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St. Charles not a dangerous place to live
August 30, 2013 at 8:57 am
When the value of property goes down, so should the property taxes. That is what the people are paying for - the right to own property at their respective values.

Our state is high in integrity
August 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Itís good news that Louisiana now ranks sixth among states in integrity according to Chicago watchdog group the Better Government Association. The state rated high for laws governing freedom of information, open meetings and conflicts of interest.

St. Charles businesses donít remove sales tax during holiday
August 09, 2013 at 11:01 am
Dear Editor,
I assume that the state of Louisiana and St. Charles Parish instituted the sales tax holidays to provide an opportunity for the residents of the state and parish to purchase items and save the normal taxes paid on said purchases, thereby stimulating the economy and providing savings to the residents. This holiday takes place every year on the first Friday and Saturday of August. All items for personal use should be sales tax free with the exceptions of licensed vehicles, food prepared at a restaurant and some services and rentals.

Residents can benefit from Community Ed
August 09, 2013 at 10:58 am
In St. Charles Parish, education is not just for children. It is for all of those adults as well who want to continue their education after graduation in fields that can help them improve the way they live as well as offering them ways to earn a better living.

Lawsuit could benefit our future
August 02, 2013 at 10:52 am
One of the biggest lawsuits in the history of the state is about to unfold as the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East prepares to go into the courtroom against many of the oil and gas companies that have produced along the deteriorating Gulf Coast of Louisiana. The prelude is just beginning and apparently the action could go on for a long time.

Team members are: Front row, left: bat girls Caroline Rome and Kallie Oubre. Kneeling (L-R) Emma Rome, Morgan Roussel, Moriah Ocmond, Layla Brillon, Montana Smith and Tyler Oubre. Standing (L-R) Rilee Madere, Grace Bruce, Haley Loupe, Rachel Estrada, Payt 8U wins regional title with 25-6 victory
July 25, 2013 at 5:28 pm
The St. Charles Parish U10 All-Star softball team won the Babe Ruth Southwest Regional championship on Saturday in Houma.

Zimmerman trial
July 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm
The Florida trial of George Zimmerman got more attention from the press than almost any trial in recent memory. And its outcome certainly lends credence to the fact that people can react in various ways to acts that come about through violence.

A tale of 2 statesí unemployment experience
July 19, 2013 at 9:28 am
Last month, the North Carolina Legislature enacted legislation to corral its expanding federal debt for unemployment compensation (UC) benefits to its unemployed.

Feds should join in saving the coast
July 19, 2013 at 9:25 am
We need coordination between the state and federal government in preserving the coast of Louisiana. Among other things, Louisianaís coastal restoration problems are being multiplied by the different viewpoints of governmental agencies that are involved in our survival.

Less jail time may be better
July 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm
It is disturbing to learn that Louisiana jails a greater percentage of its citizens than any other state in the country. Hopefully, it is not because we have more criminals around but rather because our laws and practices have provided for that situation.

World Trade Center should remain
July 03, 2013 at 7:52 am
Itís unbelievable that The Tricentennial Plan in New Orleans would provide for tearing down one of the most significant buildings in the city ó the World Trade Center at the foot of Canal Street. A non-descript sculpture would replace it similar to the arch that decorates the Mississippi River water front in St. Louis.

Looking Back Part III: The Tort Reform Special Session of 1996
July 03, 2013 at 7:50 am
For years the civil justice system in Louisiana was one of the worst in the nation in spite of very few bills being passed by the Legislature to liberalize tort laws and generate more lawsuits.

Home sales increase in spite of fears
June 27, 2013 at 11:19 am
Thereís good news in the St. Charles Parish real estate market with sales increasing in spite of the fears over threatened increases in flood insurance. Our assessor, Tab Troxler, and local real estate agents have agreed that the future looks promising.

Jindalís tour is good news for state
June 21, 2013 at 10:47 am
Itís good news that Gov. Bobby Jindal is undertaking a statewide tour that will take him to all of Louisianaís 64 parishes.

We need less national, more local government
June 14, 2013 at 9:20 am
Itís time to start reconsidering the make-up of governments in the United States and produce a system where local people can have more control over the way they live. This will give them more freedom to do the things they want to do.


Social media can help catch criminals
June 07, 2013 at 9:18 am
The importance of social media was once again on display during a recent rash of burglaries that primarily took place in Luling.


Be prepared this hurricane season
May 31, 2013 at 9:40 am
Itís that time of year again. Hurricane season, we mean.


Big abortion clinic is planned nearby
May 24, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Teaching the value of life amidst so much terror and violence in our lives will suffer a setback if the abortion clinic scheduled to be built on South Claiborne Avenue in New Orleans is realized. Construction is scheduled to begin this week on the 7,000-square-foot building.

Woman contracts West Nile virus in Luling
Woman contracts West Nile virus in Luling
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Gina Gaubert celebrated her 51st birthday in a hospital bed after contracting the West Nile virus from a mosquito in Luling.