Columns/Opinions

Mon
01
Jun

Mini libraries becoming a national trend?

I had never heard of this fascinating thing called a “little library” until I read the article about it in the American Profile two years ago. These enlarged birdhouse-like structures have popped up all across the country and promote reading.
 
Mon
01
Jun

Fallen heroes honored at ceremonies

I had the privilege of attending all three public Memorial Day programs in the parish this past weekend, where those who gave their all in defense of this country was honored. It was the first year for the program at Tullos and a good turnout was recorded. Council member Joan Martin served as master of ceremonies and the program included several speakers, and a tribute from the Veterans Honor Guard, including presenting the Colors, the folding of the flag, tribute to fallen
comrades, 21-gun salute and taps.
 
Tue
26
May

The Bible says that life is a vapor

Have you ever given much thought to our life expectancy? Some people die at 3 days old, some at 17, 31, 49, 78, 94, and beyond 100. In Psalm 90:20, David writes, “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

 

Tue
26
May

Corporate Welfare? What Does That Even Mean?

By Terry Baugh
 
As I have written before, it offends me when Louisiana businesses are referred to as if they were not citizens of our state. I am referring to the actual business entities. Elected and appointed officials often talk about businesses and individuals as if the two are completely disconnected.

 

Tue
19
May

The British Elections

By Cal Thomas
 
“Shocked,” “surprised,” “stunned” were some of the words used by broadcasters, columnists, political “experts” and pollsters when a Conservative Party victory was forecast by exit polls on election night. Former Liberal Democrat Party leader Paddy Ashdown was so certain the exit polls were wrong that he announced on the BBC he would publicly eat his hat if they were right.
 
Tue
19
May

Remember fallen heroes this weekend

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
For 146 years, we have paused on the last Monday of May to remember and honor those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. On May 5, 1868, the Grant Army of the Republic established Memorial Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers.
 
Mon
11
May

Graduation day holds special memories

Almost 150 LaSalle Parish seniors will participate  in graduation exercises this week with ceremonies at La- Salle High School on Thursday night and at Jena High School on Friday night. For the past several weeks, the staff here at the newspaper has been working on a special souvenir graduation edition, featuring pictures of all the seniors, and greetings from family and businesses.
 
Mon
11
May

Commencement Advice to Live By

Just like some people say, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” this writer thinks a few wise words can be worth way more than thousands of dollars. And though success cannot always be measured by fame and fortune, I think
some of those who tend to be labeled as successful and have obtained both still had to have a pretty good measure of wisdom and integrity during the pursuit of their dreams.    
 
Tue
05
May

Anti-Trust Law and Lawlessness

By Thomas Sowell
 
We all make mistakes and some of us learn from them. What is even better is to learn from other people’s mistakes, where they pay for those mistakes while we learn free of charge.
 
Tue
05
May

Big election year looms for state voters

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
Every four years, Louisiana voters get to choose a wide variety of officials, from governor on down to members of their police juries – with a lot of other offices thrown in between.
 

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