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From The Publisher: July 2015

07/24/2015 10:20AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier

There Oughta Be A Law

By Art Suberbielle

Laws are written to maintain a sense of order and decency among society. While many can argue that we have too many laws, it’s obvious to me that we could do well writing a few more. Read on and see if you don’t agree with me. 

There oughta be a law that when elected, a public official cannot run for another office while serving his/her present term.  A prime example is Governor Bobby Jindal. Bobby was elected to serve two terms as our state’s governor. But shortly after he won re-election for his second, he started running for another office – the presidency of the United States. Bobby is spending our Louisiana taxpayers’ money to pursue his dream. One might argue that he’s paying a lot of his own expenses, but one recent account estimated that the state’s taxpayers (that’s you and me) are on the hook for at least $2.5 million during the next year for his “security detail.” Heck, if Bobby would just stay home, we could save at least $2 million of this. 

 There oughta be a law that requires candidates for public office to only use advertising as a means to inform voters about their qualifications and plans if elected. Negative advertising directed at their opponent would not be allowed. As we approach the November elections and next year’s presidential election, get ready for a barrage of name calling ads that do nothing to inform us about an individual’s qualifications to be elected. The negative ads often have no basis in truth, but are based on half-truths, hearsay or conjecture. 

If we’re ever going to see real change, there oughta be an easy way that the general public can propose laws that will govern the actions of those who we elect and those appointed to serve the general public. 

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