Columns/Opinions

Tue
25
Feb

Purple martins arrive; spring is coming

By Sammy F. Franklin

Our first report of the arrival of the purple martins of 2014 was from Belinda Finley Taylor at Hardtner Medical Center. The hospital has martin boxes out front and the staff noticed the martins were there around noon on Monday, February 17th. However, on Tuesday we received a call from Shelby Loe of Tullos who reported seeing the martins as early as Valentine’s Day – February 14th.
 
Tue
18
Feb

One person can make a difference

Sometimes it only takes one person and one thing to make a difference in the lives of thousands. Thus is the story of a young woman from Minnesota and her love for books, which is from the online article: “The 13-Year-Old Who Is Championing World Literacy, a Million Books at a Time.” “Freedom begins in the mind, and one 13-year-old girl aims to liberate children the world over with a book campaign to advocate world literacy. When she was only eight, Maria Keller took it upon herself to begin collecting books for kids. She founded her own nonprofit, Read Indeed, and this month surpassed her goal of sending over a million books to children in various parts of the globe.
Tue
18
Feb

Priceless gifts that don’t cost a penny

We are living in a much different world than when I grew up. People today are living disposable lives at neckbreak speed, and their children deserve better things. According to the Family Online Safety Institute, young people spent an average of 6.5 hours with media on a daily basis – that includes television, radio, and the Internet – back in 2004.
Mon
10
Feb

Affluenza can be very damaging to you

Are you familiar with the word “Affluenza”? I had heard it but never considered what it meant until I read an article by the Rev. Wilmer L. Todd in the The Tri-Parish Times the other day. Todd said the word could be defined in one of three ways: 1) The sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from trying to keep up with the Jones. 2) An epidemic of stress, overwork, waste and indebtedness caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream.
 
Mon
10
Feb

Super Bowl: Embarrassment and Character

So yes it would be typical of this writer to write about Valentine’s Day since it is in two days, but I’m going to go out on a limb and talk about the Super Bowl. It is a truth locally acknowledged that I am not a big football fan (I really 
only like the Saints and my alma mater, La. Tech), however I did attend a Super Bowl party and I did watch the game. And boy, was it a rough one! I don’t have to tell you this though. 
 
Tue
04
Feb

Get ready to go for the gold!

It’s that time again for the Olympics! So break out your USA sweatshirts with a heavy dose of patriotism and cheer for our fellow countrymen and women. This writer always looks forward to the every two years when the Olympic games roll around. I must say I do prefer the Summer Games, but I just really enjoy watching the Olympics in general from as far back as I can remember. I have played ice skater doing a triple axle and gymnast on the balance beam and of course, it always ended on the medal podium with my little girl self winning the gold medal.
 
Tue
04
Feb

What do you think about global-warming?

I think it is safe to say that everyone got sick and tired of the dangerous cold weather we had to deal with during the past couple of weeks – not to mention the ice, sleet and snow. Sure, a little snow every once in a while is a treat – especially for the younger folks. But when it comes with temperatures in the teens for three or four nights in a row, it becomes very dangerous – for people, animals and plant life.
 
Wed
29
Jan

Politics Versus Education

Anyone who has still not yet understood the utter cynicism of the Obama administration in general, and Attorney General Eric Holder in particular, should look at the Justice Department’s latest interventions in education. If there is one thing that people all across the ideological spectrum should be able to agree on, it is that better education is desperately needed by black youngsters, especially in the ghettoes. For most, it is their one chance for a better life.
 
Wed
29
Jan

Marijuana should remain illegal in state

An organization out of Monroe is pushing legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana in Louisiana. A committee of Louisiana lawmakers is entertaining the idea of legalizing marijuana for medical use. Meantime, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson is presenting information on marijuana legalization and its results to members of the state legislature. Law enforcement opposes legalizing marijuana.
 
Tue
21
Jan

Have you been to the movies lately?

This writer has always enjoyed watching movies. Growing up, I spent countless hours with my best friends and family in the movie theater. It was our special treat – going to a movie and getting popcorn. This love of film has extended into my adult years though I don’t view very many movies in theaters.  
 

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