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Tom Purcell

Kids, pedal those pandemic blues away

Here’s one good thing about the COVID-19 pandemic: Bike sales are booming. I hope that means kids will begin riding in big numbers again.
There was a big bike-sales boom in the early 1970s, too — the result of millions of baby boom kids, like me, riding our bikes from dawn until dusk.
From its inception in the 1800s, the bicycle had been produced mostly for adults. In the 1900s, bikes offered urban working-class folks an inexpensive way to get to and from work. Sales were brisk into the early 1900s.

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What’s happening with nation’s law enforcement officers

I hope those who are compassionate about the tragic killing of a black person by an idiot, cop (who, by the way, should have been dismissed long ago) are as passionate with what is happening to law enforcement people around the country by the peaceful demonstrators.
In the last 96 hours...
A Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer was shot in the back of the head while struggling with a rioter
An active shooter opened fire on law enforcement at a Las Vegas courthouse.
4 St. Louis Police officers were shot by an active shooter.


As a kidney transplant surgeon and board member of the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana, I work to treat chronic kidney patients every day to help them have a better quality of life. Their care and lives are in my hands and I take this responsibility very seriously. This is why the National Kidney Foundation of Louisiana and kidney transplant professionals and patients support HB 263 by Representative Huval to update the state's step therapy law and ensure that Louisiana patients have access to the right medicine at the right time.

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Donate to the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund

We’re all in this together. That may be comforting, but it doesn’t change the fact that there are those among us who are in great need. When the working poor - ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constraint, Employed) is, in normal times, one emergency away from a financial crisis, we can bet that during the COVID-19 crisis, the situation is even worse.

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Whooping crane. (Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries photo)

Shooting whooping cranes is a serious crime

Louisiana has a serious wildlife crime problem: our state has the highest rate of whooping crane shootings in the country. At least 12 of these magnificent birds have been shot in the state since 2011. Others have died under mysterious circumstances, leaving the current count of living birds at 75.


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