April 2007


Yeehaw!!!

Well, the stories have been slow. But we could not pass up this one. Is this common among residents that make up other areas of the United States (besides Willie Nelson). I mean really who rides a lawnmower drunk? I find this story to be rather funny. I can just see some CEO of a company in New York reading news from the around the Country and coming across this and having all of his prejudicial thoughts on Louisiana residents come true. However, we are not alone. Ohio, Illinois and what do you know… New York all have had incidents of men getting a DUI on a lawnmower. I don’t feel so bad now.

KALB.com Article (more…)

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Tioger, LA

 Complaints from a trailer park about a smell (of all things). Have you ever wondered why the media loves to talk to the most …umm… interesting people? Well we don’t have that answer but if you do, feel free to let me know.  KALB video link

KALB.com Video

Ah, yes. The touchy subject of public housing. Of course there is a need for public housing. There are many views that you can take on public housing. Of course some should be rebuilt and some should be allowed to move back in to them. However, I think that there has to be some regulations on this. Before you jump on me saying that I have no right to judge people in New Orleans. My family lives in New Orleans and lost everything in Katrina and still struggle with the everyday life that is post Katrina New Orleans and the metro area. There are lawsuits popping up everyday, there are protests and fighting and politics all mixed in to make a nasty gumbo. In this post I will include some links and video showing different things about the public housing, also known as “the projects”. Trust me, if you have not seen this before, it is not for children and also contains a lot of violence and adult language. You may want to check this article about a bill being passed to end the demolition of the public housing “projects” and allow residents to move back while paying for them to make the move back into the housing units. Now, I am in no way against this. I do think that there should be some limits and also the elderly and disabled should have the first rights to some of the units. Here is the link

Videos speaking about the issues that face the city in the time of recovery. These are older videos but sadly, not much as changed.

 Now let’s take a look at the ugly side of pre-katrina in some public housing…

Welcome to the Magnolia Projects.

GRRR!!!

Town Talk article

Well it appears as though a baseball is not the only thing that Mr. Vanasselberg can hit. Included in his skills is the ability to hit people as well.

Vanasselberg refused and allegedly struck a security guard with his fist, then was Tasered by Alexandria police, Powell said.

Link to the Town Talk article

Why not Pineville?

I have never fully understood Pineville’s stance on this. Is it just that the “place” of Pineville wants to keep Pineville a small, family themed place full of mainly churches and fast food? There is nothing wrong with not accepting change, but in order for the entire connection between Alexandria/Pineville to grow, there must be changes that take place. Companies look for certain things before locating businesses (economic growth) and with the allowance of liquor sales, you can bet the area grows. Should Pineville only be limited to KFC/McDonalds/Popeye’s? Think about it, and look at Alexandria and the plethora of Restaurants that they have there. The population is larger yes, but you would have to think that with the allowance of liquor it would be a good thing for Pineville. Most people seem to think that liquor=crime. That may be, but not for restaurants in my opinion. I believe crime comes from the clubs and bars. How many fights have you seen in Copeland’s or Chili’s? Also, would you like to continue seeing residents of Pineville drive across the river and add revenue to Alexandria by purchasing alcohol? Why not keep the revenue in your own city. Think about it. Thoughts?