Perfect Candidates

By Louis R. Avallone

There’s the U.S. Senate race in Alabama where the Republican candidate is being pressured to drop out of the race due to allegations of sexual misconduct from 40 years ago. Then there’s the sitting U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, in New Jersey, who has just been on trial for eight counts of bribery, three counts of […]

Don’t Bet Against Us

By Louis R. Avallone

Last August 1, 2016 – just days after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia – I wrote a column right here about Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Hillary was finally the Democratic Party’s nominee, but none of it made sense. For starters, I wrote about how in-the-world could 68% of Americans believe that […]

Kept Equal

By Louis R. Avallone

Think about it: There’s not a single day that passes where the headlines don’t include a story of growing racial tensions, such as the removal of civil war monuments. Or the NFL players protesting during the singing of the National Anthem. Or reporters and Hollywood-types calling out President Trump (and all of his supporters) as […]

Shame on You

By Louis R. Avallone

A recent survey found that more than 96% of women feel guilty at least once a day, and almost half of them experience guilt up to 4 times a day. If you are a woman, you know exactly what that’s like. Culturally, women are encouraged to empathize, or otherwise take the perspective of the other, […]

The Power of Taking a Stand

By Louis R. Avallone

Are you a people-pleaser? If you’re not, I bet you know one. You know the person I am talking about, right? That person in almost everyone’s life who tries to make sure that everyone is happy – or that no one is disappointed. It’s the person in your life that intervenes whenever something is wrong, […]

Dear Shreveport…

By Louis R. Avallone

Dear Shreveport, I know you have been through some really tough stuff. The drop in oil prices in the 1980s, the bankruptcies and foreclosures – you have really never been the same since then. The 7,500 jobs lost at the Western Electric plant – that was a rough patch, too, I know. I mean, so […]

How Patriotic Are You?

By Louis R. Avallone

You remember when Vice-President Joe Biden said it’s time “to be patriotic…time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut,” when talking about more Americans paying higher and higher federal income taxes? Or when Michelle Obama stirred controversy in 2008 when she said, “For […]

Basic American Values

By Louis R. Avallone

By now, you know that Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise was wounded, along with two Capitol Police officers, a congressional staffer, and a lobbyist, after a shooter opened fire at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. The shooter’s motive is thought to be related to his expressed grievances online about President Donald Trump and Republicans. […]

Monumental Error

By Louis R. Avallone

Why would you ever return to what hasn’t worked? I mean, would you ever choose to go back to your least favorite employer? If you had a drinking problem, would you ever choose to go back to those times when you simply weren’t your very best self? If you’ve worked hard to become educated, or […]

Not Getting It

By Louis R. Avallone

Sunday morning came way too early for many in Caddo Parish on April 30. It was the day after voters rejected the property tax renewals that had been placed on the ballot. That morning, The Times in Shreveport couldn’t even bring themselves to report the election results in their printed edition. Online, this news must […]