Columns/Opinions

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07
Dec

Stop the Bleeding

By Thomas Sowell
 
There was a painful irony when France’s immediate response to the terrorist attacks in Paris was to close the borders. If they had closed the borders decades ago, they might have avoided this attack. Someone once said that the First World War was the most stupid thing that European nations ever did. Countries on both sides of that war ended up worse off than before, whether they were on the winning side or the losing side.
 
Mon
07
Dec

Attack on Paris, France; Who was lost?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
 
The news and social media have been windswept by all things Parisian from Facebook’s option to cover your profile picture with the French flag to a myriad of Paris photos and tributes after the death of 130 innocent people. It’s hard to fathom that many people dead at one time. I know there are hundreds of soldiers and civilians killed every day in warzones across the world and it is equally heartbreaking, but it’s situations like the one in Paris which really make me pause to think “that could’ve been me,” just like I thought this very thing on September 11, 2001.
 
Mon
07
Dec

Stunning action of our government

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
The administration of President Barack Obama sided with Muslims to enforce Islamic Sharia Law on an American business in October of this year, leaving many outraged and two Fox News anchors absolutely stunned. Two Muslim truck drivers - former Somali “refugees” - refused to make deliveries of beer to stores for their employer. So they were understandably fired. They claimed it was a violation of their religious beliefs - even though Islam bars only the consumption of alcohol. And, as the employer pointed out, the workers knew they would have to deliver alcohol before they took the job.
 
Mon
30
Nov

Random Thoughts

By Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Some financial institutions may be considered “too big to fail,” but contemporary Western society may be too frivolous to survive. The Romans had bread and circuses to keep the masses passive and unthinking. We have electronic gadgets, drugs and pornography. Like the Roman Empire, we too may decline and fall. What happened in Paris may be just the beginning. 

Mon
30
Nov

Can our moral compass be restored?

By Sammy J Franklin

For those of us that are in our senior years, it is hard to imagine what we have witnessed in this country during the past half century…even in the past 30 years. We have witnessed Americans accepting things they would not have imagined when I was a young man. I dare say since President Ronald Reagan – the best statesman of my time, and maybe ever – this country has steadily gone downhill. 

Mon
23
Nov

The Ben Carson Flaps

By Thomas Sowell

 

Dr. Ben Carson’s whole life has been very unusual, so perhaps we should not be surprised to see the latest twist -- the media going ballistic over discrepancies in a few things he said.
 
Mon
23
Nov

Editor’s annual Thanksgiving message

By Sammy Franklin

 

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good.” - Ps. 118- 1 Thanksgiving is the most personal of all the holidays. Poor indeed is the soul that does not have cause to give thanks.
 
Mon
16
Nov

Your vote on Saturday is important

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
Saturday is Election Day in LaSalle Parish again, and I encourage every eligible voter to make their way to the polls and cast their ballot if they have not already done so during the early voting period. Every item on the ballot is important and voters should vote in each race and for each proposition. In the primary election, there were a large number of voters that just voted for one office and not for the entire slate of officials.
 
Mon
16
Nov

Ignoring the obvious

By Thomas Sowell
 
A recent, widely publicized incident in which a policeman was called to a school classroom to deal with a disruptive student has provoked all sorts of comments on whether the policeman used “excessive force.” What has received far less attention, though it is a far larger question, with more sweeping implications, is the role of disruptive students in schools.
 
Mon
09
Nov

Jena Giants dominate in 2015 season

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
It only took 67 years, but a Jena Giants football team finally finished a season with a perfect record – undefeated – 10-0 – with a district title and a top seed in the Class AAA state football playoffs. Congratulations, players and coaches! Your achievement has brought recognition to yourselves, your school and your community which money cannot buy.
 

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