Jeer: Anybody tired of reruns?
By now, everybody has seen the sit-com in which Lafourche Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle hires Tommy Lasseigne for a high-ranking position within his administration then watches helplessly as the latter resigns or gets fired weeks or months later under pressure from the Parish Council.
It was never funny to begin with, and that's why Cantrelle's decision this week to rehire Lasseigne as parish administrator is no laughing matter. Lasseigne has served as interim parish administrator five separate times since Cantrelle took office in 2016, totaling about 13 months.
"It’s unfortunate for the employees,” Council Chairman Noonie Autin told The Courier and Daily Comet. “People have expressed over and over their discontent with Mr. Lasseigne. ... Ultimately, I keep bringing up the employees because without them, there is no parish government. That’s often been lost by the administration.”
Last year, one council member said Lasseigne lacks the "people skills" to do the job. Another said "he's not the best fit for the administrator job." And others said they felt Lasseigne was "running the parish" even before the parish president appointed him.
At least this show will be canceled soon. Since Cantrelle has opted not to run for re-election this fall, neither he nor Lasseigne will be "running the parish" much longer.
Cheer: Local baseball player shines in return to region
It was a heck of a return to the area for professional baseball player Justin Williams earlier this week.
Williams, a 24-year-old outfielder with the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, is a Houma native and was in Metairie for a four-game series with the New Orleans Baby Cakes. In the series, Williams had five hits with two home runs and had homered in five of his last eight games entering Friday’s match.
Williams was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 out of Terrebonne High School and has already spent a small amount of time in the Major Leagues with the Tampa Bay Rays. Here's hoping Williams makes it back to “The Show” soon.
Jeer: A hearty goodbye to 3 candidates for governor
We're happy to say goodbye to three gubernatorial candidates a judge disqualified this week for failing to file income tax returns. Ousted are Republicans Manuel Russell Leach and Patrick Doguet and Democrat M.V. “Vinny” Mendoza.
State law requires candidates to have filed state and federal income tax returns for each of the past five years or face disqualification.
Since state and federal law require most of the people who earn wages to file tax returns, voters have good reason to expect any candidate for governor to do the same.
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