What has transpired in Jackson County with the retirees and employees at Singing River Hospital is a failure of leadership on the part of those who were entrusted with protecting the futures of so many of our friends and family as well as a personal and financial tragedy for our neighbors and their families throughout our community.
If elected as the next Circuit Clerk, I pledge to do all I can to ensure the county keeps the promises made to these retirees and employees, whether it be through trimming the department’s budget and returning it to the general fund for this purpose, donating a portion of my own salary, or other avenues legally and ethically possible in an effort to support this commitment
Jackson County taxpayers as a whole should not have to worry about paying the price for poor decisions made by a few.
Over the weeks and months ahead I will be researching what I can do legally as Circuit Clerk to add to the ability of Jackson County to make these retirees and employees whole while also gaining further insight on just how to best lead that office and be of influence on this issue and other issues that need someone who has a record of communication, transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility as I have displayed during my time previously in public office.
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June 25rd, 2015
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
LOUISIANA TO THE TREASUREY DEPARTMENT-LEAVE OLD HICKORY ALONE!
There is a major push by the bureaucrats in Washington to put the first woman on the face of paper currency. There are a number of choices, and you will get no argument form me that there certainly is a place on one of our bills for a woman. But one of the options is to take Andrew Jackson off the twenty-dollar bill, and that ought to be fightin’ words down here in Louisiana.
For a number of years, social reformer Susan B. Anthony adorned the dollar coin, but she was replaced by congress in 1997 with Sacagawea, an Indian guide of the Lewis and Clark expedition. There certainly are a number of praiseworthy women who well deserve to grace paper money. The list of proposed female names is long including Susan Anthony redux, Eleanor Roosevelt who redefined the role of First Lady, Rosa Parks, the first lady of civil rights, Rachel Carson, who spurred the modern American environmental movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, called the “founding genius” of the women’s rights movement, the Bayou State’s own first Lady Lindy Boggs, a nine term congresswoman and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican; the list goes on and on.
Now I’m personally a big supporter of equal rights and equal pay for women. Heck, I introduced the first legislation to adopt the equal rights amendment to the constitution back in the early 1970s when I served as a Louisiana State Senator. So I’m all for a women on our paper money. But please don’t mess with Andrew Jackson. The seventh president of the United States was as important to Louisiana as any political leader in the state’s history.
Jackson was the son of Scottish colonists (like me), and was the only president to fight in two wars, the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He was a Tennessee Senator and Judge, before becoming a national hero leading the American victory at the battle of New Orleans in the winter of 1814. The British waged an all out attack n the Crescent City in an effort to gain controlling sea access to the Mississippi River. Control of the river meant control of commerce, and ultimate victory, as the South found out during the Civil War. Continue Reading…….