I suppose I shouldn’t have been too surprised to see in your article “Jindal set to veto bill” (June 13) that some legislators were unashamedly choosing to support Gov. Bobby Jindal’s veto of the renewal of the 4-cent cigarette tax simply because they didn’t want to go against the governor, even if they agreed with the renewal.

The comment by state Sen. Buddy Shaw, R-Shreveport, that he was “simply supporting the governor” should worry voters, though. His job is to represent his constituents.

If the renewal would have ensured that Louisiana would have an extra $12 million and also would have helped reduce health-care costs by potentially discouraging smoking, why would he vote against it?

In any case, what was truly shocking to read was the opinion that “legislators with rural districts cannot afford to lose the governor’s support on construction projects important to their constituents.”

Is this really going on here? Does the governor make decisions about project funding based on favoritism and loyalty to him?

If so, that equates to bullying and corruption.

I hope Louisiana insists on accountability, results, good governance and decision-making based on what is right for this state, not what is right for political careers.

K. A. Hite


Baton Rouge