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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
So despite some accusations, Settle is not an official arm of the Perkin administration. But he does have a duty of loyalty, at least in his mind, to the Future of Shreveport project until it is completed. And that means there is a conflict of interest in criticizing the mayor, his actions and his staff until the release of the report.
Columns/Opinions
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
None. In mid-January, Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins proposed a Clean City User fee of $12 per month. This revenue was to increase wages for sanitation workers and beef up the city’s depleted reserves. The fee would be collected as part of city water bills.
Columns/Opinions
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
So the new year is the census year. The U.S. Constitution mandates a headcount every 10 years. This includes everyone residing in the 50 states, Puerto Rico and the island areas of the United States. The count is to include people of all ages, races, ethnic groups, citizens and noncitizens.
Columns/Opinions
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
Shreveport now has a Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Keith Hanson was confirmed by the Shreveport City Council on Jan. 22. Hanson is the former president of a local tech company that specialized in custom software and mobile app development. He is considered to be a virtual genius by the local tech-head crowd.
Columns/Opinions
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
Perkins is stuck with Shreveport Police Chief Alan Crump until his retirement. This is expected by mid-year, but it could be sooner. In the meantime, Perkins can implement new strategies for dealing with crime working with substitute SPD Chief Ben Raymond.
Columns/Opinions
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
Incumbent District F representative Lynch was defeated by the Rev. James E. Green by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. In 2014 Lynch won the seat outright in the primary with 53 percent of the vote; Green had 43 percent. As expected, Council District B will be a runoff between Democrat Levette Fuller and Republican Wendy Vance.
Columns/Opinions
Monday, Nov. 5, 2018
Much like Baton Rouge and Lafayette, the high-tech sector is growing here. The establishment of CSRA and its growth is a good example. Another is the first Tier II data center in Louisiana that is housed in the old Selber Bros. department store – Eatel/Venyu.
Columns/Opinions
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018
Caddo commissioners are the top paid. And Caddo Parish School Board members the lowest. Based on the budget sizes of each group, commissioners are overpaid by a large measure. And school board members just the opposite. (For the record, the Caddo Commissioners are the highest-paid part-time elected officials in the state.

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