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The Buck Stops Here

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Congratulations to those who won in the April 8 Louisiana municipal election and a large thank you to those who didn’t but still attempted to serve. The Louisiana City Council now has a good mix of ages,  experience and expertise. Frankly, they are going to need it to bring the city back to prominence and avert the petty bickering that plagued the board in recent years. New mayor Bart Niedner

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on April 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Laws written to address certain problems some times sound good initially but turn out to be failures down the line. Last week, a Missouri Senate subcommittee voted 29-4 for a substitute bill that would eliminate the lifetime ban for food stamp eligibility for drug felons. Under the current law, offenders can’t qualify for food stamps with a felony drug conviction which sounds fair enough, particularly to those who don’t take

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I don’t watch C-SPAN very often. I’d rather eat dry toast in a sand storm than follow some obscure Congressional subcommittee on the tube. But I was flipping through the channels recently and a C-SPAN show from the White House caught my eye and undivided interest. The show was a taped ceremony of President Obama rewarding 24 veterans with the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:30 am

    There are several aspects of the March 11 shooting incident in Louisiana I would like to share with you here because they don’t lend themselves to a standard news account. I have to write those as an objective fly on the wall, but in this space, I can convey things in first person and even offer opinions. That’s why the call it an editorial or column. To begin with, the

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on March 18, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I walked away from my interview with Louisiana city councilman Sal Pollice impressed and somewhat saddened last week. Pollice’s announcement that he will be leaving the city council this summer is not good news for the city. The financial expertise Pollice brought to the board and its finance committee is not easy to find. Mayor Tom Wallace was wise to recognize that and appoint Pollice to keep an eye on

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on March 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Time for some disassociated items, one political, one professional and one personal. ••• I’m glad Bob Ringhausen and the Louisiana American Legion will be holding candidate forums again soon. The last time Ringhausen, the Legion and moderator Brent Engel handled the city council candidates night, it was a resounding success . It was also the best attended political forum I’ve been to since I’ve been here. The forums are handled

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  • The Buck Stops Here

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    After Patty Bolton told me she was closing the Heartfelt Boutique last week to spend more time with her family, I jokingly told her she had a lot of gall to want a good part of her life back. Bolton will continue running the Heart to Heart Community Outreach food pantry, so that vital service will keep her busy. She just wants to slow down and smell the roses and

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