Columns/Opinions

Tue
10
Dec

“Marriage isn’t for you” controversy

“The Internet is loaded with marriage advice, but rarely does one single tidbit resonate strongly with so many people. On Saturday, writer Seth Adam Smith posted an essay on his blog titled, ‘Marriage Isn’t for You,’ about
his utterly selfless approach to marriage, generating both praise and vitriol 
 
Tue
03
Dec

Random Thoughts

Random thoughts on the passing scene: Many people take pride in defying the conventions of society. Those conventions of society are also known as civilization. Defying them wholesale means going back to barbarism.
Barbarians with electronic devices are still barbarians. After the government shutdown crisis, the one thing that Congressional Democrats and Republicans finally agreed on was to kick the can down the road a few more months, so that we can go through all this again ~ and perhaps again after that.
 
Tue
03
Dec

Be thankful for blessings all year ‘round

This writer knows that Thanksgiving was last week, but the act of being thankful never ceases. And I was reminded of this when I read a sports article online recently. One young man’s story really puts things into perspective
and reminds us all to be thankful for what we have and who we have in our lives. 
 
Mon
25
Nov

Editor’s annual Thanksgiving message

Thanksgiving is the most personal of all the holidays. Poor indeed is the soul that does not have cause to give thanks. Several years ago I ran a column based on a devotion I led at my church on the night  before Thanksgiving in1983. I have revised that column for this week’s Thanksgiving edition.  
 
Mon
25
Nov

Never too old to fulfill dreams

Who said you’re ever too old to pursue your dreams? Just listen to the story of a 100-year-old woman who recently checked off one of her bucket list items – and this is the first of the lady’s late-inlife adventures. 
Her story is told in the article: “100-Year-Old Woman Fulfills Bucket List Dream to See Polar Bears in the Wild.” 
 
Tue
19
Nov

Tea Party at the Crossroads

by Thomas Sowell
 
Third parties have had an unbroken record of failure in American presidential politics. So it was refreshing to see in the Tea Party an insurgent movement, mainly of people who were not professional politicians, but who nevertheless had the good sense to see that their only chance of getting their ideals enacted into public policies was within one of the two major parties. More important, the Tea Party was an insurgent movement that was not trying to impose some untried Utopia, but to restore the lost heritage of America that had been eroded, undermined or just plain sold out by professional politicians.
 
Tue
19
Nov

Four decades later, election very similar

by Sammy F. Frankkin
 
Vance McAllister’s win in last Saturday’s runoff election for Congressman of the fifth congressional district reminds me of one which took place in this district almost four decades ago, when another young, unknown candidate was elected as Fifth District Congressman.
 
Tue
12
Nov

Be a Superhero for a Day

By Morgan Tarpley
 
With late October’s Trick o’ Treat time just past us, there are still kids wearing their superhero costumes, imagining themselves flying through the sky, wielding superpowers and saving others to be the hero. This is the same dream of five-year-old Miles – except he is a real-life superhero battling with leukemia.
 
Tue
12
Nov

Looking for a different sort of president

Maybe it is time we reconsider the qualifications for seeking the office of President of the United States. Maybe we should consider one term, or raise the age of when a person can seek the office. Victor Davis Hanson summed it up pretty well in a recent column as he explored what happens to presidents when they reach their second terms – especially those who take office at a younger age.
 
Tue
05
Nov

A time to pause and honor our veterans

By Sammy J. Franklin.
Next Monday, 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. Four 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. Beginning early on Monday, Nov. 11, veterans in the Olla, Tullos and Urania area will be treated to a breakfast at the Recreation Center in Urania at 8 a.m. The Urania town Hall staff, assisted by volunteers, does an excellent job in honoring the veterans with this early morning event.
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