Editorial

A most unwanted present

National, state, and local business groups from around the country opposed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka "ObamaCare") when it was being debated in Congress last year.

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April 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm
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What is our disposition before God?

A good friend recently asked me to watch a Dr. Oz show she had DVR’d, where the guest was a psychic medium. The friend had questions about what was wrong with it because it seemed innocent enough and it seemed to be helping people and fostering love among relatives.

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April 05, 2012 at 8:59 am
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Nobody gets hurt with political hot air

A few weeks ago, Martha Manuel was summarily fired by "Huey P" Jindal for candidly responding to questions by members of the House Appropriations Committee. The reason for her firing was because Manuel was asked her opinion on the proposed (legislation not even introduced) transfer of the Office of Elderly Affairs from the governor’s office to DHH.

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March 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm
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Cuban embargo needs to go

It is time for the United States to let up on its economic embargo of Cuba. It has been in force for 50 years and is doing little good now in its original purpose of keeping communism out of the western hemisphere. There is very little threat of that today.

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March 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm
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Jindal’s education plan has room for improvement

By John Maginnis

As he went around the state promoting his education agenda, Gov. Bobby Jindal would recall, as a schoolboy, bringing report cards home to his father. The young scholar might have been satisfied with an "A" grade, but invariably his father would be disappointed that it was not an "A+." There was always room for improvement.

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March 26, 2012 at 8:52 am
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Adjudicate, don’t legislate

Two recent Louisiana Supreme Court decisions have sent a clear message to the lower courts (in particular to the Third Circuit Court of Appeal): "Adjudicate, don’t legislate."

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March 26, 2012 at 8:51 am
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‘Louisiana Way’ is hard to leave behind

By John Maginnis

The Louisiana Way is back, if it ever left. The term was famously used by federal prosecutors in the 2000 riverboat racketeering trial of former Gov. Edwin Edwards to describe the corrupt system of bribery, inside dealing and influence peddling by which state politics had operated for decades.

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March 01, 2012 at 2:44 pm
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Recycling needs a fix

If St. Charles Parish wants residents to recycle, it needs to change the present method of doing so. At present, residents are required to deliver their recyclables to collection points in the parish.

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March 01, 2012 at 2:43 pm
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Landrieu fix not enough for rival

By John Maginnis
Even in this bitterly divided Congress, bipartisan cooperation within a delegation is to be expected on issues vital to a state. So it was when Congressman Steve Scalise, R-Metairie, and Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, succeeded in attaching amendments to separate bills to direct 80 percent of the Gulf oil spill fines to the coastal states. The RESTORE Act itself, to accomplish the same goal, is stuck on the congressional calendar, so the language in the bill needs to hitch a ride on one that will pass.

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February 24, 2012 at 9:28 am
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Missed opportunity of 2008

We have all read those stories many times. The professional athlete or new pop idol makes a fortune and in no time spends it all and is worse off than they were before riding the wave of fame. That syndrome is a metaphor to some degree for our state government.

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February 24, 2012 at 9:26 am
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Setting the record straight

This is an on-going effort to assist a project initiated by Team Jindal to make sure the facts are presented to the citizens of Louisiana.

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February 17, 2012 at 9:58 am
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Future of unborn at stake

All of a sudden, the future of the unborn has come into focus.

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February 17, 2012 at 9:57 am
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Reforms needed to reign in state retirement debt

Governor Bobby Jindal recently revealed his legislative package to revamp the way Louisiana funds its state retirement plans. His proposals aim to tackle accumulated unfunded pension debt that began accruing back in 1936 with the creation of the teachers’ retirement system. Eventually, additional systems were established, including those for state police, school employees, and rank-and-file state workers.

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February 10, 2012 at 9:34 am
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Spectacular ending for Super Bowl

We thought the Super Bowl was mainly a sporting event but it turned out to be much more than that Sunday night.

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February 10, 2012 at 9:34 am
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State’s GOP nomination far from democratic

By John Maginnis

Regardless of the results from Florida, the three main Republican presidential contenders say they are in it for the long haul. If so, Louisiana, the 30th state to vote, could still matter when its March 24 primary is held.

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February 03, 2012 at 9:40 am
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‘The Artist’ brings back memories of the past

This writer heard a radio talk show host ask the question recently if anyone read newspapers anymore. I answered that yes they do and that includes the most important and best informed people. And also included are radio people looking for news to report.

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February 03, 2012 at 9:39 am
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Animal Shelter's petting zoo is a hit
Animal Shelter's petting zoo is a hit
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Wide-eyed and adorable, baby possums equaled the tabby kittens in popularity at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter's first petting zoo at this year's parish summer camp.