Louisiana has received a double whammy of bad news in the past few weeks that makes our state continue to look bad in the eyes
of the nation.
In early July, the U.S. Census Bureau disclosed that babies are significantly more likely to be born into poverty in Louisiana
than in most of the rest of ...
Two weeks ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order banning new state borrowing that would have been permitted because
of a law enacted in 2013. His order mandates that state debt remain within the limit fixed prior to the new law.
Jindal acted to restrain the unintentional consequences of ...
Our founding father’s warned us about the dangers of big, centralized government, but the current generation of Americans
has become more dependent on it than any other.
We’ve seen many recent examples of the failures of our Federal government, including the Internal Revenue Service, ...
Louisiana can’t whittle down its $12 billion backlog in highway and bridge needs because too much of the state’s gasoline tax
revenue is being used for other purposes. Two state senators talked about the diversion of those funds at a recent meeting
of the policy committee of the Statew ...
Louisiana is not alone in its world-leading incarceration rates.
While our state may have a hefty lead of per capita residents imprisoned, the other 49 states also have rates that lead the
According to a report by the Prison
Policy Initiative, Louisiana has an incarceration rate of 1,341 ...
The U.S.-Mexican border is being flooded by immigrants, many coming from Central America and including some small children
and teenagers allegedly fleeing from criminal gangs in their nations.
Texas has been ground zero for this seemingly relentless mass migration, with Mexico doing nothing to sto ...
Citing rising premium costs, the Calcasieu Parish School Board last week unanimously voted to eliminate the district’s student
athletic insurance policy, leaving the families of players to provide for themselves.
Terminating the policy was the fiscally responsible thing to do, and the saving ...
residents who live near bridges that are considered “structurally
deficient” deserve to know where they are located.
Unfortunately, officials with the state Department of
Transportation and Development say they are prohibited by federal law
from disclosing their locations.
Calcasieu Parish will experience a taxable property bonanza until 2017 because of expiring exemptions on more than $2 billion
of refinery property.
Calcasieu leads four other parishes as more than $550 million in refinery property becomes taxable, economist Loren Scott
noted in a recent study tit ...
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury recently agreed to reappoint Sulphur businessman Joe Palermo Jr. to the West Calcasieu Airport
Authority board, but the decision wasn’t unanimous.
The panel voted 7-5 in favor of reappointing the 70-year-old Palermo. His reappointment was controversial for tw ...
The 20,000 veterans in Southwest Louisiana have waited more than four years for the adequate health care services they deserve,
and many have died because they could not outlast the bureaucratic bottleneck at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The first delay came when the VA
admitted to bu ...
The town of New Llano has had a ban on pit bulls since March 2013, and one couple who is fighting the ban was able to take
their dog, Mazzy, home last week thanks to a judge’s ruling.
U.S. District Judge Patricia
Minaldi issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the ban from being
How many times can a person slip through the cracks of the legal system?
Twenty-seven, it appears. That’s the number of times the recent subject of a drug bust, Norvell Harris, was arrested.
Since his first arrest in 1998, Harris has been convicted of felonies twice. He spent nearly a decade ...
The power of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is hard to ignore, and while most people use them
as a fun and easy way to interact with people they know, they can sometimes prove useful for detectives who are searching
for leads in an investigation.
A recent article in th ...
Supreme Court ruling in favor of the family that owns the Hobby Lobby
chain, in their claim that their religious liberties
were being infringed upon by the Federal government, shows that
“checks and balances” part of the U.S. Constitution still
The Obamacare (Afford ...
Amid all the celebrating today, July 4, take time to reflect on the real meaning of Independence Day — limited, self-government.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence 238 years ago had learned the dangers of big, centralized government and wanted
to be free to govern themselves in t ...
has been sweeping the country over the past two weeks as the country
has followed the exploits of the national soccer
team as they competed at the World Cup tournament in Brazil. That
patriotism will only increase this weekend with Independence
Southwest Louisiana ...
With a mission to enhance the
lives of children with autism, delays and disorders by providing therapy
and family support,
the St. Nicholas Center for Children’s Doré Center for Autism
officially opened its doors on Sunday with a grand opening celebration.
Since 2008 the center has ...
A recent audit found that a water district that serves residents in the Mossville community has lost $164,000 over the past
five fiscal years — but the reason is because it has continued to lose customers during that time.
Waterworks District 2 of Ward 4 has
been active since 1965 after it ...
In not-so-surprising news, Louisiana ranks third in the amount of toxic chemicals released into waterways, according to a
The state released 12.6 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the water in 2012, trailing Indiana (17.7 million) and Texas
(16.4 million), according to a report b ...
Leaving children unoccupied in a motor vehicle during the hot summer months can produce serious heat problems, including heat
The Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund has launched the Look Before You Lock initiative in an effort to reduce deaths and injuries
caused by negligence and abus ...
Two recent convictions in state district court have shown just how powerful DNA evidence can be.
In both cases, the victims had no idea who their attacker was, nor could they identify them in the courtroom, but DNA stood
in to point a finger at the guilty party.
Criminals can’t stop looking ...
The significance of the recent announcement that Sowela Technical and Community College had earned regional accreditation cannot
be overplayed, either for the institution or Southwest Louisiana.
News of the recognition by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges repr ...
history tells us, makes strange bedfellows. There’s no clearer example
of that than the battle royal over the implementation
of Common Core education standards that escalated earlier this
week when Gov. Bobby Jindal announced he was ordering the state
out of the new tests and ac ...
of college graduates will be able to cap their student loan payments to
10 percent of their income, thanks to an executive
order signed by President Barack Obama June 9.
The Times-Picayune reported last week that the 10-percent cap would not start until December 15. The executive order ...
Want to be inspired by the very best this nation produces?
You need not go any farther than Sulphur’s McMurry Park tomorrow and Saturday to be awed by young military veterans who have
overcome the longest of odds. America’s finest will be front and center — and in left and right ...
Wilford Carter filed a motion asking Judge Sharon Wilson to order the Calcasieu District Attorney’s Office to “cease and desist”
giving information to the Clerk of Court’s Office regarding where cases should be allotted.
It’s not the first time a defense attorney has ...
With lawmakers jamming Louisiana’s construction budget with more than double the amount of projects the state can borrow,
eyes turn to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration as to which projects make the cut.
Like his predecessors, Jindal will make the hard choices based on a project&rsquo ...
Change is not easy, especially when a town the size of Carlyss could possibly add 2,500 new people to an existing 4,600 mostly
On Sunday, the American Press portrayed what the “man camp” will actually look like, according to an artist rendering and insight from deve ...
By Jim Beam/American Press
The Gov. Bobby Jindal administration and Blue Cross-Blue Shield are putting a classic spin job on upcoming changes in the way 230,000 state workers, retirees and their families are going to receive health care. What those insured people are really going to get are higher premiums or higher deductibl ...
Both chambers of the Louisiana Legislature have been dark for less than two weeks, but already there’s a push to study ways
to reform a popular college tuition program.
The initiative started on the final day of the regular session earlier this month when state lawmakers passed a resolution
Handed lemons, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury wisely turned what would have been a sour situation into refreshing lemonade.
When $32,000 in federal funds dried up and sounded a death knell for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, the Police Jury
opted to use local money to jump-start a similar ...
Louisiana motorists might want to double check their wallets and vehicle’s glove compartment to ensure they can produce proof
of automobile insurance.
State lawmakers passed a couple of measures in their recently concluded regular session that puts more teeth in the mandatory
auto insurance ...
The news that law enforcement had arrested several people for selling synthetic urine was met with a collective chuckle across
Five people were arrested in May for selling synthetic urine at smoke shops in Lake Charles and Moss Bluff. Others were cited
at area convenience stores for als ...
The state Department of Education released results of this year’s LEAP and iLEAP tests, and while Calcasieu Parish saw a 1
percent drop in scores from last year, the percentage of students who passed the exams was higher than the state average.
Within the parish, 74 percent of
students in g ...
Seventy years ago today, the fate of freedom teetered.
The tide of World War II had slowly shifted to the side of the Allies. And yet both they and the Axis powers knew that if
Germany and its cohorts were to be vanquished and victory in Europe attained, Adolph Hitler’s Atlantic Wall would h ...
Families, as well as business, could be hit hard by new Environmental Protection Agency regulations that seek to reduce America’s
carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030.
States will be coerced into developing their own plans to meet the goal, or else the EPA wi ...
The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning. (Photo courtesy of The Advertiser)
The negative impact of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cut to higher education continues to be felt throughout the state.
Case in point is a highly regarded research center for child development on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s campus.
Since 2008, the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child ...
In terms of legislative victories, it was small, but still significant enough to note.
Spearheaded by state Rep. Mike Danahay, D-Sulphur, the House stripped from a Senate bill a provision that would have allowed
members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to do business with t ...
A crime was reported last year in the city of Lake Charles a little more than every 50 minutes, according to statistics compiled
by the Lake Charles Police Department.
For the year, that’s 10,353 reports
of crime fielded by police, or more than 28 per day. That puts our city
somewhere betw ...
Again this week, our area, state and nation were reminded of the onslaught of multibillion-dollar construction projects that
lie just around the corner for Louisiana.
State officials and industry czars drove that point home during a Quadrennial Energy Review in New Orleans, one of 14 such
Summer vacation for most students means time off from school, but that shouldn’t be equated to an absence from learning.
Repeated studies show students of all age and stripes lose math skills and, to a lesser degree, reading skills during their
Parents or guardians should loo ...
A fund that pays for state employees’ health and life insurance coverage appears to be on the fast track to insolvency.
The Legislative Auditor reported
last week that the Office of Group Benefits’ funds have plummeted
alarmingly over the past
three years, and without either rate inc ...
Today is National Memorial Day, the day set aside to remember and honor members of the military who have laid down their lives
in defense of our nation; and the service of our deceased veterans who sacrificed in many ways for their country.
There will be memorial services throughout the Southwest ...
Approval of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act by the U.S. Senate on Thursday ensures a vital lifeline for Southwest
Passed by the Senate 91-7, the legislation contains language that will guarantee that money collected on imported shipping
cargo will be used ...
Victories, large and small, merit savoring, and so well it should be with the newly constructed Mayfield Homes development.
Constructed using federal funds and
private money by the Lake Charles Housing Authority, the Mayfield Homes
replace the once
functional, but well-worn and obsolete Booker T ...
A long-delayed attempt to take a scalpel to the more than 19,000 consulting contracts the state underwrites took another step
toward reality when the state Senate Finance Committee gave its blessing earlier this week.
House Bill 142, by state Rep. Dee Richard, I-Thibodaux, would give approval auth ...
College and high school commencement celebrations traditionally offer a speaker who has attained a measure of success in their
life offering sound advice to the graduates.
In that spirit, for less than the price of a cup of coffee or soft drink, here is ours.
Look on this moment in your lif ...
From the classic hit of the 1970s, songwriter Graham Nash and his cohorts implore parents to ‘‘Teach your children well.’’
And that’s what is happening in Southwest Louisiana with government agencies and other organizations that are promoting the
importance of being e ...
Not one pile has been driven, any wall erected or floor laid, but the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center lives and
The $70 million project targeted for the eastern shore of Lake Charles continues to grow and evolve, thanks in large part
to the vision and commitment of the muse ...