Columns/Opinions

Mon
10
Oct

Dunbar After 100 Years

By Thomas Sowell

One hundred years ago, on October 2, 1916, a new public high school building for black youngsters was opened in Washington, D.C. and named for black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Its history is a story inspiring in many ways and appalling in many other ways. Prior to 1916, the same high school had existed under other names, housed in other buildings -- and with a remarkable academic record.    

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Mon
10
Oct

How our government really works

By Sammy J. Franklin

I think you’ll like this one!!!! A cowboy named Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in Montana when suddenly a brand-new 2016 BMW advanced toward him out of a cloud of dust. The driver, a young man in a Brioni® suit, Gucci® shoes, RayBan® sunglasses and YSL® tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?”   

Mon
03
Oct

‘Favors’ to Blacks

By Thomas Sowell

Back in the 1960s, as large numbers of black students were entering a certain Ivy League university for the first time, someone asked a chemistry professor -- off the record -- what his response to them was. He said, “I give them all A’s and B’s. To hell with them.” Since many of those students were admitted with lower academic qualifications than other students, he knew that honest grades in a tough subject like chemistry could lead to lots of failing  grades, and that in turn would lead to lots of time-wasting hassles -- not just from the students, but also from the administration.  

Mon
03
Oct

Listen as American voters roar

By Sammy J. Franklin

Like most of you, I watched the debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Afterwards, I read several columns devoted to the debate and who the writer of the column thought won. One of the best ones I read was by Debra Saunders. 

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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.
 
 

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