Editorial

Before dust even settles, next legislation will begin

The Legislature has adjourned, but the dust from this session probably will not settle before next year’s session begins.Read More...
July 27, 2009 at 8:40 am
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God writes, the rest of us just type

By Mike Johnson

It’s easy to credit the wrong thing for our blessings.
For example, when I arise at 4:30 a.m. to enjoy the most productive time of my day, one of the first stops is the coffee machine. I have the mixture memorized: 11/2 scoops coffee to the #8 line on the pot. Read More...
July 27, 2009 at 8:39 am
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Government should get out of way

An interesting letter to the editor about how many of the problems in this country can be solved if government got out of the way was printed in the Lafourche Gazette last week. It came from Bob Manuel of Ville Platt, a member of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Broadband Advisory Council.Read More...
July 27, 2009 at 8:37 am
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Evidence supports Obama patronage

Beyond the high rhetoric of the 44th President of the United States, some interesting trends seem to be developing. Bill Clinton’s famous dictum that “the age of big government is over” now seems as ancient as William Jennings Bryan’s “You shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” How quickly the eras pass in the current rush to re-forge the basic fabric of life in America. Unfortunately, one aspect of politics that President Obama obviously intends to keep is the patronage trough, and there is considerable evidence afoot to support that view.Read More...
July 20, 2009 at 9:03 am
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Mother Teresa's “dark night”

By Christopher West

For nearly two years I've been reflecting on something I read in an article by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher to the papal household. I can’t get it out of my head. The article was provocatively titled “The ‘Atheism’ of Mother Teresa” (National Catholic Register, Sept. 9-15, 2007). It explored the meaning of Mother Teresa’s extended “dark night” of union with Christ in his cry of abandonment from the cross.Read More...
July 20, 2009 at 9:01 am
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Childhood obesity one of most serious problems

By Harold Keller
We hear it from the medical profession, the insurance industry, and see the evidence in our communities that people today are living longer. What never follows those findings is that people who take care of themselves live longer. Read More...
July 13, 2009 at 9:07 am
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Where is the benefit for Louisiana citizens?

The leges can’t seem to get the hang of who it is that they represent.Read More...
July 13, 2009 at 9:06 am
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FREEDOM: abuse it and we will lose it

By Fr. John Corapi

I have fond memories of the 4th of July going back to when I was probably only four or five years old. We remember the parades, the picnics or barbecues, and the happy gathering of families. During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the American colonies from Great Britain actually took place on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution of independence previously put forth by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia. After debate and revision Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4th.Read More...
July 06, 2009 at 9:10 am
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Residential property taxes not out of line

One of the most controversial proposals that will be debated in the upcoming legislative session will be attempts to increase Louisiana’s homestead exemption for residential property taxes. The only legitimate reason for doing this would be if residential property taxes in the state were out of line. I would like to forward some evidence confirming that is not the case.Read More...
June 29, 2009 at 8:39 am
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The state has too much money

When the state of Louisiana has so much money that it doesn’t even know about $163 million of it, it has too much money.
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June 29, 2009 at 8:38 am
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Parish Web site impresses German visitor

By Renee Simpson

I receive all the messages that come via our parish contact form on www.stcharlesparish-la.gov. Read More...
June 29, 2009 at 8:37 am
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Are we really being honest about our hunger?

What is your hunger? What is it for which you thirst? Let us be honest, be real with ourselves even if we feel ashamed as though it is a disorder…Read More...
June 22, 2009 at 8:57 am
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Ex-governors get together on education

Four of our five living ex-governors got together the other day to express dismay over our present governor’s intention to cut spending on higher education. And, of course, our present governor, faced with such a formidable force questioning his plan, backed off somewhat.Read More...
June 22, 2009 at 8:56 am
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The greatest of human yearnings

How many people in the world today are feeling down, discouraged, depressed… and some even despairing? How many today are at least lethargic (lukewarm) in their faith, and at most have no faith at all?Read More...
June 12, 2009 at 1:24 pm
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Very Aggressive Tax (VAT) comes with costs

It isn’t surprising that the latest fix for the spending addiction in Washington has surfaced in Congressional discussions. It is called the VAT, the value added tax. It would operate similar to a national sales tax placed on every step of commerce from production to transportation to final sale. There is no doubt that a VAT could raise huge sums of money. But, like all "quick fixes," it comes with consequences.Read More...
June 12, 2009 at 1:22 pm
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Recent ruckus shows games that people play

A recent ruckus in the state legislature has created a lot of anger and garnered national media attention. The incident involved a sneak attack amendment that Representative Avon Honey managed to get tacked onto one of his bills. Read More...
June 08, 2009 at 9:18 am
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