Jan. 13, 2010 03:15 PM
2010 will be a roll-up-your-sleeves year District 2 City-Parish Councilman Jay Castille is staring down a tough year. A week ago Castille was elected council chairman for 2010, the same year college students and the marginally employed will ...
Jan. 5, 2010 05:11 PM
Six days into the new year and the vexing issues that will face Lafayette in 2010 are slow to materialize. We won’t be climbing out of a fiscal hole like many communities — thankfully the Great Recession hasn’t sunk its teeth too deeply into ...
Dec. 21, 2009 09:46 PM
2009 was more a year of what didn’t happen The idea for this week’s year-end cover story came from a staff writer whom I hadn’t realized was given in any way to kooky ideas. What’s more striking to me is that our no-nonsense editorial ...
Dec. 16, 2009 05:00 AM
The Saints go from blues maker to news maker during 2009’s carpet ride My relationship with the New Orleans Saints is uncomplicated. I’m a fan. Lifelong, or at least since I realized somewhere around age 8 that American football is manly and cool ...
Dec. 9, 2009 05:00 AM
Downtown’s vibrant nightlife is straining more than police resources So, it’s come to this. Just nine months after city-parish government and downtown bar owners worked out a deal to control the press of humanity on weekend nights, the acrimony is ...
Dec. 2, 2009 03:00 AM
A council vote last week demonstrated it can be an unpredictable body. I had to double check my tally twice: 5-4. It’s not an uncommon vote by the Lafayette City-Parish Council. In fact, it’s downright simple, as in simple majority. But the distribution ...
Nov. 25, 2009 05:00 AM
Many in the Bayou State see red when they hear green. Jack Harris has the toughest job in Louisiana. He’s a Jersey kid who moved to New Orleans in the middle of the summer. He dropped by The Independent office recently to chat. Plain-spoken and earnest ...
Nov. 18, 2009 05:00 AM
Rickey veered off course, but he remains the most quotable politician out there. I’m not convinced that state Rep. Rickey Hardy’s bid to block three quarters of a million dollars in grant funding from the Lafayette Parish School System last week ...
Nov. 11, 2009 05:00 AM
The 2010 census could finally settle it: Consolidation was a bad idea for Lafayette Questions about the questionnaire for the 2010 census are settled; the Senate last week blocked Sen. David Vitter’s bid to include a citizenship question. It could ...
Nov. 4, 2009 05:00 AM
As a budget crisis again looms, the work of the Commission on Streamlining Government couldn’t be more timely State Treasurer John Kennedy is sitting in the conference room at The Independent office, one stop among many he’s making around ...

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