Wednesday, April 26, 2006

LA media in the spotlight

My column this week considers the performance of Louisiana's media with respect to investigative journalism. In particular, the column focuses on the need for journalism to operate as an independent check on power in a democracy.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

SHV's Volunteers for Youth Justice

This week's column focuses on Shreveport-based Volunteers for Youth Justice, an organization dedicated to serving youth in the juvenile court system in Northwest Louisiana. VYJ's annual awards dinner and fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, April 28 at Shreveport's new convention center. For more information about this event or to volunteer for VYJ call 318-425-4413.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Poverty of ideas in Katrina's wake

My column this week considers the continuing problem of poverty in Louisiana. The column begins, "Donning his persona of supremely confident ├╝ber-anchor, comedian Stephen Colbert questioned a guest on the set of his Comedy Central fake news commentary show last week. When his guest referred to poverty in New Orleans, Colbert feigned astonishment, explaining that he thought Hurricane Katrina had taken care of that. The studio audience groaned as did, no doubt, several million people watching the show at home that night. But with that line, Colbert took a swipe at the media for failing to keep the spotlight on poverty in America and simultaneously shamed political leaders for failing to make poverty an issue at all." It concludes, "Louisiana has a poverty problem in more than the traditional sense of the word. It suffers from a poverty of priorities and a poverty of leadership committed to pursuing priorities in a way that will strengthen the state against future crises. Katrina should have been a wake-up call for Louisiana's politicians and media concerning the state's poverty problem. Instead, it looks like everyone just hit snooze and went back to sleep."

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Living with estimates

My column this week urges caution in the usage of estimates when planning. Why? Because by definition, estimates can change.