Specht: Cooperation is key for economic development

Did you know that an automotive manufacturer once looked at Webster Parish to locate a plant? The details are sketchy, but not uncommon in...

The battle that never ends

Republican state Sen. Ryan Gatti must think GOP Congressman Mike Johnson is a black cloud constantly pelting rain on his head. Last year, Johnson ally...

Analysis: Constitutional convention talk growing louder

So many of the rules controlling Louisiana’s taxes and government spending are locked up in the state constitution that some lawmakers think it’s time...

How you talk about our community does matter

What a start to the new year. Last weekend, we crowned Hannah Harper the 2018 Miss Minden. In just a couple of weeks, the...

Discretionary spending needs more transparency

The Webster Parish Police Jury’s practice of individual jurors doling out bucks to other entities subverts transparency and accountability. The Jury gives out tens of...

Specht: Let’s start growing again

In the realm of economic development, it is imperative to always think, long-term, while acting with great flexibility. In my years at the Bossier...

Medicaid reform missed in chaos of special session

So much for Medicaid reform in Louisiana, at least insofar as the Louisiana Legislature’s special session went. With the state spending nearly half its budget...

Constitutional Convention editorial was on the money

To the Editor, Congratulations on rerunning your very timely editorial (David Specht, Jan 23). Perhaps, the Governor has accidentally hit upon a method to...

Being intentional isn’t easy

Being intentional has become a “buzzphrase” of sorts, especially in leadership. However, acting on that phrase is a lot more difficult (at...

Take your bill and go home

For a legislator, the only thing worse than having your colleagues radically alter a bill of yours against your wishes is then to fail...