Editorial




Flood protection district files surprise lawsuit
August 02, 2013 at 10:50 am
In a surprise move, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection District- East filed a lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies to try to force them to pay what could be many billions of dollars to remediate deteriorated sections of Louisianaís coastal wetlands. Many issues surround the suit, not the least of which is the question as to whether the district has the legal authority to go to court on this matter.

Tuition freedom issue gets recharged
August 02, 2013 at 10:48 am
By Jeremy Alford and John Maginnis

While legislation granting university boards more control over tuition increases failed to gain the momentum needed in this yearís regular session, the issue is already picking up steam for a 2014 return.

Louisianans deserve to know the truth
July 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm
When Bobby Jindal took office, the unemployment rate in Louisiana was 3.8 percent. In May it was 6.8 percent. As of the end of June it stands at 7 percent.

Property tax reform moving backwards
July 24, 2013 at 6:16 pm
After Kathleen Blanco was elected governor in 2003, I had a meeting with her before her inauguration. One of the items I mentioned to her was the necessity to appoint a conscientious Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC), one that would insure that the elected assessors in the state would accurately appraise property and not play favorites with assessments. I told her that the property tax system in Louisiana was a mess and the LTC could play a key role in cleaning it up.

Contenders emerge in race for top attorney
July 24, 2013 at 6:15 pm
Potential challengers already have Attorney General Buddy Caldwell looking over his shoulder. But with more than $406,000 in the bank, the Democrat-turned-Republican can look toward his 2015 re-election bid with some confidence as well.

Need an LSU tuition break?
July 19, 2013 at 9:29 am
With the annual increases in tuition at LSU coupled with the rising interest rate for student loans, obviously, the students and their parents could use some help with paying for the cost of getting an education at LSU.

Audit turns spotlight on tax assessments
July 19, 2013 at 9:26 am
An investigation conducted by the Louisiana Legislative Auditorís Office not only poses questions about the state Tax Commissionís practices, but also its politics.

Taxpayers forced to pay for outside counsel to defend Louisiana
July 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm
On Friday, the Louisiana Supreme Court handed-down a decision declaring unconstitutional the only piece of Bobby Jindalís 2012 "pension reform" plan to pass the legislature. The court said it didnít pass.

Train wreck delayed, not prevented
July 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm
The Obama administration announced on July 2 that the Jan. 1, 2014 deadline for many employers to provide health insurance for their employees or pay a penalty was being pushed back by one year.

Legislators let Jindal finish their work
July 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Legislators left Baton Rouge last month feeling pretty full of themselves for having defied the governor by rewriting his budget to their liking.

Senate President Doesnít Want Veto Session
July 03, 2013 at 7:47 am
Members of the Legislatureís upper chamber usually do what their popular Senate president wants them to do.

Partisanship has no place in regulatory bureaucracies
June 27, 2013 at 11:24 am
Much has been said, and deservedly so, about the IRS targeting conservative non-profit groups regarding their applications for tax-exempt status.

Early Senate contest waged in Washington
June 27, 2013 at 11:20 am
If youíre looking for signs of life locally out of next yearís battle for the U.S. Senate, then look further north. Thatís where Sen. Mary Landrieu, a New Orleans Democrat, and GOP Congressman Bill Cassidy of Baton Rouge, her lead challenger on the 2014 ballot, are plying their trade.

Session ends but problems, conflicts continue
June 21, 2013 at 10:46 am
Perhaps the kindest thing that can be said about the 2013 Regular Session of the Legislature is that it didnít result in the need for a follow-up Special Session.

State construction is a vicious cycle
June 21, 2013 at 10:45 am
The taxpayers of Louisiana are constantly paying for new state buildings because maintenance of existing buildings is not a priority.

Does Jindalís lame duck status float?
June 21, 2013 at 10:43 am
Though 30 months remain in Gov. Bobby Jindalís second term, political observers are looking closely for signs that his power has crested or that his tight grip on state government has loosened. While he is term-limited, this may not be Jindalís final stretch in the Governorís Mansion; he has hinted at times to a future comeback, in the tradition of former governors Earl Long and Edwin Edwards.

Driverís license or passport needed?
June 14, 2013 at 9:24 am
Recent federal law requires that in order to use oneís driverís license as an I.D. for boarding a flight on a commercial airline the license must include certain information in the magnetic strip.


Huey Long Bridge Run great way to spend Fatherís Day
June 14, 2013 at 9:21 am
If youíre into running and sightseeing, thereís no better way to spend Fatherís Day Sunday than to go to Bridge City and enter the first Huey P. Long Bridge Run. There will be a lot of memories revealed in the minds of at least the older folks in our community.


Lifestyles

Santa helps raise almost $1K for shelter
Santa helps raise almost $1K for shelter
Santa was a big hit Saturday as he arrived at the Animal Control Shelter to take...
Santaís helpers in St. Charles
Santaís helpers in St. Charles
Beginning in November, the United Way of St. Charles Parish starts taking calls and...

Destrehan must slow Acadianaís veer attack to win 5A state title
Destrehan must slow Acadianaís veer attack to win 5A state title
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The undefeated Destrehan Wildcats will try for their third state championship in seven years when they face off against Acadiana in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday.