Wednesday, 08 August 2012 01:00
by IND Monthly Staff
Long overdue in arguably the most bustling parish in the state, land use regulations for unincorporated Lafayette Parish are a necessary adjustment to the pace of development. The issue, pushed by councilmen Jay Castille and Kevin Naquin, is a recurring source of consternation before the council as rural residents deal with inevitable encroachment by commercial interests. The wide-ranging rules that delineate everything from buffer zones to business signs also include a notification process for residents affected by commercial development, something that could help avoid vexing legal entanglements like the lawsuit LCG is facing after the Sunbeam Lane waste-transfer station fracas. That a pair of councilmen who represent large swaths of unincorporated north Lafayette Parish are bringing this issue to the fore — especially Castille, a land developer — gives the issue a credibility it might not have if some “city folks” were pushing the issue.
Controversy surrounding the Lafayette Police Department continues to get darker, according to a report last week in The Daily Advertiser. A pair of attorneys representing nine officers alleging widespread corruption in the PD say they have proof the department covered up for one of its own who got fall-down drunk and drove away from an after-hours bender at a downtown bar — the bar was given a misdemeanor citation for illegal operation but that was later dismissed — only to allegedly be found unconscious in his car in a fast-food parking lot near the UL campus. The lawyers, according to the daily, further allege they have an audio recording of Chief Jim Craft acknowledging that Officer Jeremy Dupuis was drunk enough to have killed someone. Dupuis was slapped with a one-day suspension for what should have been — if the allegations are true — an offense worthy of termination. Thin blue line indeed.
When Louisiana Tech mascot Tech XX, a 4-year-old English bulldog, vanished last week from the Ruston animal clinic he called home, the small north Louisiana community rallied around the cause of bringing the pup home. The veterinarian who owns the clinic offered a $2,000 reward. Chat rooms and message boards were abuzz. But by midweek the university community learned the depressing news: Tech XX had been let out to do his business on Sunday and the employee who let the dog out forgot to let him back in. The high temp that day was 102 degrees. Tech XX evidently succumbed to the heat and, in an apparent act of panic, the un-named clinic employee fabricated a canard about a pooch on the lam. The LA Tech community is left to do what all other universities that use live mascots must do: replace Tech XX with another English bulldog and move on to a more important matter — football.
To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.
APR 22 Louisiana politics is entertainment, nothing more than a comedy routine that writes itself, blogger Dayne Sherman says. But while we're chuckling at the wizard between the sheets and the kissing congressman, our higher ed system is collapsing, and nobody's doing anything about it, he says.
APR 23 WalletHub has done a study to determine each state's Return on Investment for its taxpayers. Guess who's bringing up the rear? That's right -- if it weren't for Mississippi and Arkansas we'd be dead last.
APR 23 Blogger Tom Aswell has good news for parents who don't want the private information of their offspring sold/provided to corporations: inBloom is shutting down. He's certainly right when he claims the lion's share of the credit for bloggers -- most of the mainstream media, certainly here in Louisiana, didn't do stories on our DOE's agreement with this corporation until months after the bloggers had started reporting on it.
APR 23 Look out! The Buzz Feed blog has busted Senate candidate Bill Cassidy in this post. Cassidy, a physician who is campaigning on how horrible it would be for people to have health insurance, once campaigned on a plan that sounds suspiciously like (you guessed it) Obamacare. Woops!
APR 23 Here's a post from Jeremy Alford on Gambit about the holes in Bobby Jindal's budget. (Hint: they're BIG.) The only puzzling thing in this post is Alford's (apparent) assumption that nobody in the Jindal administration knew they were there. Uh, really?
APR 23 Salon takes a look at the Republicans who take the Koch brothers seriously (including our own Gov. Jindal) and have so far refused federal funding for Medicaid expansion. Joan Walsh has pulled together a lot of analysis pieces, so it's a good read.
APR 23 Blogger Mike Deshotels has had a lot of negative things to say about some of the education-related bills under consideration in the current session, but here's a list of the ones he has something good to say about. He's got links to the actual bills, as well as contact info for committee members.
APR 23 Mark Moseley performs a post-mortem on the Audubon Nature Institute's millage, which failed by a 30 percent margin recently. It's more than just anti-tax sentiment, Mark opines: there's something else going on in NOLA.
APR 22 If you're a Walking Dead fan, you might want to check out this story on DIG Baton Rouge about the program's tour, headed for Baton Rouge and NOLA next month. You can be a spectator, a survivor or a walker -- and the walkers get professional make-up. The course is about a mile long and takes about 45 minutes to complete. And if you're wondering (or worrying or maybe hoping, ick) biting is not allowed.
APR 22 Republicans - and in particular Republicans who might be running for something in a couple years - are flocking to the Common Core issue, the New York Times reports here. But they're not supporting the federal educational curriculum; they're flocking because they feel it will be a good issue to run on, the story tells us. Don't worry, they mentioned Bobby.