In yet another brilliant editorial decision, Gannet Inc. is now consolidating all five of its Louisiana daily newspapers’ copy desks in Monroe. That means no more copy editors at The Daily Advertiser, The Shreveport Times, The Alexandria Town Talk and The Opelousas Daily World. Our only question is, why did it take this long? What newspaper needs a copy desk in the building to check facts on stories, make sure their Yankee reporters don’t misspell Cajun names and pull wire stories of local interest. It’s high time those pesky, ink-stained rats got shown the door. Off to Monroe, until a proper site can be found in India.
Enough! Leave that lion alone. The marble lion mascot that stands guard out front Lafayette High has weathered so many incidents of graffiti and vandalism over the years, mainly at the hands of suspected Acadiana High punks, that he’s already been sandblasted into an emaciated house cat. Now, he’s jawless, apparently after some spineless lion-haters threw bricks and chunks of limestone at him last week (estimated cost to fix the statue is $10,000). We happen to think Lafayette High Principal Patrick Leonard was too forgiving when he told The Advocate this week that the incident should be viewed as a crime against the community. No sir, this is a crime against humanity. (Editor’s note: Item written by an LHS alumus.)
Couillon The Daily Advertiser wowed us with another one of its head-spinning editorials last Monday, this one titled, “If Jindal’s going to do it, do it right.” The editorial suggests that Jindal should want to run for president, what with all the commotion he has to put up with in the state Capitol these days, then proceeds to offer tips on how he should do it. “Travel more, not less,” it says. “Go to union halls in Ohio and Indiana to explain how you fought to keep a chicken plant and a GM plant open.” Sure, don’t worry about that massive budget crisis back home, that’ll take care of itself. Good advice, Daily Advertiser. We’re still puzzled over whether this editorial was tongue-in-cheek or just foot in mouth. Either way, it has couillon written all over it.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.