Golf offer’s no gimme, but with BP paying, that’s par for the course

While in Alabama over the holidays I was startled to see Louisiana Lt. Gov Jay Dardenne appear in a TV advertisement. He spoke directly into the camera and offered me the following deal: if the Alabama Crimson Tide prevails over the LSU Tigers in the BCS National Championship game, I get to play two free rounds of golf in Louisiana.

Relax oversight? How about protecting us from oil's ravages?

By Anne Rolfes, The Lens contributing opinion writer |

Last Monday began with a bang. On my way to work I learned that Senator David Vitter and Rep. Jeff Landry were at it again — planning to meet with officials in the regional office of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, BOEMRE for short.

Blight worsened by housing preservation program, Hoffman Triangle residents say

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens staff writer |

Hoffman Triangle residents thought they were getting a handle on the blight problem that has gripped their community since Hurricane Katrina. A small neighborhood wedged between Broadmoor and Central City, the Triangle went deeply under water after the levees failed.  As a recovery strategy, residents  formed a neighborhood association, pitched in on clean-up drives and have been working steadily to increase home ownership and rid the community of blight.