|'Loophole' closures or job killers?
February 11, 2010 at 10:37 am
Buried within the thousands of pages of the Obama Administration’s proposed budget for 2011 are billions upon billions of dollars in new taxes. Calling many of the tax increases “loophole closers,” the budget clearly states the president’s intent to repeal “subsidies for fossil fuels so that we can transition to a 21st century energy economy.”
|Can Obama learn from Monty Python?
January 28, 2010 at 10:40 am
The English comedy troupe, Monty Python, isn’t exactly high brow humor.
|Time for country to make resolution of restoring economy
January 21, 2010 at 11:51 am
The New Year is a time for resolutions-resolutions we commit to as a means to better ourselves and the communities around us.
|Will our election system be changing?
October 17, 2007 at 4:16 pm
A case now before the U.S. Supreme Court may have significant implications for how we elect candidates for statewide and legislative offices in Louisiana.
|Charter schools are making a difference
October 04, 2007 at 7:03 am
Recently released scores for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as “The Nation’s Report Card,” show that charter schools in Louisiana are outperforming charter schools nationally and are holding their own with traditional public schools in both Louisiana and the nation, as a whole. After a bumpy start, the charter school initiative in Louisiana appears to be paying dividends. Perhaps nowhere is that underscored more than in the newly formed charter school alliance in New Orleans.
|Mortgaging our children’s future
September 20, 2007 at 8:13 am
I have previously written in this column about the destructive spending practices of the federal government. I recently came across the text of a speech that David Walker, the Comptroller General of the United States, gave to an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) audience on September 8. Please give serious attention to the following excerpts from his speech.
|Things are heating up in Louisiana politics
August 23, 2007 at 9:53 am
Record setting temperatures buffeted Louisiana last week, driving the mercury past the 100 degree mark. But the thermometer wasn't the only thing heating up in the Bayou State. Storm clouds-literally and figuratively-were enveloping the horizon.
|Get ready with this candidate questionnaire
July 25, 2007 at 2:49 pm
Whether we like it or not, election season is here. Yard signs and billboards are popping up all over the landscape, and a few early television commercials are airing, with smiling-faced candidates saying little about issues but trying to convince us that they deserve our trust, support—and money.
|Stiffed again on medical re-design in Louisiana
July 19, 2007 at 9:52 am
Close to the end of the recently completed legislative session, the Legislature—obviously with the support of the governor—stiffed the taxpayers of Louisiana for $300 million. Perhaps it was hard to notice this obscene gesture cast in our direction because of the stampede of spending going on at the same time. However, it deserves to be noticed by everyone who pays taxes in any form or fashion to the state treasury.
|Louisiana: the nanny state
July 12, 2007 at 8:42 am
Governor Blanco caused quite a stir during the closing days of the recent legislative session when she chided legislators by telling them that “Mama” wasn’t very happy with their actions and would have to “discipline” them if they continued to “misbehave” by pursuing too many tax cuts. Signs popped up on many legislators’ desks expressing the sentiments that the governor wasn’t their mother and their constituents wanted different spending and tax reduction proposals than those in favor with the governor.
|Let’s take our cities back from criminals - one block at a time
June 13, 2007 at 2:36 pm
It was a Rosa Parks moment for Cathy Toliver. Returning home from church on Sunday, she found three young burglars in her Baton Rouge home stealing her possessions. She refused to assume the role of victim. Instead, she ran them out and chased them through her neighborhood, hollering through her car windows for neighbors to call the police.
|Feds have put you $516,348 in debt & you don’t even know it
June 06, 2007 at 3:06 pm
Our state Legislature seems determined at this point to bring fiscal irresponsibility to new heights as it fashions the state budget for next year.
|The Katrina Factor meets politics
October 11, 2006 at 4:18 pm
Two interesting sources of information came to light during the past week.
|Federal money used for coastal restoration must actually solve the problem
September 27, 2006 at 2:38 pm
One of the biggest issues facing Louisiana is the preservation of its coastal regions. Loss of coastal areas impacts hurricane safety, wildlife and fisheries, and private property.
|The Congressional election tide is rolling in
September 20, 2006 at 1:39 pm
Last Tuesday, a large number of states held their Congressional primaries leading up to the November elections. For months, the conventional wisdom among pundits and prognosticators has been that the Republicans will lose control of the House of Representatives in Washington and could lose the Senate, as well. Six weeks is still an eternity in an election, but the trends afoot don't seem to back up the conventional wisdom. Can the Republicans still lose both the House and the Senate? Absolutely. Some critics outside of the Democratic circles would even argue that they should lose in order to be brought back to their senses, especially on fiscal issues.
|Lead us not into temptation
September 13, 2006 at 1:35 pm
Sometime between now and the end of December, the state will release the amount of surplus revenue available after the books are closed on Fiscal Year 2005-06.
|A year later
September 06, 2006 at 1:36 pm
The mainstream media were loaded with stories recently about the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. It almost seems insensitive for me to admit that I felt pain again while watching the replays of the nation's worst natural disaster.
|Can we learn from the Mexicans?
July 13, 2006 at 11:46 am
Until recently, Mexico had a long history of election fraud, intimidation and outright suppression of voting.
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