Columns/Opinions

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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Mon
08
Feb

Grow Up!

By Thomas Sowell

Of all the many things said about Donald Trump, what was said by Roger Ailes, head of the Fox News Channel, said it all in just two words: “Grow up!” It is amazing how many people have been oblivious to this middle-aged man’s spoiled brat behavior, his childish boastfulness about things he says he is going to do, and his petulant response to every criticism with ad hominem replies. 

 

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Mon
08
Feb

A tribute to a former public servant

By Sammy J. Franklin

I was saddened last Tuesday morning when I received an email from Leigh Ann Sleeth Wilcox telling me her dad – Lewis Ray Sleeth – had passed away that morning. She said the family did not have any pictures of Lewis when he served as District Attorney and Judge of the 28th Judicial District and was wondering if we could assist her in finding some pictures.  

 

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Mon
01
Feb

The demand for villains

By Thomas Sowell

The latest tempest in a teapot controversy is over a lack of black nominees for this year’s Academy Awards in Hollywood. The assumption seems to be that different groups would be proportionally represented if somebody were not doing somebody else wrong. That assumption carries great weight in far more important things than Academy Awards and in places more important than Hollywood, including the Supreme Court of the United States.  

 

Mon
01
Feb

Not responsible for many problems

By Sammy J. Franklin

A column by John Hawkins, a columnist for Townhall Daily caught my eye the other day. He had titled the column, “Christians, Conservatives, Men, and White People Are Not Responsible for Your Problems!” The column was great, and I wanted to share it with my readers. Hawkins wrote :

 

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