Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Next year is shaping up to be a divine one for politiphiles.
By Walter Pierce
Now that we’ve dispensed with 2010 — a decent political year in Lafayette punctuated by annexation squabbles, the creation of the charter commission, school board elections, a meltdown at the Lafayette Housing Authority, a city-parish councilman’s staggering legal/financial problems and a contentious battle over science in public schools — we can begin looking forward to ’11. If you’re a political junkie like me, there’s much to look forward to.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Think a modest pay raise for LCG employees is good? Think again.
There is a sub-species of newspaper reader that thrives on finding the negative in otherwise positive stories. Check the comment section for this column online — they’ll be there, bloviating in all their gaseous glory.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Will it be a hearty cry of “Yabba Dabba Doo!” at this week’s BESE meeting? By Walter Pierce
Science once again goes on trial tomorrow in Baton Rouge when the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education votes on whether to approve proposed biology textbooks for public high schools.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Red light cameras and speed vans are a nuisance, but the stats say they work.
I’ve been resisting the urge to write a column about the SafeSpeed/SafeLight program in Lafayette — the red light cameras and speed vans — because I’ve been nursing the unsettling feeling that doing so will hasten my transit into middle age.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Shifting demographics are on track to put a serious squeeze on city revenue and threaten our future.
When City-Parish President Joey Durel last week pulled an ordinance that could have ultimately led to the establishment of tax increment financing districts around I-10/I-49 and along parts of Ambassador Caffery — areas where the City-Parish Council could then vote to impose an additional sales tax devoted to infrastructure improvements within those districts — it was a gust of the political climate that is settling over Lafayette.
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