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Biden/Harris Team Up in 2020 Election

Well, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sure kept the nation in suspense with regard to who his running mate would be in this fall's presidential election. California Senator...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    August 13, 2020

Age Too Old To Be President?

Voters have a really easy choice to make in this year’s presidential election. Probably well over 90% of voters know who they will vote for, as the only question left is who will win. In one corner is the incumbent President Trump and in the other...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    August 6, 2020

Heinous Murder

A local Ouachita Parish man can be grateful that he will not spend a long time in prison for a crime that he didn't commit. Cameron Powe was allegedly involved in the murder of Michael Robinson, a...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    August 6, 2020

Interim Police Chief Brown Fired

It has been a whirlwind few days after Friday Ellis attended his first city council meeting as Monroe's mayor. Within mere days after his council meeting, Ellis fired interim Police Chief Reggie...

 

No End in Sight For COVID-19

Whenever COVID-19, the coronavirus that has almost brought the world to a standstill finally goes away, the U.S. will have lost its standing as a nation combating pandemics. As other nations get somewhat of “a handle” on slowing down the virus,...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 30, 2020

Start Toward Justice

The march to justice for Timothy Williams took a significant turn when news of Monroe Police Officer Jared Preston Desadier was booked at Ouachita Parish Correctional Center Saturday night (July25)....

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 30, 2020

A Different Kind of School Year

When children go back to school in a few weeks, it will be vastly different from this time a year ago. A year ago, school districts around the nation and even around the world were making preparations for the start of the new school year. There was e...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 23, 2020

60 years for $18

The family of Robert Dwayne Johnson said that when you see him smile, he is like a "big old baby". They said that he is a gentle person, from the time he was young, into his adult life. But while...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Opinion    July 23, 2020

Is Wearing A Mask A Bad Idea?

This is not rocket science. However, the Great Divide that this nation is experiencing over something as simple as wearing a mask when it is necessary to save a life, is tearing it apart. Furthermore, nowhere is that divide made more evident than...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020

Police Shooting 2

One of the questions that is being asked in the community following the tragic ending to Errol Johnson's life is, why couldn't police officers wait him out. People are saying that Johnson, being in a...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020

Mayor's Race Irregularities

If African-Americans needed an incentive to vote in massive voting blocs, they need to look no further than what happened during last Saturday's July 11 mayor's race in Monroe. According to sources,...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020

Covid-19 Not A Hoax

Hoax: (n) humorous or malicious deception, practical joke, deceive (a person) with a hoax. To swindle, trick, (con) snow job, gyp, deception, flimflam, defraud, cheat, trick and bamboozle. That’s quite a collection of meanings for one word. That...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020

Street Mural Proposed, Mayo Send-Off

Brooke Foy, Rodrecas Davis and Vitus Shell are three local artists that may not be known to many in the Monroe area, but they have a big dream in mind. The three millennial artists went before the...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 16, 2020

Blindness Changes Attitude

James Savannah says that for a long time, he was a bitter person. Savannah said that because of circumstances that happened to him at an early age, left him with a hatred for people that he says, did him wrong. Savannah went to jail for some...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 9, 2020

Funeral Homeowner's Racist Comments

A white owner of one of the area’s consortium of funeral homes is under fire for comments that he allegedly made on social media about Afro-Americans. Kenneth Griffin, owner and operator of Griffin Funeral Home located in Monroe/West Monroe...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 9, 2020

LGBTQ Lives Matter

The chilling reports of the deaths of two transgender women in Louisiana both black, shows us a segment of the population that has been marginalized; continues to suffer. According to reports, the wom...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 9, 2020

A Vendetta Against Jonesboro LA Mayor Thompson

Jonesboro's Mayor, Leslie Thompson has gone "through the fire" as some religious folks might say, seeing the mayor still has legal hurdles that he must overcome. Ever since Thompson won his first...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Politics    July 9, 2020

Trump Going Down for Third Time

President Donald Trump sometimes likes to boast about his “robust” support from the black community and about what he “has done” for the black community. The president has black Americans like Herman Cain (has the virus) Diamond and Silk,...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    July 2, 2020

Family's Incarcerated Son's Concern

A local woman and her family is heartbroken/heartsick as they can’t understand why a loved one is still incarcerated in a Texas correctional center. The mother has not seen her son in years since he was incarcerated, wants to know why her son’s...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Politics    July 2, 2020

When Will the President Stand Up?

Someday historians will explain to us why President Trump had a relationship with our number one adversary that defied conventional wisdom. The president’s relationship and mannerism that he has exhibited with Russian President Vladimir Putin,...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 25, 2020

Widow's Benefits Fight

Gloria Dean James says that she is a determined woman who will fight for what she believes is right. James has been embroiled in a dispute with the Monroe Office of Social Security for a number of...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 25, 2020

LA Stays At Phase 2

The coronavirus commonly known by its scientific name COVID-19 is showing everyone that it is not about to go away anytime soon. Especially here in Louisiana. That was made painfully aware Monday(June 22) when Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 25, 2020

City Hall News

Members of the Monroe City Council passed several resolutions Tuesday(June 23) night, one of which that may impact the city in a way that it doesn’t want. Council members passed a resolution that grant an exception to the Open Container Ordinance f...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 18, 2020

Parkview Tragedy

The community is still reeling from the tragic deaths of two adults and four children from a shooting that will remain in people's minds for a long time. It was last Thursday (June 11) around 7:45 at...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 18, 2020

Watch Your Tongue

There seem to be more and more people expressing themselves, saying just about anything that comes to mind. People who used to be quiet are telling others what’s on their minds, seemingly without a thought of how their words will be received. Some...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Politics    June 18, 2020

Implied Immunity, President's Health Big Questions

Can anyone out there tell me who has been given immunity from not being held accountable for their actions/words by God? No one? Adam, the first man created in God’s image was not immune from God’s punishment, nor was Eve when they violated...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 11, 2020

Shooter's Violence Ends

When Jacques D. Lowery was arrested on a multitude of charges several weeks ago, it hopefully will mark the end of a campaign of violence against Monroe resident Shardra Green and her family. Lowery...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Politics    June 11, 2020

Drew Brees Talks Race Relations

By Eddie D. Gillis Has anyone noticed how quiet Republicans/conservatives has gotten since Saints quarterback Drew Brees has inserted himself in the flag kneeling National Anthem controversy? There has not been one Republican who has openly criticize...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 11, 2020

City Hall News

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo held a press briefing Monday(June 8)morning to announce that the city is no longer under a consent decree issued against it since 2004. The decree was issued after it was determined that the city of Monroe over many years,...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 4, 2020

Looking for Justice-Pt. 2

"I can't breathe", said the dying black man. Did he fall into water and was gasping for air? Was the man overcome from gas or dangerous fumes in the air? No. Those were the last words that George...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 4, 2020

NAACP Protest

Rev. Ambrose Douzart said that he is pleased with the way in which a protest march held the weekend of May 30 and 31. Douzart, who is head of the chapter of the NAACP said, " the march which was...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Opinion    June 4, 2020

What Happens Now?

The United States as a nation, keeps ignoring defining moments in its young history as a sovereign nation to live up to the words recorded in its Constitution. Defining moments do not come as often as we like them. When they come, they are to be...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    June 4, 2020

Police Juror's Protest Comments Angers Black Community

Update: Clampit Apologizes Over Comments Furor District B Ouachita Parish Police Juror Jack Clampit issued an apology one day after he was heavily criticized by a delegation of African-American men over his comments about looting during protests...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 28, 2020

Lies and Deceit-Medical Wrongdoing?

A local woman is still determined to “right the wrongs” that she firmly believes happened to her following the deaths of her parents. The pain of losing her father at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe continues to bring pain and...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Politics    May 28, 2020

Church "No", Golf "Yes"

All the president had to do was say, “I may play a little golf the weekend”, and everything may have been all right. It might have gone over better if he had said, “See you in church Sunday”. Well, I out of 2 is not bad. I guess. Someone in...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 28, 2020

City Hall News

The Monroe City Council passed a resolution At its regular Tuesday (May 26)night meeting that will make major changes to two the city’s landmark buildings. The fifty two year old Jack Howard Theater and the Miller-Roy Building on Desiard St., are...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 21, 2020

Looking for Justice

The American justice system is once again on trial before the nation and the world, as those who are in charge of rendering fairness to all through the system, has an opportunity to show it in the Ahmaud Arbery shooting incident. The confrontation...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 21, 2020

Looking for Justice

The American justice system is once again on trial before the nation and the world, as those who are in charge of rendering fairness to all through the system, has an opportunity to show it in the Ahmaud Arbery shooting incident. The confrontation...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Opinion    May 21, 2020

More of Nation Reopens to Uncertainty

There are two “viruses” currently running all over the United States. One is COVID-19, a virus that is rapidly approaching 100,000 deaths in just under three months. Imagine how the nation would react if 100,000 soldiers were killed in that...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 21, 2020

Parish Projects on Schedule

Every government entity whether it’s state or local has felt the impact of the havoc that COVID-19 has had on their budget. The City of Monroe and other municipalities have seen their revenue from sale taxes shrink because of spending related to...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 14, 2020

3rd Swanson Escape Troublesome

In what is starting to look like watching the same movie over and over, there was another incident of inmates escaping from the Swanson Youth Correctional Center here in Monroe. According to law enforcement and media accounts, eight inmates escaped...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 14, 2020

Don't Mess Up A Good Thing

"Let the good times roll," is a popular phrase that we hear ever so often when people are ready to, well, have a good time. That may well be the sentiment of thousands of Louisianans, now that the...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Politics    May 14, 2020

COVID-19 In White House; What's Next?

By Eddie D. Gillis You knew it was only a matter of time. President Donald Trump has spent the better part of 2020 downplaying the seriousness of COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, telling Americans that basically, they had nothing to worry about. Even...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 14, 2020

Local Woman Happy to Be Alive

A Ouachita Parish woman says that she is feeling good and happy to be alive. Those who know her and anyone else who has been in her shoes would say the same. This particular woman said that her recent bout with COVID-19 has left her with a renewed...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 7, 2020

Richwood Guards' Deaths Raises Questions

Two men employed as guards at the Richwood Correctional Center located in the town of Richwood died recently, and their families strongly believe that their deaths could have been prevented. Carl...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    Politics    May 7, 2020

Tough 2020 Election On The Table

This nation that sits between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the northern hemisphere of the Americas that is called the United States is a lot of things, but “united” is not one of them. Even being in the midst of the possible worst pandemic...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    May 7, 2020

Police Jury Discuss Need For Lobbyist

District A Ouachita Parish Police Juror Scotty Robinson seemed to be convinced that the parish’s governing body could make use of a lobbyist. At one of its regularly scheduled meetings, Monday, May 4, Robinson again tried to get his colleagues to...

 

No More Excuses

President Donald Trump has uttered a few quotes that will go down in the annals of political history that will stand besides Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” quote. The president’s “I take no responsibility...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    April 30, 2020

Mayo, Edwards COVID-19 Briefings

Monroe Mayor, Jamie Mayo and Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards on Monday(April 27)both gave updates on the condition of where Monroe and Louisiana are concerning COVID-19. Mayor Mayo also gave an update on the condition of residents affected by...

 
 By Eddie Gillis    News    April 23, 2020

More Escapes from Swanson

According to unconfirmed sources, multiple youths escaped from the Swanson Youth Center here in Monroe on Sunday morning (April 19). If, what some are saying is true, the community needs to hear from...

 

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