Jeers — Another departure

Lafourche Parish Community Services Director Paul Robichaux has left his post.

He announced his resignation earlier this week. His departure brings to nine the number of department heads who have resigned or been fired since Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle took office.

That is a lot of turnover in just 20 months at the helm of parish government.

Just a few weeks ago, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Director Josh Champagne announced his resignation to take a job with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office, where he previously worked for more than two decades.

It is worth noting that Champagne's resignation came just after he and Cantrelle seemed to publicly disagree on the best approach to porous security at the Legislative Suite in the Thibodaux Government Complex.

Numerous keys to the office are missing, and tapes of public meetings are gone as well. Champagne told the council last month that he would install new locks on the office and put in security cameras to limit access. Cantrelle, meanwhile, has refused repeated attempts by the council to get new locks.

Whatever brought about these most recent resignations, the people of Lafourche Parish should hope that the administration is able to halt the departures and maintain a steady leadership team.


Cheers — Most affordable

Nicholls State University's online English degree gives people who might not be able to get to and from the campus a chance to pursue an excellent course of study on the Internet.

Now, the program has been named the nation's most affordable.

Nonprofit Colleges Online ranked the English program tops in the U.S. It is a great distinction, but it came as no surprise. The same group ranked the Nicholls State degree second a year ago.

"Several of the Nicholls Online degrees are nationally ranked with several publications, but this is the first time that one of our programs has been ranked No. 1," said Andrew Simoncelli, director of distance education at Nicholls. "This is a great testament to the Language and Literature Department and everyone involved with online learning at Nicholls. The department just added more degrees online, so their programs will continue to grow and prosper."

Congratulations to the school for earning this great honor and to the students who take advantage of such an excellent education value.


Cheers — Rural tourism boost

Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes are blessed with natural beauty, recreational opportunities and historical attractions that make our area a great place for tourists to visit.

However, we are a bit off the beaten path. We're close to New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette, but visitors might not know what's here or the many reasons they have to come see us.

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser visited the region Wednesday to try to boost tourism to largely rural areas like ours.

"This is a great opportunity to have this forum to figure out how we can bring people to the rural areas of Louisiana, and it fits right in to our ambassador program, our ‘Staycation' program, our fishing tours and our marketing strategy of ‘The Great Outdoors of Louisiana,'" Nungesser told tourism officials in Gray.

We have a lot to gain by tapping some of the tourist dollars that so greatly benefit New Orleans and other cities. Let's hope we can encourage growth in this important industry.


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