Senate candidate lends support to Gheens canal woes

Tuesday, May 25
May 25, 2010
Thursday, May 27
May 27, 2010

Dear Editor:

I read your Sunday, May 16, article about the Gheens canal issue with great interest. I met many of the citizens affected by this disaster a couple of weeks ago at your police jury meeting.

I would like to go on record as being 100 percent behind the Gheens residents and council members Phillip Gouaux and Lindel Toups.

For the Supreme Court to give permission to any landowner anywhere in the great state of Louisiana to block any waterway that is necessary for drainage and floods other folk’s land seems ludicrous to the ninth degree.

Should I be elected your next U.S. senator and this issue has not been solved to the satisfaction of the local Gheens residents and the council, I will do anything and everything I can to offer as much assistance as I can from Washington, D.C., to get this nutty situation corrected.

This is not just a local Lafourche Parish issue, this is a statewide issue. I live on the banks behind the Red River on the upper Cane River here in the Grand Ecore of Natchitoches Parish. I cannot imagine one of my neighbors being able to block any drainage in my area and cause flooding on other folks’ land.

Mike Robichaux and I started off our freshman year together at LSU in 1963. I thought the world of Mike then and still do today. Mike Robichaux is a good man. If Mike is behind the Gheens folks, even if I did not know anything about the issue, I would be behind them, too.

William Robert “Bob” Lang,

Canti, La.