Columns

Wed
09
Mar

Thank you businesses of all sizes

By Stephen Waguespack

A message to the Louisiana employers out there: Thank you for what you do to make this state great. Much has been discussed over the last two months about the legislative session and its crusade to raise taxes. We at LABI, along with countless others in the business community, have aggressively explained the consequences to Louisiana’s economy that can result should this be done in a cavalier way.
 
Wed
02
Mar

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard

 

The DeSoto Regional Health System is owned by the association, made up of citizens of the parish who meet annually for the detailed report to hear what is going on in their hospital. It is governed by a board of nine persons who, along with a CEO, serve without remuneration (not CEO). Too, the staff of physicians, are employees of the hospital.
 
Wed
02
Mar

The Details Matter

By Stephen Waguespack

 

The devil is always in the details. The state government deficit is big and the Legislature is in a special session called by the governor to review his plan for solving the problem. His plan is largely dependent on new taxes and the argument being made by his administration (with a few exceptions) is that spending cuts and large-scale structural budget reforms are either not feasible or require too much time to implement.
 
Wed
24
Feb

The Speech Not Given

By Stephen Waguespack 

Last week was a noteworthy week. For likely the first time in our state’s history, the Governor delivered a state of the state address to the people of Louisiana to discuss the government’s budget shortfall. Immediately thereafter, the state treasurer responded to those comments and offered different ideas on how best to address this challenge.

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Wed
24
Feb

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard 

Brother Marion Ernest Blanchard, two years our senior and a lesson in contrast. A superb athlete who was All State in his junior year, a fellow who pitched and batted cleanup. In that day in basketball, in Louisiana, there were no classes such a 1-A, 4-A and all of we boys in North Louisiana as champs played the south Louisiana top teams.

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Wed
17
Feb

The Mardi Gras Lesson

By Stephen Waguespack 

In Louisiana, we sure do know how to stretch out a good time. While the rest of the country typically gets back to work shortly after the New Year, we Louisianans have a knack for drawing that holiday spirit out a little bit longer than most.

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Wed
17
Feb

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard 

Duck hunting in Louisiana is either feast or famine; usually feast in the south and famine in north Louisiana. Sometimes. With the stoppage of duck and geese in northern states, particularly Missouri and Illinois, means that north Louisiana hunters don’t see many duck flights until the season closes.

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Wed
10
Feb

The Eyes of the Entrepreneur

The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR), a well-respected good government group, declared in a 1988 report that, “Louisiana’s pattern of increased spending in boom times has resulted in an overall level of operating expenditures the state cannot support, even with frequent tax increases and budget cuts…State spending policies have remained essentially unchanged also – a plethora of programs and a large amount of state aid to local governments.”

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Wed
10
Feb

DIGGIN’ IN DESOTO

By John Blanchard 

“We will be alright if it doesn’t catch on fire.” These were the words of the pilot of the crippled Grumman Widgeon twin-engine seaplane, which needed a grass runway on which to land. The wheels would not come up or go down and to land on water it would turn into a somersault.

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Wed
03
Feb

There is No Silver Bullet

By Stephen Waguespack 

Throughout life, we often find ourselves on a quest for that one silver bullet to solve our problems. The problem with that simple approach is that most of life’s challenges are complex and multi-faceted, demanding a similarly complex solution. 

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