The facts behind the numbers

Credit Gov. John Bel Edwards with finding a way to put an optimistic picture on Louisiana’s employment environment. Which means he has to avoid...

Specht: 9/11: Remembering that fateful day

It seems everyone has their own Sept. 11 story. For some, they remember where they were when the first plane struck the first tower...

Local media support is an investment in the community

I was shocked and saddened to read about The Minute Magazine publishing its final edition. Twenty years ago, a group of entrepreneurs...

Specht: Why do we print the negative?

Why do you always put negative news in the newspaper? I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question in my...

Discretionary spending needs more transparency

The Webster Parish Police Jury’s practice of individual jurors doling out bucks to other entities subverts transparency and accountability. The Jury gives out tens of...

There are those addressing deadly school violence

Last week, the Press-Herald ran a story about Webster Parish School officials, law enforcement, and school safety and security experts evaluating North Webster High...

Specht: Supporting high school football is economic development

It seems all of Minden is asking the same question lately, “When will The Pit be ready for football?” The answers are varied, but...

Specht: Cheering on our community

I was perusing Facebook recently and saw that someone had shared one of my columns. Below, in the comments, I read, “Another rah rah...

Letter: Church shooting in Charleston

On Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, another tragedy of mass violence impacted the heart, mind, and soul of America. At Emanuel AME Church...

Specht: Ending ‘hidden figures’

My wife and I recently watched the movie, “Hidden Figures.” Aptly named, the film chronicles a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a...