Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Sep 18th

Fitting Tribute for Mike Foster

sam hanna jrFormer Gov. Mike Foster is not one for pomp and circumstance. Truth be known, he detests it. Foster, though, turned out for a rather formal affair last week in his hometown of Franklin. He was on hand to witness one of his protégés, Gov. Bobby Jindal, announce the state would invest some $2 million to rehabilitate part of city hall to house papers and other collectibles that the 83-year-old former governor accumulated during his two terms in office from 1996-2004. It's a fitting tribute for a man who history will judge as one of Louisiana's finer two-term governors. Mark my word. It's a wise investment, too, for Foster's archives will serve to educate the citizenry for generations to come. Foster's path to becoming governor was atypical to say the least. A successful businessman who earned a fortune growing and harvesting sugar cane as well as from his construction company, Foster didn't enter politics until he was 57 years old.

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