Clearer plan was needed to pass millage hike

Everyone knows that the people of the Tri-parish area know how to throw a good party.

But when it’s for a good cause? We are in our element and really, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!”

For those of you not in tuned with the Cajun French language, that means “Let the good times roll.”

This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people enjoyed last weekend’s lovely weather at the Thibodaux Firemen’s Fair.

The annual fair is always held the first weekend in May.

The event is funded by the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds go to help support the department’s needs throughout the year.

By all reports, this year’s event was a success, and thousands of much-needed dollars were raised – all while people enjoyed the company of friends and family at the event.

Events like these are very common to our community – they are a large part why our area is such a great place to live.

Throughout our three parishes, we have dozens of events that raise countless dollars to charitable causes.

We have fairs and festivals, like this past weekend’s Firemen’s Fair. They are spread evenly across all 12 months of the year and among all three of our parishes. We also have countless fun runs, 5K, half-marathons and other events that boost local hospitals, charities and organizations in need of aid.

Just two weeks ago, one of the biggest local races, the Super Cooper 5K race in Houma donated a check for more than $16,000 to Terrebonne General Medical Center to assist families with infants in ICU.

That organization has raised more than $150,000 since its inception.

Others just like it are doing similarly great things, including the Ross Mullooly Project, which has given many amenities to Hope Lodge to help cancer patients enjoy a comfortable stay.

Again we state: We rally together to help our community when it is in need.

With all of that said, this weekend’s election results should not be viewed as our area turning a blind eye to education and to the needs of our community – we have a proven track record for stepping up to the plate to boost ourselves when needed.

It should instead be viewed as a call for clarity – a challenge to educators to try again for their money, but this time being more thorough and detailed in explanations for its use.

We’re always willing to let the good times roll to help each other.

But we need to know where all of the money is going, first.