Early one recent morning, I was getting out of my truck in the parking lot at my office. I was in my usual ready-for-work mood, but a little annoyed by some crazy predawn tweet from you know who that the news show hosts were discussing on the radio.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Saturday, December 08, 2018
It’s probably the first and only time Gov. John Bel Edwards will feel gratified that U.S. Sen. John Kennedy marches to the beat of his own drummer.
Friday, December 07, 2018
Friday, November 30, 2018
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Some of you are probably sitting there wondering why you ate so much on Thanksgiving Day. And, you are thinking about why you can’t stop eating today.
Friday, November 16, 2018
The words came flying in from Mississippi and they were unbelievable. They were spoken by a politician, and they were so cruel and racist that the distance that they traveled did not soften them.
Friday, November 09, 2018
Friday, November 02, 2018
Sadly, the stench of politics is consuming us right now. It is oozing from the volcanic piles of lies, racism and anger spewing from the top offices in the land.
Friday, October 26, 2018
Depending on where you stand in America right now, I saw either one of the most encouraging or one of the most dangerous sights in this country recently on my local television stations and in this newspaper.
Friday, October 12, 2018
I like to observe people, which often leads me to become too easily annoyed. There are other times I find a silver nugget of happiness in life’s gravel pit.
Friday, October 05, 2018
I was enraged when I got the news that LSU basketball player Wayde Sims had been shot to death. I said to my television: "How could something like this happen? What could be the reason? Who the hell would do this?"
Friday, September 28, 2018
I don’t have any children or grandchildren at my alma mater, McKinley High School in Baton Rouge, but I felt it was worthwhile to attend its first home football game, give the school a few dollars, cheer on the team that is going through hard time…
Friday, September 21, 2018
Sept. 22, is National Hunting and Fishing Day — an event I’m not touting to promote the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, where I work.
Friday, September 14, 2018
I smiled when I found out that the city of Kenner’s Supreme Leader, er, Mayor Ben Zahn announced that he was pulling back his order that said that under no circumstance would any Nike product be purchased for use at any of Kenner’s recreation facilities.
Friday, September 07, 2018
Friday, August 31, 2018
Friday, August 24, 2018
Friday, August 10, 2018
Friday, August 03, 2018
I walked into one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Baton Rouge with little on my mind except whatever was on the buffet.
Friday, July 27, 2018
If you are an avid newspaper reader like I am, you saw the names of about 170,000 of your closest friends listed on the pages of this newspaper earlier this week. In fact, it was a special section of people.
Friday, July 20, 2018
Friday, July 13, 2018
Friday, July 06, 2018
To hear a certain kind of truth float into the air can be devastating and heart wrenching. The truth, even when the volume is low, can deliver the force of thunder and lightning.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018
I looked up on Wednesday afternoon and found out that the bone spur Patriot-in-Chief Donald J. Trump had to do a 180 on his heartless, separate-the-weeping-children-from-their-parents program.
Friday, June 15, 2018
Sometimes, a "thank you" is about as good as it gets, even if it’s decades late and the intended recipients are long gone and buried. At least I hope that’s so, and especially since Father’s Day is Sunday.
Friday, June 08, 2018
A few days ago, Southern University officials and the local higher education community were smiling about the news that 11-year-old child prodigy Elijah Precciely would enroll at the local historically black university in spring 2019. In fact, he …
Friday, June 01, 2018
I was just about to write my annual “There is too much violence in the low-income areas of south Louisiana” column when I happened to remember the lyrics of Too Short, one of my favorite rappers from back in the day.
Friday, May 18, 2018
Sometimes our young people don’t understand that profanity and paint can be an evil mixture. The wicked combination, depending on where and how it is used, can break hearts.
Friday, May 11, 2018
On Sunday, about 2.7 million grandmothers across the nation will get Mother’s Day gifts ... from their grandchildren.
Friday, May 04, 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018
It was a little after 6 p.m. one recent evening, and I was walking through the East Buchanan-Virginia Street area of old South Baton Rouge. It’s familiar territory for me. I was one block from my high school.
Friday, April 20, 2018
Friday, April 13, 2018
Two weeks after watching the video of Alton Sterling's deadly confrontation with Baton Rouge police officers Blaine Salamoni and Howie Lake, I feel a lot of emotion. I have a couple of observations and questions, too.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Earlier this week, a large segment of Baton Rouge was upset that two white Baton Rouge city police officers were not going to face charges in the 2016 shooting and killing of a black man, Alton Sterling.
Friday, March 23, 2018
I was in the car after church trying to decide if I should go home and fix a nice breakfast or stop at a fancy breakfast restaurant — one of those that include clever names and long menus listing stuff you will never eat for breakfast.
Friday, March 16, 2018
By Monday afternoon, the local politics of the day, the results of dumb political polls and craziness from our national’s capital had turned my brain into oatmeal. The condition of our city, state and country sometimes pricks my emotions.
Friday, March 09, 2018
Over the past several weeks the Legislature was stumbling around the terrible fiscal cliff. Nothing happened, and they are still just a few steps from the ledge. They have their reasons, I guess, for whatever they did nothing about. They have to e…
Friday, March 02, 2018
It has happened again. Just when you think the country is headed into the Dumpster, our young people show us that they can take the lead. They are laser-focused and willing to put up a fight against anyone. They are bright, clever and can unify fo…
Friday, February 23, 2018
I was interviewed recently on a Baton Rouge radio show about an historic event I participated in during the spring of 1970. My school, McKinley High, played predominantly white Catholic High School.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Friday, February 02, 2018
Crushed for time over the past week, I didn’t focus a lot of attention on the president’s State of the Union speech. Like the threat of bad weather, I knew this thing was going to happen, that I would be agitated by it, and there was nothing I cou…
Friday, January 26, 2018
I really loved speaking to Alysha Guidry's sixth-grade science classes at Westside Junior High in Walker the other day. The students were enthusiastic and inquisitive, and they laughed when I said something that I hoped was funny.
Friday, January 19, 2018
I was near closure on President Donald Trump, yet again, putting his foot into the toilet — there’s no more room in this mouth — when he reportedly characterized Haiti and Africa (a whole continent) as a “s***thole.”
Friday, January 12, 2018
I was on my way to a meeting one recent evening when I drove past Baton Rouge's Expressway Park. It sits in midtown, under crisscrossing elevated sections of Interstate-110, bounded by South Boulevard, South 11th, Myrtle and East Boulevard.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Friday, December 22, 2017
If you have watched a recent congressional hearing on a nominee for a lifetime appointment on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that went badly for the nominee, you probably have an inkling of what this is about. Please forgive …
Friday, December 15, 2017
Friday, December 01, 2017
Tailgating and my focus on college football took a major hit last week when my beloved Southern University Jaguars suffered a heartbreaking loss to our cross-state rival, Grambling State University.