|Obama has problem when it comes to employment
August 17, 2012 at 9:10 am
President Obama has a problem. After 40 months of unemployment above the 8 percent level, he needs a marketable plan to convince American voters that his re-election is their best bet for employment, economic growth, and fiscal stability. Mr. Obama has had an economic plan for over three years. The problem is, not only has it not worked, it has prevented an economic recovery from taking root.
|Tiger shrimp are invading
August 17, 2012 at 9:09 am
Another threat to our fishing industry has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico but it is still a question mark as to how destructive it could be. Joining the BP oil spill and dead zones along the Louisiana coast as that threat is the invasion of Asian tiger shrimp. They could eat up a big portion of our locally-developed commercial shrimp that support many local families during our regular shrimp seasons.
|Exorcism nothing to get exorcised over
August 10, 2012 at 9:01 am
By John Maginnis
As parents prepare to send their kids off to college (or, rather, drive them there and move them into dorms), no doubt they worry about what dangers lurk on and off campus: binge drinking, drugs, unprotected sex, psychotic roommates, Communist professors--hazards abound.
|Landmark to state culture set to re-open
August 10, 2012 at 9:00 am
Behold, an old structure that has been a landmark to the cultural lives of southeast Louisiana citizens is being reconstructed. Before its closing several years ago, it was a centerpiece of theatrical art.
|What makes them do it?
August 03, 2012 at 9:03 am
When a visiting missionary priest from Nigeria spoke at Holy Family Church in Luling last weekend, he told about bombings at his church that killed the priest. He blamed it on terrorist Al Qaeda groups. This made me wonder how people are raised to go out and do this sort of thing - the same sort of thing that the killings in New Orleans seem to replicate more and more. And how about the redheaded joker who took lives in Colorado at the movie theater? What causes people to be this way?
|St. Charles returns as golfing paradise
August 03, 2012 at 9:01 am
St. Charles Parish is once again becoming a golfing community after a brief period in which things didn’t go too well for the local drivers and putters.
|Gimmick issues won’t win election
July 27, 2012 at 8:51 am
By John Maginnis
To succeed at getting elected, a candidate needs to stay on message, to respond when attacked and—when there is nothing left to say—to change the subject.
July 20, 2012 at 8:51 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.
|Fiscal problems deepen
July 20, 2012 at 8:49 am
As soon as the FY13 state budget was enacted in June, the state was looking at making at least $600 million in mid-year budget cuts in December.
|Roberts healthcare decision confusing
July 13, 2012 at 9:10 am
John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, confused me (and many others) greatly in rendering his obtuse majority decision upholding the individual mandate in the court’s Affordable Care Act decision.
|Jindal still on campaign trail
July 13, 2012 at 9:08 am
Gov. Bobby Jindal seems to be on the campaign trail, not for governor but for vice president by campaigning as the likely Republican nominee for President Mitt Romney. Jindal denies it but his actions so far show otherwise.
|High price for purity
July 03, 2012 at 1:34 pm
Our chief justice of the Supreme Court fled from the field of sanity on June 28 and ceded the struggle over containing massive federal government control over commerce and individual rights to the motley crew in Congress who laid the decomposing cadaver of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on his door step.
|Too many elections may equal low voter turnout
July 03, 2012 at 1:16 pm
The anecdotal and empirical data is there — Louisiana has too many elections each year.
|State retirement system remains broken
June 29, 2012 at 9:30 am
In the early weeks leading up to the 2012 Legislative Session, state lawmakers were inundated with phone calls and correspondence regarding Governor Jindal’s education reform initiative. But soon, legislators began hearing even stronger reactions regarding reforms being brought by the administration in an attempt to shore up funding for Louisiana’s retirement systems.
|Hurricane season has its advantages
June 29, 2012 at 9:29 am
Just this past weekend, this writer was at Grand Isle, sitting on the beach in the sunshine and reading a book. It was slightly windy and the waves were tumbling in.
|These aren’t your father’s unions
June 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm
Not many people know that the president of the largest association of business and industry in Louisiana grew up in a union household. My dad was a member of the firefighters’ branch of the AFL-CIO for over 30 years.
|Asleep at the wheel on tax credit wreck
June 22, 2012 at 9:26 am
By John Maginnis
Despite that he often engages in an adversarial relationship with reporters and bloggers, Gov. Bobby Jindal owes a debt of gratitude to Greg Hilburn of the Monroe News Star and his severest cyber critic, C.B. Forgotston.
|Public sector unions lose big
June 14, 2012 at 10:11 am
Governor Walker became the first governor to survive a recall election. Walker campaigned against public sector union collective bargaining excesses when he ran for governor in 2010. He won. His legislative initiative to rein in those abuses was no surprise.
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Hahnville faces a tough task on Friday night when they travel to Lafayette to take on No. 9 Comeaux in the first round of the Class 5A basketball playoffs.