Columns/Opinions

Mon
05
Jun

Revolt against the elite

It’s been my experience, having covered the news at CBS for nearly 30 years, that when the media elites come in for criticism, they’re not very good at introspection. They’re much better at circling the wagons.

Dan Rather, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor, is Exhibit A. On Feb. 8, 1995 he told Tom Snyder on his late-night TV show that, “It’s one of the great political myths about press bias. Most reporters don’t know whether they’re Republican or Democrat and vote every which way.”

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Mon
05
Jun

Draining the swamp is messy

By Sammy J. Franklin

Michael Master, author of Save America Now, Rules for Conservatives, and The Birth Famine, just recently wrote the following analogy about draining the swamp. It is an interesting take on what is happening in Washington, D.C.

“Our home is in a community of 2,000 homes located on the intercoastal in North Carolina. Everything lives here Alligators. Water moccasins. Rattle snakes. Sea hawks. Egrets. Giant blue heron. Mosquitoes…

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Tue
30
May

Political correctness has gone amuck

By Sammy J. Franklin

I was reading several columns the other day on political correctness and the impact it is having on our country. I came across one of the best, which appeared in the Log Cabin Democrat of Conway, Arkansas. I’d like to share that column with my readers. It follows:

“Here is a question that I would like to ask you to ponder with me for a few minutes today. If someone were to ask you, “What does the First Amendment to the United States Constitution say?” could you answer this person with any degree of certainty?

 

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Tue
30
May

Child of the wild: A true story

By Morgan Tarpley Smith

This writer must admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the classic story, “The Jungle Book.” Maybe it was the film version’s snake and tiger that frightened me as a child or perhaps the sad fact that Mowgli’s parents died, but I didn’t like to watch it. It was these thoughts that filled my mind when I learned of a very intriguing story of a girl who was raised like a modern-day Mowgli but on the plains of Africa. It’s certainly fascinating.

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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