economics etc »

Ukraine’s Struggle For Independence

Ukraine’s Struggle For Independence

Michael Kurth May 6, 2022 Comments Off on Ukraine’s Struggle For Independence

To justify his recent invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin claimed “The Ukraine” is historically part of Russia and the Russian and Ukrainian people are one and the same. Most Ukrainians, however, would disagree with

Read More »
Climate Change: A Historical Perspective

Climate Change: A Historical Perspective

Michael Kurth February 11, 2022 Comments Off on Climate Change: A Historical Perspective

The evidence is clear that over the last 150 years, the earth’s climate has become warmer. This has led environmentalists to demand governments take action to halt global warming and “save the planet.” But

Read More »
The Value Of Kittens And Worms

The Value Of Kittens And Worms

Michael Kurth August 26, 2021 Comments Off on The Value Of Kittens And Worms

About a year ago, I wrote a column about two little kittens that Bandit, our 110-pound boxer, found in our backyard. They appeared to be about a month old, and someone had just dumped

Read More »
Federalism And The Federal Debt

Federalism And The Federal Debt

Michael Kurth August 5, 2021 Comments Off on Federalism And The Federal Debt

Most discussion of our soaring federal debt (now more than $28 trillion) is focused on financial issues such as how much debt is too much for a country (it is now 110 percent of

Read More »
The Case For Proportional Representation

The Case For Proportional Representation

Michael Kurth March 4, 2021 Comments Off on The Case For Proportional Representation

Our nation has become politically polarized. Despite President Biden’s promise to unify the country, millions of voters in the middle of the political spectrum are watching in dismay as extreme elements of both major

Read More »
Can We Bridge The Political Divide?

Can We Bridge The Political Divide?

Michael Kurth February 11, 2021 Comments Off on Can We Bridge The Political Divide?

Last January, I wrote my column for Lagniappe about the polarization of politics in the United States. I was born in 1946, making me one of the first “baby-boomers.” As I was growing up,

Read More »
In Memory Of Vic And Terry Stelly

In Memory Of Vic And Terry Stelly

Michael Kurth January 21, 2021 Comments Off on In Memory Of Vic And Terry Stelly

The day after Christmas, Cathy and I lost two good friends, and Southwest Louisiana lost great citizens, when Vic Stelly and his wife, Terry, passed away from COVID-19 within hours of each other. We

Read More »
Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

Michael Kurth December 31, 2020 Comments Off on Christmas 2020

Each December I write a tongue-in-cheek column about Christmas gifts I think fit the times but that you won’t find in any stores or even online.  For example, one of my gifts last year

Read More »
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

Read More »
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.

Read More »