Amendments are mostly corrective measures
October 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm
After getting many individual requests for advice or comments on the amendments, I decided the easiest thing for me to do is to get it over with and put my personal thoughts out in public.

Is the gravy train coming to an end?
October 29, 2008 at 12:29 pm
For a number of years, higher government revenues have been flooding into the state’s coffers. Budget surpluses have set records and state spending has hit unprecedented levels. Now the “embarrassment of riches” may be coming to an end, and it will be interesting to see how the governor and a Legislature with many new faces handle the new economic reality.

Obama vs. McCain - - who should you vote for?
October 29, 2008 at 12:27 pm
Next week, we will elect a President of the United States for the next four years and it’s importance cannot be minimalized.

Obesity rates dangerously high across the nation
October 22, 2008 at 11:56 am
By Harold Keller
Last year, my granddaughter, Amanda Watson, chose obesity as the subject for a school project. The title of her report was Self-Esteem Effects on Obese Children. I have her permission to use some findings of her research.
It's reported that obesity has doubled since the 1970's and children are becoming more depressed because of their weight. Today, 30 percent of school-aged children are overweight.

Buckeyes Challenge ACORN
October 22, 2008 at 11:55 am
By Family Research Council
It may not be as spacious as Texas and California or as cosmopolitan as New York, but when it comes to the presidential race, Ohio is the envy of them all. A perfect blend of cities and countryside, farmers and factory workers, the Buckeye State is America's political sweetheart.

Louisiana economy better off than rest of country
October 22, 2008 at 11:53 am
By Gov. Bobby Jindal
In the past week we held the first two of what will be weekly economic briefing meetings on the state of Louisiana’s economy. These meetings, held in conjunction with agency secretaries from around the state, will help us ensure that we have the most up to date information on current economic trends that can affect our Louisiana businesses, workers, oil prices, housing market, and even our state revenue.

Sharing the wealth can be misleading
October 22, 2008 at 11:52 am
When a candidate starts espousing that he will spread the wealth around, beware. Most people earned their wealth by working for it. It is their’s. If they want to give some of it away to a deserving person who perhaps did not have as many opportunities to gain wealth, fine.

Courthouse employees show spirit
October 15, 2008 at 11:54 am
By Renee Allemand
Friday's big game between Hahnville and Destrehan High Schools brought out the fighting spirit of many employed at the St. Charles Parish courthouse.

What’s coming up next - - ‘Plan D?’
October 15, 2008 at 11:52 am
They can’t say they weren’t warned. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives were told by the President, the Secretary of the Treasury, the Senate, and the House Democratic and Republican leadership that if they voted against the economic bailout bill passed by the Senate, the stock market would crash. A minority of 171 of them did, and the market has indeed crashed—in spite of the “rescue” bill passing by a large margin.

Hurricane Provokes Anger (Part II)
October 08, 2008 at 11:28 am
Last week I shared Part I about a woman (I'll call her Rita) who was struggling with anger towards God, due to the two recent hurricanes. I will share part II of my answer in this column.

Can the geniuses in Washington straighten us out
October 08, 2008 at 11:27 am
Last week, the politicians and bureaucrats in D.C. told us if we didn't understand the need for a $700 Billion bailout of nation's financial markets, we were dumb.

Time to change bad tax policies
October 08, 2008 at 11:26 am
In 2004 the Legislature and Blanco administration enacted reforms to balance some of Louisiana’s tax laws that were out of line with other states.

Community services thanks industry partners
October 01, 2008 at 11:07 am
By Renee Allemand
Weeks after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services remained hard at work getting groceries to those in need.
With the help of the Recreation Department, food and water was delivered to residents with no transportation. Others made their way to the DCS office in New Sarpy to get staples such as peanut butter, pasta and bread, DCS Director Maurya Glaude said.

Willowdale is a diamond in the rough
October 01, 2008 at 11:05 am
When our family moved to Willowdale in 1978 we wondered how something so nice could stay so hidden. There, down this lonely road off Hwy. 90 was a stately 10,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, an 18-hole golfcourse, tennis courts and swimming pool.

Pumping sand to build up coast should be our first line of defense
September 24, 2008 at 11:22 am
Obviously, south Louisiana needs some protection from the encroaching Gulf of Mexico, especially during hurricane season.

Woman seeks wisdom in face of hurricane
September 24, 2008 at 11:20 am
"I've been struggling with anger about all of this!" a woman told me recently regarding the hurricanes and all that has curtailed in our area (Terrebonne Parish). "Do you have any words of wisdom" she asked.

St. Charles Parish puts up flood fight
September 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm
By Renee Allemand
Orange flood control tubes have lined Bayou Des Allemands since before Hurricane Gustav made landfall, but that's not all public works crews have been doing to curb storm surge flooding.

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.


Jordan did Mavericks wrong
I might as well weigh in on that bizarre DeAndre Jordan situation that broke out...
In memory of a star
In memory of a star
Luling resident and former coach Bruce McDonald remembers a specific game in 1992...

Destrehan grandfather, grandson are real super heroes
Destrehan grandfather, grandson are real super heroes
While Batman and Robin are known for keeping Gotham City safe from the Joker, Riddler and Penguin, around here they’re known for something very different — bringing some joy into the lives of numerous youths.