Regular readers of this column are also aware of another pet peeve of mine, which is the U.S. government’s persistence in pretending that methamphetamine use is not a significant problem in this country.
Well, they said he would be owned by the defense attorneys who contributed to his campaign. They said he would be lax on crime and that he would be lazy and out of touch with the world; however, in just a few short months Caddo Parish District Attorney James Stewart has proven just the opposite.
On Nov. 21, 2015, Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal Judge James Stewart made history when he was elected as Caddo Parish's first African-American district attorney. Many of us — rich and poor, old and young, black and white — worked tirelessly to achieve a moment of history many thought could never happen.
When voters last year defeated the Caddo Parish School Board's $108,000,000 plan to build more stuff, nothing proved as consequential as the refusal by top bosses to accept and respond to citizen questions. That has become the hallmark of the CPSB and top administrators: treating those who pay their monstrous tab with no semblance of respect.
Psychologist Carl Jung wrote that we are born to need heroes. Having a hero in our lives nurtures us, gives us hope, lifts us up, gives us reasons to dream and be inspired. Every kid has a special champion they admire and look up to. I was no exception. Early on, they were sports superstars.
Judge Stone is very nice, friendly, courteous, hard-working and family-oriented. She has the love and support of her family and behaves in a manner consistent with our district vision, mission, values and goals. Judge Stone always considers the interests of the people foremost and exercises due diligence in serving our needs.
According to the report (page 4), “During the period 07/01/14 through 06/30/15, 4,017 contracts and amendments worth approximately $14.5 billion were approved by the OSP-PC [Office of State Procurement].” That’s “b” as in billion, though the taxpayer money will be spent over several years.
There is also an American Diabetes Association’s Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes, a Healthy Heart Run Walk, an ALS Recovery Fund 10K Run & 5K, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, the UAE Healthy Kidney 10K race, and even the My Twelve Month 10K Challenge for Crohn’s Disease.
The research I did to determine that the Caddo Commission's retirement benefit is illegal and unconstitutional spanned months in 2014 and 2015. I went public with my first article Jan. 27, 2015, after a meeting with Commissioners Mike Thibodeaux and one of the original CPERS do-ers, John Escude.
Ingenious! Someone had the grand idea to try and smuggle meth into Australia by filling bra inserts with meth. These little inserts are used to give the impression of a larger bust, and someone thought that this would be a foolproof place to hide liquid meth.