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Louisiana Speaks Editorial Roundup

The following editorials from the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, The Lake Charles American Press, Lafayette Daily Advertiser and the Houma Courier & Thibodaux Daily Comet address Louisiana Speaks.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2007

New Orleanians are concluding a commendable months-long planning effort in which thousands of residents helped envision how to rebuild their neighborhoods. But we are not quite done dreaming up what kind of future we want.

The Louisiana Recovery Authority is asking residents across our region to take a bird's-eye view and help identify broad priorities for all of South Louisiana. It's an effort every resident in the metro area should take to heart.

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EDITORIAL: Take advantage of Louisiana Speaks
Lake Charles American Press
Saturday, February 3, 2007

If you think you have some good ideas for Louisiana's future, you have the opportunity to get those ideas into the hands of the people who are currently planning our state's future.

Louisiana Speaks is a an effort to get citizen input for future planning of South Louisiana as it recovers from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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EDITORIAL: The issue: Louisiana Speaks. We suggest: Let your voice be heard.
Houma Courier & Thibodaux Daily Comet
January 30, 2007

Louisiana Speaks is an important, ongoing effort to gauge the opinions and plans of coastal Louisianans so that planners can better know what we want over the next 10, 20 or 50 years.

It isn't a cure-all, by which state leaders hope to address coastal erosion, build flood protection and improve our roads.

But all of those things are part of the questionnaire that lies at the heart of Louisiana Speaks.

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EDITORIAL: Help create a new regional vision
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
January 28, 2007

Louisiana's goals for the future must go beyond simply rebuilding those areas devastated by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They must encompass the building of a better coastal area - and consequently, a better state - than existed before the onslaught of the storms. As citizens, by participating in the multifaceted planning process of Louisiana Speaks, we can play a role in achieving that.

Louisiana Speaks, endorsed by the Louisiana Recovery Authority, has been hard at work gathering the elements essential to planning for recovery and advancement. The organization is creating a long-term vision for South Louisiana in which the area will move beyond recovery and healing to become safer, more prosperous, cleaner and healthier.

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Louisiana Speaks is a multifaceted planning process, endorsed by the Louisiana Recovery Authority, to develop a sustainable, long-term vision for South Louisiana in the wake of the destruction caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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