Improving St. Landry Parish

Improving St. Landry Parish

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Ethereal

United States

#1 Aug 17, 2006
I am interested in finding out from others about how you think you could assist in improving St. Landry Parish. It is easy for people to point out problems, but I would like to use this forum as a positive outlet to find out how we as individuals, groups, and businesses can improve our community and not just talk about doing it.
Optimistic

Cabot, AR

#2 Aug 17, 2006
Qualified educators and administrators on our school board. Not politicians without experience, but having abundant monies.

Strengthening of local police departments through training and stringent qualifications, allowing a relief of SLSO and the enrichment of each community.

The abolishment of Louisiana's famous nepotism in politics.

There are a few good places to start!
Ethereal

United States

#3 Aug 18, 2006
Thank you for responding! I think it is important with regard to the school that we realize we are the ones voting these people in and out of office. There is no use in voting someone back in to office if they clearly did not help the situation while they were in the first time. It's time for accountability, which is something EVERYONE can help make sure happens by participating in the process. I'm all for abolishing nepotism in the system as well. The state government has started this process as far as civil service is concerned, but in agencies not governed by civil service, there are sticky issues!
Mentor

United States

#4 Aug 18, 2006
I think people should get more involved in mentoring the youth in our community. We need to guide the youth to teach them the right ways versus sending them out to learn wrong ways on their own.
Ethereal

United States

#5 Aug 18, 2006
I agree with mentoring. At one point I contacted the DA's office about it and was sent a packet but never heard anything back about it.
Questioning

Cabot, AR

#6 Aug 18, 2006
Ethereal wrote:
I agree with mentoring. At one point I contacted the DA's office about it and was sent a packet but never heard anything back about it.
I too agree with mentoring. Especially when you consider that so many of our community's children are growing up in single parent working households.
Ethereal

United States

#7 Aug 20, 2006
Thank you for your comments. I wish more people would take an interest rather than griping about the sheriff's race.
Ethereal

United States

#8 Aug 21, 2006
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Skeptic

Lafayette, LA

#9 Aug 21, 2006
Ethereal wrote:
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Well, to receive the most out of any mentoring program you need as much community integration and support as possible. Honestly, and I hate to say this, but we need to see who will be in office and where to know where to start.
Ethereal

United States

#10 Aug 21, 2006
Skeptic wrote:
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Well, to receive the most out of any mentoring program you need as much community integration and support as possible. Honestly, and I hate to say this, but we need to see who will be in office and where to know where to start.
What office/who should be in charge of such a program? I know I've heard of the DA through diversion type programs. Who would be most appropriate? I'd almost think the school board could help in this matter. Any thoughts?
Skeptic

Lafayette, LA

#11 Aug 21, 2006
Ethereal wrote:
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What office/who should be in charge of such a program? I know I've heard of the DA through diversion type programs. Who would be most appropriate? I'd almost think the school board could help in this matter. Any thoughts?
School board, Sherriff's office, Better Business Bureau, JayCee's, ULL, any well founded public agency or business can actually be a large help to such a program.
Ethereal

United States

#12 Aug 22, 2006
Skeptic wrote:
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School board, Sherriff's office, Better Business Bureau, JayCee's, ULL, any well founded public agency or business can actually be a large help to such a program.
Should this be an "independent program" or should it be part of a bigger organization like say, Big Brothers/Big Sisters? Do we even have a local chapter?
Local

Cabot, AR

#13 Aug 22, 2006
Yes, we have a local chapter of Big Brothers/Sisters.
Ethereal

United States

#14 Aug 22, 2006
Local wrote:
Yes, we have a local chapter of Big Brothers/Sisters.
Great! How do you get in touch? I'm not talking about the Lafayette Chapter. If you have information about a chapter in St. Landry, please post it here for people who might be interested.
Local

Cabot, AR

#15 Aug 23, 2006
Believe it or not, the number I have here is no longer in service. (That could explain alot). However, by comtacting a local school they should be able to give you the contact numbers they have for Big Bro/Sis. I am unable to do that for you today, however, I can do it later in the week.
Ethereal

United States

#16 Aug 23, 2006
Hmmmm...I haven't been able to locate one either. Please let me know if you find one. Thanks!
Policeman

Warrenton, MO

#17 Aug 24, 2006
You folks are extremely right. Maybe check out the "Fight Crime-Invest" in Kids website.

http://www.fightcrime.org/

We will win the war against crime when we are ready to invest in America's most vulnerable children without waiting for them to become America's most wanted criminals

America's fight against violence must begin in the high chair and not the electric chair. Anything less leaves America's policemen fighting with one hand tied behind their backs.

We could be saving thousands of lives-and sparing thousands of families unimaginable heartbreak-by investing upfront in the proven early childhood care and youth development programs that can turn kids away from crime.
ya know

United States

#19 Aug 24, 2006
Policeman wrote:
You folks are extremely right. Maybe check out the "Fight Crime-Invest" in Kids website.
http://www.fightcrime.org/
We will win the war against crime when we are ready to invest in America's most vulnerable children without waiting for them to become America's most wanted criminals
America's fight against violence must begin in the high chair and not the electric chair. Anything less leaves America's policemen fighting with one hand tied behind their backs.
We could be saving thousands of lives-and sparing thousands of families unimaginable heartbreak-by investing upfront in the proven early childhood care and youth development programs that can turn kids away from crime.
we need to allow a better means for the parents to provide most of them. just spending all this money in play toys is not totally effective you can throw the website out there all you want. those statistics are made from larger cities not small communites like this parish. goto the parish jail and ask the dealers how many of them did the DARE program in school and you most likely will be shocked.
Ethereal

United States

#20 Aug 25, 2006
I saw on the news that the Iberia Parish School Board is starting a mentoring program at one of the elementary schools. Who would we need to talk to to get this going in our schools? School board or individual principals?
Ethereal

United States

#21 Aug 28, 2006
Still looking for intelligent comments regarding how to improve the parish if anyone wants to comment....THANKS!!

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