Just Talkin’ Lagniappe for Oct. 29, 2022

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Trick-or -Treaters will be out for Halloween on Monday evening so please drive carefully throughout neighborhoods. JT remembers those street walking days and helping the kids load up with candy. Now days he finds more joy in just checking out the costumes of the Trick-or-Treaters.

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Coach Mike McConathy made it official Thursday night when he told a large crowd of friends, former players and the public (family already knew) that he was running for the Senate District 31 seat. The seat comes up next year because Louie Bernard has chosen not to seek re-election. JT saw a lot of people he knows are Republicans at the event and he also saw some Democrats and a few he knew were Independents. Thinking about it, there was no mention of McConathy’s party affiliation….and JT found that refreshing in today’s political climate. It’s as is should be..vote for the best person for the job…and not a particular party.

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Another report tells us how bad our rural roads are in Louisiana. In fact, one in three rural roads in the state are classified as “mediocre” or “poor”. Also hidden at the bottom of the report was the statement Louisiana roads see twice as many fatality crashes as non-rural roads in the state. And that there is a $14 billion backlog of road and bridge projects in the state. The state is set to get a gift of $6 billion from the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act…but there was no breakdown as to how much would actually be spent on rural roads. If JT had any say-so, he would use some of the free federal dollars and send a check to every driver in the state for the car repairs we have incurred driving on our “mediocre” roads.

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Here’s another thing for drivers to ponder. If every time we purchase a new tire or set of tires we pay a state tire disposal fee….why are their so many tires stockpiling and being set on fire across the state? The fee is $2.25 per tire for passenger cars, $5 for medium trucks and $10 for off-road tires. The money goes into a state fund and the state pays private businesses to recycle those tires. They’re being recycled all right….just illegally dumping them and setting them on fire. It’s another example of a good idea (recycling) that is being abused and not being monitored properly.

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Speaking of roads, JT noticed a real problem with stoplights on South Drive the other morning. At the intersection of South Drive and Woodyard Drive (behind the Chevron station) traffic gets backed up waiting to turn north onto South Drive and cross the bridge. There is no turn arrow allowing them to turn. JT watched one vehicle go through two lights before they could turn onto South Drive. There’s a turn signal allowing those headed south on South Drive to turn left onto Woodyard….so why isn’t there one for people trying to get on South Drive that are living in those apartments and they are coming off Rapides Drive? ——-