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Mon
17
Apr

Government makes the poor poorer

By Stephen Moore

For all the obsessing in Washington over income inequality, why isn’t there more outrage over government policies that exacerbate the problem? There are hundreds of programs that increase poverty in America. Last week, at the Heritage Foundation forum on this very topic, my colleagues exposed many of these programs.

Economist Don Boudreaux of George Mason University unmasked two such policies. One is trade protectionism. Trade barriers raise prices and act as a regressive tax on Americans, Boudreaux explains. They also stunt the very process of innovation that makes goods and services widely available to people at affordable prices to begin with. Think about the consumers who shop for those everyday low prices at Wal-Mart: They’re not Hillary Clinton.

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Mon
17
Apr

inexpenI’ve learned a lot in my lifetime

By Sammy J. Franklin

A faithful reader forwarded me an email the other day with a column written by the late Andy Rooney. We may have printed this before, but it is worth re-printing. It contains some gems.

Rooney wrote:

I’ve learned - That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned - That when you’re in love, it shows.

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Mon
10
Apr

Conservatives must celebrate

By Dennis Prager

Do conservatives -- or non-leftists, for that matter -- appreciate just how terrific Donald Trump has been as president? And how lucky we are that he won the presidency?

I don’t know the answer.

What I do know is that they ought to be deeply appreciative of him, and deeply grateful for luck or providence, and certainly for Trump himself, that he was elected president. First, it is unlikely that any other Republican would have defeated Hillary Clinton.

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Mon
10
Apr

Enjoying the beauty of spring

By Sammy J. Franklin

The spring of the year is a favorite season for many people, and it is certainly easy to understand why this is so. To me, spring and fall are my favorite times of the year. We officially welcomed spring a few weeks ago.

Spring is when the earth comes back to life after a long cold winter, and it is in spring when the first flowers begin to bloom and the green world begins to return after its winter slumber.

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Mon
03
Apr

Purists kill whatever they believe in

By Dennis Prager

According to The New York Times, 10 moderates, 15 conservatives, and eight other Republicans would have voted against the Republican repeal and replace Obamacare bill. So, then, 15 or so conservatives made it impossible to pass the bill favored by nearly every other Republican and by President Donald Trump. If that is the case, what we have here is another conservative example of purism and principle damaging another major opportunity to do good.

The first purist conservative example were the Never-Trumpers, who believed it was better for Hillary Clinton to be elected president and for the Left to have four more years of presidential power than for Donald Trump to win.

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Mon
03
Apr

Investing in education is important

By Sammy J. Franklin

Education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments we can make in our young people.

I have always been impressed and proud of the folks in LaSalle Parish that have supported education. I don’t think I ever remember voters turning down a tax issue or renewal, which was dedicated toward improving our education system.

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Mon
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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