Before dust even settles, next legislation will begin
July 27, 2009 at 8:40 am
The Legislature has adjourned, but the dust from this session probably will not settle before next year’s session begins.

God writes, the rest of us just type
July 27, 2009 at 8:39 am
By Mike Johnson

It’s easy to credit the wrong thing for our blessings.
For example, when I arise at 4:30 a.m. to enjoy the most productive time of my day, one of the first stops is the coffee machine. I have the mixture memorized: 11/2 scoops coffee to the #8 line on the pot.

Government should get out of way
July 27, 2009 at 8:37 am
An interesting letter to the editor about how many of the problems in this country can be solved if government got out of the way was printed in the Lafourche Gazette last week. It came from Bob Manuel of Ville Platt, a member of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Broadband Advisory Council.

Evidence supports Obama patronage
July 20, 2009 at 9:03 am
Beyond the high rhetoric of the 44th President of the United States, some interesting trends seem to be developing. Bill Clinton’s famous dictum that “the age of big government is over” now seems as ancient as William Jennings Bryan’s “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” How quickly the eras pass in the current rush to re-forge the basic fabric of life in America. Unfortunately, one aspect of politics that President Obama obviously intends to keep is the patronage trough, and there is considerable evidence afoot to support that view.

Mother Teresa's “dark night”
July 20, 2009 at 9:01 am
By Christopher West

For nearly two years I've been reflecting on something I read in an article by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household. I can’t get it out of my head. The article was provocatively titled “The ‘Atheism’ of Mother Teresa” (National Catholic Register, Sept. 9-15, 2007). It explored the meaning of Mother Teresa’s extended “dark night” of union with Christ in his cry of abandonment from the cross.

Childhood obesity one of most serious problems
July 13, 2009 at 9:07 am
By Harold Keller
We hear it from the medical profession, the insurance industry, and see the evidence in our communities that people today are living longer. What never follows those findings is that people who take care of themselves live longer.

Where is the benefit for Louisiana citizens?
July 13, 2009 at 9:06 am
The leges can’t seem to get the hang of who it is that they represent.

FREEDOM: abuse it and we will lose it
July 06, 2009 at 9:10 am
By Fr. John Corapi

I have fond memories of the 4th of July going back to when I was probably only four or five years old. We remember the parades, the picnics or barbecues, and the happy gathering of families. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain actually took place on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution of independence previously put forth by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After debate and revision Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.

Residential property taxes not out of line
June 29, 2009 at 8:39 am
One of the most controversial proposals that will be debated in the upcoming legislative session will be attempts to increase Louisiana’s homestead exemption for residential property taxes. The only legitimate reason for doing this would be if residential property taxes in the state were out of line. I would like to forward some evidence confirming that is not the case.

The state has too much money
June 29, 2009 at 8:38 am
When the state of Louisiana has so much money that it doesn’t even know about $163 million of it, it has too much money.

Parish Web site impresses German visitor
June 29, 2009 at 8:37 am
By Renee Simpson

I receive all the messages that come via our parish contact form on www.stcharlesparish-la.gov.

Are we really being honest about our hunger?
June 22, 2009 at 8:57 am
What is your hunger? What is it for which you thirst? Let us be honest, be real with ourselves even if we feel ashamed as though it is a disorder…

Ex-governors get together on education
June 22, 2009 at 8:56 am
Four of our five living ex-governors got together the other day to express dismay over our present governor’s intention to cut spending on higher education. And, of course, our present governor, faced with such a formidable force questioning his plan, backed off somewhat.

The greatest of human yearnings
June 12, 2009 at 1:24 pm
How many people in the world today are feeling down, discouraged, depressed… and some even despairing? How many today are at least lethargic (lukewarm) in their faith, and at most have no faith at all?

Very Aggressive Tax (VAT) comes with costs
June 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm
It isn’t surprising that the latest fix for the spending addiction in Washington has surfaced in Congressional discussions. It is called the VAT, the value added tax. It would operate similar to a national sales tax placed on every step of commerce from production to transportation to final sale. There is no doubt that a VAT could raise huge sums of money. But, like all "quick fixes," it comes with consequences.

Recent ruckus shows games that people play
June 08, 2009 at 9:18 am
A recent ruckus in the state legislature has created a lot of anger and garnered national media attention. The incident involved a sneak attack amendment that Representative Avon Honey managed to get tacked onto one of his bills.

State has priority, not revenue, problem
June 08, 2009 at 9:13 am
Recently, I was asked by a prominent member of the higher education community in Louisiana what my solution was to the projected revenue shortfall for higher education. Given the person’s background and knowledge, I was highly-complimented that I was asked. Here was my response:

Not too early to get prepared for hurricane season
June 01, 2009 at 8:37 am
By Renee Simpson
St. Charles Parish will continue its ‘BE PREPARED’ hurricane campaign in 2009 with an expanded preparedness brochure, Web site and public service announcement video.

Hahnville grad’s desire to serve country leads her to U.S. Air Force
Hahnville grad’s desire to serve country leads her to U.S. Air Force
April Hood of Luling had her choice of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., or Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.