|The means, the motivation and the opportunity
June 28, 2006 at 2:24 pm
The two most obvious areas needing attention in the aftermath of last year's devastating hurricanes were the levee system and housing. While efforts are being made to address those two important issues, another critical aspect of life in Louisiana remains reeling from the effects of the storms. Healthcare-particularly for the indigent and the uninsured-was under great stress before Katrina and Rita slammed into the state. Now, 10 months after the initial disaster, the crisis has worsened exponentially.
|Ghost Story - part 1
June 07, 2006 at 3:10 pm
Australian mystic talks to Destrehan Plantation spirits
This is the first of a two-part interview with Australian Victoria Maison. Next week: Ghost story - part II, How to deal with spirits of darkness.
Two weekends ago, during the Destrehan Plantation Spring Festival, Australian mystic Victoria Maison said she saw a ghost on the stairway in the back of the plantation. Maison, from Lismore Australia, says she has been blessed with the gift of being able to speak with souls. These souls or "ghosts" appear to her seeking help.
|It’s all about the angle
June 07, 2006 at 3:09 pm
It’s all about the angle.
Nine months later, with the scars of Hurricane Katrina all around us and the vivid images of the madness she left in her wake still fresh in our mind, Hurricane Season is once again upon us. With it comes the very real need to start your evacuation planning.
|Local citizens need to be seen and heard more
June 07, 2006 at 3:08 pm
What’s that you say? The people up in Washington D. C. don’t care what you think?
Well think again. Senators and Congressmen are constantly holding area meetings to get input from their constituents. And those meetings are often very poorly attended.
|Class action lawsuit loophole
June 07, 2006 at 3:04 pm
Last year, Congress did something it rarely does these days; it passed a major reform in the face of strong opposition. Responding to many well-documented abuses, Congress enacted a compromise bill on class action lawsuit reform. Class action petitions were flooding state courts prior to the reform and, on too many occasions, the plaintiffs got coupons and their attorneys got lots of cash. One of the primary provisions of the federal bill was to channel most of the class action suits into federal court. However, the bill made a clear exception: Class action cases brought by a state's attorney general could still be heard in state courts.
|Louisiana takes lead in making abortions illegal
June 07, 2006 at 3:00 pm
The anti-abortion bill just passed by the Louisiana Legislature successfully by-passes the pro-choice argument that a woman should be able to choose what to do with her own body.
|D-day in June reminds us of the need to pray
May 31, 2006 at 2:49 pm
We're not sure how bothered folks have to become about June 6, 2006 (6/6/06), which is next Tuesday (and which comes once a century), but it certainly affords another opportunity to pray. Some even believe they have heard from angels to this effect: that it is a day in which the Archangel Michael should be specially invoked.
|A day off from work, but remember why it’s here
May 31, 2006 at 2:43 pm
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and of thanksgiving. It is a time of "remembrance" because we pay our respects to the one million American men and women who laid down their lives in time of war. It is a time of "thanksgiving" because we are thankful that such people once lived, and that their legacy is the unparalleled freedom we enjoy in this country and much of the world.
|Think positive about the season that lies ahead
May 31, 2006 at 2:42 pm
As if you didn’t know already, today is the first day of hurricane season. It is the day many have been dreading for months.
It used to not be that way. We looked forward to June 1 as the beginning of vacation time when kids are out of school and families have more freedom to take trips to the beach and to Disneyworld.
May 31, 2006 at 2:39 pm
When it comes to corruption, Republicans are ready to come to the aid of their Democrat brethren, probably with the philosophy of "There, but for the grace of God, might be my fate three weeks from now".
|Two sides of Ethanol
May 31, 2006 at 2:38 pm
Legislation mandating that 2 percent of gasoline and diesel fuels sold in Louisiana must soon contain ethanol and bio-diesel blends will probably be on Governor Blanco's desk shortly. She has committed to signing the legislation in order to promote an alternative market for Louisiana farmers.
|Patio homes is good idea
May 31, 2006 at 2:34 pm
St. Charles is mostly a rural parish but much of our rural areas are wetlands where residences cannot be built. To conserve space in subdivisions and allow residents to acquire homes at less price, the parish council is considering establishing zoning classifications to allow smaller lots.
|Priest ‘Underground': New Orleans disaster has deep spiritual implications
May 24, 2006 at 12:22 pm
Eight months after a ferocious hurricane devastated huge swaths of New Orleans and the Mississippi coast, the notion that such damage can be part of a purification or "chastisement" continues to be met with fierce resistance.
|Elections over… let’s move forward!
May 24, 2006 at 12:15 pm
While in Colorado this past weekend, some 1,600 miles away from the politics of New Orleans, I was surprised Saturday night when television programming was interrupted with breaking news that Ray Nagin had been re-elected as Mayor of the City of New Orleans. A week earlier, while in Washington, DC, the mayoral debate was carried live in that city. For good or bad, the whole world watched this election.
|Southeast Louisiana needs unified approach
May 24, 2006 at 12:14 pm
Now that the New Orleans area has gotten politics out of the way, it is time to get down to the business of unifying southeast Louisiana into a big and effective metropolitan area.
May 24, 2006 at 12:13 pm
One of the major problems remaining in the wake of Katrina and Rita is the huge number of insurance claims that must be resolved. Literally hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were damaged by the storms. Many of the claims have already been settled, but many more involve coverage questions that are not easily resolved. The huge number of claims in itself has taxed the claims settlement process to its limits.
|Just prepare to evacuate
May 24, 2006 at 12:11 pm
If we've learned anything in the past year, it should be how to react to hurricane season.
|Newspaper of Year award
May 17, 2006 at 2:56 pm
It was a gala luncheon, to say the least, last Friday in Baton Rouge when Louisiana Press Association named St. Charles Herald-Guide as Newspaper of the Year in its category.
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