Early voting is easier this time around
Beginning with this election, in addition to the north and south Lafourche locations, Lafourche Parish has opened an early-voting site in central Lafourche, located at the Lafourche Parish Government Complex in Mathews. Like all early voting sites, it is open to all voters in Lafourche Parish but will definitely provide greater access to voting in the central Lafourche communities.
At a time when voting rights in our country are being suppressed by various means, and partisan gerrymandering, which manipulates political districts to favor one party over another, is evident nation-wide, Lafourche Parish is to be commended for taking this very positive step to provide convenience to voters in carrying out one of our most sacred freedoms in our democracy.
Now, it is up to us, the voters, to avail ourselves of this convenience and vote.
I thank all of the government entities and all of the officials, both state and local, who were instrumental in making this a reality, as well as all involved residents who strive to make our parish a better place.
Early voting for the upcoming election will run through Tuesday (except on Sunday, when the offices are closed) from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Utilize any of our early voting sites, and help make our newest site a huge success.
Charles A. LeBlanc
No tricks, just treats: Keep pets safe this Halloween
Pet owners partaking in frightening fun this Halloween should remember to keep all their little ghouls and goblins safe — including the four-legged ones.
Tricks for treats? Only if those treats are safe for pets, since many Halloween candies can be toxic to animals. Chocolate and sugar-free candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can be particularly dangerous if ingested, so keep your pet from sniffing around the candy bowl.
When trick-or-treaters roam the streets, pets can become disoriented and scared. Be sure to provide a safe, quiet space they can retreat to if needed, and watch the door for escape artists; many pets will try to disappear outside if given the chance.
Keeping pets safe this Halloween doesn’t have to be tricky. With a few simple precautions, the entire family can safely enjoy the holiday’s spooky scares.
Dr. Robin Ganzert
President and CEO, American Humane
Trump's tariffs are hurting states
President Trump is trying to correct a trade imbalance by imposing tariffs on products imported from China. China has retaliated by imposing tariffs on our exports to China.
Trump's tariffs will cost automaker Ford $1 billion in 2018 and 2019 and make necessary significant layoffs. Exports from the BMW plant in Greer, S.C. were down 35 percent in August 2018 versus August 2017. Honda USA is incurring hundreds of millions of dollars in unplanned costs because of Trump's steel tariffs.
States incurring substantial risks to their exports from Trump's tariffs and the retaliatory tariffs in response, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, include:
-- California $15 billion, with China its third-largest export market.
-- Texas $13 billion, with China its third-largest export market.
-- Washington $8.3 billion, with China its top export market.
-- Louisiana a $7.3 billion loss, with China its top export market.
-- Illinois $6.7 billion, with China its third-largest export market.
-- Ohio $5.7 billion, with China its third-largest export market.
-- Michigan $4.9 billion, with China its third-largest export market.
-- Alabama $4.4 billion, with China its second-largest export market.
-- South Carolina $4.3 billion, with China its top export market.
-- Kentucky $2.3 billion, with China its fourth-largest export market.
Many states are suffering economic problems with declining exports and job losses because of Trump's tariffs.