Columns/Opinions

Mon
10
Aug

Is it time for school bells to ring, again?

I just cannot believe that another school year is just about to begin. It seems like just yesterday that parents and children, and school employees, were rushing around getting ready for the last school session. Teachers have been in several 
training sessions already this year with others to come. Superintendent Roy Breithaupt told members of the School Board at their meeting last week that teachers have worked hard this summer getting prepared for the new school year.
 

 

Mon
03
Aug

Got a Dollar? Rent a home.

Not much can be bought for a dollar anymore – even at Dollar General, therefore to see on the news that someone can rent a farmhouse and land for only $1 a week was astounding. There are a few catches though – one being it’s in Australia, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, and another is that the person has to have children. I must say the idea behind this low rent situation in the Land Down Under is quite fascinating and apparently it’s a spreading trend for other nations as well. Let’s see what you think. Would you take up an offer like this?

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Mon
03
Aug

Planned Parenthood reaps terrible harvest

By Sammy F. Franklin 

Since videos were released showing the public what is going on inside Planned Parenthood, many columnist have expressed their views on the subject. Chuck Pinkey started off a column this way: “Secretary of State John Kerry said, “These were not isolated incidents, but crimes committed on a day-to-day basis. They had personally cut off ears, cut off heads cut off limbs, blown up bodies … reminiscent of Genghis Khan.” 

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Tue
28
Jul

America has turned her back on God

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s ruling (504) that homosexual “marriage” is now a civil right, Christian evangelist Franklin Graham said America has turned her back on God and rejected His “laws and standards,” and added that it seems as though “immorality not only reigns but is now celebrated” in this country.
 
Tue
28
Jul

From the Outside Looking In

From the outside looking in at America, residents of other countries seem to have an endless list of differing opinions about our nation – some quite amusing. As this writer has traveled quite extensively overseas, I’ve come
across several stereotypes and opinions placed upon myself being an American.
 
Tue
21
Jul

Every business, industry important

This week is the time each year when officials and citizens pause to give thanks for all the businesses and industries we have in LaSalle Parish. Every business and industry, small or large, is important to the economical well
being of the parish.
 
Tue
21
Jul

A Summer of Soccer

It’s been an international soccer summer in this writer’s world and it looks to be a fall filled with some local soccer too. The main pivotal soccer event of the summer was the U.S. women’s soccer team bringing home the World Cup and a historic feat.
 
Mon
13
Jul

A Legacy of Cliches

By Thomas Sowell
Discussions of racial problems almost invariably bring out the cliche of “a legacy of slavery.” But anyone who is being serious, as distinguished from being political, would surely want to know if whatever he is talking about -- whether fatherless children, crime or whatever -- is in fact a legacy of slavery or of some of the many other things that have been done in the century and a half since slavery ended. Another cliche that has come into vogue is that slavery is “America’s original sin.” The great Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said that a good catch phrase could stop thinking for fifty years. Catch phrases about slavery have stopped  people from thinking, even longer than that.
 
Mon
13
Jul

Life is short…express your love often

By Sammy J. Franklin
A few weeks ago I did a column on life and how, even if you live to be 70 or 80, it is as a vapor – soon to vanish. I was saddened over the weekend to learn of the tragic death of a young lady my wife and I had become very fond of over the past three and half years. Sara Angier, 19, of Mt.  Pleasant, Texas, died from injuries she received when thrown from her horse. Her love for horses is what brought  this outstanding young lady into our home on numerous occasions.
 
Tue
07
Jul

Supreme Court Disasters

By Thomas Sowell
 
Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. That is certainly a legitimate concern, for both those who favor those policies and those who oppose them. But there is a deeper and more long-lasting impact of these decisions that raise the question whether we are still living in America, where “we the people” are supposed to decide what kind of society we want, not have our betters impose their notions on us.

 

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