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In his 1997 book The Twenty-First Century City, former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith proposed what he called the “Yellow Pages test”: “If the phone book lists three companies that provide a certain service,” he wrote, “the city probably should not be in that business.” Makes sense to me.
Louisiana folks are a proud people who are deeply rooted in family, tradition and geography. I am one of those born and raised here, and I have enjoyed our state for more than five decades. In fact, we have the highest percentage of native population in the country, with about 80% of our residents born in Louisiana. That produces strong traditions and a culture passed down generation after generation.
I was saddened to learn of Margaret Thatcher's death April 8. My wife and I had the honor of meeting “Lady Thatcher” when she came to LSU to deliver a commencement speech, and I was a fan of this charming woman and principled, conservative leader.
President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech last week demonstrated the profound difference between Democrats and Republicans on how to solve our current challenges in America and the direction and role of government.
No risk, no reward. If the Superdome had not been built in the mid-1970s, there would never have been a World Champion New Orleans Saints. And there probably would have been no Super Bowl in New Orleans this past weekend, either—the seventh in the Superdome. (It was the 10th hosted by New Orleans since 1970.)