Should smoking be banned at bars in Lafayette? This smoker says yes.
I smoke cigarettes. Roll-your-own cigarettes. I am accustomed to huddling near dumpsters and dodging rain to satisfy my nicotine addiction.
Smaller, poorer, rural parishes will likely suffer the most from state cuts to Decentralized Arts Funding.
Five million dollars is chump change in a $20 billion-plus state budget. It’ll buy a few miles of highway, a new wing on an old school, an upgrade to a water-treatment facility.
JindalCo’s “scholarship” program is looking more like the boondoggle many feared it would be.
The tally of private schools approved by the state Department of Education to accept voucher students reads like a who’s-who of who’s-that; one sees few big brand names — no St. Thomas Mores or John Curtises. Evangel, a football powerhouse in Shreveport, jumps out, but the vast majority is overwhelmingly small, Christian schools — evangelical mostly along with a fair number of Roman Catholic schools — tiny operations with fewer than 100 students, although one school approved for 38 voucher students stands out: the Islamic School of Greater New Orleans. (I can’t believe some Islamaphobic lawmaker isn’t raising the Sharia specter, but there’s still time.)
The transition to web-based news continues to divorce journalists from their paychecks. The Times-Picayune is just the latest example.
“Saddle up the dinosaurs, we’re riding to Chernobyl!”
The depressing chime of the death knell for daily newspapers — with an emphasis on paper — took on a shriller, more fretful tone last week when the venerable Times-Picayune, the Pulitzer-winning daily that has been the dominant source of news in the Crescent City for more than a century, announced it will cut its circulation down to three days this fall and focus its energy and resources on digital news.
Politics making strange bedfellows is an abused cliche, but truth can often be divined in its bruises. The 5-4 vote hanging over the fate of the traffic camera program in Lafayette is proof.
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