Columns/Opinions

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.
 
Tue
15
Nov

LaSalle second reddest in nation

 By Sammy J. Franklin
 
According to information obtained by this newspaper, LaSalle Parish gave President-Elect Donald Trump the second highest percentage vote total of all counties and parishes in the United States. Leading the list is small Leslie County in Kentucky, where Trump led with 89.4 percent of the votes cast. Leslie County has a population of 12,401 citizens. 

 

Tue
15
Nov

A liver brought love

By Morgan Tarpley Smith
 
Love can find people in very unexpected ways. This writer definitely understands that  and so do Christopher and Heather Dempsey who met and fell in love in such an unexpected and unique way that it truly sounds like the story could be from a movie or novel. The story caught my eye from its headline: “Man Donates Liver To Stranger, Marries Her 2 Years Later.”

 

Mon
07
Nov

A time to pause/honor our veterans

By Sammy J. Franklin
 
This Friday, November 11th, is Veterans Day – a time to pause and honor our veterans, both those who have gone on before and those still with us. Five public programs are being planned in the parish to honor our veterans. I encourage everyone to attend at least one, and more if possible, to express your appreciation to our veterans.
 
 
Mon
07
Nov

The Left and the Masses: Part III

Claiming the role of champions of the masses is something the political left has been doing ever since there has been a political left -- which is to say, ever since the late 18th century, when people with such views sat on the left side of the French National Assembly. Like so much that is claimed by the left, their compassion for the masses has seldom been subjected to any factual test. Both their words and their deeds reveal their low opinion of the people they claim to be championing.

 

Mon
31
Oct

The Left and the Masses: Part II

By Thomas Sowell

It is never easy to tell what people’s motives are. But, when the political left proclaims their devotion to improving the lives of others in general, and of the poor in particular, we can at least get some clues from the way they go about it. One of the first things the left does is take away the right of other people to make their own choices.   

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Mon
31
Oct

Exercise your freedom – vote

By Sammy J. Franklin

In case any of you don’t know, this coming Tuesday is Election Day in the United States, with the election of a new president and vice president at the top of the ballot. This is perhaps the most important presidential election in my lifetime. There are also some important statewide and district races on the ballot. We would encourage every registered voter to exercise his or her freedom to cast a ballot. There are some important decisions facing voters on Tuesday, including the election of a U. S. Senator to replace Sen. David Vitter – in fact voters have a choice between two dozen candidates.   

Mon
24
Oct

The Left and the Masses

By Thomas Sowell

The greatest moral claim of the political left is that they are for the masses in general and the poor in particular. That is also their greatest fraud. It even fools many leftists themselves. One of the most recent efforts of the left is the spread of laws and policies that forbid employers from asking job applicants whether they have been arrested or imprisoned.   

Mon
24
Oct

Louisiana lost another great servant

By Sammy J. Franklin

We have our politicians and then we have our servants – those who stand for the conservative values this country was built on. We lost one of those great servants last week in the death of Clyde Holloway of Forest Hill. After holding several other positions, Holloway was a member and chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission at the time of his death. 

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