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Legal costs can get exorbitant

Much criticism has been expressed about the high contingency fees assessed by law firms for handling cases for governmental agencies. For example, there is an agreement that allowed the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, located east of the Mississippi River, to hire a law firm to file suit against 97 oil and gas companies for damages to coastal wetlands during past years.Read More...
October 25, 2013 at 9:25 am
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Two-party system needs repair

Our two-party system is causing havoc in the federal government, with government stoppage bringing to a halt many services that are being missed by our mainstream citizens.Read More...
October 18, 2013 at 9:40 am
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At least we can prepare for hurricanes

Will the year 2013 be the lucky year for South Louisiana not to have a hurricane or even a tropical storm invade our coastline to cause turmoil to our well-being? We almost let one through this past weekend as Karen aimed towards Plaquemines Parish but then decided to tone it down and take a right turn with what was left to let us continue to enjoy the sunshine and tranquility we have been enjoying for some time now.Read More...
October 11, 2013 at 9:38 am
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Future of coast may brighten up

After the leveeing of the Mississippi River ,which has nearly destroyed the Louisiana coast by depriving it of overflows of fresh water that brought life to our wetlands and marshes, we got a break in 1990. In that year, the Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection and Restoration Act was passed by Congress.Read More...
October 04, 2013 at 9:15 am
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Festivals reign this fall

The 2013-14 school year is in full swing and the high school football season is already a third of the way through. As of Sept. 22, summer has receded and fall is upon us once again.Read More...
September 27, 2013 at 11:07 am
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Alligators become industry in St. Charles

It all began back in 1979 when the St. Charles Rotary Club, looking for a money-making event for its charitable purposes, started the Alligator Festival. It was held in the driveway-entrance of Willowdale Country Club but soon advanced to more appropriate areas of the parish.Read More...
September 20, 2013 at 10:14 am
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Is co-existence in our future?

It’s a mixed up world to say the least at the present time. We have Syria saying they have not killed their people with chemical weapons. It was rebels in their country who did it to point the blame at the Syrian government so they could take over the country.Read More...
September 12, 2013 at 1:57 pm
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Coastal restoration can’t wait any longer

We’ve been waiting for much too long to get coastal restoration for Louisiana along the Gulf of Mexico going at a fast rate of speed. Now we understand that some of the money due us as civil penalties from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe could arrive within a year. Hallelujah!Read More...
September 06, 2013 at 9:44 am
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St. Charles not a dangerous place to live

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.Read More...
August 30, 2013 at 8:57 am
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Our state is high in integrity

It’s 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.Read More...
August 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm
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Residents can benefit from Community Ed

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.Read More...
August 09, 2013 at 10:58 am
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Lawsuit could benefit our future

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.Read More...
August 02, 2013 at 10:52 am
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Zimmerman trial

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.Read More...
July 24, 2013 at 6:14 pm
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Feds should join in saving the coast

We need coordination between the state and federal government in preserving the coast of Louisiana. Among other things, Louisiana’s coastal restoration problems are being multiplied by the different viewpoints of governmental agencies that are involved in our survival.Read More...
July 19, 2013 at 9:25 am
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Less jail time may be better

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.Read More...
July 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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World Trade Center should remain

It’s unbelievable that The Tricentennial Plan in New Orleans would provide for tearing down one of the most significant buildings in the city — 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.Read More...
July 03, 2013 at 7:52 am
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After years of running businesses for others, Barrett Roberts decided to give up sitting behind a desk and do something he’s always wanted to do – open his own restaurant.