Every year at the start of the school year you can hear muttered comments such as, "I thought it was supposed to be a 'free' public education."
As of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, there were only 176 Cleco customers without electricity in Avoyelles Parish.
Avoyelles' update for Tuesday was another half-glass report. Optimists will say the glass is half full, pointing out there were only nine new cases and no additional deaths since Monday's update.
Slowly but surely electricity is being restored to Avoyelles Parish homes and businesses that lost power last Thursday during Hurricane Laura's trip through this area.