October 26, 2020

Passing of a Musical Legend!

I wanted to let my friends and family know that we lost  one of my favorite performers last week.  Jerry Jeff Walker passed away at 78 years old. You don’t know this but I was the President of the Louisiana chapter of the Jerry Jeff fan club.  Jerry Jeff was a Texas country outlaw singer who began his musical career as a New Yorker, but gravitated to Texas and teamed up with the likes of Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Billy Joe Shaver, and Kinky Friedman. Remember “Mr. Bojangles” about an old street performer in New Orleans?  My first Jerry Jeff concert was in 1982 at Armadillo World in Austin, a country music venue that held concerts nightly with an atmosphere something like the Flora-Bama beach bar in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  There was a sign-up sheet to receive Jerry Jeff’s newsletter and become a member of his fan club. Of course, I joined up. 

A few days later, his assistant called to say Jerry Jeff was looking for a president of his fan club in Louisiana.  I was secretary of state at the time, but I could always find a few moments to perform my fan club duties for a musical favorite.  How could I turn down the author and singer of “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother?”  When he performed in the Bayou State, I was usually in that number, and his staff always saw that I had a front row seat.  It was obvious I had handled my responsibilities well.  We will miss Jerry Jeff.




October 21, 2020

WHAT WOULD YOU ASK THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES?

With the election for president only a few days away, the negative campaigning doesn’t really educate us very much as to what important issues are facing our country today. If you had the chance, what questions would you put to do to  the major candidates running? The economy, obviously the virus, public safety, education, healthcare: there are a whole range of concerns. And in this week’s column, I list a few of the issues I would specifically ask each major presidential candidate. Take a look and see what you think. You can read the new call him now by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.

 




Ray Stevens puts our lives in perspective!

I’m a big Ray Stevens fan, and he has a great way of satirizing so many issues we face in this country today. Take a look at his new video, “The Quarantine Song.”




October 14, 2020

TERM LIMITS FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES?

The supreme court hearings taking place right now show a great division between Republicans and Democrats, reflected throughout the country. It used to be that picking supreme court judges was based on a strong legal background and scholarly accomplishments. Not so anymore. It all comes down to ideology. And these judges are now appointed for life. Should that be the case? Should judges be allowed to stay on the bench clear up in to their 90s?  No other public employee at any level has a lifetime appointment. See what you think. My new column is now up, and you can read it by going to the Red Flashing Box above or by Clicking Here.




Speech to the La. Retired Employees Association.

I had planned on being up in Marksville Louisiana this week, speaking to the Louisiana State Retired Employees Association. I made the commitment to attend  over a year ago, and I was really looking forward to getting to know old friends again. I was a state employee up until 2002, and have enjoyed staying in touch with many retired employees over these last 18 years. Since I couldn’t be there in person because of the virus, the association leadership asked me to do a remote video reminiscing over my time in public life, and about my new book, My Louisiana Odyssey. My speech is below on video. I hope you will enjoy it.




The Brilliant Colors of Fall!

I suppose fall is my favorite time of year. Way too hot in the summertime, particularly down here in Louisiana. And we don’t get much of a winter. Our family has had a home up in the North Carolina mountains for many years. It’s really a treat this time of year to go up and see all the leaves change. The colors are breathtaking. We are looking forward to going out that way in the coming weeks. Take a look at this video below showing the gorgeous fall colors will come out. I tried to pay the bed, and I cannot come close to expressing these vibrant colors. Thought you’d like the video below.




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