Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for May 9-10, 2021

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JT enjoys politics as much as anyone…so he anxiously awaits the announcement of who’s going into the Political Hall of Fame in Winnfield. The induction ceremonies were traditionally held in Winnfield, home of three governors, and the site of the Hall of Fame Building. Now they move them around the state.

This time it’s in Shreveport…because JT thinks…three of the four inductees are from the Shreveport/Bossier area. That’s former State Senator Robert Adley, former Congressman Jim McCrery and State Senator Gregory Tarver. That’s also where the Jackson Family, the Political Family of Officeholders Award, is based. So JT sees it more of how much more money we can raise through ticket sales by having it in Shreveport rather than Winnfield. At $200 a seat, JT’s not inclined to drive to Shreveport. Still…JT hopes they can fill the place up because the memorabilia from the inductees need a more prominent display home than an old Railroad Depot.

Seamless Gutters

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JT’s got a good news and bad news bit. Former Northwestern President Jim Henderson did not get the head job at LSU. That job goes to William F. Tate, Provost (chief academic officer) at University of South Carolina. It’s good for us because Dr. Henderson will continue to serve President of the Louisiana System and help guide the growth of his beloved Northwestern.

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We really got lucky this week with the high winds and rain that hit us on Tuesday. It could have been a lot worse. There were some reports of damage but for the most part we dodged a bullet.

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The issue of banning “paddling” in schools got a 48 to 49 vote this week at the State Capital. It needed 53 to pass. It’s actually called “corporal punishment”, which just means physical. Some school systems in the state allow paddling or spanking while others do not. ..and some even allow it with the parents’ permission. JT may be old school…but if you act up in school….grab a desk and bend over. It worked for decades to deter behavior. Don’t even get JT started on “participation” trophies.

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JT reads where school officials were “giddy” about the seven percent increase in March sales tax receipts recently. But there was no explanation about why the increase. JT figures it was two things. One is that our COVID mandates had been eased and people were out moving around and using some “shopping therapy.” The other is because those federal stimulus dollars were being spent locally. It would be interesting to see a breakdown by category from the Sales Tax office that showed the two months comparison. In fact, while we still have a local sales tax collection office, JT thinks they should provide such a comparison on a monthly basis.

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