertler, an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication”, forwarded me a column to consider.
 

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