Columns/Opinions

Mon
28
Sep

Government and our cultural environment

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
How you thought much lately about the direction our current government and cultural environment is headed. A reader sent me three short illustrations that says a ton about where we as a nation is headed. 1. We are advised not to judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.
 
 
Mon
21
Sep

Why Have Elections?

By Thomas Sowell

 

In a country with more than 300 million people, it is remarkable how obsessed the media have become with just one -- Donald Trump. What is even more remarkable is that, after six years of repeated disasters, both domestically and internationally, under a glib egomaniac in the White House, so many potential voters are turning to another glib egomaniac to be his successor. No doubt much of the stampede of Republican voters toward Mr. Trump is based on their disgust with the Republican establishment. The fact that the next two biggest vote-getters in the polls are also complete outsiders -- Dr. Ben Carson and Ms. Carly Fiorina -- reinforces the idea that this is a protest. 

 

Mon
21
Sep

The purging of America’s true heroes

By Sammy J. Franklin

 

Mon
14
Sep

The past and future of the refugee crisis

By Thomas Sowell

 

The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite how many shrill voices in the media may denounce those who fail to come up with a solution. Some options may be better than others, but there is nothing that can honestly be called a solution. Nevertheless many countries, including the United States, could do a lot better.
 

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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. ...

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