Just Talkin’ for May 22-23, 2021

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JT got caught in the heavy rains Thursday evening coming back from Many and a couple of things became really obvious. One is that we need a lot of roadwork on La. 6. What we really need…as JT mentioned earlier this month, is a Federal Highway designation on this road so it can be improved. There are a lot of ruts that filled up with water and made steering a challenge. La. 6 needs to be an extension of US 84 and four laned. We don’t need turn lanes or passing lanes. The traffic backup going up and down the hills behind big trucks is really hazardous. Then you get to Robeline….the speeding ticket capital of Louisiana. JT’s not sure where they spent all that ticket money…but it certainly wasn’t on drainage downtown. The speed limit is 35 miles per hour, but JT was lucky to do 10. It was dark and JT didn’t notice any ditches on the sides of the road, but if they were, they weren’t working because water was flowing several inches deep onto the highway…all the way through town.

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The Louisiana Legislature has just about 18 calendar days left to do a lot of stuff. The three and four day workweek for lawmakers is coming to a close as they face the June 10 deadline. Looks like they will be putting in some “rare” weekend work as they race to meet the session closing. But don’t fret…this is normal…even if it takes a frenzied pace. What you should be worried about is in the closing days…what issues we haven’t heard much about end up getting attached to bills at the last minute and slip through the process.

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JT hears the gas drilling has really picked up in the northern end of the parish. Reportedly nine new wells alone are located in the Ashland area. That’s a positive sign on two fronts. One is that people are back to work and an industry is showing activity. Both of which mean revenues for our parish.

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JT has gotten to where he is almost ready to open a new email account. The spam and junk just keeps coming. If it just wasn’t so much trouble to set up a new account for friends and family, he’d do it! It’s surpassed the telemarketing calls JT was getting both at home and on his cell phone. He changed his home phone number…by accident… a few years back and it dried up instantly, but it’s now creeped back up to a level of “annoyance.” He really enjoyed one message left the other day about how he must call Customs Agents immediately because they had confiscated a package addressed to him. Since JT might get maybe two packages a year…he knows it’s a scam…plus if customs agents, or any branch of law enforcement is looking for you…they’re not going to call you, they’ll just show up at your house or place of work. The best scam call JT has heard of recently is a local resident getting a call on her cell phone and the caller is “Buckingham Palace.”

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