Our region doesn't have to fight land loss alone

In Terrebonne Parish, we know we face a problem. As long as any of us can remember, we’ve heard about land loss. We’re resourceful people. We live on this land and for many of us, its surrounding water is our livelihood. So, we started addressing the problem ourselves – we voted and implemented sales taxes to improve our coastal protection systems.

We know we can’t do this alone, and we don’t have to. At the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, we work tirelessly to bring awareness to the incredible environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. Through these efforts, we’ve worked with numerous players, from individuals to organizations to foundations to businesses across South Louisiana who are gathering to educate and advocate to protect this land and the water that surrounds it.

But, land and water don’t mean anything if not for the people who live here. That’s where the state Office of Community Development’s LA SAFE plan comes in. Over the course of the past year, the LA SAFE team (made up of community volunteers from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and across coastal Louisiana, funders and community planning and design experts) has held a number of public meetings here in Terrebonne Parish and across six parishes focusing on just that: Considering the rising water and sinking land, what can we put in place now to ensure that our children and grandchildren can continue to enjoy our way of life in this place? The resulting plans will not stop land loss in its tracks, and it won’t reverse the years of erosion and subsidence that have already taken place. But, these plans will offer a set of tools to realize a future that we envision for ourselves.

Facing the reality that our home is changing is difficult no matter who you are, but here in Terrebonne Parish, and across coastal Louisiana, we are looking to the future.

 

Jonathan Foret

Executive director, South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center

 

Boycotting the Super Bowl over rejected ad

An issue was brought to my attention recently while watching Fox News. I have yet to see any mention of this article anywhere else, which is not surprising.

It seems the NFL, also known as the "show me the money league," has turned down a request by a veterans group to purchase an ad for the Super Bowl program. The ad simply requests that people stand for the flag of the United States. The NFL refused the ad, and the money to purchase it, because it was too political. This is the same league that had no problem accepting money to promote immigration and environmental issues in past Super Bowls. What issue is more political, at this time, than immigration? The NFL also have no problem accepting money promoting fast foods, junk foods, alcohol consumption, and expensive cars that most people cannot afford.

To think that the participants in this Super Bowl, the Eagles and the Patriots, bear the names of two of the most cherished symbols of American history and heritage, it is hard to understand why the American flag, our nation's most recognizable symbol, has been relegated to a political controversy.

I, for one, as a veteran, will not be watching this year's Super Bowl. I know this action will not register a blip on the league's viewership numbers, but maybe if enough people follow suit, it will have to change its warped policies.

 

David Palmisano

Marrero

 

Tax cuts are working for America

Because of tax cuts, Disney recently announced a $1,000 bonus for more than 125,000 employees. The company also plans to invest $50 million into a new employee education program.

And Disney’s not alone. To date, more than 200 U.S. employers have announced pay hikes, 401(k) increases and bonuses because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Over two million working Americans are reaping the benefits.

It’s not only a massive win for President Trump and Congress, but also free-market economic theory. For years, conservatives have argued that a lower tax burden empowers employers by allowing them to keep more of their hard-earned money and distribute it as they deem fit. Employees and job-seekers ultimately benefit because job creators, when they see tax savings, invest in new hiring, wage increases and other payouts.

As Disney recently proved, it’s not just a theory. Tax cuts work in practice.

 

Michael Clark

Reemelin chair in economics, Hillsdale College