Gov. Bobby Jindal takes the prize.

He is stuck on allowing the current cigarette tax to expire because in his opinion he is against raising taxes. He’s not against raising the cost of education in the state but doesn’t consider this a tax or a burden on the people.

He acts as if his constituents are fools. For years we’ve known that smoking causes cancer and coronary heart disease, along with many other ailments affecting the health of people.

If Jindal had any logical sense he should quadruple the cigarette tax and use the proceeds to pay for the excess health-care and insurance costs attributed to smoking in this state. Whatever was left over he could lower the cost of education to provide Louisianians a fighting chance to compete with the rest of the country and world in this global market economy.

Bill Walsh


New Orleans