St. Charles Parish puts up flood fight

By Renee Allemand
Orange flood control tubes have lined Bayou Des Allemands since before Hurricane Gustav made landfall, but that's not all public works crews have been doing to curb storm surge flooding.Read More...
September 17, 2008 at 12:08 pm

The Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Frankenstein

The Bush administration has put the mammoth quasi-private lending agencies—Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—into conservatorship and punted the problem to the next administration. It would be wise for the media and debate moderators to press John McCain and Barack Obama regarding what exactly they will do to clean up this mess that is being left at their doorstep.Read More...
September 17, 2008 at 12:07 pm

You could almost call us Hurricane Alley

Galveston got it again. The Texas island was hit by the deadliest storm in history in 1900. More that 6,000 people were killed, many of them dying after being trapped for days under rubble. Read More...
September 17, 2008 at 12:05 pm


Compared to many states, Louisiana is rolling in the dough at the moment. While uncommonly high oil and gas prices are swelling the coffers of the Bayou State, other states are up against the wall trying to balance their budgets.Read More...
August 27, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Just what changes does Obama want?

Without trying to upstage Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama just before he delivers his acceptance speech, we wonder just what kind of changes he will pursue?Read More...
August 27, 2008 at 12:48 pm

How will we pay for politicions programs, proposals?

As the presidential and congressional campaigns take on more momentum heading toward the nominating conventions and Labor Day, sugar-coated promises are filling the airwaves. It is easy for politicians to pander if they aren’t required to say how they plan to pay for the programs and proposals they set forth as temptations for the voters.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:03 am

Parish changes strategy on West Bank levee

By Renee Allemand
Hurricane protection is vital to the future of St. Charles Parish, and officials are continuing work to expedite the construction of a West Bank levee.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:02 am

Coastal restoration efforts move toward construction

At last, there’s some good news about coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana. We’re not just studying, planning, re-planning and re-studying it. We’re getting ready to do it. Construction, that is.Read More...
August 20, 2008 at 11:01 am

New gas boom fills government coffers

A year ago, the good folks up in Northwest Louisiana were excited a year ago about the economic potential of having the Air Force’s Cyber Command project perhaps locating its headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base. That is still a definite possibility that can bring thousands of high paying white-collar jobs to the area.Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Bus system could cure some of our problems

St. Charles Parish apparently is finally going to get a public transportation system that will allow residents to reach destinations without fueling their gas tanks. It will cost about $2 a trip or $60 for a monthly pass, which still can be much cheaper than visiting the pumps on a regular basis.Read More...
August 13, 2008 at 12:28 pm

What's Pushing Your Buttons?

By Robert Wilson
What motivates you? That’s the question I’d like to ask in this inaugural column on motivation. Are you motivated by fame, fortune or fear? Or is it something deeper that fans the flames inside of you? Read More...
August 06, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Oil spills from drilling no problem to Louisiana

While politicos volley back and forth on the good and the bad of offshore drilling in the United States, Louisiana had its worst oil spill in many a decade. And it wasn’t from drilling on or offshore. It was from a tanker barge hit by a boat while transporting oil along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.Read More...
August 06, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Is there an alternative to living on earth?

This writer became a Mars freak years ago when the big question in the universe was whether or not there was life on the closest planet to earth.Read More...
July 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm

Millage rates in parish may go down this year

By Renee Allemand
MILLAGE RATES. St. Charles Parish administration is gearing up to offer its proposal on property tax millage rates at the Aug. 18 council meeting. Council members will vote to approve or change the plan.Read More...
July 30, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Some bad business taxes are leaving soon

A number of years back, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) set out to eliminate certain business taxes imposed in Louisiana but not collected by other states. Those taxes put Louisiana at a competitive disadvantage in the competition for jobs and capital investment. Read More...
July 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm

A new day for workforce development

The Louisiana Department of Labor (LDOL) no longer exists. It has been replaced by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC). Read More...
July 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm

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ITT shutdown drives student to suicide hotline
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ITT Technical Institute's closing had student Zina Richards calling the VA suicide hotline when she learned it put her back to square one with her bachelor's degree.