OUR OPINION: Jindal’s praise of parish a high honor

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

When the big boss tells you you’re doing a good job, you must be doing something right.

Gov. Bobby Jindal made a brief appearance in Ascension Parish Saturday afternoon, arriving by helicopter at the Parish Courthouse East in Gonzales along with members of his cabinet. The group met with state, parish and local officials to discuss how the parish was working to recover from Hurricane Gustav’s violent visit last week.

Throughout the briefing, Jindal showed the reason why many had the confidence in him to put him in charge. He fielded questions and requests from officials with detailed answers that seemingly came to him in no time. He assured those in attendance that state government would do everything in its power to ensure Ascension Parish would be in the loop when it came to disaster relief.

One official in particular, Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan, made an empassioned plea to Jindal for assistance. The west bank was arguably the hardest hit area of Ascension, and many there are still without utilities and needed supplies.

What some also may not know is that Sullivan’s assistant, Lincoln Moore, died last week after suffering a stroke during relief efforts. Our hearts go out to Moore’s family and loved ones, as well as his coworkers in Donaldsonville.

Amid such a tragic event, there is a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Power crews are feverishly working to restore electricity throughout the parish. Many in and around Gonzales received power back over the weekend, while others still await the day when the lights come back on in their homes or businesses.

We thank these workers, many who came from out of state to assist, for leaving their families behind to bring their expertise and services to those in need. Your noble deeds are recognized and greatly appreciated.

Kudos also go to our local, parish and state officials for the job they’ve done before, during and after the storm. While many may still be frustrated as they sit in the south Louisiana heat with no electricity, the welcome site of bucket trucks flooding the parish is a good sign that we will be back in action as soon as possible.