With the vote on whether Lafayette Consolditated Government should fund non-governmental organizations fast approaching, debate over the merits of public support for social service and culture providers has been spirited at theind.com. “Robispierre” got the chattering going within minutes of the story being posted on-line with a shot across the bow: “It’s time the NGOs stand on their own.” But, we’re happy to report, among the nearly 2,800 words posted on the topic, those in favor of public funding for groups like Festival International and 232-HELP outnumber the NG-NOs by an almost 3-to-1 margin. The posts include a 1,017-word comment by Dist. 7 Councilman Don Bertrand. We know what you were doing last night, Don.
Best of all is the simple fact that public discussion on this important topic is happening, discussion that must be advanced beyond Tuesday’s vote by the council. Overall, Lafayette seems to be of the mind that non-profits — both social service and cultural service — provide a critical component of our quality of life and that it is in our best interest to ensure that they receive financial support from government. Most of us, regardless of our views on the topic, agree that this annual bickering needs to stop.
Our tally of council members finds a 6-3 tilt against the ordinance, but two councilmen struck us as on the proverbial fence and a third apparently changed his mind over the last few weeks, moving from pro-funding to anti-funding. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, please keep the vigorous and civil debate going in the comment section for this week’s cover story, “The NGOs.” Log on and chime in.
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.