I am responding to the article ("Against the Wall," June 29) about interior designers. Posh Exclusive Interiors does not have an issue with investigative reporting as long as it is accurate and unbiased. I am referring specifically to the work of Leslie Turk, the reporter who wrote the article. She reported that Posh Exclusive Interiors and principal designer Monique Breaux "appeared to be in violation of state law." This is not accurate. To confirm this, Monique and I met last week with [Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Interior Designers'] attorney Anna Dow; she informed us that Posh Exclusive Interiors as well as Monique was not in violation with the board.
Turk refers to the misuse of the word designer in her article. The law clearly states that the use of the word designer in a Web site or in advertisement is not in violation of the law. Monique has two design degrees from reputable and accredited institutions of education and uses these degrees in various applications. Posh Exclusive Interiors participated in the INDesign competition and was honored with a highly respected gold award.
Not only does Posh Exclusive Interiors support this area, but it has given Lafayette international exposure with the HGTV show Designers' Challenge. This program goes into 80 million homes worldwide. I am uncertain what Turk intended by writing this article, but instead of stressing the importance of licensing in Louisiana for all designers who do commercial work, she attempted to tear the moral fiber of this community apart. There is no reason any of these designers, decorators, whatever you want to label them, should have been singled out. It is truly disheartening when someone works so hard to make her community proud of what she does, and irresponsible reporting attempts to tear down such hard work. What Turk did was, in my opinion, unethical and desperate. I hope that this sheds some light on this sensitive issue.
MAY 24 Blogger Robert Mann posts this entry about the Baton Rouge Chamber's recent report on Louisiana's higher education system. It's critical to economic development, and yet our system is facing a "funding crisis" with no way to resolve it, the report says. The Chamber says control of tuition and fees must be returned to the higher ed governing boards.
MAY 24 Here's a NBC33 story about Tyrann Mathieu. He has signed with the Arizona Cardinals, inking a $3 million, four-year deal. He gets a signing bonus of $265K, but gets another, larger bonus if he doesn't get cut from the team for doing drugs. The deal reportedly includes mandatory tests and meetings for the player.
MAY 24 Jarvis DeBerry posts here about the redonkulus rhetoric that would have us believe NOLA is a safe city with a murder problem. Maybe the city's crime stats don't compare with its murder stats because you can't manipulate a murder, he says: a dead body's a dead body. It just doesn't make sense, he says, and his readers agree: a poll asks if they believe the city is safe, and more than 90 percent say no.
MAY 24 Jindal administration officials announced Thursday that the privatization of public health care is going to cost a lot more than they budgeted for, the Advocate reports here. "I'm so surprised," said no one. Anywhere. The cost they're projecting now is more than $1 billion - a lot more than the $626 million budgeted for it. And, it's more than it cost the state to operate those hospitals. So why are we doing this again?
MAY 24 Blogger CB Forgotston ridicules the recent PR campaign by the state GOP in the wake of a legislative auditor's request to both major parties. The GOP (apparently unaware that the Dems got the same request) started yammering about being targeted because it had "killed" a tax increase. CB finds that laughable, but it's also pretty funny that the GOP was comparing this episode to the IRS scandal (Because the President has so much to do with our state auditor. Right?).
MAY 24 Politico details some recent fund-raising efforts by Sen. David Vitter, which have raised the question of his future political plans. This time, it is a $5,000 per head "bayou weekend" that includes "Cajun cooking" and an all-caps "alligator hunt," the story reports. Funds raised go to a super PAC that can spend money to support Vitter in federal or state races, the story points out.
MAY 24 The pink building on Royal in the quarter was sold at a sheriff's sale Thursday, this Picayune story reports. An injunction that would have halted the sale wasn't enforced because the family failed to post a $150,000 bond, the story reports. So the owner of the mortgages on the building bought it, for nearly $7 million. Now the feuding family will have to negotiate with that company to get a lease on the building that has housed their business for close to 60 years.
MAY 23 This post in Louisiana Voice tells us about a bill by a Winnsboro lege that would require all public high school students to take at least one Course Choice online class in order to graduate. (What?) Blogger Tom Aswell says it's a monument to "waste and corruption," especially in light of the problems he's exposed with the program in recent weeks. Idaho had a similar program, but voters removed it by a 2-1 margin, Aswell says.
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.