Monday, April 20, 2009

Protest the firing of LSU scientist Ivor Van Heerden for speaking out about levees.


Dr. Ivor van Heerden, the coastal scientist who saved lives in New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish, and led the state's independent Team Louisiana investigation into Hurricane Katrina levee failures, has been fired by Louisiana State University - without explanation.

The New York Times quotes Dr. Charles Delzell, an LSU professor and president of the LSU chapter of the American Association of University Professors as saying, “It’s a clear case of retaliation for his (van Heerden's) criticism of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”

Please go and sign the petition.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Governor slashes higher education.

Critics say Jindal's budget proposal "destroys" higher education | News for New Orleans, Louisiana | Top Stories | News and Weather for New Orleans |
State Rep. Page Cortez voiced his budget concerns in Baton Rouge following the Governor's budget presentation, saying "we're destroying higher [education].”

Cortez says while the plan would use $3.6 billion in federal stimulus money to ease the financial pain, those funds dry up two years which would leave educators with a bigger hole down the road.

"I think from an economic development stand point we start sending our best and brightest to other states to get an education than we've lost that industry," said Cortez.

This budget will set Louisiana back to the pre-Edwards days.