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LSU seeks glory beyond grid iron
September 14, 2012 at 9:41 am
As trying as these times are at LSU, all is well at the heart of the campus, Tiger Stadium. With the football team getting the fall semester off to a roaring start, the financial crisis gripping the school and demoralizing its faculty is not felt in the athletic department. Performance on the field is exceeded only at the bottom line, where revenues have tripled over 15 years. The 88-year-old shrine underwent a facelift in the off-season, and investment in the prime asset continues with plans afoot to increase seating to 100,000 and to add 65 suites, rentals for which were snapped up in two and a half days, at $69,000 per.


Debates can help elect best President
September 14, 2012 at 9:36 am
Hurricane Isaac has blown away but there is another storm blowing in. It is the Presidential election of 2012.


State welcomes Isaac, bids it farewell
September 07, 2012 at 9:36 am
Hurricane Isaac became a Louisiana event Wednesday, Aug. 29 exactly seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina killed hundreds of people in the New Orleans area and left the city in wreckage from which it has not yet fully recovered. We were misled at first into believing the storm would hug the Florida coast and head to the Atlantic coast.


Natural gas use should benefit state
August 24, 2012 at 9:15 am
Our state seems to be on the way up in the production of energy. When we thought the production of oil was on the wain because of the environmental concerns in its production of carbon dioxide that produces global warming, an Associated Press report claims that carbon dioxide emissions have decreased to the level they were in 1992. It indicates that emissions from coal-powered power plants cause some 98 percent to the total CO2 emissions in the country.


Mars trip another success in space
August 17, 2012 at 9:08 am
Cheers went up when NASA’s planet rover Curiosity made a successful landing on Mars last week. The eight-month interplanetary voyage is one of several successful trips to the red planet, which so far has been one of our main hopes of uncovering secrets of our universe.


Olympics help to unite the world
August 10, 2012 at 9:00 am
It’s a positive note that a world with so many differences can take time out to enjoy friendly competition in an orderly manner. The Olympics have kept us together in many ways and hopefully can continue to do so through an endless future.


What is rationale for raising sewerage fees?
August 03, 2012 at 9:04 am
Dear Editor,

As we watch the cost of living in St. Charles parish rise again, it should add to the list of questions we have about how our elected officials (local, state and federal) spend our tax dollars.


Councilman questions St. Pierre veto
August 03, 2012 at 9:04 am
Dear Editor,

On Monday, July 23, the St. Charles Parish Council passed ordinance 12-7-9 which required parish workers not to disclose the names of our good citizens who report violations to the parish.


Save money in the parish this weekend
August 03, 2012 at 9:00 am
There’s money in the bank for anyone who wants to shop in St. Charles Parish this week. It’s a sales tax holiday and we are the only parish in the state that will suspend all sales taxes on most retail purchases.


Risk is crux of any free enterprise system
July 27, 2012 at 8:50 am
One of the things I admire most about business people—particularly small business people—is that they have the courage to take risks. Free market capitalism isn’t for the faint of heart. Those folks who take an idea, wrap it in scarce resources, nurture it with hard work, and make it successful will always be special to me.


Electoral college is not democratic
July 27, 2012 at 8:49 am
Though we live in the world’s greatest democracy, we have some shortcomings in how we elect our President and Vice President.


Drought not helpful in preserving our coast
July 27, 2012 at 8:49 am
One would never think this country is in a major drought judging from the amount of rainfall hitting Louisiana in recent weeks. But it is dry in much of the rest of the country, which has attracted damaging forest fires in many areas.


Hagler-Hearns revisited?
July 20, 2012 at 8:49 am
I will never forget "The War" between boxers "Marvelous" Marvin Hagler and Thomas "Hit Man" Hearns fought on April 15, 1985. I watched it at a closed-circuit big screen TV location. A state legislator from the Bayou Lafourche region was sitting in front of me. Right before the bell rang for Round One, he turned to me and asked if I wanted to put $50 on the fight but told me I would have to take Hagler.


Police need facts in our biggest city
July 20, 2012 at 8:48 am
Police in Louisiana’s biggest city, New Orleans, reportedly have started getting more personal with people at traffic and pedestrian stops. They ask for information which some people claim is none of their business.


Restore Act is finally passed
July 03, 2012 at 1:34 pm
Passage of the Restore Act by Congress brings a big sigh of relief from Louisianans who were hoping most of the oil spill penalties assessed against BP would go proportionately to the five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana, having been the most affected by it, should receive by far the biggest share.


More diversions may be coming our way
June 29, 2012 at 9:28 am
There was good news at the State of the Coast conference on Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts this week in New Orleans. According to Garret Graves, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, our state hopes to launch a new diversion of Mississippi River water and sediment into the Barataria Basin to build up the wetlands.


Lafon rewarded with four more years
June 22, 2012 at 9:24 am
The St. Charles Parish School Board has extended Rodney Lafon’s contract as superintendent for four more years - and for good reason. In this day and age when many communities are suffering from deficiencies in their education processes, our parish has rated superior in that direction.


Registrar releases election schedule
June 14, 2012 at 10:10 am
It’s an important election year, which comes to a climax in November and December. And it is hopeful that local residents will start getting prepared well in advance.


Lifestyles

Book Reviews - ”The Troop”
Book Reviews - "The Troop"
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St. Charles Arts Guild holds art workshop for adults
St. Charles Arts Guild holds art workshop for adults
Over 20 people attended an arts fair held by the St. Charles Art Guild Oct. 9 at...

Cell phone seized as part of student-teacher sex probe
Cell phone seized as part of student-teacher sex probe
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A week after two Destrehan High School teachers were arrested for allegedly having group sex with a male student, more questions are being raised about possible photographic and video evidence in the case.