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When I was growing up north of Bossier City, there were two main roads: Benton and Airline. Today, the area has soaked up most of Bossier’s recent population growth. North of I-220, developers have built thousands of homes, hundreds of apartments, dozens of shops and a major shopping center. But the key roads are more or less the same. If you’ve tried to navigate the area around the interstate during weekdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., you know what the result has been. According to my calculations from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, traffic in the area is up 30% from 2001. When the traffic inevitably causes a wreck, things get exponentially worse.
As long as it follows its job description, Shreveport’s City Council shouldn’t have to tap the brakes on annexation for a year. And it doesn’t need to waste tax dollars on studying the fiscal impact of annexation in general.
During the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 11, devastating storms ripped through our region, causing incredible destruction that resulted in damaged homes, businesses and, tragically, loss of life. Our thoughts continue to be with those who mourn and rebuild. Unfortunately, Benton Middle School was not left unscathed. Straight line winds estimated at nearly 110 miles per hour peeled the roof off of the sixthgrade wing, resulting in the total loss of seven classrooms and ultimately displac-ing 10 teachers and approximately 200 students.
Writing a newspaper or any column has always been interesting to me. I enjoy the process, sometimes do appreciate the deadlines, but always enjoy the visit I am privileged to have with the readers.
What if Democrats were dog people, and Republicans favored cats? The shouting, preening, conniving, lying, hyperventilating and pretending in Washington, D.C., might sound like this:
This will be a game for the ages. The highpowered Kansas City Chiefs offense led by reining NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes versus the staunch and stingy San Francisco 49ers’ defense anchored by veteran Richard Sherman. There are storylines aplenty in this one … Coaches: You have a head coach in Andy Reid, an offensive genius finally equipped with a quarterback who can master his complex system who has had numerous opportunities but never could quite get over the proverbial hump versus a second-generation wunderkind and architect of the new-look 49ers, Kyle Shanahan.
This sucks. This is the article you don’t plan for. You can’t be prepared to discuss a figure as large as Kobe Bryant on such short notice. I have followed sports since I was in first grade, when my mom would bribe me with baseball cards if I did good in school. I grew up loving sports, any sport. From Captains baseball games at Fair Grounds Field to watching NAS- CAR with my dad on Sundays to catching every single Chicago Bulls game I could on WGN so I could watch Michael Jordan do his thing. Sports. Sports. Sports.
The country celebrated the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King this past week. I cannot propose to tell you what Dr. King would think if he were able to come
We humans tell stories. All of us. Every day. It’s as natural as breathing. We can’t not. Our stories aren’t fiction in the literary sense. So, not “Harry Potter” or