by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
Your brand name is only as good as your reputation.” – Richard Branson
Louisiana’s brand is strong in many ways. Our culture is second to none, and our people are inviting and entertaining. We are rich in natural resources that fuel the world, as well as those that fuel the sporting passions of any outdoorsman. We are heroically resilient and civically driven, as recently evidenced by the Cajun Navy members and many other responders who rushed to Houston just to help a stranger in need.
The Louisiana's Cajun Navy are not the only organization who deserve credit as the traumas of Hurricane-Tropical Storm Harvey reverberate nationally.
Give credit to the LDWF.
The Republican Party of Louisiana has rejected a former Democrat who just recently converted to be a Republican to a long-term Republican, who has been vilified in the national media as claiming that global warming is a hoax. Both candidates have served in the Louisiana House of Representatives.
The Cajun Navy wasted no time. Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Coast on a Friday. By Sunday, hundreds of boats were on their way to Texas. I passed a supermarket parking lot two days after the storm hit, and a large contingent of boats and trailers were lined up to head for the Lone Star State. As this column is being written, thousands of Louisianans are offering help. That’s what many Texans did for us here in the Bayou State exactly twelve years ago.
The last thing the Gulf Coast, Texas and Louisiana needsright now is another tropical scare. Yet, although it appears to be many days away from any type of real concern, if any, given the events of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey, one just can't be too careful. According to the service, there is a twenty-percent chance of formation over the next five days.
You would think Louisiana Democrats would embrace Derrick Edwards as the perfect candidate for state treasurer. But the party’s litmus test plus its aversion to looking impotent instead makes him an outcast.
At its most recent meeting, the party’s executive committee failed to endorse Edwards despite his qualifying as the only Democrat in the contest. Moreover, he ticks off two victim class boxes, racial minority and person with disability; Democrats generally allege that American society discriminates against minorities and the disabled, mandating increased government efforts to redistribute resources their way. And, Edwards seems competitive as he polls in the lead for the spot.
by Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of LABI
Many have stepped up to help us over the years.
The horrific summer of 2005, dominated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, left an indelible mark on New Orleans and our entire coastal area that continues to influence many of our actions today. Hurricanes Gustav and Ike impacted most of our state just a few years later, triggering a collaborative effort that resulted in the largest evacuation in the nation’s history at the time.
On the 12th anniversary of the costliest hurricane in U.S. history, another killer storm is ravaging the states of Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, but it is still packing a wallop. In some parts of the Houston area, over 50 inches of rain has been recorded, the highest total in history. The storm will cause havoc for at least another day before finally moving north.
by Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net
So many unanswered questions
Mayor Ollie Tyler’s administration’s proposed $150 million multi-use development along Cross Bayou, which was sprung on the city council and the public last week, has left a lot of unanswered questions.
President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for the State of Louisiana and has ordered assistance to the state.
According to numerous weather reports, the storm has already started to create heavy rain events upon the state with more to continue as Harvey continues an expected eastern course, away from Texas.