With the vote on whether Lafayette Consolditated Government should fund non-governmental organizations fast approaching, debate over the merits of public support for social service and culture providers has been spirited at theind.com. “Robispierre” got the chattering going within minutes of the story being posted on-line with a shot across the bow: “It’s time the NGOs stand on their own.” But, we’re happy to report, among the nearly 2,800 words posted on the topic, those in favor of public funding for groups like Festival International and 232-HELP outnumber the NG-NOs by an almost 3-to-1 margin. The posts include a 1,017-word comment by Dist. 7 Councilman Don Bertrand. We know what you were doing last night, Don.
Best of all is the simple fact that public discussion on this important topic is happening, discussion that must be advanced beyond Tuesday’s vote by the council. Overall, Lafayette seems to be of the mind that non-profits — both social service and cultural service — provide a critical component of our quality of life and that it is in our best interest to ensure that they receive financial support from government. Most of us, regardless of our views on the topic, agree that this annual bickering needs to stop.
Our tally of council members finds a 6-3 tilt against the ordinance, but two councilmen struck us as on the proverbial fence and a third apparently changed his mind over the last few weeks, moving from pro-funding to anti-funding. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, please keep the vigorous and civil debate going in the comment section for this week’s cover story, “The NGOs.” Log on and chime in.
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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.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
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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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.