Columns/Opinions

Wed
30
Apr

Teachers have important responsibility

Teachers have the very important responsibility of shaping the lives of young, impressionable children. With this responsibility comes great pride and joy. 
 
Wed
30
Apr

When you least expect it…

So this writer has something to declare … I got engaged last Saturday. Yep, you heard right. If you follow me on Facebook, I’ve sure you’ve already seen the plethora of pictures capturing the moment and the happiness it
has brought along with it. If not, then here’s my time to tell about it all 
Tue
22
Apr

Support businesses that support our area

By Sammy J. Franklin.
 
For the past few weeks, we have published a series of advertisements pointing out the advantages of shopping at home. We’d like to devote our column this week to some of the advantages to all of us to keep our shopping dollars at home working for our communities. The fundamental ingredients for happiness and community prosperity are the same for everyone.

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Tue
22
Apr

A Halo for Selfishness

By Thomas Sowell.
 
The recent Supreme Court decision over-ruling some Federal Election Commission restrictions on political campaign contributions has provoked angry reactions on the left. That is what often happens whenever the High Court rules that the First Amendment means what it says — free speech for everybody. When the Supreme Court declared in 2010 that both unions and corporations had a right to buy political ads, that was considered outrageous by the left. President Obama called the decision “devastating” and said it “will open the floodgates for special interests.”

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Tue
15
Apr

Back to the Jetsons - An Updated Report

So this writer started off the year’s columns reporting on the new Jetsons-esque technology and I’m back with an update. This time it’s a wristwatch meets the Smartphone to equal a “Smartwatch.” 
 
Tue
15
Apr

He is risen! The real celebration of Easter

Did you know if you went on the Internet and typed in the word Easter, you would be furnished with a wide range of activities associated with Easter. There would be an item about plastic Easter eggs, spinning tops, bunny hair
clips, and ‘chick-style sipper cups’ all linked to lead paint by a Cleveland area chemistry professor. 
 
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  
 

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