Columns/Opinions

Wed
01
May

Another unusual election for editor

In this edition of your parish newspaper, you will find an announcement from my son, Scott Franklin, who is seeking re-election as Sheriff of LaSalle Parish.

For the benefit of my readers and other candidates, I am re-printing my column, which was published the same week Scott first announced for Sheriff some 12 years ago this week. The column explains why the election is unusual and our policies concerning all candidates. Here is what I had to say:

“When I moved to Jena and took over duties as editor of The Jena Times and Olla-Tullos Signal in the fall of 1967, the parish was in the midst of an election for parishwide officials, including sheriff, clerk of court, assessor, coroner and police jurors.

I assumed ownership of the newspaper in January of 1968, and since that time, I have seen nine parishwide elections come and go, and have served hundreds of candidates for various offices during those elections.

 

Wed
24
Apr

Attacking Trump will never end

Michael Reagan:

I’m beginning to feel sorry for President Trump.

The attacks on him, his policies, his kids, his cabinet, his staff and everyone who’s ever worked for him as a caddie by the Democrats and the Trump-hate media will never end.

The political attacks keep coming from dumbos in Congress like Adam Schiff, Maxine Waters and the dozens of Democrats who are running for president in 2020.

 

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Wed
24
Apr

Special teachers are remembered

Teachers have the very important responsibility of shaping the lives of young, impressionable children. With this responsibility comes great pride and joy.

The LaSalle Parish School Board has a special proclamation declaring the month of May as “Teacher Appreciation Month” and the week of May 5-11, as “Teacher Appreciation Week”.

 

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Wed
17
Apr

Already deep in politics of hate

During an Iowa town hall last week, “Beto” O’Rourke, who had pledged to raise the level of national discourse, depicted President Donald Trump’s rhetoric as right out of Nazi Germany.

Trump “describes immigrants as ‘rapists’ and ‘criminals’” and as “’animals’ and ‘an infestation,’” said Beto.

“Now, I might expect someone to describe another human being as ‘an infestation’ in the Third Reich. I would not expect it in the United States of America.” The crowd lustily cheered the analogy.

By week’s end, Beto’s Third Reich comparison had been matched in nastiness by Bernie Sanders’ description of the president to the cheering activists of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network:

“It gives me no pleasure to say this but today we have a president who is a racist, sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot.”

Wed
17
Apr

The beauty of Spring abounds

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.

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.

For the past several weeks, we have received upward of 15-inches of rainfall (some more and some less), and my backyard is still so wet it will be days before I can get in it to do final cleanup work. But it is beautiful with spring wild flowers popping up everywhere.

The power of spring and its regenerative efforts are evidenced by the fact that every major religion includes a major holiday in the spring season. From Passover to Easter, it seems that every culture marks spring with a celebration of renewal and new life.

 

Wed
10
Apr

More good news for parish noted

I have had a large number of comments on our lead story from last week noting that more than $24-million in building projects are underway at the present time in LaSalle Parish. We titled the report “LaSalle Parish booming!”

In the story, we quoted Walter E. Dorroh, Jr., President of the LaSalle Economic Development District, where he notes that the significant number of projects is a clear indication that the efforts to diversify our economy are successful.

He noted that some thirty years ago, the parish was a two-industry oriented parish and when both of those industries took a turn for the worse, the parish was severely affected.

 

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Wed
10
Apr

If not an emergency, what is it?

Cal Thomas:

The flood tide of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border cannot and must not continue. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has said of it, “The system is broken and overwhelmed. It is a national emergency.”

The definition of emergency might help focus attention:

“A sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.”

 

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Wed
03
Apr

Washington follies: The Mueller Report

Sheriff David Clarke (Ret.)

Only in the Washington D.C. bubble can high drama and theater be created by a topic the media elites and establishment politicians have wet their pants over in excited delirium that the general population has become bored with for some time now.

The release of the Mueller report is being portrayed in a stopthe-presses fashion. It’s all hype. Someone help me here, but I do not see what all the hoopla is about. I see it as an unwise investment of my time to sit around waiting for its release. Anybody who could smell the stink of a partisan political witch-hunt that this so-called investigation was from the beginning can pretty much guess what this report will contain. Suppositions, innuendos, and accusations supported by no evidence will likely dominate the report. He will leave it open-ended so Democrats can continue their baseless claim that impeachment is still a possibility.  

Wed
03
Apr

Electoral College stood test of time

The United States isn’t a “democracy.” Though every American should have learned this fact in high school civics class, the smart set still like to ridicule people who point it out -- such a cliche and all.

Today we see why the left has worked to convince Americans that majoritarianism is a profound moral good. And it’s not just that the political class is going through another silly debate about the suddenly inconvenient Electoral College; it’s that Democrats are increasingly comfortable attacking foundational ideas of American governance.

Most of the Founding Fathers believed that a diffuse democracy would weaken the ability of politicians to scaremonger and rely on emotional appeals to take power. Most of them believed that proportional voting would blunt the vagaries of the electorate and help ensure national stability. Democrats agree, which is why they want to scrap the system.

 

Wed
27
Mar

Gunning for “The Cowboy Way”

Robert Knight

In 1949, as part of its “Riders in the Sky” promotion, a film studio released Gene Autry’s 10-sentence Cowboy Code.  

The code resurfaced in 2007 in a biography of the movie star by Holly George-Warren, a prolific chronicler of America’s popular culture.  

The reason it’s included below is because cowboys are being thrown under the horse, along with “farting cows.”  They’re the latest targets of the political correctness that seeks to replace American grit with a nihilistic creed of wimpery.  

Actually, it started years ago when leftists thought they had delivered a roundhouse punch against Ronald Reagan, and later, George W. Bush, by deriding them as “cowboys.”  That made the two men rugged icons to many Americans.  

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