Editorial

Lawsuits aren’t the answer to coastal issues

The new year is a time to reflect on the past and resolve to make positive change in the future. As I reflect on an issue that is of utmost importance to many coastal communities —coastal restoration — am somewhat saddened that the primary solution offered by our state leadership has been to encourage lawyers to file hasty and ill-conceived lawsuits in hopes of a big, quick payday and a potential fill for some budget holes.

There’s a price to be paid for higher Ed cuts

The Advocate recently published an article pointing out that Louisiana’s public education system is 46th in the ranking of state education systems. When the price of oil is above $100 per barrel, the state’s economy is in the top 10 states of the nation but when the price of oil is $40 per barrel Louisiana’s economy matches its educational rank of 46th. That points to the strong correlation that exists between the educational attainment of a state’s population and the economy of a state. It seems that 46th is the rank for our educational system, our educational attainment and our economy.

Letter: A vision for Louisiana

With Louisiana’s budget situation, it’s déjà vu all over again. There has been much talk recently of the approximately $1.5 billion budget shortfall facing Louisiana this year. This latest “fiscal cliff” can be explained by a number of factors, the most important of which is the continued growth in our state government’s spending.

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