Columns/Opinions

Tue
02
Oct

Why is anyone a Socialist?

By John C. Goodman

Socialism is the most discredited ideology in the history of political thought. That’s assuming you don’t count cannibalism as an ideology.

During the last century, socialist ideologues killed, tortured and starved innocent people on a heretofore unimaginable scale.

 

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Tue
25
Sep

I have very little chance of recovery

By Sammy J. Franklin

Every day I receive hundreds of emails – many of them contain news releases which we need – but far too many contain educational material that I think has totally messed up my mind and I may have very little chance of recovery.

Here are some of the fears I have developed from reading these educational pieces:

I no longer open a public restroom door without using a paper towel or have them put lemon slices in my ice water or tea without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can’t use the remote in a hotel room because I don’t know what the last person was doing while flipping through the adult movie channels.

 

 

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Tue
25
Sep

Wayne Allyn Root:

Welcome back, Obama! We missed you

In my last column, I explained how Obama’s policies badly damaged my businesses and careers. But more importantly, I explained how small business owners like me see Obama as a walking, living, breathing, curse upon business. Whatever he touches dies, or winds up in a coma.

If you own a business and you see Barack Obama coming, “run, hide, fight.” On the other hand, small business owners now rate Trump the highest of any president in the history of the United States. We don’t want to go back to Obama. No way.

The great news for us is that Obama is back. He’s out of hibernation. He’s out campaigning again. He should have stayed out of sight, out of mind.

 

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Tue
18
Sep

More from first paper in parish

By Sammy J. Franklin

Last week, my column was about material found in a copy of Catahoula Parish’s first newspaper, established in 1854 in Harrisonburg (at which time LaSalle Parish was part of Catahoula.)

In his second volume of “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, the late H. Ted Woods, publisher of The Caldwell Watchman-Progress in Columbia, quoted from a copy of the Harrisonburg Independent dated April 3, 1861.

There were some very interesting articles and other materials highlighted by Woods and we’d like to share more from that edition of the parish’s first newspaper.

The following appeared in that edition of the newspaper:

Tue
18
Sep

An open letter to President Trump

By Erich Reimer:

Anonymity seems all the craze nowadays. On social media, as sources for entire news reports, and even now op-eds, such as the latest by an alleged senior Trump Administration official in the New York Times this week in which he claims to be a part of a “resistance” within the President’s own government.

In contrast to all of that, here is an open and honest letter to our President – bylined and everything. I speak only on behalf of myself, and while none of us in this great country agree on everything I believe my sentiments are shared in part by many others as well.

I voted for you in 2016 and was grateful to be able to serve as a chair on your campaign. Like many others, I did not support you in the primary. I did not, and still do not, agree with everything you say or do. When I disagree, I state it. I remain true to my values and beliefs.

 

Tue
11
Sep

First newspaper in Catahoula in 1854

The other day I was reading “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, written by H. Ted Woods, the late editor of The Caldwell-Watchman Progress in Columbia.

I cut my teeth in the newspaper business under the leadership of Woods, starting to work at the Watchman when I started my freshman year at Columbia High School in 1955. Years later, Woods wrote two editions of “Caldwell Parish in Slices”, of which I have both copies.

I had never noticed the article about the first newspaper in Catahoula, which reportedly was started in 1854. It was The Harrisonburg Independent published by J.Q.A. Taliaferro, who was also president of the Catahoula Parish Police Jury.

 

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Tue
11
Sep

Gil Gutknecht: If you can’t communicate

Having come of age listening to GOPac tapes under the tutelage of a younger Newt Gingrich and observed at close hand the Speakerships of several others, permit me to offer some observations and a recommendation.

Newt distilled it down early on saying, “If you can’t communicate, you can’t govern.” Newt Gingrich was (and still is) a fabulous communicator. He had the ability to take complex subjects and reduce them to simple, understandable statements. He helped the entire class of ’94 become better at telling our story. He understood that the media and the angry Left would never give us any slack, so we had to take our message directly to the American people. And we did.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Sorry, Democrats, you found fool’s gold

By Matt Vespa

It’s a good week for the Democrats. That’s what fellow Democrats, anti-Trump stooges, and members of the media think about this whirlwind week of news. Michael Cohen has a plea deal over alleged campaign finance violations, along with bank and tax fraud charges.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s short-lived campaign chief, was found guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud charges as well. For Manafort, these allegations predated the 2016 campaign. For Cohen, the alleged payments for these reported affairs, while slimy, is not necessarily illegal.

 

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Tue
04
Sep

Icon business to close doors soon

By Sammy J. Franklin

An icon business, which dates back to the early oilfield days of this area and has a very colorful history, will be closing its doors forever in the very near future.

Charles O. Williams and Hank Cooksey, owners of Hayes Lumber Company of Jena, announced last week that the business will be permanently closing its doors following an inventory liquidation sale, which is now underway.

 

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Tue
28
Aug

Derek Hunter:

Liberals find new levels of low

Every time I think the political left has hit bottom they break out a shovel. This week it was a jackhammer and a backhoe, and deeper they went.

It started with almost 350 newspapers banding together against President Trump to declare themselves to free and independent of groupthink and bias. Each of them declared themselves, in one form or another, to be champions of truth. If you missed it in your paper it was likely just under 1,000-word write-up of whatever the latest wild Omarosa claim was that day.

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