What the revenue estimating conference told us

The Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) met recently to update the state’s official revenue estimates in time for the House Appropriations Committee to begin finalizing work on the FY 10/11 budget that will take effect this July 1.Read More...
April 23, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Sediment diversion should be coordinated

Eleven candidate projects were selected Tuesday to be considered for implementation under the Breaux Act which was set up many years ago to help preserve and restore the coast of Louisiana.Read More...
April 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Divine Mercy Sunday: What does Jesus mean by complete forgiveness?

(COLUMNIST’S NOTE: The following is primarily a Catholic devotion, but other Christian denominations can participate in it in their own way. His mercy is for everyone.)Read More...
April 08, 2010 at 1:33 pm

State should begin getting share of oil revenue

Louisiana is an oil producing state, obviously. And as a result, it is where U. S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar came to announce the intended sale of mineral leases on some 18-million acres coming up in the Gulf of Mexico August 18.
April 08, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Looking forward now that health care bill is law

The health care legislation is now law. The most massive - and costly - domestic government initiative in history will soon be bringing about many changes nationally and in Louisiana. Our state leaders should begin taking actions now to head off the fiscal disaster we will be facing in a few years when some provisions of the law take effect.Read More...
April 01, 2010 at 9:30 am

Has He Risen in Our Hearts?

(COLUMNIST’S NOTE: The following column touches upon the Easter Triduum which is a tradition of the Catholic Church and considered the holiest time of the liturgical calendar. But it is for all denominations as well because its primary focus is on Christ’s redeeming love for us all.)Read More...
April 01, 2010 at 9:29 am

Jindal could lead in right direction

Gov. Bobby Jindal is making news again. Now he wants to reshape the State of Louisiana by cutting the government infrastructure and turning over many of the state’s functions to the private sector.Read More...
April 01, 2010 at 9:28 am

Health care bill not done deal yet

If you thought you were going to get universal health care right away after Washington passed the Obama administration’s new bill, you are mistaken. What is planned won’t be fully available for five or ten years.Read More...
March 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

Rec department gearing up for Easter egg hunt

By Renee Simpson

The Recreation Department, Special Olympics and Caring Strategies will sponsor a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the parish starting at 9:30 a.m. April 3 at the West Bank Bridge Park. Read More...
March 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

The more things change . . .

When it comes to actions in state government, it doesn’t take history long to repeat itself. Years ago, fiscal reformers pushed through a constitutional amendment to create a Budget Stabilization Fund (BSF), which became popularly referred to as the "Rainy Day Fund."Read More...
March 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Re-invention of democracy is needed

Dictatorships have their advantage. One guy up there can decide what’s best for the country and do it.Read More...
March 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Prescott Canal work to improve Montz drainage

By Renee Simpson
Public Works is now completing a project to refurbish and clean the Prescott Canal in Montz. Read More...
March 12, 2010 at 9:48 am

Grand Isle is centerpiece of Louisiana coast

Grand Isle could become a magnificent artist colony. It has spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Barataria Basin just north of it. Read More...
March 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

State turns corner on higher ed articulation

There is a lot going on in higher education reform these days. For months, a legislatively created group called the Post-secondary Education Review Commission (PERC) met to review Louisiana’s existing policies and needs, all within the context of dwindling state budget dollars. Read More...
February 24, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Book gives good look at Edwards

If you’re fascinated by Louisiana politics, you’ll enjoy reading the new book out - - “Edwin Edwards: Governor of Louisiana.” It is an authorized biography by Leo Honeycutt.Read More...
February 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Ormond culvert replacement on horizon

By Renee Simpson

The parish is preparing to replace an existing 60-inch corrugated metal culvert under Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan, a project that will force traffic detours on the major thoroughfare.Read More...
January 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm

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Sheriff's Office seeking St. Rose burglar
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The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating Kevin Richardson who is wanted for simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling.