Courtland M. Chaney is an Istrouma High graduate (Class of '70), so you know he's a person of superior intelligence.

Sure enough, he presents a fundraising plan for the state that is pure genius:

"I don't have a complete solution (at least not yet, since I have had only one cup of coffee), but I do have a suggestion for the financial shortfall.

"Many entities have sold naming rights to raise cash. Raising Cane's River Center and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome are the two most obvious examples, though academic departments at the university have done this for years.

"Maybe it's time to auction off the names of our cities, bridges, streets, etc.

"Maybe France would like to call Louisiana 'France's Louisiana' without having to actually assume responsibility for us.

"And Texas could call Lake Charles 'Texas' Lake Charles' without Louisiana actually ceding control of Lake Charles to Texas.

"If this catches on, I might even let someone name my house.

"How much would you pay to have Baton Rouge called 'Smiley Anders' Baton Rouge'?"

"If only some corporation or country would like to have the Interstate 10/12 split or the I-10 bridge named after them, we might get some traffic relief.

"Anybody want to name Mike the Tiger's front left molar to help LSU? Maybe I should get another cup of coffee. …"

(Yes. Have two. …)

Worth repeating

Answering a request, here once more is Anthony Bourdain's famous quote about New Orleans, from a CNN interview where he was asked to name the one U.S. city he thought people should experience for food:

"In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful.

"With the best restaurants in New York, you'll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans.

"So it's a must-see city because there's no explaining it, no describing it. You can't compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans."    

Once a politician …

Mary Pramuk says mention of former Lt. Gov. Bill Dodd recently "brought back a memory of inviting him to speak at the dedication of an historic structure moved to a new site.

"It was a time when there was a lot of politicizing going on, and I believe it was a historical association board member who knew Dodd and took him aside, asking him not to get political and try to keep his talk on history.

"A friend and I who had worked on the planning of the event were horrified when he veered off the subject, but in a few minutes, we heard a series of loud train hoots and the thunder from a fairly long freight train. This made the talk very hard to hear during this phase.

"Luckily, it passed just when he reverted back to history."

Special People Dept.

  • Mary Ann Dunn, of Clinton, celebrated her 92nd birthday Tuesday, June 12.
  • Roland S. and Bess Rojas, of Crowley, celebrate their 65th anniversary Thursday, June 14.
  • Robert and Barbara Begnaud, of Baton Rouge, celebrate their 60th anniversary Thursday, June 14. They are former Opelousas residents.
  • Cindy and Bob Underwood, of Ethel, celebrated their 50th anniversary May 31.

Facebook diplomacy

Paige McCartney tells how an 8-year-old views world politics.

She says as her son was watching the President Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting on television, "I explained to him how we are not friends with North Korea and how the president was trying to fix that.

"This morning, over his bowl of Golden Grahams, he wanted to know the results of the meeting: 'Did North Korea accept our friend request?'"

Bombing run

Michael Hess, of Slidell, offers this timely story:

"For one Father's Day, we gave my dad a hammock. After assembling it, he got in it and proceeded to take a nap.

"Two minutes later, we heard 'Bring me a Kleenex. Bring me TWO. Bring me a WHOLE BOX.'

"It seems a low-flying bird decided my dad's forehead was the perfect place to make an aerial deposit.

"I don't remember the hammock ever being used again."

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