I know I’m sounding like a preacher on Sunday morning at offering time, and I hate this part of LouisianaVoice more than you know.
But the truth is, doing this costs money and as a retiree, I am on a fixed income, so twice a year, I come to you asking for your assistance.
Whether you can help or not, this service will continue.
Because with the state’s daily newspapers cutting staff, it’s more important than ever that the actions, both official and unofficial, of our elected representatives and their appointees, be watched closely and reported, especially when they break the public’s trust.
Sometimes, our efforts run into a dead end on a story. That just happened on a story I’ve been working on since last July. Yesterday (Thursday), I paid $192 for videos and other documents that failed to depict what I was told happened. But where I had asked for videos of three days of activity, I got only two, so now I have to ask again for that third day and it will cost more money. (Thanks to Robert Burns, who picked up $100 of that $192 cost, the financial hit was mitigated. But as I said, there will be more costs when I receive the third day’s videos.)
Sometimes I must file lawsuits to obtain records and while my legal representation costs little, filing fees must be paid. Also, there is the cost of fuel for traveling all over the state to chase stories that sometimes pan out, sometimes not.
We—investigative reporter Lee Zurik and I—will be breaking (in conjunction with TV news stations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles and Shreveport) a major story simultaneously at 10 p.m. Monday. This is a story I’ve been working on for approximately three months. A lot of time, energy, and finances have been invested in this effort.
Bottom line, keeping you informed of what your government is doing is a sacrifice in both time and financial resources.
Please help us by clicking on the yellow “DONATE” button on the right and give what you can by credit card or you can send checks or money orders to:
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