Conservative talk show host Michael Reagan, son of late President Ronald Reagan, is the newest addition to the pages of The Times of Acadiana. We could care less if he's conservative or liberal ' his writing's just awful. Michael does not have the gift of communication that his father did; consider the sweeping stereotypes and fact-challenged writing in recent Reagan columns:
"The illegals that come here for a job or for some other reason don't come to become American citizens."
Hmm, we didn't know that Reagan knows the motives of every illegal alien who enters the United States.
From a recent column on Barry Bonds:
"Forget about the fact that long before he ever used a single strength-enhancing drug he was a stand-out star on the baseball diamond. Wrote Boston Herald baseball columnist Tony Massarotti: 'Barry Bonds was a Hall of Famer long before the steroids and he is still a Hall of Famer now.' In my book, that's what counts. Barry Bonds is a baseball player. If he's not a really nice guy, that's another story. What matters in baseball is the ability to play the game well. ... That's what counts in the game. This whole steroid use business has been grossly overplayed â?¦" Â
Tell that to the millions of parents trying to educate their kids about the dangers of steroids and the pitfalls of cheating.
And the kicker, from a column on earthquake insurance in California:
"â?¦ The generous Mayor [Ray] Nagin did not stop there. He urged those [New Orleans] residents to take advantage of a buyout program that would pay them up to $150,000 for their property. Need I tell you who's going to foot that bill? It won't be insurance companies ' most of the residents in the affected area didn't have flood insurance. â?¦ Here in California we don't worry about hurricanes, broken levees or blizzards. We worry about earthquakes. â?¦ We can protect ourselves from having to pay the ruinous cost of rebuilding our homes after a massive quake by buying earthquake insurance, just as the people of New Orleans could have protected themselves from Katrina by buying flood and windstorm insurance."
Data compiled by the office of Donald Powell, federal coordinator of recovery and rebuilding in the Gulf Coast region, shows that two out of three New Orleanians ' 67 percent ' carried flood insurance, compared with a national rate of approximately 5 percent.
It will be interesting to see if new TOA Managing Editor Gene Williams will ever see fit to actually edit Reagan's columns. ' Scott Jordan
REVETT LEAVING KXKC
Lafayette's top rated morning radio program, The Breakfast Flakes, is about to be reduced to a single flake ' Scott Daniels.
RenÃ©e Revett, Daniels' talented co-host for the past 14 years at 99.1 FM KXKC, is relocating to Houston after May 5, where her husband has landed a new job. A replacement has not been named.
Never taking themselves too seriously, the smart and informed morning show personalities often had their listeners in stitches with their lively format, which also made them popular with country music stars, a number of whom they've befriended over the years (Revett counts Billy Dean and Brad Paisley among her closest). "I've met everyone, [including] Willie Nelson and Garth Brooks. Kenny Rogers came and sat in on my show Feb. 24. On March 2, Clint Black played guitar and sang," notes Revett, who also served as program director during her entire tenure at KXKC.
The 45-year-old says the move will allow for some much-needed R&R. "I've been getting up at 4:15 since 1986," she says. Revett plans to take up golf and continue to do voice work ' keeping some Lafayette clients.
The Comeaux High grad's radio career dates back to 1977. In the near term, she'll be returning to Lafayette regularly to plan her 22-year-old daughter's wedding and says her heart will never be far from the Hub City. "I'll always have a connection to Lafayette. I can't imagine becoming a Houstonian," she says. "I think I'm going to be a Louisianan who lives in Texas." ' Leslie Turk
Corporations spending in state elections; Kenny G and Hong Kong; states resist gay marriage and more national and international news for Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.