This Week in Louisiana History

On Sunday, Sept. 8, 1935, two men were shot in a back hall of the Louisiana Capitol. Huey Pierce Long, governor from 1928-1932 and U.S. senator from 1932 until his death, and Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, a 29-year-old doctor in practice with his father as an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist, were shot about 9:30 p.m. Weiss died on the spot, and Long died on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 4:06 a.m. Long’s life and political maneuverings are well documented. Before the shooting, Long had directed Gov. O.K. Allen to call the fourth special session of the year. Thirty-nine … Continue reading →

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Kindness as an antidote to violence

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Molly Manson

In a culture of violence on TV, in the news, in our schools and malls, it is natural to consider ways to address the problem. But what if we addressed the solution? What if we looked at the behavior we do want in our society and rewarded that?

In animal training, much credence is given to positive reinforcement. Similarly, good teachers catch their students doing something right and complement that.

An article I read recently mentioned stating the behavior you want in the positive. I learned that as a lifeguard. My boss instructed us teenaged lifeguards to tell the children … Continue reading →

Civil Disobedience

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Molly Manson

Homer Plessy participated in the challenge to the Separate Car Act voluntarily. What he did is known as civil disobedience. He knowingly broke the law in order to test the constitutionality of the law. Although he never spent time in jail or prison, in the end, he had to pay a fine.

Today, people break the law in order to test the legality of such things as share-riding services popular in big cities. These services offer an app to connect people with cars willing to give someone a ride to someone who needs a ride somewhere, sort of like … Continue reading →


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