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.
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.
Recently, Patricia Manchester of Baton Rouge was involved in a serious crash on Interstate 10 in New Orleans, where her car was totaled. Thankfully, Patricia’s 13-month-old daughter wasn’t even hurt in the crash because she was properly restrained in a child safety seat.
Just a few weeks before the crash, Patricia received the child safety seat for no charge through the Sonic Tot Calendar Program. That seat literally saved the life of her young daughter.
During this busy time of year I want to take a moment to wish you all a blessed and healthy Christmas season. In the midst of this hectic season, please remember to take some time to enjoy family and friends.
Keep Eunice Beautiful has had a wonderful year, with your help and encouragement. We won the Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award; the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Circle of Excellence Award, and I was honored with the KLB Affiliate Director of the Year Award.
Allow me to tell you about a veteran who died alone. He had outlived everyone in his family and had no one to care for the details of his funeral.