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Dennis Persica: Edwards skeptical of Common Core, vouchers

Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, who campaigned challenging some of the assumptions of school “reform” proponents, will enter office at a time of ferment in the education field. Teachers unions, among Edwards’ biggest supporters, have been understandably lukewarm toward most of… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Visits with Sam

Gary McGarity, of Baton Rouge, says, “Doug Johnson’s mention of five-and-dime stores (in the Saturday column) reminded me of a story my mother told me. “I was born in 1948 in Russellville, Arkansas, where my dad was the manager of a Sterling store,… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

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Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: I’ll drink to that

Ginger and Jim Roy

Southerners have had it rough in recent months, and now the sipping whiskey’s running low. Numerous distillers have warned their supplies may not be able to meet society’s sudden appetite for bourbon. Buffalo Trace, in particular, spoke for all when it declared,… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Getting into the science of it all

Science fair experiments have turned my dining room into a mad scientist lab cluttered with my children’s papers, glue sticks, buzzers, tape, rotten apple slices and some gooey gelatin residue. During science fair week, hundreds of students are putting their hypotheses… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Quin Hillyer