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OK, we all agree there is no faster way to get across the country or overseas than flying. Trips that once took days or weeks can be made in hours. But man, oh man, when did it get to be so unpleasant and frustrating? And when did the airlines give up on customer service?
The flagship university in any state is important to the future and should be the leader—and announcements by LSU in January and February show why.
Unlike my children, I didn't grow up in a digital world. Digital is now the norm, and 6-year-olds carry smartphones or tablets. I am afraid this "old dog" isn't alone in struggling with the necessity of learning new digital tricks.
OK, so some folks make resolutions for themselves when January rolls around. I'm a little late. But if we each made a list of what we wished would happen in our community in 2014, what would be on yours?
As a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, I recently heard success story after success story on the partnerships between LSU Health and our community partner hospitals. The output, the energy, the innovation and cooperation I learned about were very encouraging.
A world-class research facility called the Water Campus will be built downtown on the Mississippi River not far from the Gulf of Mexico. When finished, it will create a "blue ocean" for economic development.
There is a lot of debate, anger and finger-pointing regarding the proposal to create a new City of St. George. There are studies being commissioned and secret meetings to figure out the impact and how to stop the movement. But the breakaway effort is not the problem or the cause of the problem—it is just a symptom and inevitable reaction to a larger problem this community and its elected officials have failed to address for decades: poor schools.
Albert Einstein said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."
Last week the City-Parish Total Compensation Study was released to the Metro Council. The study was long on information and figures that can be interpreted a variety of ways.