Columns/Opinions

Mon
22
May

Remember all our fallen heroes

By Sammy J. Franklin

For 149 years, we have paused on the last Monday of May to remember and honor those Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

On May 5, 1868, the Grant Army of the Republic established Memorial Decoration Day as the national day to decorate the graves of the Civil War soldiers with flowers.

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Mon
22
May

No evidence of impending ‘wave’ election

By Salena Zito

Wisconsin is Paul Ryan country.

Sometimes they love him. Sometimes they get frustrated with him. Sometimes they worry he’ll become part of the establishment.

Yet, they fundamentally believe the Wisconsin Republican’s political intentions always come from his roots and are grounded in his upbringing in this working-class Kenosha County town.

They also know he had to get something done with Obamacare, even if it was imperfect.

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Mon
15
May

‘Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?’

By Allen West

It was the title of a song done by Paula Cole back in 1996, and a very popular song might I add. It came out at a time when I was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas going through the US Army Command and General Staff Officer College (CGSC). I had just returned from a one-year assignment in the Second Infantry Division up near the DMZ in South Korea. I was wrapping up one Masters from Kansas State University, and beginning another at CGSC. They loved that song out in the Midwest.

Of course today, 21 years later, the radical liberal progressive feminists would condemn Ms. Cole’s song as sexist and misogynist. What Ms. Cole was addressing was a rhetorical question about rugged, strong, responsible men…where had they gone? I can answer that question, the progressive socialist left has changed them into the “Pajama Boy”. For whatever reason, that which the world had previously admired about America, became despised and rejected here at home.

Mon
15
May

Great year for sports in parish

By Sammy J. Franklin

This has been a great year for high school sports in the parish with every team in football, basketball, softball, and baseball making it to the state playoffs.

Some of the teams went pretty far into the playoffs but the LaSalle High School Lady Tigers and the LaSalle Tigers claimed dual Class 1A State Championships in softball and baseball this year, a first for any school in LaSalle Parish. What a feat!

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Mon
08
May

‘Tax Cuts for the Rich’?

By Thomas Sowell

One of the painful realities of our times is how long a political lie can survive, even after having been disproved years ago, or even generations ago.

A classic example is the phrase “tax cuts for the rich,” which is loudly proclaimed by opponents, whenever there is a proposal to reduce tax rates. The current proposal to reduce federal tax rates has revived this phrase, which was disproved by facts, as far back as the 1920s -- and by now should be called “tax lies for the gullible.”

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Mon
08
May

Graduation hold special memories

By Sammy J. Franklin

Around 150 LaSalle Parish seniors will participate in graduation exercises this week with ceremonies at LaSalle High School on Thursday night and at Jena High School on Friday night.

For the past several weeks, the staff here at the newspaper has been working on a special souvenir graduation edition, featuring color pictures of all the seniors, and greetings from family and businesses. In addition to graduates from Jena and LaSalle High School, we have also included graduates from Georgetown High School.

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Mon
01
May

Poll: Trump would beat Hillary, again

By Guy Benson

Consumers of mainstream media have been treated to a steady diet of Trump voters expressing doubts, frustrations and regrets over the myriad ‘betrayals’ of his early presidency. But a fresh national survey from the Washington Post and ABC News demonstrates that these cherry-picked examples represent just two percent of Trump’s 2016 backers.

With near unanimity, virtually every American who pulled the lever for Trump in November does not regret the decision. Indeed, the poll shows that in spite of all of the controversy, mass demonstrations, media hostility and popular culture ridicule, if the same pool of voters were to do it all over again today, Donald Trump would once again defeat Hillary Clinton.

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Mon
01
May

Monuments are part of history

By Sammy J. Franklin

In the dark of night, workers started removing statues honoring the Confederate history in the City of New Orleans last week. Four monuments are on tap to be removed following a vote of the City Council and Mayor of New Orleans.

All of this is being done in the name of political correctness. But to me, the monuments are just a part of the history of the south. Removing a few statues does not alter history.

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Mon
24
Apr

Trump budget drains the swamp

By Stephen Moore

Everyone in Washington hates Donald Trump’s new budget. So it must have something going for it. This is a budget plan that will surgically remove trillions of dollars of wasteful spending from the obese $3.9 trillion federal budget. Many agencies will have to live with cuts of 5, 10 and 30 percent, while other outdated, duplicative or unproductive programs will go to the graveyard.

It’s a gutsy document that takes on the hoards of special-interest groups that populate Washington, D.C. The Washington metropolitan workforce will shrink, and so the town is in cardiac arrest. The Washington Post quoted an unnamed “official” who said that his fellow workers at the Department of Housing and Urban Development were feeling “demoralized.” Boohoo. Then the anonymous bureaucrat added: “This is just a tough, tough time. HUD is no different than any other domestic agency in just feeling as though these cuts are all very arbitrary and unnecessary.”

Mon
24
Apr

Litter is a citizens’ problem

By Sammy J. Franklin

A few weeks ago, I had a friend ask me at church why I didn’t do an article on the litter problem, which exists in LaSalle Parish, and all of Louisiana, for that fact.

I have written articles before about the problem and our officials have done what they felt they could do to eliminate with the problem, but really it all boils down to being a citizens’ problem.

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