Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards. (Associated Press)
Last Modified: Friday, November 09, 2012 5:33 PMA crowd of more than 500 people roared with applause and greeted former Gov. Edwin Edwards with a standing ovation as he stepped to the microphone to speak Thursday night at the 63rd annual West Calcasieu Association of Commerce Banquet.
Edwards shared stories of his childhood, time in politics and his thoughts about federal and local government today — adding that Calcasieu Parish and Southwest Louisiana are “doing something right.”
“I’m proud to say this area, this parish, this part of Louisiana has been in my corner by huge majorities and I never forgot that,” he said. “I want to congratulate the local representatives and senators, mayor and council members, police jurors; you’re doing something right because things are good here, and they’re going to get better. It’s coming and I’m very proud; this area is going to make a big difference in the economy.”
Edwards also spoke about the Keystone Pipeline, saying “one thing about our president I don’t understand is why he wouldn’t approve it.”
The pipeline would transport synthetic crude oil from Canada to multiple destinations in the United States, including refineries along the Gulf Coast.
“There are jobs waiting,” he said. “They’re worried about the construction and safety. Let me take a bunch of Louisiana contractors and a couple thousand Cajun workers. I guarantee a year from now the line would be built better and operating.”
Edwards said “there’s no notable problem” to keep from building the pipeline.
“For over 60 years we have been drilling in the local waters of the Gulf,” he said. “There was one bad spill, of course it was bad. It was a combination of human error and God knows what, but that’s no reason to shut down the development. You find out what happened and keep it from happening again.”
Edwards said the country needs the oil production and the state would benefit with employment opportunities.
He also talked about his time in federal prison and how the people of Louisiana were forgiving following his release.
I sat in a prison cell for 81⁄2 years and I wondered what it would be like when I got out,” he said. “How would people treat me, what would they think of me. I have been to at least 40 cities since being able to travel. The attitude of forgiveness, the understanding and compassion shown to me is something I will never, never forget.”
Posted By: Chloecile George On: 11/11/2012
Title: Forgiveness in Louisiana
I believe that Edwin Edwards is a good person and was a great governer. He made some mistakes but is able to still believe in himself and Louisiana. Our current governor does not reach across party lines but throws out even his own party when they disagree with his ideologies. That in itself is "scary".
The cuts made to Moss Regional has yet to make its mark of devestation in Calcasieu. I would like for many to know that many of the patients who utilize W. O. Moss are hard working individuals with families and some who are self employed. I recall just last year, the LC American press and KPLC reported that B. Jindal's administration said that the rumor of privatising State's benefits was false. Go figure.
Posted By: R. MYERS On: 11/9/2012
WHY WOULD A CITY MAYOR SUPPORT A KNOWN CRIMINAL THAT STOLE MILLIONS FROM THE STATE, I HOPE THAT THIS MAYOR DOSEN'T HAVE THE SAME ASPREATIONS THAT CAME FROM EDWARDS
Posted By: Dorothy Durrett On: 11/9/2012
Title: louisiana needs a Louisiana Governor
The people of Louisiana want and need a Governor who considers and fights for the people of our state. We need a governor who will improve our education system for our youth. We do not need a Governor who wants to rob our educatioal system in favor of creating schools who teach Micky Mouse ideas. Our state hospital system is being destroyed by the Governor's administration. We the citizens of Louisiana deserve much better leadership than we have received from our overly abitious governor P.Jindal