Jim Pittman 
Member since Jul 22, 2014

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Re: “Clancy DuBos: Pat Taylor's legacy

What constitutes a family of "means"? How many middle-income families in Louisiana sacrifice all future savings to send their children to Catholic and private schools while also funding a failing public schools system? The last time I checked, anybody that met the academic and testing requirements would qualify for a TOPS scholarship. Perhaps those requirements need to be a little tougher. The outcome for our elected officials should always be to keep families and students rooted in Louisiana -- and avoid brain-drain. If budgeting for the program remains a challenge after tightening up the academic and testing requirements, here's a solution to fund the TOPS scholarship program that provides a 'win-win' for the entire state of Louisiana: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

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Posted by Jim Pittman on 04/17/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Pat Taylor’s legacy

SHOW OF HANDS: With the hope of a TOPS scholarship for those children that EARNED it, how many hard-working families struggled to invest in alternatives to a failing Louisiana public school system (grades K-12)? How many sacrificed potential college savings to keep their families rooted in Louisiana (especially after Katrina) when public schools in Texas were providing quality education for FREE? How many Louisiana Citizens for TOPS Funding consider yourselves "well-off" or "ahead"?

I have no problem with raising the academic standards to earn the scholarship. Here's an obvious solution to fund the TOPS scholarship program now and long-term: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

Posted by Jim Pittman on 04/15/2017 at 10:13 AM

Re: “College bind: after TOPS cuts, how Louisiana students pay for college

Sad. In the meantime, the least healthy state in the United States has only the 33rd highest tax on a pack of smokes. Why? https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

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Posted by Jim Pittman on 09/26/2016 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Commentary: 'Yet another shell game'

Louisiana consistently ranks as the least healthy state in the nation. Imagine the long-term health and economic impact if Louisiana legislators simply raised our cigarette tax to the national average ($1.61). https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

Posted by Jim Pittman on 05/16/2016 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Another task force study on Louisiana budget issues?

Clancy, Imagine the health and economic impact for Louisiana if our legislators simply raised the cigarette tax of the least healthy state in the country to the national average ($1.61): https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/food-though…

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Posted by Jim Pittman on 04/04/2016 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Blakeview: Hotel Dieu

More info about the Daughters of Charity Health Centers - now with 9 locations throughout NOLA, www.dchcno.org

Posted by Jim Pittman on 05/12/2015 at 10:08 PM

Re: “New Orleans bars going non-smoking? Yes, if LaToya Cantrell has her way

According to the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, 6,200 adults die each year in Louisiana from the harmful effects of cigarette smoking. Another 750 will die from exposure to secondhand smoke. Bravo to the NOLA bar owners who have decided to stand behind their employees, musicians and the overwhelming majority of their customers that choose not to smoke.

This is a great week for NOLA bars and smokers to go smoke-free. In partnership with many prominent healthcare providers throughout the state, the Smoking Cessation Trust is helping Louisiana residents that qualify quit for FREE. Visit www.SmokingCessationTrust.org or call 855-259-6346.

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Posted by Jim Pittman on 07/23/2014 at 10:52 AM

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