July 29, 2020

CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS AND JUDGES!

Money, money, money goes the song from the Broadway show Cabaret. And this should be an issue in Louisiana comes to electing state judges.  Insurance lobbyists push through legislation in the recent session of the Louisiana Legislature that limits rulings of judges when it comes to automobile injury cases. But if money is the problem, why did not the legislature deal with that issue of campaign contributions to judges? I write about this thorny problem in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

July 23, 2020

READING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES!

What do you do when you’re in the middle of a pandemic, stuck at home, and bored to death? You read of course!  Book sales are at an all-time high throughout the country, as people have more free time. I write about the joy reading in this week’s column. And you’ll find some interesting facts about. reading in other countries. Take a look and see if I have sparked your interest in picking up a good book, particularly if it’s from The Lisburn Press. You can read the column now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

July 16, 2020

THE LOSS OF CHEF PAUL AND HIS RESTAURANT!

Chef Paul Prudhomme is a Louisiana national treasure. He put Louisiana on the map of culinary specialties to food buffs all over the world.  Chef Paul  died some years back, but his name and reputation has continued over the years at K Paul’s restaurant in New Orleans. Sadly, now it is closed for good. I take a look at Chef Paul’s career, and my long friendship with him in this week’s column. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

July 15, 2020

Keeping Your Distance!

We hear so much about social distancing today. You would think it’s a brand new idea, and obviously quite necessary as we fight this pandemic. Well keeping your distance is not all that new. Take a look at this great Buster Keaton movie from 1920 as they are social distancing way back then.

July 8, 2020

HIGH AUTO INSURANCE RATES TO CONTINUE?

The Louisiana legislature just passed new laws that are supposed to reduce auto insurance rates. 25% reduction says the insurance commissioner. And before the end of the year. Realistic? Of course not. There’s a lot more to reducing insurance rates in the Bayou State than clamping down on people’s right to sue. I take a look at this problem in my new column, and outline what really should have been done rather than the smokescreen that was passed by the legislature. Don’t go spending money you think you’re going to get. You can read my column now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

July 1, 2020

TOO MUCH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN LOUISIANA!

Are we supposed to be politically correct in everything we do? Some people think so. Well there are issues involving race, gays, transgenders, praying in public, and even who can or cannot bake a cake. Everything we do these days has a “politically correct” connotation attached to it. Have we gone to far in America, or is there some middle ground to allow freedom of expression without offending others? Check out my new column to see what I think and to decide if you agree. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

UP in the Mountains!

As part of my pandemic defense, our family is up on the Blue Ridge Mountains south of Boone North Carolina for the summer. And look who I came across.  I’ve found a new hiking buddies. He’s lots of laughs.  And we are both keeping up common sense protections.

Life’s Simple Joys before the Internet!

Can any of us even remember life before the digital age? Things were so much simpler then. We were sitting down at family meals, spending lots of time reading, never looking down at iPhones, because they did not exist. Actually, one of the only benefits of the current pandemic is the fact that we have more free time. Check out the video below to see what life was like in simpler times, and maybe we can now adopt some of these relaxing and creative methods to focus on your own life. I’m sure try to do so.

June 24, 2020

An Almost Republican Convention in New Orleans!

We are living in uncertain times, with COVID-19, economic problems, and racial confrontations. But political life goes on, and both Democrats and Republicans are preparing for their national conventions. New Orleans was in the running for the Republican national convention up until a few weeks ago. In my new column, I talk about the last time the city held such a convention, and why the Crescent city is such an appealing location for large gatherings. You can read the column now by Clicking Here or going to the Red Flashing Box above.

One of My Favorite Flash Mobs!

I’ve seen a number of Broadway shows in my life, but at the top of my list has always been Les Miserables. The music is wonderful, and it’s a compelling story about the French revolution. If you’ve never seen the show, I would urge you to do so. Below is a shopping center flash mob who put on quite a performance. It’s certainly worth taking a look.

June 17, 2020

WE ARE TOO BUSY FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has stirred up a real hornet’s nest of controversy over standing for the national anthem. He didn’t make a big deal about it. He just said in his opinion you should stand. Boy the criticism sure rained down on him. So what do you think?  Is it unpatriotic to sit during the national anthem? Take a look at my new column and see what I think. I don’t hold back. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

June 16, 2020

Cookin’ Up a Storm!

I’m cooking up a storm with fresh vegetables up in the North Carolina mountains. It was 38° this morning when I got up to start cooking. Who knows, I might put out a new addition of the famous “Jim Brown’s World-Famous Squirrel Stew and other Country Recipes.” Stay tuned.

June 12, 2020

Rewriting Louisiana’s History!

All over the nation, there are a wave of protests over what many feel is the continuing glorification of many events in our nation’s past. How far should we as a country go in  obliterating  monuments, images, writings, motion pictures, and other symbols that often memorialize individuals whose past actions are today politically incorrect?  I write about many of these contradictions in this weeks column. You could read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 

June 3, 2020

FIFTY-TWO YEARS OF POLITICAL CONVENTIONS!

Are you ready for this year’s Democratic and Republican national convention? Quite a change from years past. We’re not even sure at this stage whether the parties will even have a convention. I’ve had the opportunity of attending seven different national conventions, both democratic and Republican. Remember picking candidates in smoke-filled rooms? I do. I talk about several of the conventions I attended in this week’s column. You can read it now by clicking on the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

May 27, 2020

CONGRESS AND THE NEW TECHNOLOGY!

When it comes to operating the congress in the nation’s capitol, one would think that we were still in the horse and buggy days.  Members of congress spend half their time flying back and forth from their home districts to Washington, D.C.  And often it’s for routine matters and non-controversial committee hearings.  We can do so many things virtually form banking to purchasing online.  Why can’t the congress act, in some limited way, remotely and spend more time in their congressional districts?  I discuss this option in my new column now posted.  You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

Honoring Those Who Served Our Country!

This past weekend, Memorial Day weekend, we were to  pause and honor those who served and gave their lives for our nation. Relatives on both sides of my family served their country with honor and distinction. My Uncle had quite a navel military career.  In the final months of World War II, Commander Jack Gentry was flying a reconnaissance mission over the Pacific when his flight cameras captured photos of the Japanese flotilla. He made the cover of Life Magazine as his pictures allowed a direct attack on the enemy fleet that sped up the ending of the war with Japan. He went on to command the battleship USS Enterprise until his retirement from the Navy in the 1960s. Our thanks to all our military heroes.

 

Making the Best of the COVID-19 virus!

As terrible as the coronavirus is, life goes on, and there is a wave of comedy making fun of what we are going through in our daily lives.Here’s one of may parodies below:

May 20, 2020

DOES LOUISIANA CARE ABOUT OLD PEOPLE?

DOES LOUISIANA CARE ABOUT OLD PEOPLE?

The Coronavirus has caused havoc in Louisiana and all over the U.S.  But the damage has been shouldered mostly by older people. So the question is-does Louisiana, and many other states, really care that much about our senior citizens?  I take a look at this troubling question in this week’s column, and you’ll be surprised at some of the things I found. You can read it now by going to the Red Flashing Box above, or by Clicking Here.

So Many New Issues to Discuss!

Nighttime on Deserted Bourbon Street

Check out below the Erie picture of looking down a deserted Bourbon Street in the downtown New Orleans French quarter. One of my very favorite restaurants is Galatoire’s, that you can see in the picture on the left. It’s hard to find a better meal anywhere in the world than you could get at Galatoire’s. I’ve been there 100s of times. I ‘ve walked up Bourbon Street for more than 60 years, starting when I was a student at Tulane university law school. I’ve never seen Bourbon Street so attractive, or so empty.  I’ll look forward to the time where it’s busy again, filled with people, and allowing me to enjoy great meals at Galatoire’s.

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