By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I was on the road last week and unable to post; we had a “hurricane” headed our way at the time, and even though I’m in northwest Louisiana and fairly unaffected, they were predicting torrential rains here, then they quickly backed of to oh, say maybe an inch or two. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Next Big One
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- Are y’all on Goodreads? I am, but I’m not sure why. I think I signed up so I could get reading suggestions from my friends, but I suppose I don’t need Goodreads to do that. This year everyone was signing up for the 2019 Reading Challenge. For some reason I … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Need Book Recommendations
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It has been a fairly quiet campaign season in Louisiana with regard to the October gubernatorial election, but pundits expect that to change in the next week or so. Word is that the campaigns of all three candidates will kick into high gear after July 4. Securely out in front … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: On Nonsense Polls and the Governor’s Race
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- Is it just the 24/7 news cycle or has the world gone crazy? It seems like every news source I look at lately is filled with reports of violence and people getting shot. Here in Shreveport, every single day (and NO! I’m not exaggerating!), someone gets shot. My husband now … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Is Violence the New Norm?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- The floodwaters along the Arkansas River, the Missouri, and the Mississippi, are receding but the damage is done. We have just returned from a two-week trek through the Midwest that took us through Fort Smith, Arkansas, Missouri, and Iowa, and what we saw along the rivers and in the heartland … Continue reading Report from the Midwest: Flooding, Farming, and Famine
By John Ruberry Last weekend was particularly violent in Chicago, 52 people were shot--ten fatally. So far this weekend 30 people have been shot--with a rash of 22 people were wounded during the weekend's first 12 hours. Why? Blame usually goes to "guns from Indiana," poverty, lack of economic opportunity, and police hamstrung by the … Continue reading Fatherless households are the root cause of Chicago’s violence
By: Pat Austin ARNAUDVILLE LA -- As preparations are made to open the Morganza Spillway this week to relieve flooding on the Mississippi River, residents on Henderson Lake in the Atchafalaya Basin were cautiously optimistic that inundation would not be as catastrophic as first feared. “The water level here on the lake has actually gone … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Opening the Morganza Spillway
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Today is Memorial Day: the day we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service for our freedom. Certainly there are many local activities, ceremonies, and remembrances around the country, and while many see the day is the official kickoff to summer, it is important to take time … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Memorial Day 2019
By: Pat Austin Kaalas Roots after graduating with honors, May 18, 2019. (Photo used with permission from Rashad Johnson/KSLA News). BOSSIER CITY – This is what a miracle looks like. I’m a pretty private person with regard to religion – it’s just how I was raised, but I know what a miracle looks like when … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: I Believe in Miracles
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – It’s been a rough couple of weeks here in Louisiana – at least for me. Nothing insurmountable, but it seems that it doesn’t take much these days, at this time of year, to throw me off my game. Two weeks ago, after a book signing event, I pulled some papers … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Teacher Blues
By: Pat Austin BATON ROUGE – There’s a case out of Baton Rouge that might be interesting to watch: a former LSU professor has asked the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to review her case. Teresa Buchanan taught elementary education students with a specialization in early childhood education. She was terminated in 2015 for “using … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Free Speech or Sexual Harassment?
By: Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- With the Louisiana gubernatorial election just six months away, Governor John Bel Edwards is probably not too worried about re-election, but he is covering his bases just in case. Early in the election cycle he proposed a teacher pay raise, and scant as it is ($1,000 a year), I suppose … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: The Edwards Teacher Pay Raise
By: Pat Austin NEW IBERIA, LA – One of the things about life that is always good to remember is that we never stop learning. Life has that amazing capacity to surprise us at any given moment and while those surprises are not always good, most of the time they are if we take the … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Rebecca Wells is an Inspiration
By: Pat Austin BATON ROUGE – It is not news that the Louisiana coastline has been extensively damaged through the years by energy companies who have left miles of canals and channels dredged through our wetlands as part of the process of harvesting the vast oil resources in our state. It is also not news … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: More Lawsuits Against Big Oil
By John Ruberry Until last Tuesday morning not even a majority of Cook County residents could identify Kim Foxx among a random group of Chicagoans. Foxx is the Cook County state's attorney. She's in charge of the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation. She's not an anonymity now. Last week First Assistant State’s Attorney … Continue reading How Kim Foxx happened