Government & Politics
Increased property tax collections continue to fuel city’s budgets | The Lens – With fewer people paying more money, Councilwoman Stacy Head said, residents are overburdened.
House member looks to end personal data collection under ObamaCare | The Hill’s Floor Action – “Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) says he will propose legislation that prevents the HealthCare.gov website from collecting personal information.”
LA legislative term limits continue to demonstrate value | Between the Lines – Blogger Jeffrey Sadow, who teaches political science at LSU-Shreveport, says the turnover induced by legislative term limits is a net benefit to the state.
Judge accuses Landrieu of hardball tactics in fight over new home for civil court | The Lens – At heart of squabble: construction money — Civil District Court judges have it; Mayor Mitch Landrieu wants it.
Claiborne study identifies four expressway paths | The Louisiana Weekly – $2.1 million Livable Claiborne Communities study identifies four expressway paths.
How Crummy, Run-Down Housing Harms the Children Who Live in It | The Atlantic Cities – “Notably, it’s the quality of housing — the presence of peeling paint or cockroaches, broken appliances or damaged walls — that most strongly predicts a child’s well-being and development.”
Grambling University football players deserve applause for not playing | The Grio – Andre Perry, formerly at Loyola, now dean of urban education at Davenport University, salutes the Grambling football team’s refusal to play. The students pointed to mold in training facilities, onerous travel policies (like a 10-hour bus ride to a game) and, in Perry’s words, “unwarranted staffing changes and having to pay for their own Gatorade.”
The players offered a demonstration, not an act of protest. The players took action to the level that matters most.
The Grambling athletes are competing for life. For a change, athletes are behaving like students or, dare I say, citizens. Athletics are supposed to supplement our educations, not replace or supplant them.
How to Make Kindness The Foundation of School Culture | HuffPost – Lusher Charter school’s No. 1 school rule is “be kind.” Sounds nice, of course, but meaningful implementation of this value is more challenging than one would think.
Teachers Are Supposed to Assign Harder Books, but They Aren’t Doing It Yet | The Atlantic – A recent survey indicates that, despite new Common Core standards, many “teachers are not yet assigning books that are on grade level.”
West Bank levee authority unimpressed by study on levee armoring | The Lens – Study said plastic matting wouldn’t have to be removed when levees are raised. Board consultant says otherwise.
Watchdog Report Finds Pipeline Regulators Spent More Time With Industry Than On Oil Spills – A Transportation Department office in charge of oil pipeline oversight seems to spend more time kibitzing at conferences than tenaciously enforcing safety regulations.
Violent and Property Crime Up for Second Straight Year | The Crime Report – Nationwide rates of violent and property crime rose significantly for the second consecutive year in 2012, according estimates released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The PEACE KEEPERS: Boots on the Ground | The New Orleans Tribune – The local chapter of an anti-gun violence group runs a “Beef Mediation Hotline,” among other initiatives to resolve neighborhood disputes before they escalate.