Category Archives: Life

He may be Louisiana’s longest-serving mayor, but he’s my mentor

By Robert Mann I’m sure when I arrived in his undergraduate economics course at Northeast Louisiana University (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe) in the spring of 1978, Professor Dave Norris took little notice of me. I was a journalism … Continue reading

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Want to defeat terrorists? Don’t succumb to their terrorism

By Robert Mann I’m not a fatalist, but when I leave town on a trip, I sometimes have a nagging feeling, “Maybe, this time, I won’t return.” I’ll briefly fret about a plane crash, a car wreck or a random … Continue reading

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My favorite Christmas story

By Robert Mann If you’re not a person of faith (or not of the Christian faith), perhaps this post isn’t for you. But it’s Christmas Eve and throughout this Advent season I find myself marveling at the miracle that is … Continue reading

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A story of death and amazing grace

By Robert Mann Few of us can fathom the emotional scene that unfolded in a Baton Rouge courtroom on Sept. 9. A judge handed down a prison sentence to Michael A. Rushing for the 2012 rape and kidnapping of a … Continue reading

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Advice for incoming college freshmen: My top-ten list

By Robert Mann Over the next few weeks, thousands of anxious and excited young people will descend upon university campuses across the country to begin their college careers. As a college professor, I always love the first week of the school … Continue reading

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Louisiana’s young people are asking, ‘Should I stay or should I go?’

By Robert Mann In a country with greater labor mobility than any other place in the world, why would any ambitious young person want to remain in Louisiana? Almost every other state promises more opportunity and a better quality of life. We’re … Continue reading

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Fighting bigotry

By Stephen Winham No matter who you are, by sheer virtue of your existence, there are people who hate you. It has nothing to do with what you do or say, just your identity (or who the haters think you … Continue reading

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