Columns/Opinions

Tue
25
Mar

The Left Versus Minorities

If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left’s avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. 
 
Tue
25
Mar

Is it time to master lost art of conversation?

LOL, EOD, BRB, TY, and YW might be key elements of the way to communicate in a texting, emailing, social-media- obsessed world, but they don’t make for high quality  communication or conversation. Sometimes you might not even know what your communicating counterpart is even saying to you 
 
Tue
18
Mar

A fascinating bit of history recalled

By Morgan Tarpley
 
One of my friends recently shared a fascinating bit of history on the Facebook wall about a woman nicknamed “Stagecoach” – whose actual name was Mary Fields (1832- 1914) and was the first African American mail carrier (male or female) in the United States. Here’s her story:

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Tue
18
Mar

Keeping the public’s business public

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
The more the public knows about what elected officials do, the better off we all are. During just about every legislative session, bills are introduced to give governmental bodies the option to distribute notices via the Internet, and this session is no exception. Most of our local governmental bodies don’t want the problems of trying to keep up a website for public notices and feel it would cost more than it cost to have their public notices published in the official journal.

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Tue
11
Mar

Modesty is beautiful…good role models needed

By Morgan Tarpley
 
These days, the word “modesty” seems to be treated like a bad taste in someone’s mouth. There are skewed views of it everywhere from social media and television to bad versions of it in front of us in everyday life. Where are the good role models? Where are the women (and men) praising those who are modest not only in their appearance but their conduct? I think I can speak for many when I say we need them – and a local mother agrees as she stated in a recent Facebook post.
 
Tue
11
Mar

Things we should do more often

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
As an editor, I get countless offers for columns from writers around the country, offering a variety of views on many topics. I will glance over most of them, but every now and again, I will come across one that really catches my eye. That was the case the other day when Jill Pertler, an award-winning syndicated columnist, playwright and author of “The Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to Self-Syndication”, forwarded me a column to consider.
 
Tue
04
Mar

More than a child star

by Morgan Tarpley
 
“Animal crackers in my soup, Monkeys and rabbits loop-the-loop, Gosh, oh gee, but I have fun, Swallowin’ animals one by one…” This silly song and a mop of springy curls is what I recall with nearly the rest of the population as the iconic child star Shirley Temple. With her passing last month at age 85, I read two nice tributes to her in recent online articles from Movieguide and CNN.
 
Tue
04
Mar

Heart check may have saved my life

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Next Monday, March 10th, will be the fifth anniversary of my open-heart surgery. In recognition of American Heart Month, which just ended, and in hopes it may help convince others they need to be checked, I wanted to take time to review the events that led up to me having openheart surgery five years ago.
 
Tue
25
Feb

83RD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY.

Norman and Norma Burmah recently celebrated their 83rd wedding anniversary, making them the longest known married couple in the United States. The couple were first recognized in 2012 by the Louisiana Family Forum as being the longest married couple in Louisiana, but after more research, it was discovered that they are also the longest known married couple in the United States. At 103 and 100, Norman and Norma, live independently in their home in Marksville, where they attend Holy Ghost Catholic Church.
 
Tue
25
Feb

Technological discoveries: The tale of twins

By Morgan Tarpley

Born on one continent, yet raised on two others and united through YouTube – the tale of twin sisters. Sounds like a novel, right? Well, it certainly could be. But in this case…it happened to this writer. Okay, so the amazing story I’m referring to isn’t about me, yet I did have my own recent astonishing “twin” moment. I can definitely say I’ve found one of my doppelgangers in the world – and she just so happens to be a history-making U.S. Olympian.
 

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