Cheers – One more delivery

Congratulations are in order.

Bollinger Shipyards announced earlier this week that it has completed and delivered yet another boat to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Lockport-based company is no stranger to working for the Coast Guard. The Richard Snyder is the 27th cutter it has completed for the service.

“This FRC (fast-response cutter) built by Bollinger Shipyards will be the first FRC to be stationed in Atlantic Beach (N.C.),” Bollinger President and CEO Ben Bordelon said.

That is not just important work in that it helping to secure our nation’s defenses. It is also important because Bollinger is continuing to thrive in our stagnant economy – a phenomenon brought on by the persistent oil slowdown.

Good job on another good delivery.


Cheers – Hands-on lessons

The students at Nicholls State’s Chef John Folse Culinary Institute are getting some good training at working in and running an actual business.

The students are running a bakery on campus.

“I think this is really important because not many of them know what it takes to open a business,” said Tammy Rink, who teaches in the program. “We talk about in class what things you can do incorrectly, how long it should take you from concept to opening, and the production part itself shows them what it actually takes to make that business successful.”

These students are learning how to operate in the real world. Let’s hope each of them is able to parlay these lessons into real-world success.

Keep up the good (and tasty) work.


Jeers – Another poor decision

The Lafourche School Board has once again gone against common sense and good government.

The board voted earlier this week against reducing its size from 15 to nine members – a move that would save money and simplify local political boundaries for voters by using the districts currently used by the Parish Council.

Board Members Al Archer, Julie Breaux, Calvin Duet, Clyde Duplantis, Gary Foret, Ann Sanamo and Louis Thibodaux to keep the board at 15 members.

There is just no reason for Lafourche Parish to remain one of the three Louisiana parishes with 15 school board members. The other two have much larger populations and student bodies.

The members who voted in favor of the measure insist that they have heard repeatedly from constituents who want to see the board save money and cut waste.

But the opponents have repeatedly refused to do the right thing. Perhaps the voters in their districts will contact them directly and ask them to spend the public’s money wisely.


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