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Jim Brown

Louisiana catching up to the 21st century?

With tax dollars scarce in Louisiana, this should be the time to discuss streamlining on the state and local levels. Just how many boards, commissions, water districts, sewer districts, parish auditors, law enforcement offices, and other special districts are spread throughout Louisiana? Some estimates are as high as 7,000. No one really seems to know. Would you believe that no agency, public or private, can list all the public bodies that exist in Louisiana today? And if no one knows that number, then it goes without saying that no one can even begin to know the overlapping costs.

Rick Jensen

Trump might not be the failure you thought

Ask the New York Times and they’ll tell you President Trump has been an abject failure in his first 100 days or so. Ask Trump and he’ll tell you he’s a “yuge” success.
So, which is it? It depends on how you’re keeping score.
If you’re scoring by how many presidential memoranda and executive orders have been written, Trump beats Obama 51-49.
But, that’s like reading a low-scoring basketball box score with no story behind the numbers.

John L. Micek

What did Trump think he was getting into?

What did he think he was signing up for?
In a surreal interview with Reuters at the end of last week, President Donald Trump admitted that he missed driving and conceded that being the Leader of the Free World is much, much harder than he thought it would be.
“I loved my previous life,” he told the wire service. “I had so many things going on. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”
He added, later: “I do miss my old life. This — I like to work. But this is actually more work.”

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