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Southeast Louisiana needs unified approach
May 24, 2006 at 12:14 pm
Now that the New Orleans area has gotten politics out of the way, it is time to get down to the business of unifying southeast Louisiana into a big and effective metropolitan area.

Insurance dilemma
May 24, 2006 at 12:13 pm
One of the major problems remaining in the wake of Katrina and Rita is the huge number of insurance claims that must be resolved. Literally hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were damaged by the storms. Many of the claims have already been settled, but many more involve coverage questions that are not easily resolved. The huge number of claims in itself has taxed the claims settlement process to its limits.

Just prepare to evacuate
May 24, 2006 at 12:11 pm
If we've learned anything in the past year, it should be how to react to hurricane season.

Be prepared!

Newspaper of Year award
May 17, 2006 at 2:56 pm
It was a gala luncheon, to say the least, last Friday in Baton Rouge when Louisiana Press Association named St. Charles Herald-Guide as Newspaper of the Year in its category.

The DaVinci Con
May 17, 2006 at 2:02 pm
"A lie is halfway round the world while the truth is still putting its boots on." --- Mark Twain

My first reaction to Dan Brown's novel, "The Da Vinci Code," was: "It's a work of fiction, a thriller, a page-turner. Everybody knows that." I was wrong. A young friend of mine met a classmate from Catholic high school who told him that she was seriously thinking of giving up her faith after reading "The Da Vinci Code." My friend said, "You'd give up your faith because of a novel?" She answered, "Oh, but it's all true!"

Spirit Letters
May 17, 2006 at 1:58 pm
Despite the assurances of a few well meaning but terribly misguided Christian Pastors, there is simply no reason to see “The DaVinci Code.” How could any Christian possibly be entertained by a story that cruelly mocks the Son of God and claims that He is not divine? That the Bible is a complete and total fraud? And that the Church that He founded is composed of leaders who are among the worst liars and most vile people in human history who sought to cover up God's marriage?

Our future under construction
May 17, 2006 at 1:57 pm
Few things are more important to the quality of our lives than the education of our children. No matter where we live and what we do; we all have a stake in the performance of our public schools - now and in the future.

Good people, tough times
May 17, 2006 at 1:48 pm
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita impacted 81,000 businesses in the State of Louisiana, most of them small businesses. Unless you are in their shoes, it is difficult to understand what the affected small businesses are going through. Imagine for a moment that, in the span of 24 hours, your store or office is heavily damaged, your customer base is greatly reduced, your workforce is dispersed, and you find out that your insurance does not cover all of your losses. Those are just some of the problems that tens of thousands of small business owners are facing in the aftermath of the storms.

Selection of New Orleans mayor important to us
May 17, 2006 at 1:45 pm
We can find reasons to vote for either of the candidates for mayor in our metropolitan big city Saturday.

Mayor Ray Nagin was a successful businessman four years ago before he was elected to public office for the first time. His opponent, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, is a born and bred politician.

High Temperatures Stresses Some Vegetables, Others Like It Hot
May 17, 2006 at 12:12 pm
The high temperatures that will be with us from now until October take their toll on some vegetables – although others like it hot. To be successful, you should plan your garden accordingly.


On May 2, 2006  Frederick Clark was brought into this world amidst the crys of his mother, Lauren Lottinger Clark. Lauren decided to deliver au natural (without pain medication). A Mother’s Sacrifice
May 10, 2006 at 1:59 pm
I recently had the great privilege of being with my sister Lauren as she was having her baby. It was quite a profound, intense and beautiful experience.

Unnecessary stop signs
May 10, 2006 at 1:55 pm
To the editor:

With gasoline nearly $3 a gallon, and probably going higher, now would be a good time to remove unnecessary stop signs at intersections throughout Norco.

Jazzfest joins Carnival in renewing our spirit
May 10, 2006 at 1:53 pm
Jazzfest 2006 was the best ever. It even rained Sunday and the show went on unabated. That indicated that nothing can deter music lovers from actively appreciating the rhythms and sounds of some of the greatest bands and singers in the nation.

Spend it wisely
May 10, 2006 at 1:52 pm
Within the next few weeks, the Revenue Estimating Conference (REC) will meet to review data and establish a new official revenue estimate for state government. The new estimate will serve as the certified amount of revenue the Legislature has to spend in the FY 2006-07 state budget.

Tie one on and show your support
May 10, 2006 at 1:51 pm
Ever stopped to think what life would be like if there were no police to protect us. No laws, no checks and balances in a system that defines right and wrong. If you will, just picture it. Total lawlessness… no scenes of security for you, your family, and your property. Not a pretty thought is it?

Fish will become our Navy to defend us from mosquitos
May 10, 2006 at 1:49 pm
When we reflect on how beautiful St. Charles Parish is, we think about its great outdoors that Mother Nature has blessed with an abundance of trees, wild plants and wildlife.

Jesus: “I walked on earth for you.”
May 03, 2006 at 12:07 pm
Editor’s note: The following is the May message from Jesus to Anne, A Lay Apostle. Anne, who is considered genuine by Archbishop Hannon and others in the Church, has been recieving monthly messages from Jesus since December of 2004. He has told her these messages are to prepare his followers for his return.

15th century city saved from plague by the Holy Name
May 03, 2006 at 12:05 pm
Editor’s note: the following story is an excerpt from the book “The wonders of the Holy Name” by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan, O.P.

A devastating plague broke out in Lisbon in 1432. All who could do so fled in terror from the city and thus carried the plague to every corner of the entire country of Portugal.

Montz family loses everything in fire
Montz family loses everything in fire
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Donated toys and clothes are pouring in for a Montz family whose home was destroyed in a fire on Saturday.