Plague of the Cockroach is Upon Us!


Governor Debate NOLAby Marion Marks

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.Edmund Burke

The path for good to succeed is often slow, yet steady, but when people of conscience allow evil to remain and creep into our lives, those who seek good must struggle so much harder to prevail. And so it is in the election season as “cockroaches” abound among us in the open and feeling they can operate with impunity.

Cockroach_IntelligenceSo, who will survive when voters must decide among those who each may have been described at one time or another as some form of vermin? All too often it is the less glamorous, but extremely hardy cockroaches outlast even the doomsday asteroids and Read more


John Settle-Opinion-May 2015By now Ben Arnold should have learned that once a person qualifies for an elected office that his past life becomes an open book for voters to review. Maybe he did not discover this in his race last fall for the Shreveport Council; he finished a dismal last. Perhaps he learned this lesson when he finished last in his prior race for the Commission in 2004—but forgot it.

Presumably Arnold should know that in addition to “slick” campaign push cards and campaign websites, voters are entitled to “the rest of the story”. So let’s start; for beginners, Arnold has never been a homeowner in Caddo Parish.

Not this "Slick"
Not this “Slick”

Arnold does not like to pay child support. In April of this year his back support for his fifteen year old daughter was ruled to be almost $12,750. Calculated at the ordered amount of $300 per month, it appears that Arnold has not paid support for over 3.5 years.

Arnold has made several trips to Shreveport City Criminal Court. He was arrested Read more

Competitive Democratic Elections versus Mob Mentality Electioneering

by Marion Marks

The Caddo Sheriff Forum of the Broadmoor Neighborhood Association September 29 sparked viewer interest with differentiations of incumbent and challenger. The experience and ease with which Sheriff Steve Prator towered over Constable Eric Hatfield glowed in factual evidence and values. The glaring issue that struck me personally was the childish personal manner some of

Middle School Supporters
childish manner… little more than middle-school bullies [audience camera]
[full camera of audience] Hatfield’s supporters demonstrated that parallel a middle-school bully match when children can’t Read more

FAA and NTSB Dispute Eric Hatfield Credibility


by Marion Marks

Credibility is a function of a long-term record of factual accuracy which has stood the test of time, whereas inaccuracies create shadows that destroy public perception of a person or a voice in the community. There is no more valuable asset I or my voice can have than my credibility, and defending it in the case of attack by another who seeks to use my destruction as a stepping stone to public office gives me even greater reason to communicate factually accurate information I believe sets the record straight.

In this article I make yet another factual account of inaccurate statements – another attempt to hide truth by sheriff candidate Eric Hatfield.

The FAA-NTSB reports regarding a crash landing of a plane registered to Hatfield Enterprises LLC and flown by Eric Hatfield at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW) has never been in dispute. What has been in question are the facts and attempted cover up Read more


John Settle-Opinion-May 2015In what can be best described as a slam dunk, three Caddo candidates beat back efforts by the Louisiana Board of Ethics to have them disqualified for the October primary this week.

Caddo Commissioner Jerald Bowman will be able to continue his campaign for reelection to the Commission—much to the dismay of career politician Roy Burrell who has been in elected office and on the public payroll since 1994. Ben Arnold, who had previously run unsuccessfully for the Shreveport City Council, can continue his campaign against Mario Chavez to fill the seat of David Cox on the Caddo Commission. And upstart John McGrew gets to stay on the ballot for Caddo Sheriff against incumbent Steve Prator and Constable Eric Hatfield. Judge Craig Marcotte ruled for Bowman and Judge Ramon Lafitte ruled for Arnold and McGrew.

Govt HOGThe basis for all 3 challenges was the same—that each candidate had filed a false Notice of Candidacy which contains a certification that the candidate did not have any outstanding Board of Ethics fines. All 3 candidates did in fact have outstanding fines- $5000 for Bowman and $2500 for Arnold and McGrew; all 3 paid their fines after qualifying. The Ethics Board relied on statutes Read more

Eric Hatfield – No Due Process in Facebook Trial

Eric Hatfield Announcement-NO
Campaign Announcement…

by Marion Marks

Eric Hatfield wants to be the Caddo Parish Sheriff, the Number One peace officer in Northwest Louisiana. As the currently-elected Constable in Ward 8, Hatfield already wears a badge, carries a gun and is empowered with the power to arrest and seize property. As a POST-certified* officer, the concepts of Due Process, elements of offenses and evidentiary standards, would still be ingrained in his psyche as a lawman. Unfortunately Eric Hatfield is NOT Post Certified!

So what happened September 17, 2015? Eric Hatfield posted what appeared to be a Facebook WANTED poster, pretending to need to identify and accusing this writer of stalking (which requires proof of specific elements) and child predatory behavior. You can imagine the responses Eric Hatfield and his “wife” Amy Senn, who bore his child and also posted her own accusations, caused. The hate came out toward the subject of their posts. Hatfield and Senn incited a Facebook sympathy riot, with predictable results.

Hatfield's "WANTED" Poster
Hatfield’s “WANTED” Poster

Although their allegations have no basis in fact, if they were genuinely concerned, Eric Hatfield should know full well Read more

The Man in the Arena Deserves Recognition – And Accountability

Caddo Sheriff, Commission & DA in Focus

by Marion Marks


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt, Paris, 1910 [whole speech]

Ethis? Moral? DUH!
Ethics? Moral? DUH!

What we find today is that too many political candidates are characterized by their over-powering ego, power seekers and greed-driven supporters who fail the test of a moral compass. No person who actively engages in the daily Read more