Wednesday, October 20, 2010Written by The Independent Staff
It’s worth a shot. With Louisiana’s coast under perennial assault from hurricanes, energy exploration (not to mention the occasional massive energy exploration failure) and the head-scratching proclivities of the Army Corps of Engineers, a pilot project by The Nature Conservancy is placing concrete rings — 2,200 pounds and 5 feet in diameter each — in Vermilion Bay, Grand Isle and waters off St. Bernard Parish in an effort to stimulate the growth of oyster reefs, according to an article in last week’s Advocate. The rings are being filled with old oyster shells, the ideal host for oyster larvae. This project is particularly timely due to the expected two-year loss of much of Louisiana oyster harvest because of fresh water released from upland locks to keep BP’s oil at bay. Unlike Gov. Bobby Jindal’s sand berms, this idea has shown promise in previous applications and has good science behind it.
We’re now up to our necks in the unseemly morass that is the Lafayette Housing Authority. What began as ugly got uglier last week when District Judge Ed Rubin reinstated three of the five members dismissed by City-Parish President Joey Durel. (Two canned board members did not appeal their dismissals.) Rubin cited Durel’s decision not to go whole hog in the dismissals and fire longtime board member Donald Fuselier, a political compatriot of the city-parish prez, calling the firings “capricious and arbitrary.” We agree. Fuselier was as culpable — more so in light of his longer tenure on the board than some of those who got the ax — as any board member in failing to rein in questionable expenditures and practice real oversight over the agency’s Disaster Housing Assistance Program case managers, some of whom received full-time pay while having other full-time jobs. Rubin’s ruling, however, seems to open the door for Durel to clean house on the LHA board. House cleaning is in order.
When lieutenant governor runoff candidates Jay Dardenne, the sitting Republican Louisiana secretary of state, and New Orleans attorney Caroline Fayard, a Democrat and political novice, sat opposite one another Friday night on LPB’s “Louisiana: The State We’re In,” it was a cordial affair. We shouldn’t have expected anything less, especially from Dardenne, a relative statesman in Louisiana’s rough-and-tumble politics with a famously mild temper. Imagine our surprise to hear Dardenne go so nasty in a series of statewide radio ads, accusing Fayard of being, among other things, an “Obama Democrat,” a “liberal Democrat,” a “rich trial lawyer” and a Bill Clinton-advised champion of gay marriage who opposes the death penalty. We have to suspect, based on the ads, that Fayard is also unapologetically pro Muslim and pro swarthy Mexican border crosser. Notwithstanding that “rich trial lawyer” is redundant and Dardenne is himself a lawyer, do advocacy of gay marriage or opposition to capital punishment — assuming those are Fayard’s positions — have any bearing on the operation of what is essentially a statewide tourism bureau? Probably not. Besides, in this blushingly red state, isn’t Fayard’s party affiliation all he needs to sink her?
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Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
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The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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