However, the effort to name a major street in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has demonstrated that we've got serious work to do on the tolerance piece. Dr. King was arguably the greatest American citizen of the second half of the 20th century. In the 1950s and '60s, he used the moral force of nonviolent passive resistance in the face of segregationist violence to change the moral balance of power in this country. In the Civil Rights revolution, blacks and whites used those tactics to score victories that moved America closer to the ideal enunciated in the Declaration of Independence ' a country where all people are created equal.
Four decades after those victories and his death, our elected leaders have turned Dr. King's life and accomplishments into an excuse for yet another public pissing match that is really all about their inability to interact like adults. In the process, they have inflamed passions, insulted our intelligence, and inflicted serious damage to Lafayette's reputation around the globe. Yes, the same people following our great fiber story have been watching this embarrassing display of pettiness and posturing, too!
The issue at hand is not just about the inability of elected officials to behave like responsible community leaders. It's not really about the cost of envelopes and business cards. It's about all of Lafayette being willing to recognize the accomplishments of an American citizen who challenged this nation to measure up to its promise. It's also about taking a small but absolutely essential step toward bridging the racial divide that will distort the development of this community for as long as it is allowed to persist.
Quit the posturing! Name a major street for Dr. King so that Lafayette might get on with the work of building a healthy community here!
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday, March 06, 2014:
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)
Can state lawmakers find the nerve — and the votes — to neuter payday lenders?
A calm demeanor has served Gerald Boudreaux well — in his career, passion for sports and in life. And it could be just what his district needs in the state Senate.
Acadiana Catholics* react to Francis
The circumstances surrounding the Jan. 26 fire of the 18,000-square-foot home on Verot School Road seemed strange, but what's even more bizarre is the back-story behind owner Ralph Wadleigh.
Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Feb. 28, 2014: