The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
It’s the time of year for self-reflection, for deciding how you can change yourself or your surroundings for the better. By now, just about everybody has a short list of resolutions, right? Maybe you want to get more involved. Maybe you want to spend more time with your family. Perhaps you’re determined to cook more. Or read more. Or get yourself moving. Take a class? Take a trip? Or just enjoy this fabulous city we call home. You know what you need to do. So, you have to decide what goes on your list and what doesn’t.
All of us, though, can come up with a list of what we want people in positions of leadership to do in 2013. With that in mind, here are our annual New Year’s resolutions for public officials and personalities:
I, President Barack Obama, resolve to follow through on my promise to give LaPlace, Braithwaite, Slidell and other vulnerable parts of Southeast Louisiana stronger flood protection. And, to waste no time getting it done.
We, the Louisiana congressional delegation, pledge to keep fighting for resources to rebuild our state’s fragile coastline.
I, Gov. Bobby Jindal, resolve to accept the expansion of Medicaid that so many Louisianians need for health care. I also resolve to spend more time in the great state of Louisiana in 2013, focused on the vital work here.
We, Jindal administration staffers, resolve not to try to hide our email discussions from the public in the future.
We, the Louisiana Legislature, promise to stop getting distracted by petty matters. To that end, we won’t spend a minute debating whether the satsuma or the key lime should be the state’s official citrus fruit. ...
We, the top executives at BP, resolve to fulfill our promise to “make things right” along the Gulf Coast. ...
We, the New Orleans Saints, swear we will beat Carolina to give the faithful at the Superdome a happy ending to this less-than-happy season. Eight wins wasn’t what Who Dats were dreaming of, but -- at this point — it’ll do.
We, citizens of Who Dat Nation, promise to make the Dome as loud as we can. We have a reputation to uphold, after all.
I, Roger Goodell, resolve to offer an abject apology to Saints fans for the harm I’ve done in 2012.
I, Falcons receiver Roddy White, resolve to resist spouting off again about New Orleans. ...
I, Eric Gordon, promise to actually spend time on the court for the rest of the Hornets’ season. ...
The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Analysis: Miss. supes discussing county budgets
Mississippi supervisors gather on the Gulf Coast this week to talk about roads and bridges, economic development, water resources and other issues.
DOJ’s seizure of phone records is appalling
By The Vicksburg Post:
In today’s Department of Justice, the ends seem to justify the means.
And it is sickening.
Bryant tantrum on education major standards was misguided
By the (McComb) Enterprise-Journal:
That was quite a tantrum Gov. Phil Bryant pitched at the College Board recently, criticizing its members for voicing concerns about his effort to increase standards for education majors.
Legislature to City Hall not sure move
Five Mississippi House members are running for mayor this year, and while name recognition might provide some advantage, lawmakers have had a mixed record in trying to go from the Capitol to City Hall.
Nation’s economy improving, but state’s still lagging
By The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger
It’s been a long time coming, but finally there are bright economic signs nationally that seem here to stay a while.
Armed teachers dangerous idea for school safety
By (Columbus) The Commercial Dispatch:
The Mississippi House of Representatives sent back to the Senate a bill that would arm teachers.
Before sending it over, the House, by a 70-46 vote, amended the Senate’s bill in two major ways. Actually, the House did more than amend it. They neutered it.
Not every bill grabs headlines
The first two bills that Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed during the 2013 legislative session dealt with money.
House Bill 19 gave more cash to the agency that coordinates a program to put all emergency offices under the same digital communications system. House Bill 20 moved money from the car tag reduction fund to the Budget Contingency Fund. Lawmakers use the contingency fund to cobble together cash for the overall state budget.
Transparency key to ‘best watchdogs’ oversight
By The (Tupelo) Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal:
Rep. Jerry Turner’s effort to require open meetings of water associations and notice of meetings in which members of boards of directors will be elected remains alive in the Legislature. It should be enacted in the interests of transparency in the running of the nonprofit associations providing water for a significant percentage of Mississippi’s population.
Miss. makes news, good news, this time
By The (Columbus) Commercial Dispatch:
Generally, when Mississippi makes national news — especially of late — it is not the sort of notoriety we welcome. ...
So March 3, when Mississippi again made national news, we braced ourselves for the embarrassment that was sure to follow.
Only this time, it wasn’t anything to be embarrassed about.
Ag’s legal expenses top $2.4M for year
An ongoing lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s foster care system has cost the state at least $4.4 million in legal expenses and fees since 2008.
Expenses continue to rise as the plaintiffs and the state work toward a telephone status conference scheduled for April 25 with U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee. The price tag this year is $1.35 million.
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