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It’s time to start on coastal restoration plan
June 28, 2006 at 2:29 pm
The is good news that reputable scientists met in New Orleans this week to come up with ideas on how to best spend the $1.2 billion in the Lousiana coastal restoration program planned by the state and federal governments. This is the amount of money the Bush Administration wants to provide to begin serious restoration efforts in the next 10 years. A more comprehensive plan would come later which would take some 30 years and billions of dollars more to complete.

The means, the motivation and the opportunity
June 28, 2006 at 2:24 pm
The two most obvious areas needing attention in the aftermath of last year's devastating hurricanes were the levee system and housing. While efforts are being made to address those two important issues, another critical aspect of life in Louisiana remains reeling from the effects of the storms. Healthcare-particularly for the indigent and the uninsured-was under great stress before Katrina and Rita slammed into the state. Now, 10 months after the initial disaster, the crisis has worsened exponentially.

Politics or not, Gore film should be seen by all
June 28, 2006 at 2:22 pm
Going to see the Al Gore Film “An Inconvenient Truth” can bring two reactions from viewers.

One will say “It’s about time somebody had the guts to come out with the knowledge of our global-warming problems.” Another will respond “Gore must be running for President again.”

Dark days for law and order
June 22, 2006 at 11:00 am
Every fifty-two hours, on an average, a law enforcement officer is killed somewhere in America while protecting their communities. Last week, the officer paying this supreme sacrifice was very close to our homes. So close in fact, that our willingness in the past not to think about this ugly side of America can no longer be ignored.

Where will all the criminals go?
June 22, 2006 at 10:58 am
It’s good news that the big city next door is getting an army of troops in to quell the increasing elements of crime that invaded as many former residents returned and new people arrived in the aftermath of Katrina.

New York publishers aghast at destruction here
June 22, 2006 at 10:57 am
As members of Louisiana Press Association, we took a helicopter and bus tour of devastated areas of New Orleans soon after Hurricane Katrina. On Friday, we took a bus tour of the same areas with the New York Publishers Association down here to report on progress since the storm. Unfortunately, there was little progress seen in those areas.

Another one bites the dust
June 22, 2006 at 10:55 am
At the moment, only four days remain in the legislative session. Time enough to do harm, time enough to do good-and perhaps time enough to add a bit more to the record level of state spending. The voters who pay attention to the legislative process will probably focus on two things in the 2006 Regular Session: The first is the record budget headed for the governor's desk; the second is the ethanol mandate that will likely hit them in their wallets.

Ghost story - part 2: Spirits of darkness
June 14, 2006 at 11:35 am
Whenever Victoria Maison looks at her younger sister, she sees more than the child she tried to protect years ago from a sexual predator. She sees her only sibling trapped in a cobweb, like a cocoon. A cobweb spun by her father's boss years ago when he molested his 5-year-old victim. And even though Maison has prayed over and helped many victims of abuse since that time, she has not been able to help her own sister. She still sees the residue of the pedophile's dark spirit clinging to her sister 40 years later.

Bush, Bilbray, Busby and control of congress
June 14, 2006 at 11:25 am
The scrimmages are ending, and game time is near. In the rough and tumble world of congressional politics, sides are being chosen. The whistle is about to blow for the real contests that will decide if the Republicans keep their majorities in both chambers of Congress, or if the Democrats take the trophies back.

Grand Isle is back to normal for the summer
June 14, 2006 at 11:24 am
Less than a year after Hurricane Katrina destroyed or damaged just about every structure there, Grand Isle is just like it used to be.

There’s new hope for state coming out of Washington
June 14, 2006 at 11:23 am
If Hurricane Katrina did anything good for this area, it was to make people in other parts of the country realize how the coast of Louisiana is washing away. Losing up to 50 square miles of land every year would make it non-existent within the century.

Gas prices downsizing your summer plans?
June 14, 2006 at 11:22 am
It’s that time of year again. The weather is warm; the kids will out of school, and it’s time to venture away from home on your annual quest for adventure and intrigue.

That's right, it's vacation time boys and girls. If you’re like me, this is the time of year that we pack our bags and climb into our cramped automobiles and travel a long and hard journey. One in which we cram as many events as humanly possible into a limited time in order to maximize our annual pilgrimage of adventure.

PLANTATION GHOST? Australian mystic Victoria Maison prays over a ghost on the rear stairway of Destrehan Plantation. Maison described the ghost as a mistress of the manor home in her 30’s who asked forgiveness for being cruel to the house slaves. Ghost Story - part 1
June 07, 2006 at 3:10 pm
Australian mystic talks to Destrehan Plantation spirits

This is the first of a two-part interview with Australian Victoria Maison. Next week: Ghost story - part II, How to deal with spirits of darkness.

Two weekends ago, during the Destrehan Plantation Spring Festival, Australian mystic Victoria Maison said she saw a ghost on the stairway in the back of the plantation. Maison, from Lismore Australia, says she has been blessed with the gift of being able to speak with souls. These souls or "ghosts" appear to her seeking help.

It’s all about the angle
June 07, 2006 at 3:09 pm
It’s all about the angle.

Nine months later, with the scars of Hurricane Katrina all around us and the vivid images of the madness she left in her wake still fresh in our mind, Hurricane Season is once again upon us. With it comes the very real need to start your evacuation planning.

Local citizens need to be seen and heard more
June 07, 2006 at 3:08 pm
What’s that you say? The people up in Washington D. C. don’t care what you think?

Well think again. Senators and Congressmen are constantly holding area meetings to get input from their constituents. And those meetings are often very poorly attended.

Class action lawsuit loophole
June 07, 2006 at 3:04 pm
Last year, Congress did something it rarely does these days; it passed a major reform in the face of strong opposition. Responding to many well-documented abuses, Congress enacted a compromise bill on class action lawsuit reform. Class action petitions were flooding state courts prior to the reform and, on too many occasions, the plaintiffs got coupons and their attorneys got lots of cash. One of the primary provisions of the federal bill was to channel most of the class action suits into federal court. However, the bill made a clear exception: Class action cases brought by a state's attorney general could still be heard in state courts.

Louisiana takes lead in making abortions illegal
June 07, 2006 at 3:00 pm
The anti-abortion bill just passed by the Louisiana Legislature successfully by-passes the pro-choice argument that a woman should be able to choose what to do with her own body.

D-day in June reminds us of the need to pray
May 31, 2006 at 2:49 pm
We're not sure how bothered folks have to become about June 6, 2006 (6/6/06), which is next Tuesday (and which comes once a century), but it certainly affords another opportunity to pray. Some even believe they have heard from angels to this effect: that it is a day in which the Archangel Michael should be specially invoked.

Hahnville needs complete performance in order to beat nationally-ranked Rummel
Hahnville needs complete performance in order to beat nationally-ranked Rummel
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When the Rummel Raiders came to Tiger Stadium last year, they had just come off a state championship season.