An important but seemingly hurried debate is currently under way regarding whether a pedagogy based in something known as Social Emotional Learning (SEL) should be present in early childhood education settings in Louisiana’s public pre-schools and daycares. One side says, “Yes,” while the ot…
Once a leader in education reform, Louisiana has fallen behind the rest of the country thanks largely to regnant faith in a one-size-fits-all Soviet model of education, a revanchism led by Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards but insufficiently challenged by lawmakers who should know better.
The questionable Louisiana Supreme Court decision that restored Shreveport Democrat Mayor Adrian Perkins to the ballot this fall endangers election integrity and requires the Louisiana Legislature to put matters to rights as soon as convenient.
This week, Democrats just passed a massive expansion of government that will grow government, increase inflation, raise taxes, and unleash 87,000 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents on Americans. Even though Democrats have the slimmest of margins in Congress, and do not have a political ma…
While the Louisiana Legislature sleeps, the grooming of sexualized children stealthily continues that demands action to counter, a void into which Superintendent of Education Cade Brumley must step up to address.
Although a Mississippi grand jury in February 1807 had found no evidence that former Vice-President Aaron Burr had committed treason, Burr knew that President Thomas Jefferson was seeking his prosecution and feared that General James Wilkinson was out to assassinate him.
Aaron Burr loved women, and according to those who knew him, he also had great respect for them. When he was in Natchez country in 1807, while staying with his friend Benijah Osmun, Burr reportedly had a brief romance with a woman who may have been three decades younger than he.
In January 1848, Seargent S. Prentiss – a Maine native, who practiced law in Natchez and Vicksburg before relocating to New Orleans – was challenged to a duel by the grandson of Henry Clay, the revered orator and statesman from Kentucky. Clay served three terms as U.S. Speaker of the House y…
On the Fourth of July 1835, a Warren County militia group in Vicksburg, Miss., joined local citizens there in celebrating American independence.
“At this time there stood, near the Woodville road, about two miles southeast of Natchez, a plain country mansion, surrounded by the primeval forest, but its natural beauty was enhanced by art and cultivation. I know not whether it took its name from the prison home of Napoleon, but it was s…
We should be used to it by now. The $1-trillion infrastructure bill the U.S. Senate passed Tuesday gave Louisiana the short shrift. There’s no other way to describe it though Louisiana’s senior senator, Bill Cassidy, would have us believe he’s the man of the hour.
In 1833, attorneys Seargent S. Prentiss and Henry S. Foote faced each other in a contentious case in a Mississippi courtroom.
"I got on the Sultana at Fort Adams when S. S. Prentiss was aboard on his bridal trip—married that morning at Natchez, and the whole bridal troupe went down to New Orleans,” recalled Dr. A.R. Kilpatrick, a Black River planter in Concordia Parish in a letter years after the event to historian…
Thirty years ago, then-Gov. Buddy Roemer vetoed legislation aimed at curbing abortions in Louisiana. Lawmakers overrode the veto. Two years later, lawmakers overrode a veto issued by then-Gov. Edwin Edwards that concerned a flap over funding for the state Attorney General’s office.
In last week’s spotlight, I wrote about the upcoming grant workshop that Franklin Parish Economic Development would be hosting on last Friday, June 11. I think that the workshop was a huge success for many reasons, but mostly because of our supportive community and that is what I want to spo…
The Louisiana Legislature is in the final throes of its fiscal-only session and to date the only substantive matter lawmakers have approved was a $37-billion budget, which is saying something.
In 1801, Philip Nolan’s men were transported to Mexican prisons where they feared they would spend the rest of their lives.
The man who was responsible for laying the groundwork for LSU to become one of the better publicly funded universities in the country died last week in Baton Rouge at the age of 83.
In Texas in March 1801, Philip Nolan warned his men: Fight for a chance to escape. Otherwise, the Spanish will put you in chains and imprison you for life.
The pandemic this past year has been challenging for so many, and in so many ways. This week I want to spotlight and provide hope to those who have suffered tremendous stress and difficulty this past year: the restaurants and food industry.
Few men were as well known among the movers and shakers in the new American government in the Mississippi Territory than an enslaved man named Cesar, who could speak and interpret the languages of the Native Americans, particularly the Choctaw.
In south Texas in 1846 during the Mexican-American War, a young Army lieutenant observed mustang herds so large that he didn’t think all of the animals could “have been corralled in the State of Rhode Island, or Delaware, at one time.”