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Classmates of the graduating of 1973 from Ponchatoula High held their 10 year class reunion on May 7, 1983. Those attending were from left (first row) Carlene Nickens Mickei, Joan Ourso, Suzie Ridgdell Chaney, Joann Castjohn Fayard, Bonnie Roberts Clay, Diana Berthelot Enmon, Joanne Poche Daigle, Dar- lynne Carlton McKean, Vicki Robin- son Wells, Linda Scarbrough De- Paula, Kay McGehee Avera, Cathy Arnold Kemp (least changed female), Cynthia Raiford; (seated second row) Cindy Heitman Fletch- er, Carol Hebert Hendrix, Penny 1973 Grads Alfano, Sharon Brown Melancon, Sue Pat Shaffer Thornhill, Pamela Bardwell Pevey, Virginia Kiuka (most changed female), Robin Cutrer Currier, Madonna Peace Sipai (trav- eled farthest), Phyllis Laurent Ay- mond, Frances Bass Moody, Steph. anie Fournet Spillane, Pare Gouedy Bridges; (third row standing) Herbie Lotz, Kenny Barnes, (third row seated) Merlin Pittman, Janie Wag- ner Notariano, Pam Baham Hebert, Karen Thibodeaux. Kay Cooper Short (most children), George McKean (most changed male), Karin Murry Ragan, Margaret Johnson, Shirley Perry Varnado, Susan Sparnecht, Leon Severan, Elroy Haynes, Paul Pevey, Mike Kimball, Daryi Fontenot (youngest child), Rhonda Rushing Smith, Jerri Cay Ragan Perrin, Paul Parent, Richard McGregory, Gary Cummings, Gid- eon T. Carter 111; (standing fifth row) Glen Hoover, Tom Ladner, Dallas Rushing, Jeff LeSaicherre, Leland Wolf, Ronald Melancon, Houston Hutchinson, Jimmie Sheridan (mar- ried longest - oldest child), Tommy Bergeron, Thomas Stanga, Wayne Aymond (least changed male), Steve Richardson, Frank Savoy, Wes Ott, Kenneth Williams; Bob Gabriel LETTERS THE PONCHATOULA TIMES MAY 19 Bonicard backs bill in Legislature Dear Editor The Louisiana Municipal Associa- tion. of which we are a member, is sponsoring several bills which are designed to relieve som of the specific problems present in"e.urrent law regarding public liability. If bese bills are passed, a very substantial, and growing, barrier to efficient public services will be removed. Public liability is a problem that's costing municipalities, as well as the state, millions of the taxpayers' dollars in court judgements and litigation fees. These are the obvious costs, but the problem is of such magnitude that a number of associ- ated costs are spawned in its wake. Higher insurance premiums for liability coverage is the most glaring example of associated costs, but, of perhaps even greater harm, is the attitude fostered among the general public when speeding drunks can win million dollar-plus court judgments because the road they run off of happens to have a low shoulder. These are the kinds of cases municipalities are trying to protect themselves against. Besides shattering public con- fidence in the equity of our legal system, such judgments tend to make us--public officials--wary of doing or not doing anything which might generate a bankrupting law- suit. This wariness is based on the fact that anything--whether prop- erty, equipment, or a facility--which is owned or operated by a munici- pality is considered by the courts to be in the care and custody of that municipality'. Should an accident there is a defect on municipal prop- erty and an injury results, then the municipality can be held liable, None of this is to say that legitimate victims should not be fairly com- pensated for injuries received in situations where a municipality knew of a dangerous situation, had time to correct it, but failed to do so. But this is often not the case. There seems to have developed in recent years a "'suit mentality," and victims of virtually any type of accident expect to be compensated for injuries re- ceived despite the fact "that they may have contributed very directly to their own demise. The real victims in these cases are the citizens and taxpayers of the community. You are the ones who must tace higher taxes increased liability miums. You are the experience curtailed services when a liability, judgment is the municipality. Put must try to provide high standard of living f But most importantly, here. This is OUR when frivolous and liability, awards integrity of the all pay. Collins }l,r (,,tttpl,7, ]-', , , /[, ,: : /:,,'rt r, O  SUPPLY SPECIAL Hydraulic Oil 5 gal. Can $13.95 causing injury result from a defect in any publically owned property which is deemed to have occasioned an unreasonable risk of injury, then the Mud Flap' local governing authority can be held S liable for resulting damages. (married most recently- not pic- A defect can be a pothole, a downed " $11 Campbell Sparnecht, Evelyn Howes Haight; (standing fourth row) Rod tured). 24 X 30" Lamonte, Brenda Ellenberger - or stolen stop sign. a cracked side- 050 Hardhide walk, a ow shoulder, a malfunct,on- Swingsters? Contrasted with the spectacle of a score of folks high on Budweiser trying to hold down the Budweiser hot air balloon in the middle of a semi-gale at the Balloon Festival, I think Pon- chatoula's got the right guy, Stanley, and the right idea. On to next year! anyone would find himself any- thing but prone if he decided to riot with Sgt. Miller towering above. I loved it when my sweet Arabelle looked from Stanley to the sun-scorched flatbed and back again a few times before climbing up and playing a knockout set for hours with no break. Aw, My Ponchatoula FROM PAGE ONE the theatre behind Hay Allen's Jewelry. But soon - The Oyster That Ate Ponchatoula. And how about the first Pon- chatoula Antique Festival? Not a trifle tawdry. Sgt. Floyd Miller agreed with Pinchpenny that the crowd did not seem prone to riot, as at some events, not that LAKESIDE MARINE 81 Terry Bass 40 EL Mercury Trailer Sale Price $2999 with warranty 78 19 ft. Wellcraft Bowrider 898 Mercruiser Sale price $5999 with warranty other used Rigs available 83' 1542 Duracraft Livewell 25 Mercury GaJvanized Trailer Sale PlCe $2599 542-0770 " Where Service is on the Lake W. Club DeLuxe Dr. Hammond, La. The Ponchatoula Times Ponchatoula's only locally-owned newspaper ing traffic light, a burrowing animal hole in a park. or any number of things which might be construed to occasion an unreasonable risk of injury,. Under present law, no con- sideration is necessary, of whether the governing authority knew of the defect or had an opportunity to repair it. To appreciate the nature of the problem, one has to understand that municipalities own or care for miles of streets, hundreds of traffic signs, and acres of property. Under the court doctrine of "strict liability" the public governing body is responsible for all of this property. Negligence on the part of a plaintiff or accident victim does not even have to be considered by the court in rendering judgments. Simply put, this means if Douglas Group 4 6-Volt $57.75 eoooooooJooooeoooeooeoolo,6o6jiijllll|! ooo. TRUCKER SUPPLY Hammond Ke Hwy 51 N. Across from 345-5552 Hammond Motors Hwy 5 22' .,.%.. .-,... iiiiii! .-..... ,-..... :i:i:i:i i::i:!:i:i: i!ili!iiiii iiiiiiiUi iiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiil Come Meet EDWIN EDWARDS! GRAND OPENING Tangipahoa Parish Campaign Headquarters EDWIN EDWARDS FOR GOVERNOR! 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