Editorial




Jindal: Whiz kid makes another bid for governor
October 11, 2007 at 10:48 am
By MELINDA DESLATTE

Associated Press Writer

VIDALIA, La. (AP) _ In a tiny, jam-packed room, Bobby Jindal shook hands, slapped a few backs and launched into his standard stump speech, pledging to rid the state of corruption, incompetence and out-of-control spending.

Georges hopes to parlay business success into political win
October 04, 2007 at 6:59 am
By MELINDA DESLATTE

Associated Press Writer


NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ John Georges has never been an elected public official. Instead, he's been making millions in the business world. And he wants to make sure voters in the governor's race know that.

If the president does it, it's not illegal?
September 27, 2007 at 8:13 am
Since 9/11, George W. Bush has been trampling all over the Constitution. Unfazed by public opinion, the law or Congress, Bush seems to think he can get away with anything.

La. governor's candidate Campbell bets campaign on oil tax idea -
September 27, 2007 at 8:11 am
By DOUG SIMPSON

Associated Press Writer

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) _ In his run to become Louisiana's next governor, Foster Campbell is gambling.

The Fixer: La. governor's candidate Boasso runs as problem solver - The first in a series of profiles of candidates in the Oct. 20 primary election for governor.
September 20, 2007 at 8:10 am
By DOUG SIMPSON

Associated Press Writer

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) _ Walter Boasso scans a crowd of voters and wonders aloud why he's running for governor when Louisiana's economy is struggling, its hurricane recovery stumbling.

Vitter addresses Iraq war debate in session
September 12, 2007 at 1:52 pm
Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today spoke on the U.S. Senate floor about his recent trip to Iraq and the upcoming U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on progress in Iraq. In his speech, Vitter called on his colleagues to take a moment and listen carefully to Gen. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker as they testify before Congress this week.

DID WE LEARN?
September 05, 2007 at 2:35 pm
It has been two years since the first of two shuddering punches slammed into Louisiana in the form of furious hurricanes. Those who lived through Katrina and Rita and their aftermaths will never forget those times—nor should they. The recollections for many are as clear as the days when much of the state was sent reeling.

Learning plant skills will benefit parish
September 05, 2007 at 2:31 pm
Learning the skills to operate plant equipment should certainly benefit high school seniors in St. Charles Parish. And it should help keep many of them at home when they get permanent jobs in the future.

St. Charles treated unfairly when it comes to Homestead Exemptions
September 05, 2007 at 2:17 pm
By Rock Gisclair

In nine years, the total number of homes in St. Charles Parish rose from 12,307 to 13,751; while the number of homes covered by the homestead exemption has significantly decreased.

Help wanted - a local cartoonist
August 29, 2007 at 1:29 pm
Sometimes a picture can tell a story better than words. And so it is with editorial cartoons.

Favoritism hurts small business and homeowners
August 29, 2007 at 1:21 pm
By Rock Gisclair, Assessor

For the past 50 years, the Louisiana Tax Commission was a grandfather, laissez-faire type of commission. Assessors do what you want with the homeowners as long as you don't complain about big industry and public service properties.

Stop targeting underage drinkers
August 23, 2007 at 9:58 am
BATON ROUGE -- Attorney General Charles C. Foti, Jr., joined by 29 attorneys general nationwide, urged the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to stop alcohol manufacturers from making misleading health-related statements when advertising alcoholic beverages that contain caffeine and other stimulants. Attorney General Foti is the co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Youth Access to Alcohol committee.

What’s the point of new state law?
August 15, 2007 at 11:34 am
Though I am neither of French or Cajun descent, I've always been interested in their cultures which play such a big part in the overall culture of our state. I also have more than a passing interest in our state legislature.

La. governor candidates tout their plans
August 15, 2007 at 11:33 am
By DOUG SIMPSON

Associated Press Writer

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) _ Five candidates running for Louisiana governor touted their plans and credentials to a group of educators on Monday, and offered plans for improving children's lives in the state.

3rd largest dead zone spells doom for shrimp industry
August 15, 2007 at 11:32 am
(AP) - Houma Courier editorial

For years now, scientists and others have known about the vast dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. Although they could clearly see that little life could exist in the oxygen-depleted waters of the dead zone, they weren't sure what the long-term effects would be.

Thousands race to beat deadline for hurricane recovery grant
August 02, 2007 at 3:43 pm
By Melinda Deslatte and Michael Kunzelman

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Bessie Griffin needs a government grant to rebuild the home Hurricane Katrina wrecked, but procrastinating may have cost her dearly.

Vitter’s View: Reaching higher for our education system
August 02, 2007 at 3:37 pm
As August quickly approaches and the end of summer nears, students across Louisiana will prepare for their return to school in the fall.

First Preseason game- Aug 11
July 25, 2007 at 2:53 pm
Of all the preseason games in the run-up to the GOP nomination, none is more crucial than the Iowa Straw Poll.

Luling toddler thrives year after heart transplant
Luling toddler thrives year after heart transplant
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At this time last year, toddler Noah Townsend was near death.