Columns/Opinions

Mon
14
Sep

Explain these to your grandchildren

By Sammy J. Franklin

 

I recently ran across a column about a man trying to explain the “good ole days” to his grandson. I know my older readers will really get a kick out of most of this information and can relate to it. My grandson asked the other day, ‘What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?’ ‘We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up,’ I informed him.

 

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Tue
08
Sep

A Revealing Clue

By Thomas Sowell
 
Even those of us who are not supporters of either Donald Trump or Jeb Bush can learn something by comparing how each of these men handled people who tried to disrupt their question-and-answer period after a speech. After Bush’s speech, hecklers from a group called “Black Lives Matter” caused Bush to simply leave the scene. When Trump opened his question-and-answer period by pointing to someone in the audience who had a question, a Hispanic immigration activist who had not been called on simply stood up and started haranguing. Trump told the activist to sit down because someone else had been called on. But the harangue continued, until a security guard escorted the disrupter out of the room. And Jeb Bush later criticized Trump for having the disrupter removed!
Tue
08
Sep

Listen up and laugh; health benefits waiting

By Sammy F.
 
“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” – Proverbs 17.22.
I have used this scripture before to point out the benefit of a merry heart and a good laugh. There are more benefits in having a good laugh than you can imagine. Mark Underwood, president of Quincy Bioscience, is passionate about helping people age well and is putting together a series of articles that will offer readers hopeful messages about aging that will always include some practical tips. 
Mon
31
Aug

A wonderful story about a terrible day

By Sammy F. Franklin 

The 14th anniversary of 9/11 is within a few days and I ran across a wonderful story the other day about that terrible day. Jerry Brown, on Delta Flight 15, told this amazing story from a flight attendant on that Delta Flight 15, written following 9-11: On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, we were about 5 hours out of Frankfurt, flying over the North Atlantic. All of a sudden the curtains parted and I was told to go to the cockpit, immediately, to see the captain. As soon as I got there I noticed that the crew had that “All Business” look on their faces. The captain handed me a printed message. It was from Delta’s main office in Atlanta and simply read, “All airways over the Continental United States are closed to commercial air traffic. Land ASAP at the nearest airport. Advise your destination.”   

Mon
31
Aug

Sorting the Candidates

By Thomas Sowell

Despite a nuclear Iran looming on the horizon, the media seem to be putting most of their attention on two candidates for their respective parties’ presidential nominations next year. Moreover, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each make their own party nervous. If next year’s election comes down to Clinton versus Trump, a lot of people may simply stay home in disgust. When we are this far away from the official start of the primary election season, we can usually just say, “It’s still early days.” Many a front runner this early in the process ended up out of the running by the time the party conventions were held, and totally forgotten by election day. That is the way it usually is. But that is not likely to be the way it will be this time. 

Mon
24
Aug

Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. President Obama’s “agreement” with Iran looks very much like “the emperor’s new clothes.” We are supposed to pretend that there is something there, when there is nothing there that will stop, or even slow down, Iran’s development of a nuclear bomb. The endlessly repeated argument that most Americans are the descendants of immigrants ignores the fact that most Americans are NOT the descendants of ILLEGAL immigrants. Millions of immigrants from Europe had to stop at Ellis Island, and had to meet medical and other criteria before being allowed to go any further. Governor Bobby Jindal: “I realize that the best way to make news is to mention Donald Trump. ...

Mon
24
Aug

Our veterans deserve our support

I never served in the military, nor has any of my sons, but I feel a deep debt of gratitude for all veterans and offer  all the support I can through  the columns of this newspaper. My father was a veteran of World War I, where he served in the Calvary in the U.S. Army. Two of my brothers served in the military – one in the infantry, serving in Korea and three hitches in Vietnam, and the other in an engineering unit, also serving in Vietnam for three hitches. They made careers out of the military.  

 

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Mon
17
Aug

Double dose of blessings

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
Every now and then, there’s this moment for this writer that I get a good healthy dose of “sometimes we just don’t know how blessed we are.” These moments  occur frequently when I discover certain news articles that stun me. Two of the recent  ones involve an extreme  allergy and a unique request. Here they are to see if you feel  extra blessed by these touching stories.  “When many of us think of our favorite memories growing  up, our minds wander to  colorful birthdays, festive holidays, and family dinners. But  how would all of those look if you removed food from them?  “Alex Visker, 19, appears  to be your typical, successful high school graduate at first  glance. He takes his girlfriend on dates, cooks for his friends,  and he had a 3.6. GPA. But he can’t eat food. Any food.
Mon
17
Aug

Political correctness destroying USA

By Sammy J. Franklin
If you say the “wrong thing” in America today, you could be penalized, fired or even taken to court. Political correctness is running rampant,  and it is absolutely destroying this nation. In his novel 1984, George Orwell imagined a future world where speech was  greatly restricted. He called that the language that the  totalitarian state in his novel  created “Newspeak,” and it  bears a striking resemblance to the political correctness  that we see in America right now.

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Mon
10
Aug

The Trump Card

With Hillary Clinton’s multiple misdeeds coming to light and causing her political problems, reflected in her declining support in the polls, both she and the Democratic Party have reason to be concerned. But both of them may yet be rescued by “The Donald,” who can turn out to be their Trump card. Donald Trump has virtually no chance of becoming even the Republican Party’s candidate in 2016, much less being elected President of the United States. 
 
 

 

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