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Monday, March 23, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic pushes people toward increased social isolation, millions of workers are attending meetings remotely, municipalities are conducting open meetings online, and schools are shifting to online platforms. In fact, the video conferencing platform, WebEx, saw a surge in user activity since the beginning of March – 5.
Community
Monday, March 9, 2020
Shreveport mayor is not whom we thought we elected Mayor Perkins' inauguration speech on that cold, Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 2018, seemed incontrovertible confirmation of what so many voters hoped his election represented — a commitment to unifying the city across racial lines: A break from the "old guard" of the past.
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Monday, Feb. 24, 2020
In the movie “Air Force One,” Harrison Ford plays the president, whose character as commander-inchief throughout the film follows his principles rather than public-opinion polls.
Columns/Opinions
Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
In his 1957 speech entitled, “Give Us The Ballot,” Martin Luther King Jr. did not advocate for the right to vote simply because he wanted to see more black people in office. No, not at all. He wanted more than that – he wanted to be able to choose men “of good will” who would “do justly and love mercy.
Columns/Opinions
Monday, Jan. 27, 2020
Mayor Perkins’ administration recently announced that growing industrial hemp (which the Louisiana Legislature legalized in 2019) might represent, in part, the future of economic development in Shreveport. After all, by 2022, hemp sales in the United States are expected to be $2.
Columns/Opinions
Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
After hosting a suite full of family and friends (including his special guest, Lynn Braggs) at the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26, Mayor Perkins has now returned to Shreveport from his London holiday, where he celebrated the New Year, and by all appearances, he seems rested and ready to begin his second year in office.
Columns/Opinions
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019
Many feel the recent City Internal Auditor’s report to the Shreveport City Council, regarding the switching of the city’s insurance policies by Shreveport Mayor Perkins earlier this year, merits much closer attention. For many others, however, they may say, “This is old news,” and urge us all to just “move along.
Columns/Opinions
Monday, Dec. 2, 2019
Politicians are usually expected to represent their constituents’ preferences. But some would say that a simple majority rule is an imperfect method of representing the people, insofar as individual constituents do not make for good decisions in complex questions.
Columns/Opinions
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019
Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins says the “rumor mill” was responsible for generating the allegations that he ordered the City’s police and fire departments not to help Bossier City, or the Secret Service, with the visit last week by President Donald Trump.
Columns/Opinions
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019
Do you ever have a hunch or gut feeling? Where you are convinced, almost instantly, by feelings that you cannot always explain? Some folks call this intuition, which comes from the Latin word “intueri,” meaning “knowledge from within.

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