Columns/Opinions

Wed
09
Sep

LaSalle lost beloved, dedicated educator

The community was saddened early Tuesday morning of last week to learn of the death of one of our beloved and dedicated educators, Virgie Wilson.

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Wed
09
Sep

Community comes together after Laura

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Well, we all survived Hurricane Laura, probably the strongest storm ever to hit LaSalle Parish. We survived without the loss of a single life, although the storm took its toll on the parish.

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Wed
02
Sep

Franklin: Legislators need to stand up

Franklin: Legislators need to stand up

It’s time for our legislators to stand up and be counted.

If Governor John Bel Edwards has his way, he’ll keep Louisiana in Phase 2 until after the November 3rd Presidential Election and it appears he is receiving no opposition from our elected officials.

While their constituents are screaming for freedom and removal from the Phase 2 restrictions, our legislators have been largely quiet – at least publicly.

Many have signed the “petition” against the governor’s orders but only a handful have come out and spoken against the governor or legislative leadership.

Oh, I’m well aware of how things work in Baton Rouge. I’ve heard all the excuses. I know all about the repercussions our legislators will face if they come out publicly, but at some point they have to make the decision to stand up and be statesmen, leaders, and the representatives that we’ve elected them to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
02
Sep

Column in ‘86 very interesting

Column in ‘86 very interesting

We had a visitor to our morgue last week looking up some things that happened in the 1980’s. She happened upon a column I published in the April 1986 edition, and called my attention to it, noting how interesting that things contained in the column reflects a lot of what is happening today.

There are a few differences. We were midway through President Ronald Reagan’s second term. Our national debt was $2.1-trillion; and as of July 31, 2020, our national debt is above $26.6-trillion – more than a $24.5-trillion increase

But the struggle between idealistic moralizers and practical moralizers was raging at the time the column was written. The content of that column follows:

“Scarcely a day passes when millions of Americans aren’t subjected to an anguished outcry by an idealist berating the government or American people for not doing more for some disadvantaged class or group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wed
02
Sep

Cal Thomas: Optimism vs. Pessimism

If you watched last week’s virtual Democratic convention, you heard about an America with which you might not be familiar. Speaker after speaker portrayed America as a failing nation full of misery, poverty and angst that only they can make better.

On his radio program last week, Rush Limbaugh reminded listeners what the fight for the future of America is about. He played an excerpt from Donald Trump’s inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2017:

“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country. Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. And while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug

Franklin: I just want the old normal

Franklin: I just want the old normal

I keep hearing the term, “the new normal.” There are not many things I despise but this new normal may just be it.

The new normal includes wearing facemasks all the time and everywhere. It includes no more large gatherings. It means staying six-feet away from people, walking certain ways down aisles, no handshakes and most certainly no hugging.

This new way of life comes with so many restrictions and mandates it takes a lawyer to figure out what one can and cannot do. Tragically, this normal has removed visits with family in nursing homes or families gathered together sitting beside a loved one who is dying in a hospital room.

 

 

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Wed
26
Aug

Kelli Ward: Erasing our founding principles

It is fitting that on the first night of Joe Biden and the Democrats’ national convention, Michelle Obama was a featured speaker. After all, it was Michelle Obama who said 12 years ago, while her husband was running for President, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback.”

At the time it shocked many Americans. The very idea that the spouse of someone running for our nation’s highest elected office was not proud of America seemed mind boggling. We now see that Mrs. Obama was merely pulling back the curtain and letting us see the inner thinking of many in the Democratic and Leftist elite.

Wed
26
Aug

An early morning visit from a ’coon

An early morning visit from a ’coon

Things got a little exciting around my home early last Tuesday morning. My wife and I had an early morning visit from a raccoon. We had a raccoon show up at our house and decide to come in and see if he could rouse up some breakfast.

Let me explain. I usually get up at 5 a.m. and after starting my coffee to drip, I take our two babies – Molly and Daisy – out for their morning duties. Last Tuesday morning I was on routine duties and had let the dogs out.

Daisy had surgery the day before and I had her on a leash so she wouldn’t run off somewhere. And we had our granddog – Allie – visiting. So out the door goes Molly and Allie, and me with Daisy on the leash.

 

 

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Wed
19
Aug

Tullos voters shine; approve bond issue

Tullos voters shine; approve bond issue

Congratulations are in order for Tullos Mayor Karla Cockerham and the entire Tullos Town Council in finally getting a bond issue approved, which will along with federal funds, assure the complete renovation of the town’s water system.

The vote: 96 yes, 4 no; that equals 96% of voters approving, with only 4% of the voters disapproving.

Wow! I have been around this business more than a half century and have seen some bond issues come and go, some new and some renewal. The average passing rate for most are in the range of 60% for and 40% against –some higher and some lower.

 

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Wed
12
Aug

Tom Homan: House moves to cripple ICE

The House Appropriations Committee recently released the draft Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security funding bill, which provides annual funding for the components of the Department of Homeland Security. It should come to no one’s surprise that the bill is being used as a political football by those who seek a borderless America and all the human misery that would come with it.

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