Editorial




The Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Frankenstein
September 17, 2008 at 12:07 pm
The Bush administration has put the mammoth quasi-private lending agencies—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—into conservatorship and punted the problem to the next administration. It would be wise for the media and debate moderators to press John McCain and Barack Obama regarding what exactly they will do to clean up this mess that is being left at their doorstep.

You could almost call us Hurricane Alley
September 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm
Galveston got it again. The Texas island was hit by the deadliest storm in history in 1900. More that 6,000 people were killed, many of them dying after being trapped for days under rubble.

STATE GOVERNMENTS ARE DROWNING IN RED INK
August 27, 2008 at 12:51 pm
Compared to many states, Louisiana is rolling in the dough at the moment. While uncommonly high oil and gas prices are swelling the coffers of the Bayou State, other states are up against the wall trying to balance their budgets.

Just what changes does Obama want?
August 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm
Without trying to upstage Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama just before he delivers his acceptance speech, we wonder just what kind of changes he will pursue?

How will we pay for politicions programs, proposals?
August 20, 2008 at 11:03 am
As the presidential and congressional campaigns take on more momentum heading toward the nominating conventions and Labor Day, sugar-coated promises are filling the airwaves. It is easy for politicians to pander if they aren’t required to say how they plan to pay for the programs and proposals they set forth as temptations for the voters.

Parish changes strategy on West Bank levee
August 20, 2008 at 11:02 am
By Renee Allemand
Hurricane protection is vital to the future of St. Charles Parish, and officials are continuing work to expedite the construction of a West Bank levee.

Coastal restoration efforts move toward construction
August 20, 2008 at 11:01 am
At last, there’s some good news about coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana. We’re not just studying, planning, re-planning and re-studying it. We’re getting ready to do it. Construction, that is.

New gas boom fills government coffers
August 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm
A year ago, the good folks up in Northwest Louisiana were excited a year ago about the economic potential of having the Air Force’s Cyber Command project perhaps locating its headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base. That is still a definite possibility that can bring thousands of high paying white-collar jobs to the area.

Bus system could cure some of our problems
August 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm
St. Charles Parish apparently is finally going to get a public transportation system that will allow residents to reach destinations without fueling their gas tanks. It will cost about $2 a trip or $60 for a monthly pass, which still can be much cheaper than visiting the pumps on a regular basis.

What's Pushing Your Buttons?
August 06, 2008 at 1:51 pm
By Robert Wilson
What motivates you? That’s the question I’d like to ask in this inaugural column on motivation. Are you motivated by fame, fortune or fear? Or is it something deeper that fans the flames inside of you?

Oil spills from drilling no problem to Louisiana
August 06, 2008 at 1:49 pm
While politicos volley back and forth on the good and the bad of offshore drilling in the United States, Louisiana had its worst oil spill in many a decade. And it wasn’t from drilling on or offshore. It was from a tanker barge hit by a boat while transporting oil along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

Is there an alternative to living on earth?
July 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm
This writer became a Mars freak years ago when the big question in the universe was whether or not there was life on the closest planet to earth.

Millage rates in parish may go down this year
July 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm
By Renee Allemand
MILLAGE RATES. St. Charles Parish administration is gearing up to offer its proposal on property tax millage rates at the Aug. 18 council meeting. Council members will vote to approve or change the plan.

Some bad business taxes are leaving soon
July 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm
A number of years back, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) set out to eliminate certain business taxes imposed in Louisiana but not collected by other states. Those taxes put Louisiana at a competitive disadvantage in the competition for jobs and capital investment.

A new day for workforce development
July 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm
The Louisiana Department of Labor (LDOL) no longer exists. It has been replaced by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).

Jindal, Landrieu make good pair in Baton Rouge
July 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm
So, Sen. John McCain and Gov. Bobby Jindal were scheduled to meet in Baton Rouge yesterday. Was this perhaps to discuss the possibility of Jindal becoming the presidential candidate’s running mate?

Parish residents should sign up for alert system
July 16, 2008 at 2:06 pm
By Renee Allemand
As the summer of 2008 continues to drag on, we’re getting that much closer to the peak of hurricane season. We’ve been watching hurricane Bertha, and while it’s not headed toward the U.S. coast, it serves as a reminder of just how unpredictable hurricanes can be.

West bank levee route still in question
July 16, 2008 at 2:04 pm
St. Charles Parish is still having problems getting its West Bank hurricane protection levee built. Part of it on the western end is already rising but a continuing dispute between the parish and U. S. Army Corps of Engineers over its route on the eastern end is still going on.

Principal of the Year took unconventional path to top
Principal of the Year took unconventional path to top
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Despite recently being named Louisiana High School Principal of the Year, Hahnville High School Principal Ken Oertling’s life is one that could have gone down a much different path.