Columns/Opinions

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27
Mar

A day without idiots

By Derek Hunter

Democrats are taking to the streets…in waves. First it was women (the day after the inauguration), then it was immigrants (conflating legal and illegal aliens in the hope of making people think they are one in the same), then it was women again (because, presumably, someone ordered too many crocheted vagina hats the first time around and needed to unload them). Which group will be next? Allow me to offer some help.

Should they go back to immigrants? No, no one cared last time. They can’t repeat women after having just done women. Besides, like with immigrants, no one outside of newsrooms gave a damn or really noticed.

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Mon
27
Mar

Manual typewriter served me well

By Sammy J. Franklin

I did something the other day that I have not done in about six years. I typed out a short story on my old manual Royal typewriter, which sits ready and waiting on a table beside my desk along side my modern Apple iMac computer.

Up until eight years ago, every column and story I wrote came off that old Royal manual typewriter. I only used my older computer for emails to receive news releases and correspond with folks.

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Mon
20
Mar

Time to clean house

By D.W. Wilber

Beginning its second month in office the Trump Administration is faced with enormous challenges both internationally and domestically. And one could certainly make the case for internally as well. Aside from the mutant in charge of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal rattling his saber yet again, and the ridiculous Iranian dinghies playing tag with U.S. warships in the Arabian Gulf, President Trump appears to be facing near sedition at home from some within his own government.

It’s become pretty obvious that Barack Obama has left in place within the government what in the intelligence business we referred to as a “stay behind”. Or otherwise known as ‘Saboteurs’ with the goal of disrupting President Trump’s efforts at undoing the damage done by Barack Obama during his eight years in office, and preventing the new administration from implementing its own agenda.

Mon
20
Mar

Superintendent had educational roots

By sammy J. Franklin

LaSalle’s new school superintendent, who will take over the reigns of the school system on July 1, 2017, has deep educational roots.

Janet Tullos was selected by the LaSalle Parish School Board last week to replace Supt. Roy Breithaupt upon his retirement, June 30, 2017.

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Tue
14
Mar

Married to a Stranger

By Morgan Tampley Smith

Could you imagine being married to someone you didn’t know? Not because you hadn’t gotten to know them, but because they were literally not who you thought they were. It sounds like something from a novel or a TV episode, but it was truth for Blake Ruff.

“On Christmas Eve 2010, the body of 42-year-old Lori Erica Ruff was found in a car parked outside the Ruff family home in Longview, Texas. She had ended her life with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. Lori’s husband, Blake Ruff, was devastated. In the days following the death, he began the grim task of sorting through his wife’s possessions. Included among the items was a sealed lockbox buried deep in Lori’s closet.

 

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Tue
14
Mar

Citizens want open government

By Sammy J. Franklin

We are in the midst of Sunshine Week – a time when corporate and individual members of news organizations remind the public of the vital role they play in gathering and presenting information about the operations of local, state and federal governments and their various agencies – operations that, in one way or another, affect the lives of all of us.

However, Sunshine Week is not strictly about journalists, although we can rightly say we often are the line between knowing and not knowing what one’s government is doing.

 

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Mon
06
Mar

Town Hall mob explodes at the name of ‘Jesus’

By Todd Starnes

A group of enraged protesters exploded in anger after a chaplain prayed in the name of Jesus at a town hall meeting in Louisiana hosted by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy.

The verbally-abusive crowd also heckled a Vietnam War veteran who attempted to lead the group in the pledge of allegiance.

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Mon
06
Mar

Heart check may have saved my life

By Sammy J. Franklin

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Friday, March 10th, will be the eighth anniversary of my open-heart surgery.

In recognition of American Heart Month, which just ended, and in hopes it may help convince others they need to be checked, I wanted to take time to review the events that led up to me having open-heart surgery eight years ago.

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Mon
27
Feb

Fixing health care

By Bruce Bialosky

Twenty million. That is the number foisted upon us by the Obama administration and all of its believers as to how many people got health insurance because of his signature health care program and how many will lose it if the evil Republicans tinker with the program; i.e., “repeal and replace.” Have you ever seen the figures behind that 20 million number? No you have not because it is a phantom number. Like the 97% of scientists believing in global warming – sorry, climate change. Or that the day of the Super Bowl has the highest number of domestic violence incidences. The Left repeats things often enough, echoed by the compliant media, that they begin to believe their own lies.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA aka Obamacare) brought a sledgehammer to something they should have brought a ballpeen hammer to fix.

Mon
27
Feb

For fun: homographs and heteronyms

By Sammy J. Franklin

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

You think English is easy? I think a retired English teacher was bored... this is great!

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