The Legislature is moving on two fronts to increase oversight and operations of the state Office of Group Benefits. OGB handles
health care insurance for 230,000 state employees, teachers, retirees and their dependents.
Plan members have been unhappy with the management of the office by the Gov. B ...
Transparency in all aspects of government is vital to our democracy.
A recent package of bills that promoted increased transparency in Louisiana’s judicial system died recently.
Proponents said the bills would have opened up court spending and judges’ personal finances.
Opponents with ...
Memorial Day is always treated with extra respect because it is the one day set aside during the year to honor those people
who have laid down their lives so that our nation can remain a free and independent republic.
Without those who were willing to risk their lives so others may live in peace a ...
The excellent work of the
Louisiana legislative auditor’s office is useless if the officials who
manage state agencies don’t
follow through on its reports. A recent audit of the Waste Tire
Management Program in the Department of Environmental Quality
notes that a problem outlined in ...
It’s May, and like any other month, there are a lot of causes vying for your attention.
May is Ultraviolet Awareness Month,
Teen Self-Esteem Month, American Wetlands Month, Arthritis Month,
National Hamburger Month,
Lupus Awareness Month, National Bike Month, National Salsa Month
and doze ...
When it came to the battle over Common Core, it is good to see common sense prevailed.
The much-fought-over standards of education inflamed people on both sides of the issue.
There was a lot of misinformation floated by just about everybody, as politics took over in the classroom.
Wednesday it ap ...
In the next few weeks, thousands of Southwest Louisiana students will graduate, moving from high school to college and from
college into the so-called real world.
Graduation is a time of celebration — celebration of students’ accomplishments, celebration of making it through years of
Higher education has been saved by a higher power.
Louisiana’s lawmakers found a way to take money from pile A and move it to pile B. For that, both the students and the rest
of the state will benefit.
For months now we have been living under the cloud of massive budget cuts coming for the ...
We have all heard the horror stories about the Internet.
Far too much cyber bullying goes on, stalking and even identity theft.
It can be a cold place, the Internet, as people say the worst of things and then hide behind their computer screens and slink
back into the safety of their own homes.
gains in the Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Alexandria and Hammond metro
areas marked the good news on the state labor front
over the 12-month period ending in March. However, the New
Orleans, Shreveport-Bossier City, Lafayette, Monroe and Houma-Thibodaux
areas experienced job losses.
The net ...
The latest example of what a bureaucratic mess federally controlled health care has become, is the roadblock being put up to
prevent our state from even attempting limited privatization. This is also another example of denial of state and taxpayer
rights to local control of programs.
The Centers ...
Ethan Romero, 8, of Kaplan holds
Gumbo, a 7-month-old alligator, as Dempsey Turner, 11 and Jillian
Romero, 9, wait their turn
Saturday during the Jeff Davis Parish Tourism Appreciation Day at
the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park in Jennings. (Doris Maricle / American Press)" />
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB)
is in the midst of National Tourism Week activities,
May 2-10. It is a good time for the people who actually live in
our part of the state to discover all the great tourism opportunities
close to home.
According to the l ...
As the tiny country of Nepal continues to shake from the aftershocks of last week’s killer earthquake, most of the rest of
the world has raced to its aid.
It’s unfortunate that the one time people seem to come together is when there is a tragedy.
With the United States leading the
In Louisiana, energy is a part of our business — and business should be good. However, it seems others could be taking advantage
of us when it comes to paying for that energy.
An updated analysis of the study “Energy Cost Impacts on Louisiana Families” has found that families ac ...
In a few short days Sulphur will again become the focal point of the state’s softball world.
It is yet another chance for Southwest Louisiana to show off its hospitality and lifestyle to the rest of Louisiana.
Teams and fans from all over the state will make their annual pilgrimage to Frasch ...
privatization of Louisiana’s charity hospital system isn’t going well.
LSU’s medical schools in New Orleans and Shreveport
need $56.4 million in additional funding for fiscal year 2015-16.
Private companies that took over nine former charity hospitals
say they will be shor ...
Ready for some good education news, Louisiana? Turns out more than half of our state’s public high school graduates enrolled
in college last fall.
That’s right. Almost 23,000 graduates headed straight to college last semester, a record high for the state and a 6 percent
increase from ...
Maybe we are not always on the clock, but we are always on camera and in the spotlight.
That’s not just members of the media, but all members in society.
Our phones have now become direct satellite links to the rest of the world, and each and every one of us is nothing more than
a click awa ...
Our children are counting on us. This month, let’s all make the vow to not let them down.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is not just a national issue; it hit close to home recently.
A cafeteria worker at Maplewood Elementary School was arrested last week after she was ...
Jobs abound not only here in our corner of the state, but across Louisiana.
The most recent report from the
Louisiana Workforce Commission showed that the Lake Charles metropolitan
area had a record
102,000 jobs. Job numbers in Louisiana have grown every month
since December 2010, giving Louisi ...
Today, April 15, is Tax Day. It is the day the Internal Revenue Service mandates federal income tax forms be filed. But that
doesn’t mean Americans are free from increasingly burdensome taxes on the national, state and local levels, after today.
Americans have come to demand and expect massi ...
Among the issues to be debated at the upcoming session of the Louisiana Legislature is the question of religious liberty.
It is amazing that this topic would even be an issue. Religious liberty has long been sacrosanct. The first amendment in the
Bill of Rights in the Constitution protects that ri ...
The Louisiana gubernatorial primary election isn’t until Oct. 24, but now is the time to start learning about the candidates
All statewide offices will be on the ballot — governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer,
agriculture and insura ...
The deal has been done.
After much debate and even more
negotiations, the U.S. and its allies have an outline of a deal with
Iran over a nuclear agreement.
A final agreement on the deal must be made by June 30.
Now the real debate begins.
Who really wins the big showdown probably won’t ...
It’s that time of year when we start watching the weather a little closer.
In these parts of the country that means turning our eyes to the Gulf, where each high pressure system miles away can soon
spell big trouble for us here at home.
With the official start of hurricane season less than ...
Charles veterans received more disappointing news last week when the
Department of Veterans Affairs announced that construction
of the local VA clinic would be delayed “by at least several
The fact that a lease was awarded for the VA clinic in Lafayette a fe ...
Will Ferrell was in a fraternity while in college.
He made a movie where he played an older student going back to college who was also in a frat.
Now the funny man is saying the Greek system may have lived out its usefulness.
Ferrell, a member of Delta Tau Delta while at USC, said as much while a ...
The men and women of the U.S. military are at the whim of the government when deciding where to locate.
By proxy, the immediate families of service men and women are in the same situation, which often means putting careers on
the back burner as spouses follow their significant others around. Mili ...
F. King Alexander, LSU’s president and chancellor, is emerging as one of higher education’s most effective advocates. Although
he is a relative newcomer to Louisiana politics, Alexander has a firm grasp of the monumental problems facing the state’s
colleges and universities.
was awarded for the Lafayette Veterans Affairs clinic on Monday, while
the Department of Veterans Affairs has not announced
any progress on the Lake Charles clinic.
Requests for comment by the American Press to the Alexandria VA Health System went unanswered by press time Monday and cont ...
Sometimes being the leader of the bigger country means you have to be the bigger man.
President Barack Obama needs to learn this and become the bigger man when it comes to dealing with Israel.
The president is apparently still smarting over the so-called disrespect Israel Prime Minister Benjamin N ...
Louisiana state government has funded a number of local programs over the years, and the costs are finally coming home to roost.
Unfortunately, one of the first areas to feel the effects of a $1.6 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year beginning
July 1 could be a health care program serving ...
many parts of the country, communities are finding it hard to replace
their law enforcement forces. From Ferguson, Mo.,
throughout the rest of the land it seems officers are becoming
more and more attacked — both literally and figuratively. This
makes it hard to recruit the next genera ...
It is always important when we can help save the past and pass it along to future generations.
With that in mind, we give out a sincere thank you to the dedicated band of volunteers for their efforts in preserving the
USS Orleck so that a part of our history can be kept in a condition we all can e ...
Delivering timely health care for veterans has been a struggle for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a recent report
by the Veterans of Foreign Wars indicates that the system needs much more work.
The VFW recently delivered to Congress “its initial report on the implementation of the n ...
Renewal of a one-half percent sales tax for the Calcasieu Parish Law Enforcement District will be decided by voters parishwide
on March 28. The tax was first approved July 15, 2006, by a 60 percent margin.
The tax would run 10 years, beginning on Oct. 1, 2016, and expiring on Sept. 30, 2026.
Gov. Bobby Jindal insists that this is the best our state economy has ever been.
“Seven years ago, I ran for governor promising to make the economy bigger and the government smaller,” Jindal wrote in an
opinion piece for USA Today. “We have lived up to that, accomplishing in Loui ...
The reserve fund balance of the state Office of Group Benefits that manages health care coverage for public workers has dropped
from $500 million in the 2011 fiscal year to $102.8 million at the end of January. Expenditures exceeded revenues by $104
million from July 1, 2014, through January, what ...
We are in the midst of tax season, the most dreaded time of the year for many Americans.
Our federal government has become like a gigantic vacuum cleaner, sucking in the money of hard-working citizens by the trillions
of dollars to feed the always expanding needs of a complex, impersonal, ineffic ...
Young people are often idolizing celebrities who are bad influences. In April, they’ll get the chance to hear an inspirational
speech by a celebrity who isn’t famous for run-ins with the law.
At this year’s MaciFest, former NFL
football player-turned ESPN college football analy ...
Hillary Clinton wants her emails and to delete them, too.
The former Secretary of State and Democrat frontrunner for president is once again living through double standards.
What is good for the rest of the world isn’t good in the world of the Clintons.
Under Clinton’s reign the State
A ban on unrestrained dogs in the beds of trucks could dramatically reduce the injuries to pets and save the public money
for veterinary care. A Jefferson Parish proposal has recently brought attention to this growing concern.
The premise is nothing new. In a previous legislative session, a bill ...
Iran is on the verge of becoming a nuclear power.
Terrorists feel our weakness and are on the offensive throughout the world.
Our borders are open gates to both folks with good and bad intentions.
As Congress and the president play their childish game when it comes to this subject, and threats of ...
The deplorable financial state of Louisiana higher education has policymakers so distressed they are talking about privatizing some public universities. Two members of the state Board of Regents who came up with the idea admit it isn’t likely to happen, but they believe every possibi ...
Gov. Bobby Jindal has said falling oil prices are mostly to blame for the state’s $1.6 billion shortfall, but the state’s chief
financial officer is saying otherwise.
Greg Albrecht, the Legislature’s
chief economist, released a report last week stating that most of
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As the fight over Common Core rages on, there appears to be even more battles to be fought when it comes to education in Louisiana.
Once again sides are at odds over the grading of public schools.
It wasn’t that long ago, 2010 to be exact, when the state made the major change to grade its sc ...
Bureaucratic overreach isn’t hard to find in the federal government. The latest bad example of this all-too-frequent tendency of imposing the ponderous red tape of Washington on the private sector is the Federal Communication Commission pouncing on the thriving, dynamic Internet.
Louisiana is hopefully on the road to improving its driving laws.
In Texas and Arkansas, drivers are assigned points each time they’re convicted of a traffic offense. Once they’ve received
a certain number of points, drivers face penalties — such as surcharges and license suspens ...
Southwest Louisiana, it’s time
to make your voices heard. Fort Polk is counting on you. The Department
of the Army has proposed
cutting 6,500 soldiers and civilian employees from the Army base.
Before it makes its decision, though, the Army has agreed
to a listening session with Southwest ...
Louisiana’s culinary masterpieces, never-ending “Laissez le bon temps rouler” attitude and inspiring music scene have never
been a secret. It’s who we are.
Now Louisiana can add another notch in its belt: retirement destination.
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