The Department of Health and Hospitals has detected an ameba at the end of the St. John the Baptist Parish line in Water District 1.more>>
The Department of Health and Hospitals has detected an ameba at the end of the St. John the Baptist Parish line in Water District 1. The system services Reserve, Garyville, and Mt. Airy residents.more>>
Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:37:02 GMT
A military aircraft has crashed in a rural area of Augusta County, according to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. The crash happened around 9 a.m. near Deerfield Valley Road. It is believed to be anmore>>
The search for an Air National Guard pilot continues after an F-15C single-seat aircraft based out of Massachusetts crashed in a rural area of Augusta County Wednesday morning. more>>
What makes the story relevant today is that these leases – rigged up by former Louisiana governors Huey P. Long and James Noe – were likely illegal and continue to shortchange the state while enriching the heirs of these powerful men.
But now that the case has been laid bare, the question arises: What to do?
Do we – the state – take all the property, art, period furniture and fancy cars away from these folks – described by even the harshest critics of these land and water deals as mostly good and decent people?
Just because they were born into profligacy?
It's far too complicated for that.
Then again, it's very simple: What has unfolded is a scalding example of what we witness generation after generation: Folks born to wealth, property and opportunity generally get more wealth, property and opportunity.
Folks born to advantage gain greater advantage.
The rest of us – born with the wrong last names – work for a living, work for our dreams, and very often work for those born to advantage.
This is hardly the Louisiana Way. It's the American Way.
Look at the descendents of railroad tycoons, of Las Vegas developers, of the Kennedys, of thousands of other American trust fund families. How and where did their fortunes begin?
Peel back the layers, and there are centuries of Dirty Deeds abound.
It makes you mad. It makes you cynical.
Are they illegal actions?
Zurik's investigation makes a strong case for affirmative.
Are they actionable deeds?
Well, according to the Louisiana State Legislature – no.
A House committee voted against requesting the state attorney general to investigate these old land deals, rectify the circumstances, secure a fair return of royalties for the state and leaven the free – and I mean free – flow of money to scores of folks, living all over America now, who happen to descend from their own form of royalty.
Then again, legislators are also folks with advantage. Living in the realms of power, influence, money.
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today. An epic selfie photo shoot A father noticed his daughter was in the midst of an epic photo shoot of her own creation. Hemore>>
While you were sleeping, the Internet never stopped… Here's what's trending today.more>>
Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-08-26 13:27:00 GMT
A Jackson Prep football player hospitalized following Friday night's game has died. Walker Wilbanks was transported Friday to the hospital during the second half of the school's home football game againstmore>>
Pressler says Walker's death was an "unfortunate freak event" revolving around the balance of sodium and water in the body. He says it had no reflection of being over or underhydrated.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 2:48 AM EDT2014-08-27 06:48:05 GMT
Utah authorities have arrested a 23-year-old woman who they say dumped her newborn baby in a neighbor's trash can.more>>
A Utah woman accused of dumping her day-old baby in a neighbor's trash can told police she was afraid to tell her parents about the pregnancy and hoped the newborn's death would solve her problems, a probable cause...more>>
It was a crime that happened 150 years ago: A set of precious jewels were stolen by Union soldiers from a Louisiana Masonic lodge.more>>
It was a crime that happened 150 years ago: A set of precious jewels were stolen by Union soldiers from a Louisiana Masonic lodge. But in an odd twist, it may have been the best thing that could have happened to the heirlooms.more>>