Leading the U.S. section of today’s New York Times is
the headline: “Louisiana Governor Pierces Business as Usual.” The Times devotes
a sizeable article to covering Gov. Bobby Jindal’s early success in making good
on his campaign pledge to improve Louisiana’s good government standing by
overhauling state ethics and pubic disclosure laws. Echoing his campaign
speeches, Jindal says that Louisiana has long suffered from
its reputation for good ol’ boy politics. He tells The Times, “I’ve talked to C.E.O.’s in
New York, even the president of the United States. You ask them for more
investment, more help on the coast and other areas, their first reaction always
is: ‘Well, who do you need to know? Who do I have to hire? Is this money going
to end up in somebody’s pocket?’ ”The article concludes by noting that while Jindal is full of
promise and high ideals, he is yet to tackle some of the greater
institutional challenges that await his administration:
What follows could be much tougher, given the scope of Mr.
Jindal’s ambitions — detractors grumble that they are limitless — the bruised
feelings among legislators and the scope of Louisiana’s challenge: a poorly
educated work force, bad roads and infrastructure, a persistent stream of
residents leaving the state, and little business investment. He has already
talked of cutting taxes on business, prompting questions about whether he will
move beyond such traditional Republican economic strategies. "My biggest concern is, we’ll run out of time,” Mr.Jindal said. “There are so many things we need to do in our state. It’s like being in this endless buffet and having this incredible appetite, but knowing
there’s no way you’re going to be able to eat everything you want to eat, or
taste everything that’s out there."
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.