|School vouchers are only the beginning
September 21, 2012 at 9:32 am
By John Maginnis
Of Louisiana’s 700,000 public school students back in class, 7,000, 1 percent, are attending private or church schools on state-funded vouchers. The proportion suggests that for all the commotion, from the Legislature to the courts, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s scholarship program will do neither much good nor much harm to the great mass of schoolchildren.
|Archbishop urges voters to consider seven important issues for election
September 14, 2012 at 9:44 am
Archbishop Gregory Aymond sent letters to Catholics of the Archdiocese of New Orleans at mass this week asking them to consider seven issues in the local, state and national elections this fall.
|Football needs to be safer
September 14, 2012 at 9:40 am
Sadness came to the Tulane University football field Saturday when a Green Wave player who formerly played for Destrehan High broke his neck in a game at Tulsa University. Devon Walker collided with a teammate, defensive end Julius Warmsley, while trying to make a tackle on the final play of the first half.
|Political storm lingers after Isaac
September 07, 2012 at 9:37 am
By John Maginnis
Citizens hardly seem to mind that Gov. Bobby Jindal travels a lot to other states, so long as he is home for the hurricanes. Political leaders, of course, are expected to be front and center for emergencies, for those are the times that the people really do want to see them.
|Isaac brings misery and hope
September 07, 2012 at 9:36 am
Hurricane Isaac brought danger, misery and hope with it when it ambled on shore early Wednesday morning below Houma. Mercifully, its sustained winds never exceeded 80 miles per hour.
|State’s UC trust fund solvency would win a silver medal
August 24, 2012 at 9:16 am
The 2012 Summer Olympics recently concluded in London and are now consigned to the annals of history. Yet, the awarding of gold, silver and bronze to the best in anything are laurels we all understand and routinely apply. If state unemployment compensation (UC) trust fund solvency were an Olympic event, Louisiana would win a silver medal.
|Hurricanes not only problem
August 24, 2012 at 9:15 am
It is hard to believe the country is suffering a drought when we have experienced rainfalls every day for weeks now. And some of them have been two to four inches at a time.
|Obama has problem when it comes to employment
August 17, 2012 at 9:10 am
President Obama has a problem. After 40 months of unemployment above the 8 percent level, he needs a marketable plan to convince American voters that his re-election is their best bet for employment, economic growth, and fiscal stability. Mr. Obama has had an economic plan for over three years. The problem is, not only has it not worked, it has prevented an economic recovery from taking root.
|Tiger shrimp are invading
August 17, 2012 at 9:09 am
Another threat to our fishing industry has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico but it is still a question mark as to how destructive it could be. Joining the BP oil spill and dead zones along the Louisiana coast as that threat is the invasion of Asian tiger shrimp. They could eat up a big portion of our locally-developed commercial shrimp that support many local families during our regular shrimp seasons.
|Exorcism nothing to get exorcised over
August 10, 2012 at 9:01 am
By John Maginnis
As parents prepare to send their kids off to college (or, rather, drive them there and move them into dorms), no doubt they worry about what dangers lurk on and off campus: binge drinking, drugs, unprotected sex, psychotic roommates, Communist professors--hazards abound.
|Landmark to state culture set to re-open
August 10, 2012 at 9:00 am
Behold, an old structure that has been a landmark to the cultural lives of southeast Louisiana citizens is being reconstructed. Before its closing several years ago, it was a centerpiece of theatrical art.
|What makes them do it?
August 03, 2012 at 9:03 am
When a visiting missionary priest from Nigeria spoke at Holy Family Church in Luling last weekend, he told about bombings at his church that killed the priest. He blamed it on terrorist Al Qaeda groups. This made me wonder how people are raised to go out and do this sort of thing - the same sort of thing that the killings in New Orleans seem to replicate more and more. And how about the redheaded joker who took lives in Colorado at the movie theater? What causes people to be this way?
|St. Charles returns as golfing paradise
August 03, 2012 at 9:01 am
St. Charles Parish is once again becoming a golfing community after a brief period in which things didn’t go too well for the local drivers and putters.
|Gimmick issues won’t win election
July 27, 2012 at 8:51 am
By John Maginnis
To succeed at getting elected, a candidate needs to stay on message, to respond when attacked and—when there is nothing left to say—to change the subject.
July 20, 2012 at 8:51 am
I will never forget "The War" between boxers "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns fought on April 15, 1985. I watched it at a closed-circuit big screen TV location. A state legislator from the Bayou Lafourche region was sitting in front of me.
|Fiscal problems deepen
July 20, 2012 at 8:49 am
As soon as the FY13 state budget was enacted in June, the state was looking at making at least $600 million in mid-year budget cuts in December.
|Roberts healthcare decision confusing
July 13, 2012 at 9:10 am
John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, confused me (and many others) greatly in rendering his obtuse majority decision upholding the individual mandate in the court’s Affordable Care Act decision.
|Jindal still on campaign trail
July 13, 2012 at 9:08 am
Gov. Bobby Jindal seems to be on the campaign trail, not for governor but for vice president by campaigning as the likely Republican nominee for President Mitt Romney. Jindal denies it but his actions so far show otherwise.
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The St. John Sheriff’s Office apparently gave a LaPlace woman accused of killing three people, including a pregnant woman, in an accident on Airline Highway in Norco control of the car after arresting the car’s original driver only hours earlier.