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On a Positive Note: The Town Talk is reporting that Cenla's economic future looks good and that Alexandria should continue to be the second-fastest growing city in Louisiana, despite the fact that we seem to suffer from a lack of skilled laborers. This makes for a well-needed shot of good news. On a Not-So Positive Note: It's hard not to be repulsed by some members of the local blogging community. To Michele Godard, I hope that you don't let the voices of cynicism and blind pettiness convince you that the entire Cenla blogosphere is without merit. In the short time that I've been running this blog, I have learned that there are some people who just want to make you mad. They pretend like they speak for the good of the community and that they champion the common person, but they're really just insecure, jealous idiots who can barely compose a complete sentence (let alone a rational, substantive argument). Many of them seem like they are still living in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and their perception of "who controls Alexandria" hasn't quite kept up with the times. It's hard not to get infuriated by them, and I've probably spent way too much time on the subject. But I do know this: They don't matter. They've never mattered. And this has nothing to do with political clout or social status. They don't matter because they have nothing, absolutely nothing, positive to say about anyone or anything. They're more concerned with who your ex-husband was or how much money my grandparents have given to charity than they are about the mayor's race or the state of education or poverty or health care (all issues, by the way, that particularly affect the lives of those that they claim to champion). So you know what? I'm going to continue reading and contributing, and I hope that others do the same. If you feel like insulting me and my family and who I am and who I know and where I went to school, be my guest. Believe it or not, there are some people in the world who are proud of who they are, where they have come from, and what they have accomplished. And a final word on LC: I agree with WeSawThat's assessment of the true purpose of LC, and I want to see LC return to former glory with the least possible damage to the institution's reputation and student body. For this reason, I no longer think it is absolutely imperative that LC lose its accreditation immediately. The discussion regarding LC attracted some very interesting responses, and as a result, I now believe there is probably an easier solution.