Buck Stops Here
Several things strike my fancy this week, so it’s time for some three-dot journalism.
The Louisiana Lady Bulldogs have nothing to be ashamed of for losing their sectional softball game to Highland.
The game was 0-0 for five innings until Highland erupted for eight runs to put it away.
Highland also had an unusually fast pitcher. Anyone who follows softball and baseball knows that no matter how well your team hits, when they run into a pitcher who’s on their game, you’re probably going to lose.
What remains is the fact the Lady Bulldogs went from 0-15 to the district championship in three weeks. That can never be taken away from them and I’m sure they’ll remember it the rest of their lives.
Credit is also due to Head Coach Bill Capps and Assistant Coach Craig Pedersen. They didn’t dwell on the negative during the losing streak and kept the girls playing hard. That’s good coaching in my humble estimation.
The next night, a lot of the same girls played in the annual homecoming powder puff football game, which was an absolute hoot.
The first time I saw a powder puff football game was back when I was going to what is now known as Missouri State in Springfield.
Two rival sororities were really going at it and it was vicious. The screaming, cursing, hitting and bloodletting got to a point where their boyfriends were blushing on the sideline.
I didn’t see any of that at Cunningham Field, but I did see a lot of people having a great time. Unfortunately, I missed the double overtime due to the Clarksville Board of Aldermen meeting, which also went into overtime.
I hate to be a nitpicker, but I noticed the Louisiana City Council started it’s regular meeting about 10 minutes early on Monday, Oct. 14.
I know the Cardinals playoff game was on that night but I didn’t really understand why the public business was expedited.
There really wasn’t very much discussed and in the long run, no one was truly hurt or deceived by the early start. So I don’t think it was done maliciously or to pull a fast one.
But given the council’s track record with the Sunshine Law in recent years to the point where locals complained to the Missouri Attorney General, it would probably be a good idea to play things straight in the future, even if it means waiting 10 minutes.
I got some nice feedback from a number of residents and public officials about the recent article and column about Louisiana rebounding.
I knew I’d leave some things out, so here’s some other positive things I’d like to add.
The Rotary Interact program with Louisiana High School is a prime example of what the community needs to do to rise together.
Part of the program groups disadvantaged students with those who have more stability in their lives and they all learn a lot from each other. It teaches tolerance and understanding, two things I think the world needs a lot more of these days.
The high school and Fifth Gear are also developing a work-study program designed to keep young, local talent here. That’s terrific.
I’m also glad to see the high school fully embrace the state’s A+ program that gives kids two free years of post-high school education if they make their grades, do public service, attend school regularly and behave.
That’s real-life training for students that goes far beyond getting them accepted into a trade school or college.
It’s nice to see people pitching in to get programs, ideas and businesses off the ground. Without all this activity, Louisiana’s future wouldn’t be half as bright.
While we’re at it, kudos should also go to state Rep. Jim Hansen and Clopton Superintendent Mark Harvey for their tireless work to get the $1 million back for the rebuilding of the Pike-Lincoln Tech Center.
I believe schools like the tech center will become increasingly more important in the years to come. Not everybody can or should be a CEO, physician or lawyer. A lot of young people with advanced degrees are having trouble finding jobs these days.
The middle class and the bulk of the tax bases in this country are filled by mechanics, nurses, fire fighters, plumbers, carpenters, printers, computer techs and the like. We need plenty of them.