Columns/Opinions

Wed
13
Jan

Death of the GOP establishment

Regardless of the outcome of President Donald Trump challenging the validity of the vote in key swing states in the Nov. 3 presidential race, Trump has single-handedly altered American politics forever and because of him the battle lines separating the two major parties are crystal clear.

The parties have swapped stripes, too.

The Democrat Party is no longer the party of our youth when it was regarded as the party for working people and minorities. It no longer is the party that advocates for trade barriers to protect blue-collar American jobs, which without a doubt can be credited for fostering America’s middle class. It’s no longer the party of peace, love and understanding.

 

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Wed
13
Jan

A Special Tribute

A Special Tribute

In this week’s edition of your parish newspaper, we are publishing “A Special Tribute” to honor all those we lost during the year ending December 31, 2020.

Year 2020 was unlike any we have ever witnessed with the conoravirus pandemic changing the way we live, and the way we shared grief at the death of our loved ones and friends.

Because of social distancing, many of our friends and relatives were laid to rest without the usual wake, which gave us the opportunity to show our respects and share the grief of loved ones. Also many were laid to rest without a public funeral – just private graveside services for family only.

I know personally, I lost a lot of good friends and I had to share the grief with their family via telephone or other social media – not in person.

 

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Wed
06
Jan

The polarization of America

The polarization of America

Perhaps no issue in America’s history has been so polarizing as 2020’s COVID-19.

It doesn’t matter where you go there are those that have chosen sides and seem ready to fight at all costs confident they are right.

I don’t guess I can ever remember an issue that has so pitted Americans against one another as this coronavirus. This country has faced international and domestic terrorism, natural disasters, and even life-ending diseases before and each time our nation has risen up, rallied together in unity, and done whatever was necessary to defeat the threat at hand. But this certainly hasn’t been the case with the coronavirus.

 

 

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Wed
06
Jan

Lawrence Meyers: The year of living fearfully

“He has a terrible fear of dying because he has not yet lived…”. - Franz Kafka

In the past three months, I’ve been in Los Angeles, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado Springs, and South Florida. I see the same sorry sight everywhere: healthy young people and children, walking alone along a beachfront drive or in a wide-open outdoor space, wearing a mask. From the brisk wooded trails of Devil’s Tower to the breezy palm-tree lined beaches of Fort Lauderdale, people behave as if there is cyanide in the air.

Ever since March 13, when every grocery store in Los Angeles was wiped clean, right down to condiments and toilet paper, America has been gripped by mass hysteria. Fear has not only undermined rationality and common sense, but it has become the sorrowful guiding principle of a nation built on freedom and courage.

 

 

Wed
06
Jan

Embarking on brand new year

Embarking on brand new year

As we get settled into a brand new year, I regret we have carried some of the problems from last year with us. So much for a fresh start. The corona virus remains with us, although various vaccines are on the way, which we are hoping will curb the spread of the deadly disease.

However, with all the questions about the New Year, we only have one assurance and that is God is in charge and whatever happens, He will remain in charge and see us through it.

I don’t know about you, but I am glad to get back to a normal work week. All these extended days of vacation are nice for rest and relaxation, but it is murder on trying to get news and photographs ready for the next edition of your parish newspaper.

 

 

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Wed
30
Dec

Gabriella Hoffman: Small businesses are essential

Small businesses are the backbone of America. That’s an incontrovertible fact.

Yet, they are disappearing before our very eyes. Why? Unreasonable policies brought about by the pandemic—especially those devoid of science—have resulted in their untimely demise.

In their September Local Economic Impact Report, Yelp found 60 percent of small businesses aren’t reopening. Over 110,000 restaurants have also permanently closed their doors.

This, my friends, is a travesty.

 

 

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Wed
30
Dec

We’re gonna miss Trump leadership

We’re gonna miss Trump leadership

A couple of faithful readers and supporters submitted the following article right before the Christmas holidays. The writer is not known, but seeing how LaSalle Parish gave President Donald Trump a whopping 91-percent of the vote, I felt our readers would enjoy reading it.

“Love him or hate him, he’s the most American first and unappreciated POTUS in history!

Let me be clear, I am not a Biden fan at all. He is corrupt, a liar, suffering from dementia . He has done nothing to improve anything in the 47-48 years in politics.

 

 

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Wed
23
Dec

Cherish your Christmases this year

Cherish your Christmases this year

If I could go back in time there is much I would change about some of the things I have done in my life. I’m sure that’s the sediment of many. Perhaps one of my greatest regrets is the number of times I whisked away from family gatherings, especially involving Christmas, and especially concerning the Christmases with my grandparents.

I remember those times as if they were yesterday. Each Christmas Eve my mother’s side of the family would all gather at my grandparents’ home in Columbia and me and my brothers would arrive to eat lunch and exchange gifts.

My Grandpa Jim Richmond was a Baptist pastor and my Grandma Josie, was the premier cook of the family. He always had his Bible open and prayed a sermon before the meal and we’d all feast on turkey and dressing, a ton of accessories, and my personal favorite of Grandma’s delicacies, banana pudding.

 

 

Wed
23
Dec

Michelle Easton: A new voice for conservatives

Conservative women, a group that’s been under assault for years, has a new champion. Let me tell you why that’s so important in today’s political climate.

For decades, particularly on college campuses, conservative women have been ridiculed, demeaned, verbally and physically attacked, and marginalized. Consider the experiences of these college women:

“I was very active in a conservative college group … after the student organization fair, I was holding a campaign yard sign... as I got in line for dinner… a student sitting at the table directly next to me looked at the sign and said “get it out of my sight before I decide to punch you.”

 

 

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Wed
23
Dec

Yes, Virginia…there is a Santa Claus!

Yes, Virginia…there is a Santa Claus!

One of my favorite articles at Christmas time is one written by the editor of The Sun newspaper way back in the year 1897 - more than one hundred years ago.

The Christmas classic was the letter from an 8-year-old girl inquiring if there really is a Santa Claus and the answer the wise editor penned those many years ago.

Following is a repeat of that favorite:

Dear Editor,

“I am 8 years old.

“Some of my little friends say there is no SANTA CLAUS.

“Papa says, ‘If you see it in the Sun it’s so.’

“Please tell me the truth, is there a SANTA CLAUS?”

 

 

 

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