A cold front is expected to move through the area on Tuesday, knocking area temperatures down into the 20s by Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
While Mother Nature and Jack Frost have flirted with Lincoln Parish a couple of times this fall, this will mark the first time we’ll feel their icy grip since last winter, so it’s time to start thinking about preparations to best handle the chilly temps.
Maybe it was because I was raised in Dubach instead of Ruston and took freshman English at LSU instead of Louisiana Tech that I had never met Mr. Snyder. One day he strolled over to the table we were eating at Russ House. He greeted my father, his co-resident, and chatted a while.
Then he said, “So these are your two sons … which one writes for the paper?” I said I do. “I really enjoy your articles,” Mr. Snyder said and I thanked him. After he left, my brother Ben leaned over the table and whispered, “Do you have ANY idea what a compliment you just got?” I said no. He said, “That’s Robert Snyder! He used to write speeches for governors...” I later asked Mr. Snyder if I could interview him. He graciously accepted and I’m glad he did. Here’s the piece I wrote in 2008 titled, “Looking Back on Robert C. Snyder.”
Whoa up there before you get too overjoyed. Just because Louisiana’s proposed capital construction bill contains millions of dollars worth of projects for Lincoln Parish doesn’t mean (a) the money is immediately forthcoming, or (b) that the funds will ever get here at all.
Of all the political processes with which lawmakers deal as bills make their way through the system, the capital outlay process may be the most convoluted. That’s because, with rare exception, nothing in the bill is a done deal if even legislators all vote “yes.”