Category: Louisiana Politics

Wear the Crazy Mantle -Vote Yes

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by Marion MarksVote Thumbs Up

Among the greatest advantages of being very young or very old is the ability to accept being called crazy or idealistic. The young are excused because of their innocence or naivety, whereas the old are addled or senile. Yet there is truth in the oft quoted saying, “out of the mouth of babes…”

Politics and life collect the bitterest of critics, quite often as a response to greed, envy and struggles for fear of a loss of control. Accepting choices that are not our own, seen as giving up control by many, or becoming a loyal follower, is difficult for people who expect to always be in control. And society or the media has attempted to educate citizens that they should always be able to control their destiny. Regretfully, appreciating the differences in what parts of ones life where this is possible as opposed to where it is not is a systemic failure. Read more

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Students Need Peace Not Turmoil

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Willie Bradford, Councilman
Willie Bradford, Councilman

By Willie Bradford

Caddo Parish is too often several communities: rich and poor, black and white, rural and urban, one at peace with itself and one in turmoil.

But perhaps most of all, we are a parish dangerously split according to the condition of our children. The inertial forces seem plain; Children from intact households end to prosper, or at least have a fair shot at prosperity. The support components are here. But children born into single-parent or nontraditional households more often than not are born into poverty and tend to stay there; the support components are not always Read more

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QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED FOR VOTERS BEFORE PORT TAX RENEWAL VOTE ON 9 APRIL

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015Here is a list of questions that the officials of the Port of Caddo Bossier should answer for voters before the upcoming tax renewals. The Port spends big bucks with a local ad agency for public relations, but Executive Director Eric England is tightlipped when asked “hard questions” about the internal operations of the Port, much less the upcoming tax renewal. This list was sent to England with a request that he answer the same; he has failed to respond to this email.

Executive Director Eric England
Director Eric England
  1. The 2.5 mil tax has generated over $80 million dollars in 21 years. How has this money been spent and why does the tax need to be renewed?
  2. The initial tax was approved in 1993 to 25 years—it expires in 2018. Why are you seeking a renewal now?
  3. There was a presidential primary on Saturday—March 5—for Read more
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Our Hearts are Heavy, But Questions to Government & Developers Remain

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KTBS supplied photo
KTBS file photo

by Marion Marks

This morning KTBS posted a follow up on the flooding in residential areas. The tragedy becomes even more apparent to the public that this broken record of flooding was all not necessary had the governing entities recognized the flood plain should never have been so recklessly developed.

Bossier engineer Butch Ford will certainly explain these facts soon, as he did at another recent meeting.  Yes, the developers made a boatload of money taking the low-lying areas, with flat lots along a picturesque view, and pouring slabs and selling homes when the water was not covering the area. But the knowledgable governing entities have known for years that this area was prone to flood.

Directly from Bossier warning!
Directly from Bossier warning!

On the Bossier City website, this file and maps seem to clearly indicate the parish knowledge and warning of the flood plain and the threat to Read more

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SHREVEPORT AND LOUISIANA RATED POORLY IN COMMUNITY WELL-BEING AND ACCESS TO CARE RANKINGS

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015It should come as no surprise to the educated reader that Louisiana generally fares poorly in national rankings of just about anything– but its still not fun to be reminded by the release of another national study. This time it is the 2015 State and Community Well-Being Rankings report produced by a collaboration between Gallup, Healthways and Health eVillages.

The Well-Beings Index was based on more than 2.3 million surveys that asked people how they feel and experience their daily lives. Well-being, according to the report, correlates with healthcare utilization and cost as well as productivity, which is measured by absenteeism and job performance.wellbeing-index-components

Louisiana was ranked number 42; Hawaii was ranked number 1 and West Virginia number 50. Naples-Marco Read more

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$2 Bills, Simple Truths, a Legal Residence & Voter Registration

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US-$2-billby Marion Marks

I have a friend who always tries to settle daily accounts with $2 bills, and some merchants laugh at his idiosyncrasy while marking him up as just an “odd duck.” This friend’s pattern certainly goes against public sentiment regarding legal tender, but it breaks no law and often gives those at the cash register a smile or a chuckle. Additionally, we can laugh today and carry on none the worse for knowing him.

However, Caddo Parish administrator, Dr. Woodrow Wilson, even as he has effectively guided Caddo through many potential disasters, faces questions regarding his legal residence and the laws of legally casting a ballot, that are not so lightly written off as just personal eccentricities.

Wilson has admitted he is in violation of state voter law. And, in admitting that he takes Read more

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Leadership, Not Drama & Flipping People Off, Even in Caddo Parish

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by Marion Marks

Eisenhower-Time CoverThe National Stage

You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.”
— Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Republican Presidential Primary “leaders” appear to have missed the lesson Commander in Chief Eisenhower and most former presidents expressed through actions. Yes, it was a different time, however the rationale of leadership has not moved so far to the dictatorial right as we have been led to to believe, and entertainment on the small screen still does not translate to world-stage statesmanship.

Trump gives em HellThe crude and irreverent manner, lack of common manners, demonstrated by leading candidate Donald Trump demonstrates and translates to the clear disgust many voters have for those who have failed the test after election to public office. The translation of failure, fatigue and frustration of citizens gives the Trump strategy that has worked in the reality TV world a demonstrated presence with a large sector of the Republican primary constituents.

However, common decency we might expect from the next president, potentially from the Republican primary, lowers the bar for those who Read more

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The False Cape of Invincibility (Invisibility)

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Embrace the KoolAid
Embrace the Kool-Aid

by Marion Marks

Louisiana citizens have been guilty of drinking far too much Kool-Aid from the Republican Party Boss’s water cooler prior to this fall’s election. Proof of the disastrous effects were the utter melt down of formerly invincible David Vitter during the course of the governor’s election.

No sooner than Vitter announced his run for governor than the pundits named him the odds-on favorite to salvage the state from the wreckage of Jindal’s administration. The issue pundits neglected was the impact of Democrats, other Republican hopefuls and a few serious journalists who believed that Vitter had many skeletons the voters didn’t really Read more

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BUSINESS TRAVELERS SHOULD NOT GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT GLO AIRLINE STARTUP HERE

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John Settle-Opinion-May 2015If you are a business traveler needing to commute to New Orleans all the hype about GLO Airlines may sound great but be disappointing in reality. On December 14 GLO will commence direct service from Shreveport to the Big Easy and back; but don’t count it being a duplicate replacement for the long defunct Royal Airlines.

GLO , an acronym that has not been defined, is a Louisiana-owned and based startup public charter service. GLO’s press release says advises is “it is a quality alternative to business and leisure travelers who have

Thinking Salt Needed!
Thinking Salt Needed!

been relegated to multi-stop flights and exhausting road travel due to the absence of nonstop air service connecting the northern part of the state to the south.”

And in somewhat of a stretch, the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau says that travelers for business meetings can save Read more

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Thankful For Opportunity to Discuss

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imageBy Marion Marks

Thanksgiving is a time for recognizing responsibility and gratitude for our democracy and the ability to participate in the public forum we like to think of as addressing issues creatively. It’s a grateful season when we also look in the mirror and recognize what’s there as well as what others may see.

imageWhen we look in the mirror and see someone behind us who is angry, we must organize what we wish to say with great care. We must begin speaking in a manner that will create a calming environment. We know that if a person begins by admitting mistakes, doors and windows open. When you start with words of an appeasing manner, people will pay more attention to your words, and will likely minimize damages for all. Read more

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