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A day off from work, but remember why it’s here

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance and of thanksgiving. It is a time of “remembrance” because we pay our respects to the one million American men and women who laid down their lives in time of war. It is a time of “thanksgiving” because we are thankful that such people once lived, and that their legacy is the unparalleled freedom we enjoy in this country and much of the world.
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Elections over… let’s move forward!

While in Colorado this past weekend, some 1,600 miles away from the politics of New Orleans, I was surprised Saturday night when television programming was interrupted with breaking news that Ray Nagin had been re-elected as Mayor of the City of New Orleans. A week earlier, while in Washington, DC, the mayoral debate was carried live in that city. For good or bad, the whole world watched this election. […]

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Tie one on and show your support

Ever stopped to think what life would be like if there were no police to protect us. No laws, no checks and balances in a system that defines right and wrong. If you will, just picture it. Total lawlessness… no scenes of security for you, your family, and your property. Not a pretty thought is it? […]

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We all should vote in Mayor’s election

I have lived in St. Charles Parish all my life, but I have always considered myself a New Orleanian. We may not have a vote in New Orleans elections, but the mayor of New Orleans is, in many ways, our mayor as well. As goes New Orleans, so goes the region. The cities successes and weaknesses, and image have tremendous impact on us in a national and global economy.
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Hurricanes – It’s all in the math!

For years we knew that our luck was running out. Hurricanes make their way to the New Orleans area with a frequency that can be tracked by reviewing the historical data of all recorded storms. As such, we have been quite lucky, actually beating the odds of a major strike in New Orleans by nine years. That is, until Hurricane Katrina reared her ugly head.
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Victims’ Voices: Silent No More

Once upon a time in America, to be a crime victim was to be a nameless, faceless entity. Victims were seldom informed of the status of their offenders or cases. They were often excluded from judicial processes affecting their lives unless they were witnesses. They seldom had input into the outcome of their cases, or into holding their offenders accountable.
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On your marks, get set, climb!

When most people hear the words “St. Charles Parish,” usually their first thought is that of the Hale Boggs Bridge. It’s towers rise over 400 feet tall into the sky with its 5,280 miles of cable used to suspend the roadway well above the Mississippi River traffic below. It truly is a parish symbol. It has done more to pull this parish together than any other effort or object before it. […]

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It’s all about balance

We all mark certain events in our lives with anniversaries by which, throughout time, our kind have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication of another year.
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