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Old 04-01-2009, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Monroe, Louisiana
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Legalize drugs. All of them.

There has been no evidence yet to show that people are any less inclined to do them because they are illegal, and by making them illegal, the government propped up the criminal organizations responsible for a vast majority of the country's crime. Legalizing drugs solves so many problems:

1) Generates enormous tax revenues for the state
2) Most people in prison are there for drug related crimes, so letting them out would save a ton of money on that front.
3) Makes gangs virtually a non-issue, since selling drugs is a major source of income for the gangs.
4) Prevents drug violence.
5) Frees up A TON of money for other state issues.
I agree!

Yes, people will try new drugs, but it a lot safer to buy more controlled substances on the free market than going out to the streets to buy them illegally. The government is able to tax tobacco/alcohol well, I doubt they'll have issue with taxing weed, etc.

Anytime you deny people a basic right (using chemical substances), you have a lot more bad than good. Its like banning strawberries, people would still eat them..just illegally.
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Old 04-01-2009, 08:41 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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I'd cut money. The state wastes too much money on projects. Also, the education budget needs to be cut if anything, Louisiana pays for too many kids to go to the student that may be better off in a technical university, these borderline kids do not have the skill set needed for many Louisiana jobs--effectively training borderline kids that may have gone to a 2-yr. college if not for TOPS, giving them college degrees that draw them out of state.

Infrastructure changes are a must, however, and improving roads, bridges, and such is the best way to go.
In my opinion..... If borderline students can finish at a university and find a good job out of state, then apparently something is paying off. I'm assuming most kids at a university who would be better off at a technical school would not last that long.

The problem is not that they have degrees that don't meet Louisiana demands. The problem is Louisiana does not have the jobs to meet the degrees. If we limit ourselves to "Louisiana" jobs, what do we do when they are no longer viable?

The primary education in this state is already terrible. We already can't attract viable companies to the state because of corruption and low education scores. The higher ed. was finally beginning to improve. Cut the secondary system and we definitely will regress.
What happens once the technical schools are cut and the Louisiana jobs begin to suffer as well? Delgado, Nunez community colleges prepare for tough times - Breaking News from New Orleans - Times-Picayune - NOLA.com

I agree that cuts need to be made and that the state wastes a lot, but education in my opinion needs w.e. it can get. Without it Louisiana and especially NOLA will suffer in the long run, I believe.


I do agree that infrastructure is needed greatly. But it's kind of depressing when the state can't even locate toll revenue back to 2005 or turn over a profit from antiquated toll booths that have to have at least 100,000 vpd passing through but DOTD can start construction on a state of the art building for the Toll Offices. Like I said earlier, it needs to be burned and started from scratch.

Last edited by WestbankNOLA; 04-01-2009 at 08:53 PM.. Reason: Added infrastructure.
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Old 04-01-2009, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Fordyce Arkansas
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In my opinion..... If borderline students can finish at a university and find a good job out of state, then apparently something is paying off. I'm assuming most kids at a university who would be better off at a technical school would not last that long.

The problem is not that they have degrees that don't meet Louisiana demands. The problem is Louisiana does not have the jobs to meet the degrees. If we limit ourselves to "Louisiana" jobs, what do we do when they are no longer viable?

The primary education in this state is already terrible. We already can't attract viable companies to the state because of corruption and low education scores. The higher ed. was finally beginning to improve. Cut the secondary system and we definitely will regress.
What happens once the technical schools are cut and the Louisiana jobs begin to suffer as well? Delgado, Nunez community colleges prepare for tough times - Breaking News from New Orleans - Times-Picayune - NOLA.com

I agree that cuts need to be made and that the state wastes a lot, but education in my opinion needs w.e. it can get. Without it Louisiana and especially NOLA will suffer in the long run, I believe.


I do agree that infrastructure is needed greatly. But it's kind of depressing when the state can't even locate toll revenue back to 2005 or turn over a profit from antiquated toll booths that have to have at least 100,000 vpd passing through but DOTD can start construction on a state of the art building for the Toll Offices. Like I said earlier, it needs to be burned and started from scratch.
I agree!!!
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