I’d like to see our Louisiana Legislature set working hours to start at 8 a.m. so lawmakers could enjoy the beauty of traveling to work in the massive early-morning traffic jam that they chose to not address by passing a gasoline tax to start improving the roads or at least taking the issue to the voters.

I’d like to see our legislators and educators both start to face the issue of global climate change, which is predicted to affect Louisiana and all Gulf states more than the rest of the United States. We are losing about a football field of land every 100 minutes. It is going to get worse quickly, and we still give massive tax breaks to fossil fuel companies.

Gas Tax

Louisiana Transportation and Development Secretary Shawn Wilson, right, speaks in support of a gasoline tax increase bill by Rep. Steve Carter, R-Baton Rouge, left, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

I’d like to see our print media report better on the names of the Baton Rouge Metro Council members who voted against taking the issue of taxes to improve infrastructure to the voters. While Baton Rouge is on the list of the top 10 cities in the United States for the number of homicides per 100,000, along with New Orleans, EBR council members chose not to bring a crime-fighting proposal to voters. We need a fully staffed police department, an improved starting salary for new policemen and policewomen, and better training in community relations. Look at what Mayor Bill de Blazio has been able to accomplish in New York City.

I’d like to see our legislators try to explain to the voters why they cannot come within a billion dollars of having a balanced budget for our state in 2018. Possibly, we have to vote a few Republican legislators out of office and vote for a few people with economics degrees instead, maybe running as Independents.

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I’d like to see our nationally elected U.S. House representatives and our two U.S. senators take the issue of marijuana being on the controlled substance list with no redeemable medical use to the Drug Enforcement Agency and get it changed. While I am not in favor of marijuana use, I am also not in favor of idiotic miscalculations or misinformation.

Ray Schell

retired chemist