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7:45am

Tue February 17, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: On why slavery became embedded in the South

Commentator Gary Joiner takes a look at the origins of slavery in this installment of History Matters.

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 February 13, 2015
Commentary

Gary Borders: Cows, flamingos, painted pines -- yard art has a place

Credit pink-flamingos.com

I was heading home through a neighborhood north of ours the other day. And that’s when I saw the painted trees.

All of the trees — about two dozen total — have been whitewashed up to about six-feet high. Pine trees mainly, but a few hardwood trees also sported a new look. On the same street maybe eight houses down, another yard sported white-washed trees.

Painting a pine tree with a brush has to be hard work. The bark isn’t smooth, and there are plenty of cracks and crevices. Whoever tackled these loblollies had plenty of energy. This is serious yard art.

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7:45am

Thu February 12, 2015
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for February 12, 2015

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain is tired of those who rally for secession, but his remedy may not be acceptable to all.

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7:45am

Tue February 10, 2015
Commentary

History Matters: Measles killed thousands of Civil War soldiers

Civil War hospitals like this one in Washington, D.C., treated soldiers for common maladies, such as malaria, typhoid fever, dysentery, and measles.
Credit Library of Congress

A multi-state outbreak of the measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease, has public health departments on guard. The measles outbreak reminds commentator Gary Joiner of how the disease spread during the Civil War.

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

Thu February 5, 2015
Commentary

What Was I Thinking for February 5, 2015

Brian O'Nuanain

Commentator Brian O'Nuanain takes note of the long storied history of the Irish footprint in America. 

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