Is money the root of all evil?

How many of us have too much money? I don’t know about you, but I’m surely not on that yacht yet. Many of us yearn to win the lottery, but even if we did, it probably would only provide temporary happiness. It’s not unusual for a lottery winner to be broke within a few years. There can be a good deal of stress associated with financial planning, trying to remain anonymous so as to avoid all those third cousins twice removed from looking for a handout, and dealing with good old Uncle Sam. Yet most of us wouldn’t mind taking our chances.Read More...
November 07, 2014 at 9:48 am

Political polling locked up during primary season

A cornerstone of campaigning slowly came to a troubling halt during Louisiana’s primary election season for some candidates and campaigns. Read More...
November 07, 2014 at 9:46 am

New Orleans once again center of Landrieu universe

Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders. Read More...
October 24, 2014 at 9:32 am

Questionable if GOP backs incumbent in runoff

Delivering stump speeches that roast Republican party officials may have finally caught up with Congressman Vance McAllister, R-Swartz. Read More...
October 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

Thank someone special in your life

By Deacon "G"

Sometimes we need to ask ourselves, “When was the last time I thanked someone for doing something special for me?”
We each have many needs. They may be spiritual, physical, psychological, financial or social. Most of these we are capable of providing for ourselves on a daily basis. But there comes a time in our lives when each of us requires that someone else becomes part of the process and lends a helping hand. Often this happens “just in the nick of time” i.e., right before we’re about to give up.Read More...
October 10, 2014 at 9:11 am

Vitter hasn’t forgotten about the Senate during run for governor

By Jeremy Alford

While he may be focused on running for governor in 2015, U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Metairie hasn’t lost sight of his gig in D.C., which includes a possible chairmanship in the near future and raising money for his federal accounts. Read More...
October 10, 2014 at 9:08 am

Constitutional amendment battle moving to airwaves

By Jeremy Alford

The Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana Nursing Home Association, Louisiana Pharmacists Association, ambulance providers and intermediate care facilities are pooling their resources and planning for a statewide media buy to promote the passage of the first two constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Read More...
September 26, 2014 at 9:48 am

State legislative elections already taking shape

By Jeremy Alford

It’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s legislative races. Read More...
September 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

New state tax tudy gets underway

By Jeremy Alford

When LSU economist and Revenue Estimating Conference member Jim Richardson conducted his first major tax study in 1987, he was pleased to discover it had a great shelf life. Read More...
September 12, 2014 at 11:08 am

Lie, cheat, steal and fail

By Deacon G

How does lying, cheating and stealing creep into people’s lives?Read More...
September 05, 2014 at 10:21 am

November turnout forecasted at 45-50 percent

By Jeremy Alford

While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December. Read More...
September 05, 2014 at 10:18 am

Pornography is another silent killer

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because a person can walk around for years without warnings or symptoms, and then out of nowhere it makes its grand entrance in the form of a heart attack or stroke. Read More...
August 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Governor being watched closely as exit approaches

With expectations mounting that Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon announce his campaign for president, attention is turning to not only who he will bring along with him but also what will transpire politically back home during the transition. Read More...
August 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Agency ordered to ignore tax collection

The state constitution prohibits the legislature from passing a new tax or increasing an existing tax in a Regular Session in an even-numbered year. Read More...
August 22, 2014 at 10:40 am

Ground game, turnout could decide Senate race

While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana’s midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast. Read More...
August 22, 2014 at 10:38 am

Education is a parent’s responsibility

By "Deacon G"

With the start of the new school year, let’s look back to the first day we can remember going to school. For some of us it was frightful. As we were being separated from the security of our home for the very first time, we perhaps received more than a gentle nudge to get on the bus. Read More...
August 15, 2014 at 10:03 am

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Council selects new garbage company
Council selects new garbage company
Following several discussions aimed at fine tuning St. Charles Parish's anticipated five-year garbage collection contract, the council chose Houma-based Pelican Waste and Debris as the new service provider Monday.