Columns/Opinions

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19
Dec

Where Are We?

By Thomas Sowell

We are now in a kind of political no-man’s-land between an administration on its way out and a new administration taking shape. Predictions are always risky -- and nowhere more so than in times like these.

What we can do, however, is assess where we are, and what some of the opportunities and dangers are.

Mon
19
Dec

Yes, Virginia…there is a Santa Claus!

By Sammy J. Franklin

One of my favorite articles at Christmas time is one written by the editor of The Sun newspaper way back in the year 1897 - more than one hundred years ago.

The Christmas classic was the letter from an 8-year-old girl inquiring if there really is a Santa Claus and the answer the wise editor penned those many years ago.

Mon
12
Dec

The left’s gambles

By Thomas Sowell

Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don’t have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some who are not only willing, but eager, to take decisions away from those who are directly affected.

Something as personal as what doctor we want to go to has been taken out of our hands by ObamaCare. What job offer, at what pay rate, someone wants to accept has been taken out of their hands by minimum wage laws.

Mon
12
Dec

Our flag should be respected

By Sammy J. Franklin

Thanks to one of our loyal readers for sharing the following with us. We agree with the article wholeheartedly.

With fourteen NFL games on Sunday, and the 49ers on that list, there’s no question that some players will protest during the national anthem.

Mon
05
Dec

Backward-Looking ‘Progressives’

By Thomas Sowell

People who call themselves “progressives” claim to be forward-looking, but a remarkable amount of the things they say and do are based on looking backward.

One of the maddening aspects of the thinking, or non-thinking, on the political left is their failure to understand that there is nothing they can do about the past. Whether people on the left are talking about college admissions or criminal justice, or many other decisions, they go on and on about how some people were born with lesser chances in life than other people.

Mon
05
Dec

Kennedy best choice for Senator

By Sammy J. Franklin

Louisiana voters have two choices on Saturday as they pick the next United States Senator to represent Louisiana – one a Republican and the other a Democrat.

With the election of a Republican President in Donald Trump, and with a majority Republican Congress, it makes sense that the one candidate who would best serve the interest of Louisiana citizens is the Republican.

Mon
28
Nov

What Now? - Part II

By Thomas Sowell

As the post-election shock of some, and the euphoria of others, both begin to wear off, the country and the new administration will have some very serious problems to face, at home and abroad. How those problems are faced -- or evaded -- will tell us a lot about the next four years, and about the longer-run future as well.

As the multiple disasters of ObamaCare become ever more painfully visible with the passage of time, the big question is whether to repeal it or to start tinkering with it, in hopes of being able to “save” it.

Mon
28
Nov

Trump hallmark - sound cabinet choices

By Sammy J. Franklin

If past is prelude, America has a lot to look forward to. Sound cabinet choices across the board by President- elect Trump seem to be emerging, and with regularity. Controversial, at a time when everything is controversial, perhaps. But scrolling back the rhetoric, these choices are rational, thoughtful, experienced and – in a word – appropriate for the times, states Robert Charles, a columnist for Townhall Daily. Charles has a good take on the upcoming appointments.

Consider the President- elect’s selections to date. Vice President Mike Pence is a rock-solid, tested, proven national leader. The press says little of him, because he is principled, no-nonsense, dispassionate, hard worker. We need more of those in government. Pence was in Congress, was a thoughtful Governor, and will be a credit to America as our Vice President.

Mon
21
Nov

What Now?

By Thomas Sowell
 
A Hillary Clinton victory would have meant a third consecutive administration dedicated to dismantling the institutions that have kept America free, and imposing instead the social vision of the smug elites. That could have been the ultimate catastrophe -- not just for our time, but for generations yet unborn. In one sense, Donald Trump’s victory was a unique American event. But, in a larger sense, it represents the biggest backlash among many elsewhere, against smug elites in Western nations, where increasing numbers of ordinary people are showing their anger at where those elites are leading their countries.
 
Mon
21
Nov

Annual Thanksgiving message

By Sammy F. Franklin
 
“O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good.” - Ps. 118-1 Thanksgiving is the most personal of all the holidays. Poor indeed is the soul that does not have cause to give thanks. Several years ago I ran a column based on a devotion I led at my church on the night before Thanksgiving in 1983. I have revised that column for this week’s Thanksgiving edition.
 

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