Kicking the Can

By Louis R. Avallone

“Kicking the can down the road” is to put off confronting a difficult issue or making an important decision, typically on a continuing basis. Basically, it’s postponing the inevitable. It’s one of the reasons our elected officials won’t fix anything, and why they haven’t fixed Medicare or Social Security. Or tax reform and illegal immigration. […]

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 […]

Seeing the Trees for the Forest

By Louis R. Avallone

You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t miss the forest for the trees,” right? That’s when someone is trying to make the point that you shouldn’t get so caught up in the small details that you fail to understand the bigger picture. Well, in the case of this whole healthcare debacle in our country, and the shenanigans […]

Nothing But Net

By Louis R. Avallone

Sometimes, the idea of something, and the thing itself, aren’t always the same. In other words, the idea is much rosier than the reality. For example, many people like the idea of owning a boat, rather than the reality of actually maintaining one. Many like the idea of eating healthier or exercising, but not so […]

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. […]

Nessie

By Louis R. Avallone

The so-called Russia-Trump problem is a lot like the Loch Ness monster. People have been talking about “Nessie” for what seems like forever (actually the legend dates back 1,500 years) and every so often someone claims to have evidence that it exists. But it’s always a fuzzy photo of a hump, or two humps, protruding […]

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 […]