State Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, got to the core of a major problem facing Louisiana at a time when a historic economic
revival is taking place all along its coast: “Our roads have gone to hell.”
Adley is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and a member of the Transportat ...
Sony has decided to pull “The Interview,” a satire about North Korea, after theaters refused to show it. And the company plans
not to distribute it on DVD.
“Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” according to a company statement.
We get that threats have ...
The U.S. national debt recently topped $18 trillion.
That means each citizen is saddled with $53,397 of that debt. But it is taxpayers that are hit the hardest because they are
ultimately responsible for paying back the debt. Each U.S. taxpayer’s share of the debt is $153,723.
If you want t ...
For the eighth straight year, the Recovery School District could not find property, this time to the tune of $7 million. A
recent audit said the district again “did not ensure that movable property was safeguarded against loss.”
One official said steps have already been taken to correc ...
Sometimes some of the youngest can make us the proudest.
Or they can help bring a town, community and even an area together.
Kinder High School’s football team did just that.
During their two-year run, the Yellow Jackets won far more than their share of games and gave the small town of Kind ...
Gov. Bobby Jindal and local officials got an in-depth look this week at the proposed $4.25 billion LNG plant by Venture Global LNG, a company based in Washington, D.C. The presentation is continued proof that companies are considering Southwest Louisiana as one of the premier places to ex ...
A federal grant of up to $32 million has been awarded to Louisiana to improve its pre-kindergarten classes — a move that will
benefit more than 10,500 Louisiana children.
It was up in the air whether the
state would apply for the grant because there was talk that it was
affiliated with Com ...
Christmas is a joyous time of the year, but also a time when crooks are out to take whatever they can get from shoppers. Here
are some great crime prevention tips while shopping, from the American Crime Prevention Institute:
- Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
- Shop wit ...
Say goodbye to the solidly Democratic South. It has been disappearing over the years, and the defeat of U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu,
D-La., Saturday is another major setback for the party.
“Last month, folks said there was a Republican wave across the country. Well, down here in Louisiana, it wa ...
The Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs has come under fire in a legislative auditor’s report stating that the department
lacks the leadership and oversight necessary to support the state’s elderly.
The report states the office needs
an executive director to help guide its task ...
The city of Lake Charles says it’s going to study the cost of putting in sidewalks on McNeese Street leading up to Barbe High
Depending on the cost, this seems like it could be money well spent.
There is no question that with all the talk of a boom coming to Southwest Louisiana, the ...
A recent report shows Louisiana college students graduate with lower debt loads than many other states, but that gives little
solace to recent graduates buried in debt.
Louisiana is also one of the poorest states in the nation and the heavy debt burden on college students is still way too high
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is increasingly mandating regulations that many people think are destructive to the
economy of Louisiana while not providing any significant environmental benefit.
The latest example of possible EPA overreach is a proposed federal rule that would expand Was ...
Two weeks after the reveal of Abraham’s Tent’s new facility, Lake Charles is left with a renewed mission of which to be proud.
The unveiling of the new building signified the end of a journey, which included the raising of more than $1 million and over
a year’s worth of construct ...
A recent ruling by the state attorney general’s office stating that elected officials aren’t to text or e-mail each other
during public meetings seeking votes was a common-sense opinion.
Any attempt by an official to use any sort of secretive manner to sway a vote would be a clear atte ...
The proposed 2015 budget for the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is $175.7 million — 18 percent more than the $148.8 million in the current budget.
While some may consider this increase to be excessive, parish officials say it’s necessary to invest over the long term and prepare ...
On Tuesday night, Mayor Randy Roach said it was time the Lake Charles City Council took a second look at the ordinance against
playing basketball in the street.
This sounds like a good idea. Time is on the side of getting this right.
We encourage the city to take a good, long look at all the rami ...
The Bobby Jindal administration got out its big brooms last week in preparation for another sweep of special funds in order
to come up with $180 million to balance the state’s $25 billion budget before June 30. It is a process that has become too
commonplace for six of the seven years that J ...
As the nation braces for the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson, Mo., we are left to question just where do
we go from here.
The death of any young person is a tragedy, a loss of potential and hope. That much we all can agree on, but after that the
lines of common sense get ...
Louisiana was recently ranked the 29th best state in the nation for business. In fact, the state experienced the largest growth of any state over last year’s rankings.
Gov. Bobby Jindal was quick to tout the ranking saying that it’s because of Louisiana’s focus on economic develo ...
Once again, the government has fallen short on its promise.
A congressional investigation has found that federal government websites meant to give Medicare patients basic consumer tools
are coming up short when it comes to providing adequate information on out-of-pocket costs and quality of care.
For months now, local veterans have waited for the repair of the Disabled American Veterans facility in Lake Charles.
Last week, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office joined forces with a local non-profit to initiate those repairs.
The 60-year-old building — located at 5516 U.S. 90 Eas ...
nine months, the long-awaited Southwest Louisiana Regional Impact Study
was released last week. The projections listed
reinforce how important it is for local officials to get ready for
the expected growth and make sure services can withstand
it for the short and long term.
The study, le ...
Louisiana politics has hit the major leagues.
With all eyes on the state’s senatorial runoff set for this December, the two key figures in that battle are looking to hit
last-minute grand slams.
Incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, and her political rival, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a R ...
year or not, the Louisiana Legislature at its session next spring needs
to do something about raising revenue for
repairing existing highways and constructing new ones. Doing
nothing endangers the $90 billion to $100 billion in industrial
investments expected all along the southern par ...
Today, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, is a special day to honor those men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces
in both times of peace and war.
Although the states have always honored their military veterans in one form or another, the holiday went national after World
War I when the a ...
Lake Charles Police will see a
slight bump in officers soon because of a $745,000 federal grant it
received through the Department
of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services office and
hiring program. The grant will allow the department to hire new
officers for its community-polici ...
Louisiana voters believe the state is heading in the wrong direction, with education and unemployment its biggest hurdles,
according to a recent University of New Orleans poll.
A strong turnout in Tuesday’s election showed that voters want to make their voices heard. Calcasieu Parish Clerk o ...
Plagued with long wait times and continuous criticism, the state Office of Motor Vehicles is trying out a new program that
is geared toward senior citizens.
The department started Senior Day this month at several locations across Louisiana.
The next Senior Day for Lake Charles will be Dec. 6 at ...
Louisiana’s business climate continues to shine across the nation.
The Bayou State was ranked second in Site Selection magazine’s list of the states with the best business climates. That’s
the highest ranking our state has ever received in the magazine’s annual survey; Lou ...
We would like to take this opportunity to thank law enforcement across Southwest Louisiana for all they did to keep our children
safe on Halloween.
Other regions of the country weren’t so lucky.
In Walker, a dozen people were
injured when a SUV rear-ended the back of a trailer being used ...
Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals took a step in the right direction last month when it announced a plan to keep
victims of sexual assault from being billed for sexual assault exams. Instead, the Crime Victim’s Reparation Board will be
Whether they will h ...
Nasty New York Times editorial writer David Firestone pretends to care about campaign scare-mongering. But what he and his elitist ilk really fear are independent-thinking women who have dared to exercise their First Amendment powers to defend their Second Amendment rights.This week, Firestone took ...
Halloween is one of the most fun and exciting holidays. Dressing up, collecting free treats and going to Halloween parties
all make some of the best childhood memories.
The word Halloween is derived from All Hallows’ Eve, the day before All Saints’ Day. It was on the liturgical calenda ...
The American Press is recommending a “yes” vote on Constitutional Amendments No. 7 and No. 9 on the Nov. 4 election ballot.
Amendment 7 would double the homestead exemption for disabled veterans with a 100 percent unemployability rating.
Any resident who owns and occupies a
home is el ...
The American Press is recommending a “yes” vote on Constitutional Amendment No. 8 and a “no” vote for Amendment 12 on the Nov. 4 election ballot.
Amendment 8 would establish the Artificial Reef Development Fund in the constitution. It would prohibit using its money for
The American Press is urging “no” votes for constitutional amendments 4 and 14 on the Nov. 4 election ballot.
Amendment No. 4 deals with fund
transfers for a transportation infrastructure bank. The amendment would
allow the state treasurer
to invest public funds in the proposed Louis ...
The American Press is recommending a “yes“ vote on Amendments 3 and 10 on the Nov. 4 election ballot.
Amendment 3 would give local
governments the option to hire private firms to collect delinquent
property taxes and sell properties
whose owners have not paid their taxes.
The American Press is recommending a “no” vote on Constitutional Amendment No. 1 and a “yes” vote for Amendment 2 on the Nov. 4 election ballot.
Amendment 1 gives constitutional
protection to the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund. Nursing
homes, intermediate care
One of the tougher jobs Louisiana voters will face on Nov. 4 is to decide which of 14 proposed amendments belong in the state’s
constitution. State legislators have a bad habit of including amendments that could be handled more easily by statutes.
The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) ha ...
It’s time to have a conversation.
Imagine being in a large college football stadium. Look around at the sea of people surrounding you — the fans, cheerleaders,
band members, football players. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of every four women in that stadium
Louisiana has a new top dog when it comes to higher education.
The state’s Board of Regents recently named Joseph Rallo to Louisiana’s higher education post. The position had been vacant
for several months.
Rallo comes with a solid resume, having served in both the Air Force and Navy, ...
If you haven’t already gotten your flu shot for this flu season, it’s not too late.
While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people get their flu vaccinations by October, the peak of
flu season isn’t expected to hit until January and February.
The latest ...
Homecoming is more than just a football game.
In this season of celebration, when both high schools and colleges put on their best face and present to their alumni their
accomplishments, it is good to reflect on what these institutions mean to individuals.
Homecoming is a time of reflection
The Ebola virus may seem a world away, but Monday’s happenings showed that even Southwest Louisiana is affected by the deadly
Thomas Eric Duncan, a man who had recently traveled to Dallas from Liberia, became the first person to die of Ebola in the
Health officials ...
This unprecedented era of economic growth is spurring educational institutions to take action. On Wednesday, officials with
the Louisiana Community and Technical College System unveiled major goals they wish to accomplish by 2020.
The initiative, titled Our Louisiana 2020, aims to “build the ...
Looking for something to do this weekend?
We’ve got some ideas for you that will not only give you an opportunity to make fun memories with your family, but also support
Wheels of Hope Charity Bike Ride:
The fundraiser starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at St. Theodore Holy Family
People nationwide say they’re sick and tired of the government, yet a recent survey shows few know exactly how it works.
According to a poll released by the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, more than a third of
Americans can’t name a single branch of th ...
news that the Ebola epidemic has spread from West Africa to both the
United States and Europe, it’s time for the U.S.
government to step up screening at airports and impose commonsense
travel restrictions on people arriving from nations facing
outbreaks of the disease.
Doctors in D ...
For decades, a Louisiana law has
required drivers to merge into another lane or slow down when passing a
vehicle that is stopped
on the shoulder of a state roadway and is using its hazard lights.
An effort by State Police to make sure drivers know about
the law could make roadways safer and pos ...