Columns/Opinions

Mon
26
Sep

Our political predicament

By Thomas Sowell

 

There is no point denying or sugar-coating the plain fact that the voters this election year face a choice between two of the worst candidates in living memory. A professor at Morgan State University summarized the situation by saying that the upcoming debates may enable voters to decide which is the “less insufferable” candidate to be President of the United States. My own take on this election is that the voter is in a situation much like that of an American fighter pilot in World War II, whose plane has been hit by enemy fire out over the Pacific Ocean and is beginning to burst into flames. If he bails out, there is no guarantee that his parachute will open. But even if he lands safely in the ocean, he may be eaten by sharks. If he comes down on land, he may be captured by the Japanese and tortured and/or killed.    

 

Mon
26
Sep

Looking back at the last 49 years

By Sammy J. Franklin

 

It was 49 years ago this month that I first blew into Jena with high hopes of one day purchasing this newspaper. I was working at the Caldwell Watchman in Columbia when I learned that R. W. Wagner might be interested in selling The Jena Times and Olla-Tullos Signal. I found out from a salesman one day during the week in mid-September 1967. 

 

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Wed
21
Sep

Racial issues

By Thomas Sowell 
 
Ordinarily, it is not a good idea to base how you vote on just one issue. But if black lives really matter, as they should matter like all other lives, then it is hard to see any racial issue that matters as much as education. The government could double the amount of money it spends on food stamps or triple the amount it spends on housing subsidies, and it will mean very little if the next generation of young blacks goes out into the world as adults without a decent education.
 
 
Wed
21
Sep

A fool’s choice on football field

By Sammy J. Franklin

Please allow me to use another column by Louis Avallone of Shreveport for this space this week. Louis wrote: Manners tell us what to do, and what to expect others to do, in return. We say “please” and “thank you”. We don’t intentionally embarrass one another, or ask personal, prying questions. We hold a door open for someone, give up our seat in a waiting room for someone who needs it more than we do. 

 

Mon
12
Sep

The choices that often divide us

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
From time to time, I share a column by the Rev. Wilmer L. Todd, who writes regularly for the The Times in Houma. Todd’s most recent column shares some interesting views. He wrote: “In chapter 12 of Luke’s gospel, Jesus tells us two strange things: First, He wants to set the world on fire; secondly, He came to bring division, not peace, in our world. It seems out of character that the Prince of Peace is declaring that He has come to bring division.
 
 
Mon
12
Sep

Looking for a great fall getaway?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
 
It’s always nice to take some kind of a little trip - whether your preference is a neighboring town, city or elsewhere in the country - and it’s especially nice for a falltime escape. National Geographic recently released its top suggestions for their top favorite fall getaways and our lovely state made it on the list. 1) See Fall Foliage in New York / The wooded areas of New York - as small as the urban oasis of Central Park or as vast as the backwoods of the Catskills - explode into a mosaic of autumn colors as the leaves change in the fall.
 
 
Tue
06
Sep

Don’t blame guns for murders

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
A faithful reader sent me the following brief article, which sets the record straight about blaming guns for all the murders in these United States of America. “Today, I placed my Glock 9 pistol on the table right next to my front door. I left its clip beside it, then left it alone and went about my business. While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor’s son across the street mowed the yard, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the “stop” sign near the front of my house.
 
Tue
06
Sep

Are the Days of Summer Jobs Over?

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
 
Last week an article this writer spotted online sparked an idea that I’d never thought of – what were my first jobs, and what might they say about me? It’s an interesting concept, and it also can show trends of different decades of first jobs. My first seven jobs were babysitter, stationary sales, delivery assistant, daycare worker, dog caregiver and restaurant employee.
 
Tue
30
Aug

Pastor speaks on presidential race

A good reader forwarded me the following email from a Facebook post by a pastor. It is rather long, but contains some very enlightening views on the upcoming election for President of the United States. Here is what the pastor wrote: “Moments ago on private FB messaging, I was asked “THE question”... again, regarding Trump or Hillary. I am not demanding that anyone else share my view. But, I was asked. Here is my best attempt at a response at this time:

 

Tue
30
Aug

No nation to call their own

Even amid all the historic moments of the recent Summer Olympics, ten athletes stood out to me above all the rest – and they didn’t represent the U.S. or win a single medal. But they did make their way into history as members of the first-ever Olympic refugee team competing for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Here’s the story. “In a dazzling celebration of life, Brazil has brought down the curtain on an Olympics which enchanted and inspired millions around the world with powerful stories of triumph over adversity… (And) both the IOC and UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), which assembled the refugee team, have pledged to support the athletes’ futures and promoting sport among those driven from their homes by conflict and persecution.”

 

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