Columns/Opinions

Wed
27
Mar

Investing in education is important

Education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic. It is one of the most important investments we can make in our young people.

I have always been impressed and proud of the folks in LaSalle Parish that have supported education. I don’t think I ever remember voters turning down a tax issue or renewal, which was dedicated toward improving our education system.

My wife, all six of my children and now numerous grandchildren have benefited from the education they received at the hands of dedicated educators in this parish.

The impact of investment in education is profound as education results in raising income levels, improving health, and reducing poverty. Young people who are provided a good education will provide a better future for their families.

 

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Wed
20
Mar

Prime example of defamation

Another Man’s Opinion / Sam Hanna, Jr.

Wonder if any of the decision makers at LSU have ever heard of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

That seems to be a fair question to ask since LSU basketball coach Will Wade was indefinitely suspended from his job last week because he declined to meet with university officials to discuss a published report that suggested Wade had improperly recruited one of LSU’s star ballplayers. Acting on the advice of his lawyer, Wade declined the get-together. In other words, Wade exercised his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Wade’s decision not to meet with LSU President F. King Alexander, athletic director Joe Alleva and James Williams, chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, was the right decision. That would be the case because Wade was subpoenaed to testify next month in a federal criminal case, U.S.

 

Wed
20
Mar

Is there anyone you need to thank

To all my family and friends, I want to “thank you” for your time. Too often we neglect to thank people for the little things they do for us every day.

Oh, I know, if it is something big or what we feel is important, we are usually quick to offer a thank you. But what about the little things – like their time.

I received the following email the other day and it really touched me. I hope it does the same for you. It is a story of a young man and how he learned what’s most important in life from the guy next door.

“It had been some time since Jack had seen the old man. College, girls, career, and life itself got in the way. In fact, Jack moved clear across the country in pursuit of his dreams.

There, in the rush of his busy life, Jack had little time to think about the past and often no time to spend with his wife and son. He was working on his future, and nothing could stop him.

Wed
13
Mar

7 signs Trump will landslide 2020

Kevin McCullough:

If the 2020 election were held today President Donald Trump would win by a bigger margin than in 2016, carrying the most number of states since the Re-election of President Ronald Reagan.

I say this because like I did two years before Barack Obama was elected, I saw trends that added up to a significant win, I noted them in this column, and they occurred in near complete detail.  

In 2016 with polls and every media pundit, and even many of his own supporters doubting the outcome of the election, I predicted the map that would match the election night result minus one western state and one congressional district in Maine.

 

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Wed
13
Mar

Stupidity should be painful and untreatable

For years, my favorite columnist was Lewis McDonald Grizzard, Jr., but he up and died and broke my heart. That is not my line, but it comes from an article Lewis wrote about his beloved black lab, Catfish.

Lewis Grizzard for many years wrote a column for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, and it was picked up and run in newspapers throughout the country. He combined his columns into several books. He died at the age of 47 in 1994.

Like I said, Grizzard used many of his columns in the several books he published. The titles of the books (I have all of them in my library) are every bit as enjoyable as the books and often convey great truths in themselves. The titles include Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night, I Haven’t Understood Anything Since 1962, Don’t Bend Over In the Garden Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes, and If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I’m Gonna Nail My Feet to the Ground.

Wed
06
Mar

Our national debt – a national disgrace

Jeff Crouere:

In mid-February, our national debt reached $22 trillion, a new record for our country. Since President Trump took office in January of 2017, our debt has increased over $2 trillion. During the administration of President Obama, it increased from $10.6 trillion to $19.9 trillion. Thus, the national debt has more than doubled in 10 years and it is still increasing nearly $1 trillion per year.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, the national debt for this fiscal year will be $897 billion and will top $1 trillion again in 2022. At that point, their forecast calls for the national debt to exceed $1 trillion annually for another seven years as the costs for Medicare and Social Security skyrocket with more Americans from the massive Baby Boomer generation retiring.  

Wed
06
Mar

Heart check may have saved my life

Do you recognize the title of this column? It is the title of my column, which appeared in the March 11, 2009 issue of the paper. Next Sunday, March 10th, will be the tenth anniversary of my open-heart surgery.

In recognition of American Heart Month, which just ended, and in hopes it may help convince others they need to be checked, I wanted to take time to review the events that led up to me having open-heart surgery ten years ago.

The surgery did not come about because I suffered the usual chest pains, had a heart attack, or any of the other symptoms usually associated with heart problems. I had none of the above symptoms, but I had found myself over the past year or so tiring quicker when I would work in my yard, but I attributed that to growing older.

Wed
27
Feb

Words of wisdom from a great leader

One of my faithful readers forwarded me an email the other day with a few famous words of wisdom from one of the world’s greatest leaders, Winston Churchil. I had read some of them before and wanted to share some of them with my readers.

Winston Churchill had a brief but eventful career in the army. He became a Conservative Member of Parliament in 1900 and in May, 1940, he became Prime Minister of Britain.

He received many honours and decorations in his lifetime including an honorary citizenship of the United States in 1963 and he won the Nobel Prize in Literature 1953 to name only a few.

 

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Wed
27
Feb

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dear Editor:

I agree with our Senator John Kennedy that we should build the wall, because it is badly needed and the money, if we use American products and labor, will not go anywhere. It just circulates here to provide food, clothing and shelter for our citizens. A good portion of it even winds back up in the U.S Treasury in the form of taxes. Economics 101.

 

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Wed
27
Feb

Bogus gun research revealed

By John Stossel

Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present... Why don’t you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would... A Democratic president can declare emergencies as well.”

Her fellow Democrats Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren quickly agreed.

Warren tweeted: “Gun violence is an emergency. Climate change is an emergency...”

Yikes.

Not every problem in America should be declared an emergency -- or used by a president to justify acting without Congress.

But why are guns on the Democrats’ “emergency” list anyway?

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