by Marion Marks
Caddo Parish faces many obstacles similar regions encounter as limited resources are rationed to meet demands of health, education, security and the general welfare. Governing authorities make many decisions under difficult circumstances, often without the consent of the governed. Citizens provide a pot of resources officials use to direct expenditures and the officials struggle to control how services are provided and who takes what from the pot.
Equity or “give and take” slide along the fulcrum of political power which is leveraged to extract spoils from the public trough. Sadly, good citizens pay dearly as hard-ball politics trample the innocent who struggle to remain on the sidelines. Children in Caddo public schools, and their parents, appear to have their future resting on a politically-driven school board and a coming bond election. Power politics will decide the parish’s future.