“The new liquid gold,” “blue gold,” “liquid asset,” fresh water is being called. For a decade, Louisiana has been shaping a management system in somewhat belated appreciation of the value of its abundant supplies. This is a “big deal,” state Representative Jim Fannin told the Sparta Commission two years ago. “It will take everyone to work this out.”
After a four-year moratorium, the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Since then, 1,264 people have been executed in the United States. Only 28 of those executions have taken place in Louisiana, but our neighbors to the west, the “great state of Texas,” have executed a whopping 474 people.
The federal government sees capital punishment as a deterrent to crime.
If capital punishment were working as deterrence, I don’t believe there would be 3,199 people on death row in the United States.
The Lincoln Parish Police Jury elected new officers as they rang in the new year this week with their first meeting of 2013.
Around this time last year, I wrote about some of the issues the new jurors at that time would likely face. Looking back at each of these issues, it is interesting to see where progress has been made and what remains the same.
A new year has beckoned and that means 12 months of exciting, tough-to-predict happenings in the world of sports.
Here are some of our prognostications, observations and suggestions for 2015:
WELCOME ABOARD, MIKE: I might be more optimistic and hopeful than a spokesman for a Dale Carnegie course, but I believe this might finally be the year that the best men’s basketball player in Louisiana Tech University history receives a special phone call.