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Choose Carefully! As published in Sunday Eunice News on November 30, 2014

As the holiday season begins, our television stations, movie theaters and sales racks are filled with touching holiday stories that melt the heart, and sometimes, make you think about how you could... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Leaders Take Care of their People: Commentary Published in Sunday Eunice News on November 16, 2014

Every Veterans Day, I participate in local celebrations to remember and to honor military mentors who taught me how to be a successful Army officer, and later, a successful public school teacher. T... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

"Threat is Real" Published in Sunday Eunice News on October 19, 2014

With constant media coverage of the Ebola virus, you may have missed news reports that the Pentagon released its Climate Change Report, assessing international threats to our security when coastlin... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Secretary White Bends the AP Facts: Published in Thursday Eunice News on Auguest 16, 2014

   Did you watch John White’s interpretation of Louisiana’s “Advanced Placement” scores on TV last week? Secretary of Education White is claiming a success because Louisiana move... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

No thanks, Bill Gates!

Bill Gates was on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” and in his efforts to promote the “Common Core,” he proved that corporate billionaires are as qualified to run our nation's public schools as donk... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Bomb Threats Are Not Jokes - Published in Sunday Eunice News on September 28, 2014

A plague recently invaded Louisiana. Teenagers have been making bomb threats in our public schools at an alarming rate across the nation.  In the past few weeks, we've had four bomb threats ... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Curbside Recycling - Published in Eunice Sunday News on Sunday, September 20, 2014

Our schools do a great job of teaching students the importance of recycling.   By sixth grade, my students often make suggestions about how to “reduce, reuse, and recycle. ”Our state Depar... [read more]

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That September Morn... Published in Sunday Eunice News on September 14, 2014

Alan Jackson's song, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning on that September Morn? ” came to mind this week as we approached the anniversary of September 11, 2001. Life was idyllic f... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

The Four B's of School Leadership: My Sunday Eunice News Column for September 7, 2014

Most school improvement programs today require school principals to become “instructional leaders. ” This is quite a shift from traditional expectations for rural superintendents and building... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Sugar Loading At Recess - Eunice Sunday News Commentary Published Aug 24 2014

No matter where your child goes to public school these days, there are all kinds of restrictions about what they can eat during the day. Typically, students can not bring their own canned or bottle... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Hazing Does Not Build Great Teams -- Published in Sunday Eunice News on August 17, 2014

You may have seen the Ohio State University Band animate half- time with their amazing Michael Jackson moonwalk. It is hard to imagine that this extraordinary band is under investigation for seriou... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Begin Anew with Self-Confidence! - Sunday Eunice News Commentary published August 10, 2014

The new school year is upon us! We've stuffed our backpacks and classrooms with supplies and gadgets. We bought new clothes, new shoes, new accessories to mark our new beginning.  We are grad... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Time to Change School Head Count: My Aug 3, 2014 Commentary in Sunday Eunice News

     Average daily attendance in Louisiana public schools is lower than it should be. This is not a good thing. Poor school attendance hurts not only the child who misses too much in... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Education Should Do No Harm - My Sunday Eunice News Commentary published July 27, 2014

Should Louisiana taxpayers “keep it simple,” and allow high-priced Common Core education contracts to be funded in violation of our state contracting laws? That was the suggestion of Stephen Wa... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Harassment is Not Terrorism

My colleague, Deanna Vandiver recently wrote of her experience with protesters who disrupted Sunday services by spewing words of condemnation at the congregation.   She characterized the exper... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Living With Guns: My Commentary Published in July 13 Sunday Eunice News

As a military chaplain, I prayed over too many people who were murdered by their spouses, lovers, or friends. I know first hand that guns don’t kill people. People kill people. People with guns k... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Skimming MFP - My commentary published in Eunice News on July 6, 2014 Copyright Jul 2, 2014

Louisiana was in the fast lane of the national super highway called “Education Reform” long before other states discovered their public education systems needed to be modernized. Granted, we we... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Louisiana Shark Tales

     If you were out of town last week, you might have missed the biggest shark story of all.   Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Educati... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Vacation Starts Now! NOT!

After one of our i LEAP tests, I monitored a group of students who finished early.  They asked if we could play cards.  I offered to teach them "500 Rummy. " At first, the g... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Our Strength Depends on Our Schools

On Good Friday, I stopped by the "Eunice News" to pick up a ham that I won in a drawing at my local bank. My courage was strong that day, so I asked to see the editor.  He was fr... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Mississippi Remembers Governor Waller

As a new Mississippi resident, I am saddened to learn of the death of former Governor William Waller.  He bravely worked for justice, particularly in the murder case of Medgar Evers.   La... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Thanks to P.J. Crowley for Speaking the Truth about the Abuse of Bradley Manning!

 PJ, Mike, Marie Joe SestakP. J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State and retired Air Force officer, resigned under pressure for speaking his conscience about the foolish a... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Pierre C. Shadeaux: Louisiana's Oracle of Spring

No one seriously believes that a groundhog’s shadow can predict long winters or the imminent coming of spring. But, culturally, US news agencies have celebrated Pennsylvania’s Punxatawny Phil... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Democracy in Egypt

Once, while sitting on the deck of a Nile River cruise ship with an Egyptian couple back in the late 1970s, my understanding of America’s place in the world as the premier Western democracy was t... [read more]

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Our Inherent Worth

Out of the Mouths of Babes...

Fifth Grade Mamou High Green Demon Band Members Hailey and Chloe created this poster to share their beliefs about human relations.   They asked me if they could carry their poster in Mamo... [read more]

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