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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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It’s been almost two years since water covered most of Livingston Parish. The Great Flood of 2016 saw 31 inches of rain fall over the Comite and Amite river basins in a short amount of time, which covered areas on both the eastern and western sides of the parish.

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Donald Trump, who assembled a winning coalition that included manufacturing workers, farmers, ranchers, people who ride Harleys and capitalists resentful of Barack Obama, is now doing his best to turn them all against him. His insistence on levying tariffs on a wide range of products is perf…

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State and federal lawmakers have cleared a few major hurdles to improve recovery efforts for homeowners affected by the 2016 floods, but none may prove as beneficial – or as critical –as what lies ahead.

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In 1967, Pete Seeger composed a protest song that said: “We’re waist deep in the Big Muddy, and the big fool says to push on.” It was a poke at President Lyndon Johnson, in an allegory about Vietnam. That war is long past. But Johnson led us into another, more literal Big Muddy that we have …

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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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Time, like a river, moves ever forward – making its own path, even when things are in the way. Sometimes the strength of the current seems different – less powerful, or more powerful as we get older – but, invariably, all things come to pass and are deposited at whatever place the river, our…

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With 2018’s session-palooza out of the way (hopefully), Gov. John Bel Edwards can begin focusing on re-election. He’s not on the ballot until next fall, but for all practical purposes Edwards has been in campaign mode since his last bid ended in 2015. Such is the non-stop nature of modern el…

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Beginning his news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump declared U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.”

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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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The Legislature held forth from Baton Rouge for five consecutive months this calendar year, from Feb. 19 to June 24. Throughout the Memorial Day and Easter holidays, and just as most families were taking summer vacations, Louisiana’s senators and representatives were holed up inside the Capi…

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In 1989, a New York businessman worried about chronic federal budget deficits erected the National Debt Clock in midtown Manhattan to keep a running tally of how much the U.S. government owes. The total had reached $2.7 trillion, and Seymour Durst wanted “to call attention to the soaring deb…

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Announcement that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will fully fund the remaining construction of the Comite River Diversion Canal brought a new sense of hope that the project may finally come to fruition.    

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

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This fall’s congressional elections may not present Louisiana with many opportunities for change, but the buildup to qualifying has been entertaining nonetheless. From celebrity appearances to national media attention, the developing election cycle has certainly been anything but boring.

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Republican appointees dominate the Supreme Court. Donald Trump had more appeals court judges confirmed in his first year in office than any previous president. And he will go on filling judicial vacancies with the help of the GOP-controlled Senate. If it was not obvious before this week, it …

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One of the most foolish things that our federal government has ever done is to implement Daylight Saving Time, and now the Louisiana legislature is considering having this ridiculous idea of saving daylight year round. The federal government gives states the right to opt out of Daylight Savi…

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As has become customary for the Fourth of July, I’m going to drop into a first-person account of one of our wild family trips. As with last year’s tale, this one will revolve around the beach, but it will be a look into one of the epic battles my father and I had over the years.

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In a world where any individual can find a website, article, or rant that backs up their particular viewpoint on a given issue – whether that be politics, finances, entertainment, or all of the above – those who end up on the receiving end of such onslaughts either have to double-down on the…