Columns/Opinions

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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Tue
05
Nov

Throw the Rascals Out?

By Thomas Sowell.

Polls indicate that the public is so disgusted with Washington politicians of both parties that a surprisingly large proportion of the people would like to get rid of the whole lot of them. It is certainly understandable that the voters would like to “throw the rascals out.” But there is no point in throwing the rascals out, if we are just going to get a new set of rascals to replace them. In other words, we need to think about what there is about current political practices that repeatedly bring to power such a counterproductive set of people. Those we call “public servants” have in fact become public masters. And they act like it.
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Wed
30
Oct

Words you don’t hear much anymore

By Sammy J. Franklin.

I grew up at a time when we didn’t have running water, electricity, indoor plumbing and many of the other things that families take for granted in this day and time. The other day I got an email of “oldies but goodies” titled ‘Words You Don’t Hear Anymore” and it brought back a lot of fond memories of my childhood. For you older folks, I think most of these sayings will strike a chord. For the younger folks, most of the sayings will have little meaning, but sit down with an older person and let them explain them to you.
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