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Vitter tackles hot issues during visit

By Tre Bischof
Special to the Leader
FARMERVILLE — National issues took the forefront of U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s, R-La., town hall meeting in Farmerville Thursday.
Dozens of residents packed the Union Parish Police Jury meeting room to hear the senator in his first visit to the parish since winning the 2004 senate election. Vitter started the town hall forum with brief speeches on hot button issues, including job creation, prescription drug coverage and immigration.
Quickly, the topic of immigration, especially as it relates to Mexico, took the forefront.

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Sparta bills pass House

House Bill 65 breezed through the Louisiana House of Representatives, paving the way for the Sparta Ground Water Commission to move its meetings from its domicile in Lincoln Parish to other parishes within the Sparta Aquifer’s region.
The bill — one of two filed by Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, that dealt with the rapidly depleting Sparta Sands — would rotate the meetings among eight of the 16 parishes that encompass the aquifer in Louisiana.
Opponents of the bill argued that rotating the meeting would mean less attendance in those parishes where there is little use of the aquifer.

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Focus must stay on Sparta

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter’s town hall meeting with Union Parish residents in Farmerville Thursday gave us an opportunity to refresh the Metarie Republican’s memory on the plight of the Sparta Aquifer.
We were able to tell Vitter, who along with U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, has worked to acquire funds to study alternative sources of water for the residents of north Louisiana, that we have not sat by idly as our pristine source of water is gradually encroached on by salt water.

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Focus must stay on Sparta

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter’s town hall meeting with Union Parish residents in Farmerville Thursday gave us an opportunity to refresh the Metarie Republican’s memory on the plight of the Sparta Aquifer.
We were able to tell Vitter, who along with U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, has worked to acquire funds to study alternative sources of water for the residents of north Louisiana, that we have not sat by idly as our pristine source of water is gradually encroached on by salt water.

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Nagin, Landrieu draw battle lines

Slightly more than half of the overall vote was attributed to black voters, who favored the top two candidates, according to a consulting firm analyzing demographic data for the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.
In predominantly white precincts, Nagin trailed behind several other candidates with less than 10 percent, according to GCR & Associates Inc. In 2002, Nagin got most of his support from white voters and business leaders.
This time, many of those supported third-place finisher Ron Forman, a nonprofit executive.

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Lawrence-Braxton in rare ‘club’

Ceremonies are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, with the formal induction set for the city’s historic Tennessee Theatre on the latter day.

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Give citizens a voice in rebuilding

For me, spring has always been a time of possibility — a time of new growth. So it is fitting that we are in the spring of our renewal. We are beginning to see real signs of the progress that is taking root in communities far and wide. To put it in perspective, we have already hauled away more than 25 times the debris that was at the World Trade Center site.

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Pitch in to help festival

While the excuse for the festival is a chance to celebrate the annual peach harvest, the festival has grown to encompass so much more. Beauty pageants, golf and tennis tournaments, food and shopping are now integral parts of the event.

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Nagin, Landrieu top N.O. field

Unless one candidate gets 50 percent of the vote — a prospect that even Nagin considered to be unlikely — the top two vote-getters will compete in a May 20 runoff.
Elections officials say the voting was steady and unusually problem-free, and while they didn’t immediately have complete numbers, the early returns suggested the turnout could be low.

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