Columns/Opinions

Wed
30
Oct

Race-Hustling Results

By Thomas Sowell.

Wed
23
Oct

The Financial Risk of Charity Hospital “Privatization”

By John N. Kennedy. State Treasurer The reason advanced by the Jindal Administration for privatizing Louisiana’s charity hospitals is that a private hospital like Lafayette General or Ochsner, for example, can manage a hospital more efficiently, and therefore cheaper, than the state. That’s why I was taken aback when the chairman of the private entity taking over the Shreveport state hospital testified before the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget that the private contractor’s costs to run the Shreveport facility will be the same as the state’s. Where, then, will the Jindal Administration’s promised annual savings of $150 million come from if not from achieving operational efficiencies?
 
Wed
23
Oct

In God we trust; all others we search

By Chuck Norris. A decade ago, there were roughly only 10 incidents of church violence across the U.S. In 2007, there were 41 incidents. In 2009, there were 108. In 2012, there were more than 135. And by mid-July 2013, there were already 58. Much media attention has been given of late to the Louisiana pastor who was shot and killed a few weeks ago during a church service at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center. But there have been a host of other violent crimes that have occurred at houses of worship in recent months. For example, in Wilmington, Del., a man was shot and wounded in the parking lot of Ebenezer Baptist Church — the second such deadly-force crime lately at a church in that city.
 
Wed
23
Oct

Thwarted plans can bring great blessings

Things don’t always go our way. It’s true – and we don’t like it one bit. We have everything mapped out, how something’s supposed to happen, and nothing turns out “right.” I’ve been there. We all have. But it’s in these moments that I feel God’s hand on the situation, saying to trust in His plans for me and not my own. It’s when He gets my attention and reminds me of the blessings that I don’t see – and sometimes won’t until later. I recently read a devotional via email called “When Plans are Thwarted” by Os Hillman from TGIF: Today God is First. I think it’s a good example of these moments.
 
Wed
23
Oct

Andy’s take on things interesting

I was visiting with Huey Morris, local real estate broker and former banker, when he produced a column that I had published several years ago – probably around 2002. Huey said I should re-run the article as its contents were as relevant today as ever. According to the article, it had been submitted by Margaret Kuhn and was taken from an Andy Rooney segment of “60 Minutes”. As most of you will remember, Andy Rooney was a television commentator who had been tagged to the end of the popular “60 Minutes” program for many years.
 
Tue
15
Oct
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A simple heist solved after 70 years

By Morgan Tarpley.

Readying to head off to war, one man makes a steal, literally, of a lifetime. I’m definitely not condoning thievery, but in this case one man’s theft developed in to quite a fascinating story, spanning decades, travel across the world and all involving one woman. “When Ruby Hazen saw a photo of herself from 1943 on the Internet last month, she couldn’t quite believe her eyes. ‘I was amazed,’ the 92-year old, who resides in Silverlake, Washington, said. The picture on OregonLive.com ran with the headline, ‘Ruby Ruff Where are you?’
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Tue
15
Oct
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Parents concerned about Common Core

By Sammy J. Franklin.

A large number of parents with school age children appeared before the LaSalle Parish School Board at their meeting last week to express their concerns over the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) school reform program. Views expressed at that meeting can be found in a separate story on the session. Judging from comments from board members, school systems throughout the state are “locked into the program” and there is little, if anything, local school boards can do about it. Although he supported the program at the outset, recent news reports indicate that even Gov. Bobby Jindal is having second thoughts about the program in Louisiana.
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Mon
07
Oct
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Newspapers very important to communities

By Sammy J. Franklin.
This week is National Newspaper Week. It is a time for newspapers to reflect on their mission in the communities they serve, and to let folks know about that mission. A career in the newspaper industry requires us to do a lot of different tasks. But the end result is for us to serve the needs of our communities and give a voice to the people we serve. Each year, the National Newspaper Association, of which we are a member, collect a number of columns from various newspapers and submit them for publication to emphasize the importance of newspapers in our country.
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Mon
07
Oct
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Minimum Wage Madness: Part II

By Thomas Sowell.
A survey of American economists found that 90 percent of them regarded minimum wage laws as increasing the rate of unemployment among low-skilled workers. Inexperience is often the problem. Only about two percent of Americans over the age of 24 earned the minimum wage. Advocates of minimum wage laws usually base their support of such laws on their estimate of how much a worker “needs” in order to have “a living wage” — or on some other criterion that pays little or no attention to the worker’s skill level, experience or general productivity. So it is hardly surprising that minimum wage laws set wages that price many a young worker out of a job.
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Mon
30
Sep
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A Selfless Donation saves Three Lives

If you were given the chance to save three lives, would you do it? First, I think we’d have to ask what was at stake? What would we have to do to save those lives? In a recent real-life situation where three lives were saved, it was due to one man donating a kidney. An online article by Sarah B. Weir entitled, “Man’s Kidney Donation Is ‘Missing Link’ for Three Transplants,” gives the detailed account of how one man’s willingness to donate led to three kidney transplants, therefore the saving of three lives. Here’s the remarkable story.
 
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