Aimee Faucheux with the city of Covington told me that tickets are selling fast for the final OnStage production of the year at the Fuhrmann Auditorium so I suggest you get them quickly before they are gone.
The last show for OnStage in Covington will be a wonderful Christmas show and I know it will be a great way for families to enjoy a terrific holiday performance.
“Charles Dickens presents a Christmas Carol” will be performed on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m.
This is a special Christmas Carol show since it was created by Dickens himself for his stage “readings.” In 1868 he began touring and presenting the show and drew thousands all over the United States.
OnStage in Covington was created by the city a year ago to offer more live theater in town and it has been a big success with three performances so far this year that have all been sold out.
Aimee has looked across the country for top theater performances and has brought in some fantastic talent. For the Christmas Carol show it will be actor/storyteller Mike Randall who plays the part of Dickens. Some of the reviews include comments such as “Randall delivered an inspiring performance…..a delightful ‘Carol.’”
For ticket information, call the city office at 985-892-1811.
I’ve been called a cheerleader of sorts for some of the Covington city officials, particularly Mayor Mike Cooper and Chief of Police Tim Lentz, but I guess it’s because I see a lot of what they do and truly believe the city has two outstanding guys leading the show.
I have to mention one other thing about Cooper that I saw at his recent “Coffee with Cooper” meetings held each quarter at the Covington Trailhead.
After he finishes his update on city news, Cooper opens the floor for questions and can get all kinds of odd things thrown his way. What amazed me was the way the guy seemed to know about virtually every building in the city limits—who owned it, who was coming in or leaving, and what the status was.
I said something to him after the meeting about it—I mean he was asked about abandoned buildings here or there and knew exactly what was up. He just laughed and said it was part of the job to know.
Pretty impressive I must say.
John Perkins is one of my good friends from our many days working together at the Slidell Sentry-News and now with him mostly in retirement, I notice he is one of those folks who enjoys seeing interesting things on the Internet or through e-mail that he will forward to friends.
I got one this week that I thought was worth repeating. Maybe you’ve seen it before, but it was new to me and I’ll guess it will be new to others who might enjoy it.
This information was apparently distributed by Warren Buffet, a man who consistently ranks among the wealthiest people in the world, currently with a net value between $5 billion to $10 billion, depending on which reports you believe.
The ironic thing about the information is that Buffett is a big supporter of the Democratic Party, particularly Hillary Clinton, yet he also has a reputation for being very frugal—something that apparently was linked to his interest in this topic.
Here is the information I received from John:
–Salary of retired presidents: $180,000 for life.
–Salary of House or Senate members: $174,000 for life.
–Salary for Speaker of the House: $223,500 for life.
–Salary for Majority or Minority Leaders in Congress: $193,400 for life.
–Average salary for a teacher: $40,065.
–Average salary for a deployed soldier: $38,000.
Buffett said that looking at those figures it was clear where Washington needed to do some financial cutting to the budget. But he also added that “I could end the federal budget deficit in five minutes. You pass a law that says anytime there is a deficit of more than 3 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.
I must say I like the entire plan, and I also think that for public officials to get that kind of money from the taxpayers for their entire lives after serving in a job that was considered public service is a shame. And you wonder why our national debt is so out of control? Think how much is getting spent each year for every congressional member who ever served!
Those dollars show how easy it is for Congress to spend money from hard-working Americans who are actually paying taxes—especially when that money is not their own.
That kind of reckless spending is why our national economy is such a mess and it’s why business owners are paying a third to a half of their income to the government, all so many others can get a free ride for so much in their lives.
I think those simple statistics are the reason Donald Trump garnered so much attention for president, and it’s the reason so many were willing to take a chance on someone like him—simply hoping something can get our system back in order.
Kevin Chiri can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.