Do you have future plans?

I walked into a colleague’s office awhile back and asked him, “What are your plans for growth in coming year?” He looked...

Campbell: New Orleans right to sue oil companies

I commend New Orleans Mayor Cantrell and the City Council for suing the major oil companies over their decades of damage to...

Let’s think long term for Economic Development

In the realm of economic development, it is imperative to always think long-term, while acting with great flexibility. During my years at...

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...

Webster Parish and the opioid crisis

Webster Parish need not make the same mistake as Bossier Parish did in misdiagnosing the opioid crisis. Recently, Webster Parish police jurors debated whether to...

(FREE) 30 miles from one of the ‘Biggest’ cities in America

Did you know you were less than 30 miles from “fat?” It’s true, according to a WalletHub study. Shreveport...

It is time to fix the budget, and the state, once and for all

This column was originally written in 2015, and then rerun in 2017. With the “fiscal cliff” staring us in the face, it’s time to...

GOP takes La. House seat, sorta

It looks as if Republicans succeeded in flipping Louisiana’s House of Representatives District 10 seat – but maybe in name only. When qualifying closed for...

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...

Letter: The Real Story

Dear Editor: I am 65 years old. I am probably in the last chapters of my life. So I am not looking at...