|Finance Dept. didn’t read auditor’s letter
March 26, 2008 at 1:48 pm
To the Editor:
On the issue of possible financial improprieties in the use of public funds (the fire stations receive a great percentage of their income from tax dollars), I find it extraordinary that the Finance Dept. of St. Charles Parish (who, it appears, is supposed to review audits of the fire stations) did not even bother to read the auditor's letter which accompanied the audit. This is a very important part of the audit. SCP itself had withheld payment to the fire station for many months following information that the auditor could not prepare the audit because information was being withheld.
|Should old Charity be saved?
March 26, 2008 at 1:47 pm
A controversy is going on now about the future of Charity Hospital in New Orleans which was put out of commission by Hurricane Katrina. Should it be restored as the new Charity Hospital that is now being planned or demolished and put into the trash heap of history?
|Spending cap in state gets a lot of attention
March 19, 2008 at 11:39 am
The rhetoric is flying over Louisiana’s constitutionally imposed expenditure limit on the growth of the state budget, a feature commonly called the “spending cap.”
|Corps should accept west bank levee compromise
March 19, 2008 at 11:37 am
While other areas are in the process of trying to get upgrades in their hurricane protection levees, the west bank of St. Charles still does not even have such a structure.
|Obama wins St. Charles
March 12, 2008 at 11:06 am
In an effort to bring a message of change all across the country, Barak Obama has continued to do well in the presidential primary, perhaps a sign of history in the making. He’s winning in states like Mississippi, and other sections of the country that might have seemed unlikely to some people.
|Putting some sense into politics
March 12, 2008 at 11:04 am
The following column was published four years ago almost to this date. It is just as timely now as then because it concerns presidential politics during an election year. It tells of a movement then that sought to put into perspective just what voters should consider when they vote for president. It follows:
|William F. Buckley
March 05, 2008 at 2:00 pm
The founder of the modern conservative movement in America, William F. Buckley Jr., recently passed away at his home in Connecticut.
|Legislature goes back to work next week
March 05, 2008 at 1:58 pm
Gov. Bobby Jindal won’t let the legislature rest. He is calling them into another special session to start Sunday.
Good for him. We have a lot to do in state government. And the governor is letting us know he is not going to wait around to do the things he promised.
|State board of education sends mixed messages
February 27, 2008 at 1:07 pm
Recently, the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) took steps to take over 10 public schools that were deemed “failed” by Louisiana’s public education accountability program.
|Time is ripe for new friendship in Cuba
February 27, 2008 at 1:06 pm
The U. S. has an excellent chance to make things right with Cuba now that Fidel Castro has retired.
|Electoral system needs to be changed in U. S.
February 20, 2008 at 12:47 pm
It’s high time the U. S. changes its way of electing our President and Vice President. This election season is enough to tell us why.
|A ringside seat
February 13, 2008 at 12:04 pm
Break out the popcorn, settle into your easy chair, and get ready to watch some high drama as the presidential nominating contests move toward critical mass.
|Governor needs to push coastal restoration
February 13, 2008 at 12:01 pm
Hopefully, as soon as Gov. Bobby Jindal makes good on his efforts to reform ethics in state politics, he will turn his attention to the biggest problem facing our state. That is to save and restore out valuable coast.
|Tax commission appointments are crucial
February 06, 2008 at 11:01 am
Some of the most interesting—and revealing—appointments Governor Jindal will make will be on the Tax Commission. This regulatory body is, essentially, a five-member panel that should work to ensure that all property taxpayers in Louisiana are treated equitably by the elected parish tax assessors who are in charge of establishing assessments on taxable property.
|Open meetings do not require television
February 06, 2008 at 11:00 am
Our new parish councilmen will find out what it’s like to be in the public eye or not, as the case may end up being.
|Madness is on a roll; where is common sense?
January 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm
A bit of news coming from the Fulton County (Atlanta) School System generated a lot of commentary recently.
|Louisiana is dancing in the rain
January 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Louisiana is getting back to its old ways - - rain, rain and more rain.
|Governor has extra $2 billion in surplus
January 23, 2008 at 12:47 pm
In a few weeks, Governor Bobby Jindal will submit his first executive budget to the Legislature.
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