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7:45am

Fri January 9, 2015
Commentary

Gary Borders: Monday night music in exquisite New Orleans hotel is priceless

Credit The Columns Hotel Facebook

It is two days before New Year’s Eve, the weather in New Orleans finally cooling down to what passes for winter in the Big Easy, after a couple sultry days. We have taken a quick vacation here, thanks to a generous friend who loaned us her condo in the Warehouse District. On our last night before making the 400-mile trek back to East Texas, we settled down in chairs of a parlor in the historic The Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue in the upper Garden District. We await the arrival of two of the city’s best known Cajun musicians, who play for a modest crowd every Monday night.

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7:45am

Thu January 8, 2015
Commentary

What Was I Thinking January 8, 2015

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain discusses the tired old question he is constantly asked, "where are you from?" 

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7:45am

Tue January 6, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Poor communication caused more turmoil in the War of 1812

Treaties can put a stop to war. But as Commentator Gary Joiner points out, battles wage on after a war ends, as was the case with the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.

History Matters is made possible in part by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

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7:45am

Fri January 2, 2015
Commentary

Hen Subscription Contest boosted newspaper readership in Madisonville, Texas

Henry B. Fox, publisher of the Madisonville Meteor, used chickens to boost his subscriber base.
Credit Courtesy Gary Borders

One of my main jobs as a publisher is to sell newspapers. That might appear blindingly obvious to most folks. But on many occasions throughout my four decades in this business, readers upset with a story will say, accusingly, “You’re just trying to sell newspapers.” That always struck me as akin to telling a car dealer, “You’re just trying to sell cars.” Well, duh.

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7:45am

Thu January 1, 2015
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for January 1, 2015

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain share his trial and tribulations as he begins his post holiday diet,...once again. 

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