Columns/Opinions

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.
 
Mon
09
Nov

Hillary 2.0

By Thomas Sowell
 
Many people may share Senator Bernie Sanders’ complaint that he was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. But the controversy is about issues far bigger than e-mails. One issue is the utter disaster created by the Obama administration’s foreign policy in Libya, carried out by Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.
 
Mon
02
Nov

A time to pause and honor our veterans

By Sammy J. Franklin

Next Wednesday, November 11th, is Veterans Day – a time to pause and honor our veterans, both those who have gone on before and those still with us. Five public programs are being planned in the parish to honor our veterans. I encourage everyone to attend at least one, and more if possible, to express your appreciation to our veterans.  

Mon
02
Nov

The ‘Gun Control’ Farce: Part II

By Thomas Sowell

The grand illusion of zealots for laws preventing ordinary, law-abiding people from having guns is that “gun control” laws actually control guns. In a country with many millions of guns, not all of them registered, this is a fantasy and a farce. 

Mon
26
Oct

Voters glad primary election is over

By Sammy J. Franklin

From all accounts, voters statewide and here in LaSalle Parish are glad the primary election is finally over.

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