Columns/Opinions

Tue
05
Sep

‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’

By Stephen Moore

One of the most enduring lessons from the American health care fiasco is that to win a political battle it is best to keep the message simple. If there are too many moving parts to a plan, if Americans don’t understand what the politicians are doing, or if there are parts of a bill they don’t like, it probably will go down in flames.

Most people don’t like Obamacare, but when they couldn’t understand the Republican alternative, they chose the devil they knew versus the devil they didn’t.

 

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Tue
05
Sep

These signs revived sweet memories

By Sammy F. Franklin

Someone recently sent me an email that really brought back some sweet memories from the days gone by.

Burma Shave put up signs from 1927 through 1963, spaced several hundred feet apart and each sign was short and quick to read, but the four signs gave a special message.

 

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Mon
28
Aug

Why do some old people get cranky?

By Sammy J. Franklin
 

A column by Dr. Glenn Mollette came to my inbox the other day and as I was reading it, I began to think about some of the senior citizens I know.

Some are pleasant and enjoy life; others are grouchy and get on the nerves of everyone around them.

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Mon
28
Aug

Thank God he was carrying

By Salena Zito

All he was trying to do was go to work.

In the minutes that ticked by in the 8 a.m. hour on Monday morning, Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was walking through the narrow alley in the shadow of the Jefferson County courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, when a man got out of his car in the nearby bank parking lot and opened fire.

Police say Bruzzese returned fire, and a nearby probation officer stepped in and ultimately killed the suspect. Another man who was with the attacker, sitting in the car with him, was taken into custody.

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Mon
21
Aug

If we erase our history, who are we?

By Pat Buchanan

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson.

Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between extremists on both sides of the issue of whether Robert E. Lee’s statue should be removed from Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park. With Heyer’s death, the brawl was elevated to a moral issue. And President Donald Trump’s initial failure to denounce the neo-Nazi and Klan presence was declared a moral failure.

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Mon
21
Aug

Fond memories of days gone by

By Sammy J. Franklin

It was with a sad heart that I watched early last Thursday morning as wrecking crews tore down the remaining part of the old Humphries Motors building in Jena. I had told the contractor that I wanted to take a picture when he started to take down the columns and he said he planned to do that at daybreak Thursday before the traffic became a problem.

I was on the spot when the workmen started to show up Thursday morning and memories started flowing about my relationship with the folks that operated this historic dealership.

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Mon
14
Aug

Strong values from small towns

By Sammy J. Franklin

As residents of a rural area, we have known for years the strong values that comes from living in the country side and not the big cities.

The other day I read a column by Salena Zito, which hit the nail on the head as rural and urban influence is compared in the United States. I think my readers will enjoy the column:

“The historic marker in front of the Whitley County courthouse in Columbia City, Indiana remembers the life of a man who would have stood out in today’s era of provocative politics and culture of entitlement as an abomination of sorts because he held true to his values ahead of power.

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Mon
14
Aug

Common sense is uncommon in Washington, D.C.

By Cal Thomas

“Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.” -- Dictionary.com’s definition of common sense.

Sometimes what used to be called “common sense” can seem radical in Washington, which is used to practicing senseless policies and funding programs that don’t work.

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Mon
07
Aug

The President is not the enemy

By Cal Thomas

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily -- make that hourly, even minute by minute -- onslaught of investigations to big media’s equivalent of Molotov cocktails.

Washington, D.C., recently made assisted suicide legal. The president isn’t helping his cause by committing unassisted political suicide. Changing his chief of staff may help, but significant change must come from the president himself.

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Mon
07
Aug

Time for school bells to ring, again?

By Sammy J. Franklin

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. And it really doesn’t seem long ago that I started my first day of school at Grayson Elementary. That was in the fall of 1946. Was that 71 years ago?

As we look toward the opening of the new school year next week, several things pop in our minds.

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