Editorial

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 teachersí 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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Stateís 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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ĎThe Artistí 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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Governor throws deep on education

By John Maginnis
Unveiling his plan for revamping K-12 education last week, Gov. Jindal outlined dozens of proposals that go further and deeper than many thought he would or that any previous governorís reform plans have, spanning tenure, school choice, merit pay, salaries, seniority, pre-K and the hiring and firing powers of superintendents versus school boards. Itís a comprehensive plan, though short on details, that now needs to be crafted into a manageable package of bills for lawmakers to digest and debate.

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January 27, 2012 at 9:54 am
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Plan for coast must move forward

The Louisiana coast has lost 1,883 square miles of land since the 1930s. In another 50 years, it is expected to lose an additional 771 to 1,756 square miles of land . . . unless we go full speed ahead on providing the projects that have already been determined will restore our coast.

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January 27, 2012 at 9:53 am
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Here we go again with assessments

The new year has begun. There will be many new faces in the state legislature that will soon convene to enact and amend laws that will impact our lives. This is also a year in which the state constitution requires that all residential and commercial properties must be reassessed to determine their current values for property tax purposes.Read More...
January 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm
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Thereís always next year

Oh, when those Saints go marching in!

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January 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm
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Review Bill of Rights today

By Bill of Rights Institute


The Bill of Rights is a list of limits on government power. For example, what the founders saw as the natural right of individuals to speak and worship freely was protected by the First Amendmentís prohibitions on Congress from making laws establishing a religion or abridging freedom of speech. For another example, the natural right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion in oneís home was safeguarded by the Fourth Amendmentís warrant requirements.

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December 16, 2011 at 10:23 am
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Poll shows whatís on politicianís minds

By John Maginnis
The governorís election did not offer much of a guidepost to the future, mainly because Gov. Bobby Jindal, barely challenged, said little about what he wants to do in his second term.

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December 16, 2011 at 9:09 am
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Education change will test Jindal

By John Maginnis
Bobby Jindal is not the first governor to make education a top priority. Few havenít. The dean of the Legislature, Sen. John Alario, says he has voted for "every education reform" past governors have come up with. "But all of that doesnít seem to have worked at this point," he lamented.Read More...
December 09, 2011 at 9:58 am
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Is the Green Wave getting ready to roll?

We know this is a bad time to boost the expectations of Tulane athletics with the LSU Tigers about to win the national football championship. But it doesnít take away any of such glory by contemplating the good that could evolve.

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December 09, 2011 at 9:56 am
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Yes, Garland, people do read papers

Ho, ho, ho!

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December 02, 2011 at 9:36 am
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State benefits while politicians feud

By John Maginnis
The principle that the greater good is best achieved when all parties set aside petty differences and personal agendas often is, in real life, over-rated. Louisiana government, for instance, has been getting along quite well for years without its top political leaders getting along.

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December 02, 2011 at 9:36 am
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What cuts?

The latest enactment of kicking the fiscal can down the road in Washington is drawing to a close.

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November 23, 2011 at 10:32 am
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Mennonites keeping faith in the bayou country
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It was "with a small beginning and lots of faith" when Chester Wenger started the Des Allemands Mennonite Church in 1918 and it's still running on faith 80 years later.