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Steve Gardes

Governor should embrace all tax force recommendations

Louisiana is facing a fiscal cliff of $1 billion next July, and Gov. John Bel Edwards has been pushing for tax increases — but the House is demanding spending reductions instead. As a result, the governor has hit the road promoting the nonpartisan task force recommendations about taxes (as he “embraces most, but not all, of the recommendations”) and is seeking the support of the business community to help him convince Legislators that increased tax revenues is the solution to the fiscal cliff.

John L. Micek

The South’s complicated relationship with its past

All that’s left of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church is the steeple.
The red brick is faded and the windows are boarded up. But don’t ask the locals if they’re ever going to tear this monument down.
Because it was here, on April 5, 1980, that a little four-piece, made up of a trio of University of Georgia students and a local record store clerk, played their first-ever show in front of friends and guests.
The world came to know them as R.E.M.

Michael Reagan

Learn when to shut up, Mr. President

As we’ve said here before, Donald Trump has to learn to just shut up and let things go.
The failure to do that is the worst Achilles heel of a president who seems to have half a dozen Achilles heels.
Because he can’t think on his feet, because he doesn’t know how to say the right thing at the right time, because he thinks he’s got to win every petty argument with the anti-Trump media, the president has mired himself unnecessarily in yet another controversy of his own making.
This time it’s Charlottesville.

Jim Brown

Louisana’s KKK history recalled after Charlottesville

Focus is back on the Ku Klux Klan following the tragic violence in Charlottesville last week. The Southern Poverty Law Center released data alleging that the Klan is still active in Louisiana, particularly in the central and northwest part of the state.
The Klan had once held a significant presence statewide throughout the first half of the 20th century. But following the enactment of 1964 Civil Rights Act, the FBI was given the authority to crack down on what used to be unevenly enforced state violations, and Klan activity in the Bayou State slowed to a trickle.

John L. Micek

You can’t be an American and fly the Confederate flag

OUTSIDE WINCHESTER, Va. — We were driving up Interstate 81 last Sunday afternoon, the radio on, the sun setting into the hills, when we passed a tractor-trailer truck, and saw Old Glory proudly snapping in the strong wind behind the cab.
Twenty-four hours after an avowed white supremacist, terrorist and accused murderer named James Alex Fields Jr. allegedly plowed his car into a knot of protesters in Charlottesville, Va., killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, the sight of that flag seemed like a touching gesture of solidarity.

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