Without doubt the greatest college football weekend ever in Mississippi

For my part I found out that Katy Perry was the Twitter champ and then some. Even better she dissed Saint Nick and Alabama causing a ruckus in the process and then she went drinking in the square while pieces of the goal post were being paraded throughout Oxpatch and the Ole Miss campus late into the evening.

But it gets better:

The perfect scenario would have two unbeaten teams playing in the Egg Bowl Thanksgiving weekend. In the Slabbed college football power rankings Mississippi State gets the nod ahead of Ole Miss because State has a difference maker at Quarterback in Dak Prescott.

Here on the coast it even gets better as the largest free street party in the country kicked off yesterday with Cruisin’ the Coast. It was nice to seeing so much eastbound traffic on I-10 on the way to the Saints game yesterday morning as the classic cars were out. Carlie Kollath Wells was there enjoying the Cruising venue in downtown Gulfport:

I have a busy week on tap. Consider this an open post.

Jim Brown: Louisiana Catching up to the 21st Century?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Quebec, Canada

LOUISIANA CATCHING UP TO THE 21st CENTURY?

With tax dollars scarce in Louisiana, this might be an excellent time to streamline on the state and local levels. Just how many boards, commissions, water districts, sewer districts, parish auditors, law enforcement offices, and other special districts are spread throughout Louisiana? Some estimates are as high as 7,000. No one really seems to know. Would you believe that no agency, public or private, can list all the public bodies that exist in Louisiana today? And if no one knows that number, then it goes without saying that no one can even begin to know the overlapping costs.

Start with the sixty-four parishes. In the rural farming economy of the early 20th century, each parish served as the synergy of daily life in Louisiana. There was a need for local road and water districts to take care of rural needs. Government, by nature, was local. Police jurors and sheriffs ran their respective local districts like fiefdoms. Rural voters elected local candidates who directly touched their lives.

The sheriff was not there just to keep you safe, but to offer you a ride to town for groceries or to take you to the doctor. The local police juror kept the ditches from overflowing and could see to it that a little gravel was spread on the dirt road leading to your farmhouse. Baton Rouge was often a two-day ride on horseback or an all-day trip by car over muddy dirt roads. What happened or did not happen at the local courthouse had a direct bearing on the daily lives of a majority of Louisianans.

But that was in days gone by. Times have changed, and the state has assumed the vast majority of public duties including the funding and administration of highway construction, flood protection, healthcare, and an array of other public needs. Yet the local governing structure, with thousands of commissions, districts, and boards, hasn’t really changed in the past 75 years.

Do we need sixty-four parishes? Continue Reading…………..