We were never fans of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana Scholarship Program, the controversial voucher plan muscled through the recent session. In fact, this paper was one of the first in the state to question it (in a Feb. 8 cover story titled “Incomplete.”) But we’ve never felt the plan got the scrutiny it deserved, in part because JindalCo and the state Department of Education were less than forthcoming with details on the plan. But after the state released the names of private and parochial schools “accepted” for vouchers a couple of weeks ago, that began to change. Newspapers across the state began to question the plan. National media outlets turned their attention to it. Finally, the Louisiana Scholarship Program is getting the critical scrutiny it should have gotten during the session — scrutiny that will surely increase when the state defends the voucher program in court.
Ville Platte is once again putting the “ew” in news with another attempt at clamping down on its black community. KATC reported last week that signs began going up around town — but mainly in predominately black neighborhoods we have to suspect — warning residents that low-slung pants exposing one’s underwear is illegal: “Pull up your pants. No one wants to see your underwear. Slabbing — it’s against the law!” Oh, the scourge of slabbing! It’s right up there with planking. The council last fall ate some (Jim) Crow and abandoned a clearly racially targeted ordinance that prohibited residents from walking the streets after 10 p.m. on weekdays after the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit. The ACLU needs to challenge this unnecessary ordinance, too. Fashions, after all, come and go. Remember Jheri Curl?
Ville Platte would be our couillon this week were it not for Old Faithful, U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, whose teapot spews indignant steam with stunning regularity. Recently, the family valuer carped in a radio interview with a Pat Robertson-affiliated radio station about the Obama administration’s “hypocrisy” in requiring insurance companies for religiously affiliated institutions to offer contraceptives while at the same time “granting special status or waivers to Muslims as they go through TSA screenings.” Camp Landry even posted a link to the interview on the congressman’s website. Problem is, the Transportation Security Administration provides no such privileges — no waivers, no special status — to Muslims. Landry was parroting a long-discredited claim advanced by his ideological hero, Glenn Beck.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, April 21, 2014:
Monday's Blogs from the Bog!
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.