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Our schools teach us the importance of literacy and the value of numbers, among many other subjects that guide the future of our young people. In regards to the latter of the numbers, the figures we hear in terms of teacher pay give one the idea that Louisiana may not merit a passing grade i…

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I noticed on Facebook that Mr. Wascom was asking the people of Watson if they wanted to support a tax that would fund spraying poison on their streets. Mr. Talbert then challenged Mr. Wascom to address spraying poison where he lived if he really thought it was poison. The funny thing was aft…

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Baton Rouge’s echo chamber was filled with theories last week about the momentous spike in early voting. Nearly all of the reads and interpretations, including the recent analyses published by Louisiana’s daily newspapers, attributed the 10 percent early voting turnout to a variety of nation…

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I have been living in Livingston Parish a number of years and recently turned 62 years of age. I have been pondering that I would like to see a couple of milestones occur before I go to the great parish in the sky.......The landing of man on the planet Mars and the completion of the construc…

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I'm wondering if everybody is getting these telemarketer phone calls like I am. I average two or three a day on each of my phones. I'm just wondering if we should call our congressman and our two senators. Each time we get a call, I think if we call their office, I believe they would get up …

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I hope the voters in this parish educate themselves about the Sheriffs enormous sales tax proposal. It disappoints me that our sheriff is using the safety of our children and our emotions to push this tax on us. This tax will put Juban Crossing at a sales tax of over 11% and that is absurd. …

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 11, states: “Everyone charged with a penal offense has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a public trial at which or she has all the guarantees necessary for his or her defense.”     

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I just saw the commercial of Garret Graves standing in the Washington Street exit on the interstate saying that exit was stupid. No, what’s stupid is him standing in the middle of the interstate. Plus, it’s illegal, and why hasn’t he been arrested? I guess we all know.

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On Monday, October 22, Sheriff Jason Ard indicated that any revenue generated above the cost to operate the School Resource Officer Program would be retained by his office for other operations of his office. Come on Sheriff Ard, is this really a tax for the School System or the Sheriff's Office?

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My name is Bobby Allen Achord. I live in Walker. I am 100% opposed to the perpetual sales tax proposed by our sheriff that will generate millions for a slush fund exclusively for him. This is from a news station in Lafayette. “Police officers are getting ready for their new roles as School R…

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Editor’s note: The News asks readers and commenters to remember that local comments only will be accepted and published. A column on April 26, 2018, explained The News is moving away from national commentary, focusing on local, community-based banter. The News will accept national comments o…

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Eastside Elementary: I have read your RULES for carpool pickup and I abide by them. If I arrived before your designated time that my wheels can touch school property, I am instructed to go all the way around the school and get back in the line. I do it. Here is my issue-- your 'rules' in BOL…

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Turnover in the Louisiana House of Representatives, and to a lesser degree in the Senate, is the story that just keeps on giving for political reporters. Personally, I’ve never seen an abandon-ship mentality run so strong in any elected body that I’ve covered during the past 18 years.

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I read the new where a mother was trying to enroll her children at one of the schools. Shame Shane Shame on the School Board and their Lawyer passing the buck on this family .Its ashame that this has to go to a hearing or court having to get the child or children in that school . If the scho…

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Editor’s note: The News asks readers and commenters to remember that local comments only will be accepted and published. A column on April 26, 2018, explained The News is moving away from national commentary, focusing on local, community-based banter. The News will accept national comments o…