Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for Oct. 30, 2021

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Weekend JT. The top six candidates for the post of Northwestern State University President will begin the interview process Monday afternoon. The search committee will hold open sessions beginning at at 1:30 p.m. Monday. They’ll interview three on Monday and then start Tuesday at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. they’ll select the finalists. Usually the campaign for the job is behind the scenes by talking to members of the committee and political movers and shakers. This is the first time JT can recall an outright campaign with a website and social media platform for a candidate. The folks from Many are really pushing their hometown candidate, Virginia Burkett. They are proud of her accomplishments…and rightly so. We’ve had some really good leaders for our university and JT knows the committee will get us another one as our 20th President.

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JT really enjoyed the NSU rowing team races downtown last week. Don’t know if it was an actual part of homecoming or not…but they drew quite a cheering crowd and it was really fun to watch.

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An interesting concept was presented to city leaders last week that’s got JT scratching his head a little. We all need a little more information though. A company is proposing to build, maintain and operate a new water plant for the city. They would then lease it to the city. Sounds a lot like privatization to JT. Not that it’s a bad idea, but wasn’t that fund flush with cash a few years ago? So much so that the city raided it to finance construction of Posey Parc…and still have several million dollars left over? JT has heard it referred to as the city’s “golden goose.” He sure would hate to see anything happen to that.

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JT was stuck in traffic the other day on Williams Avenue and he was reminded of the need for another bridge over Cane River. He also recalled a conversation from a long time resident who said back when Ray Scott was Mayor (1960-76) A.J. Doucreneau approached him about a bridge that would connect Williams Avenue with Washington Street. Doucreneau said all they needed was some railroad cars. They could cut the ends out of them and build a road on top of them. Boats could go through the opened ended railroad cars and traffic could go across the top. It would also help control the size of the boats on the river. It would be a lot cheaper than a million dollar bridge. It didn’t happen, but it’s probably not a bad idea even today.

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