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
By The American Press Editorial Board
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.
Financial information MarketWatch.com is t ...
Ideally, private sector businesses will boost minimum wages, not because government forces them, but because it makes good business sense.
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, set the example by increasing wages for its full-time and part-time employees in the United States by b ...
Teen dating violence is more
common than most would want to admit. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention reports
nearly 15 million high school students experience some form of
abuse — physical, sexual and psychological — from their partner.
That’s one in 10 high schoo ...
Louisiana shows up negatively on so many national “lists” it is always good to highlight those which highly rate our state.
One such recent list by the Gallup polling organization shows Louisiana among the highest in church attendance in the nation.
Louisiana is tied for third place wi ...
Super PACs, those political action committees that can raise unlimited funds for candidates, are becoming a major factor in this year’s race for Louisiana governor. What impact they will have remains to be seen since this is a relatively new concept on the state scene.
U.S. Sen. Dav ...
Drastic times call for drastic measures.
We have reached that point when dealing with terrorists.
With the recent public beheading of 21 by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS, it is clear the gloves have come off from at least one side of this worldwide fight.
In fact, for them the gloves have ...
Louisiana is facing an estimated $1.6 billion shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, and higher education, one of two major
areas that the state constitution doesn’t protect, will likely see deep cuts.
While it’s not known just how much
the cuts will be or how colleges and universiti ...
After months of trying to get local support, the local Disabled American Veterans chapter has been given the go-ahead to make
repairs to its damaged facility.
Organizers on Monday announced that construction will begin Thursday, Feb. 26.
Dave Sensat, DAV past chapter
commander, said the 60-year- ...
It was good news recently when
another LNG plant announced it was coming to Southwest Louisiana. It
shows that economic development
is still on track for our region of the state.
The announcement was made with company officials of Parallax Energy of Houston and Gov. Bobby Jindal, who said it is ...
Just the mention of the words sends a good number of folks scurrying back to their corners.
Maybe its the words themselves, maybe its the unknown of the subject.
A good portion of it is likely to be about politics, or protecting one’s turf.
No matter what the reason, the words Common Core h ...
Obama is stealing a page from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget
playbook. The president’s $4 trillion national
budget for the 2016 fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 proposes to
eliminate a special tax break the state is supposed to begin
receiving in 2018.
The Jindal admi ...
The Louisiana health department recently issued an alert to health care providers to be on the lookout for measles cases.
Some states, such as California, have experienced outbreaks of the disease, which has spread throughout the nation and raised
awareness about a disease once thought eradicated ...
The journalism profession got a black eye last week when it was discovered “NBC Nightly News” anchor and managing editor Brian
Williams lied about his experiences during the Iraq war.
Williams told the world the helicopter he was in took fire and was shot down. He has since apologized ...
Louisiana has found itself in the highest ranks of an undesirable category, according to a recent report.
The state is second in the nation
in gun deaths per capita, behind only Alaska, according to a report from
the Violence Policy
Center. The study used 2013 data from the Centers for Disease
Our governor, Bobby Jindal, once again is playing politics with our children’s future.
Last week he signed an executive order against Common Core testing that has no power and really no meaning.
In it he allows students to opt out
of the PARCC (Partnership for the Readiness of College and C ...
It is infrequent that we hear
praise for Louisiana highways. That is why is was good hearing recently
that the for the second
consecutive year Louisiana has been recognized for having 9 of 15
highway safety laws that a national group says are essential
to trimming road deaths and injuries.
It is a sad reality that for some families, this year’s Valentine’s Day — a holiday of wining and dining — will be marred
by the tragedy of losing loved ones to drunken driving.
Driving isn’t a constitutional right. And the more innocent lives lost on our local roadw ...
Continuous funding for dredging along the Calasieu Ship Channel must be a congressional priority.
A recent study has concluded the
channel’s existing infrastructure and operations has the capacity to
handle the forecasted
doubling in traffic over the next decade. Southwest Louisiana has
Sasol’s announcement that it will delay its final investment decision on the country’s first gas-to-liquids facility speaks
volumes about the volatility of any industry linked to the price of oil.
The facility, to be located next to
an $8.9 billion ethane cracker already in the works, ...
This will be one tough balancing act for McNeese State University President Philip Williams.
And the net below isn’t very friendly, either.
As state officials get ready to whack the budget, and with the biggest hits expected to be coming to high education, Williams
and McNeese are bracing f ...
The dramatic drop in the price of gasoline over the past six months is a mixed blessing for Louisiana.
Consumers are enjoying the lowest gasoline prices at the pump in years, around $1.80 a gallon for regular at present, locally.
State government, however, is receiving a jolt from the lower price ...