Editorial

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 governor’s reform plans have, spanning tenure, school choice, merit pay, salaries, seniority, pre-K and the hiring and firing powers of superintendents versus school boards. It’s 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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There’s 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 Amendment’s 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 one’s home was safeguarded by the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirements.

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December 16, 2011 at 10:23 am
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Poll shows what’s on politician’s minds

By John Maginnis
The governor’s 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 haven’t. 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 doesn’t 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 doesn’t 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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Election abuse lowers voter turnout

Secretary of State Tom Schedler, in a column in Thursday’s Baton Rouge paper bemoaned the poor turnout (36 percent) in our most recent statewide election. He predicted it will be even lower (20 percent or less) in last Saturday’s election. Schedler suggests the problem is "voter fatigue."

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November 23, 2011 at 10:32 am
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Occupying Wall St. not helpful

Protests that have been going on in big cities around the country are a waste of time and energy.

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November 23, 2011 at 10:31 am
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Change in higher education

By John Maginnis
Formation of yet another state commission to study the governance of higher education should induce such yawns as elicited by your most boring professor. Can’t we just cut to the chase to where the Legislature kills the bill and skip the dreary futility in between?

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November 11, 2011 at 10:41 am
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Coastal restoration can help stop oil spills, too

There has been criticism of the building of berms along the Louisiana coast following the oil spill last year, claiming they failed to stop the oil flowing into the coast and are beginning to break up. The main purpose of the berms was to stop the oil but a secondary desire was to help stop the erosion that is destroying the coast.

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November 11, 2011 at 10:40 am
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Education races start to matter

By John Maginnis
Years ago, an aspiring young legislator contemplating his next move was advised to run for the Board of Elementary Secondary Education as a stepping stone, perhaps, for Congress or statewide office.
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October 21, 2011 at 9:31 am
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Rotary of St. Charles names Miles Bingham as its Citizen of the Year
Rotary of St. Charles names Miles Bingham as its Citizen of the Year
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Miles Bingham of Luling was chosen as Citizen of the year for the St. Charles Rotary Club.