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John came to Shreveport in January of 1977 when he was transferred to Barksdale AFB.

He’s been active in Shreveport politics since deciding to make Shreveport his home.

John practiced law for 40 years and he now monitors local politics. He regularly attends Shreveport City Council and Caddo Parish Commission meetings.

John is published weekly in The Inquisitor, bi-monthly in The Forum News, and frequently in the Shreveport Times.

He enjoys addressing civic groups on local government issues and elections.

 

WILL SHREVEPORT COUNCIL LET VOTERS DECIDE BOND ISSUE?

Seriously...voters decide whether to pass a bond issue. Or more particularly, what parts of a proposed bond issue to approve.

Seemingly many on the Shreveport city council act as if they–or a majority of them–decide the passage of a bond package.

Why will the Council not approve the package proposed by the citizen committee—approve in sense of putting on the Nov. ballot?

There is plenty of time to provide more information, etc.

After a vote to present a bond package, council members, the Chamber of Commerce, the Committee of 100 and all the other "kiss the ring" organizations can make their pitches.

Local critics in the media and those giving interviews assume the council vote on Tuesday is the final vote on the bond package. They are wrong–pure and simple.

And those citizens who contact council members are not the majority of the voters.

The loudest on social media are rarely the majority at the polls.

There is not guarantee of success on a bond package in Nov. Or next spring,

Look at the failures of the Caddo School board with proposed packages before this year.

Why assume that those complaining about the package represent the majority of voters? Why not approve the package, as amended by the mayor, and let the citizens exercise their judgement in Nov.?

SHREVEPORT CITY COUNCIL TO DECIDE BOND PACKAGE TUESDAY

THERON JACKSON OFFICIALLY RESIGNS FROM MPC