Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part column by Prentiss Smith. The first part ran in Sunday’s paper.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has spent more time out of the state campaigning to be president than he has in the state, is the classic example of a bean counter who only sees numbers and never sees the people who make it possible for him to count the beans. Louisiana is a wonderful state.
Simply put, last week was a good one for Grambling State University — a week that will help set the future course for the much-beleaguered school.
It started with the Louisiana Senate and House of Representatives passing resolutions to grant Grambling State University status as a land-grant institution, which would make the university eligible for millions of dollars in federal funding every year.
And it ended with Willie Larkin being selected as GSU’s new president.
When hot and dry weather dominates late summer, most experienced gardeners rely on the hardy lantana to maintain some color and greenery in the garden. Lantanas are tough, resilient plants that thrive in hot weather and bloom profusely from spring until frost. Native of tropical Americas, the lantana has been a common bedding plant in the South for many years.
Our teacher, Miss Farley, was a strict disciplinarian whenever it came to good hygiene. Almost “squeaky-clean” herself, she checked us out thoroughly each morning before classes began. An unblown nose or dirty ears could earn you a big, fat “F” on your report card and send you trudging homeward with a warning note to your mom.