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Corona Life

Corona Life

Michael Kurth August 20, 2020 Comments Off on Corona Life

I am sitting in my office with my dog Bandit. He and I have been in semi-self-quarantine for the past three months, which is difficult when you have six kids, 12 grandkids and your

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Family Matters

Family Matters

Michael Kurth August 6, 2020 Comments Off on Family Matters

In case anyone noticed, I missed the deadline for my last Lagniappe column. Our household has been in a bit of a turmoil recently. My wife’s mother, “Poochie” Dowers, passed away two weeks ago.

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The Economy After The Shutdown

The Economy After The Shutdown

Michael Kurth June 18, 2020 Comments Off on The Economy After The Shutdown

After eight weeks of quarantining and social distancing, it is nice to see some measure of normalcy return as the state begins to relax restrictions on businesses, allowing some to open back up under

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Statewide School Closures

Statewide School Closures

Michael Kurth April 2, 2020 Comments Off on Statewide School Closures

Is It The Right Move? On March 13, Gov. Edwards announced, without advance notice, that he was closing all schools in the state until April 13. Apparently he took this action because of a

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How Airplanes Fly

How Airplanes Fly

Michael Kurth March 5, 2020 Comments Off on How Airplanes Fly

The Case Against Multiple Choice Tests I taught a lot of students in my 30 years at McNeese. On two separate occasions last month, a former student introduced himself. Both said, “and I still

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Why is America So Polarized?

Why is America So Polarized?

Michael Kurth February 6, 2020 Comments Off on Why is America So Polarized?

With the impending impeachment trial of President Trump and the presidential election this fall, the United States appears more politically polarized than at any time since the Civil War.  The article that follows is

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Lessons From Watergate

Lessons From Watergate

Michael Kurth January 23, 2020 Comments Off on Lessons From Watergate

In the summer of 1972, I was living in the Washington, D.C. area when Richard Nixon was running for re-election against George McGovern, a far-left senator for South Dakota. My first wife, Jette, and

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The Re-Election Of Gov. Edwards

The Re-Election Of Gov. Edwards

Michael Kurth December 5, 2019 Comments Off on The Re-Election Of Gov. Edwards

Louisianans just re-elected John Bel Edwards as their governor. It was a close race that drew a great deal of national attention, including three visits to the state by President Trump — who won

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The True Believer

The True Believer

Michael Kurth November 21, 2019 Comments Off on The True Believer

Understanding Trump’s Base Congressional Democrats are about to wrap up their investigation into President Trump’s foreign policy dealings with Ukraine and the possibility he withheld needed military aid approved by Congress in an effort

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Post-Election Analysis

Post-Election Analysis

Michael Kurth November 7, 2019 Comments Off on Post-Election Analysis

On Oct. 12, Louisianans went to the polls and cast their ballots for candidates for state and local offices. It was the first stage in Louisiana’s electoral process, in which candidates who receive more

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