Rich Miller is a native of Lafayette who did his time in the "Corp" and proceeded to the University of West Florida to collect on his Vietnam Veterans GI Bill. After several years out of the area, he returned to the Lafayette to practice his profession as Therapeutic Social Worker. He eased his way into Real Estate Investing within the community and then slid into retirement. Bosco, the very vocal dog, and he continue to live in Lafayette.
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Tom DeVilbiss spent his younger years in Jeff Davis Parish but moved away while still in high school. He worked in logistics for the Federal Government until retiring at a very young age around the "turn of the century". He then returned to school, has earned a Masters of Science Degree and has become active in non profit and political activities. Since retiring he has made North Dakota home but recently joined "the flight of snowbirds" landing in Lafayette, LA each fall.

Acadiana Progressive's Mission: Fact based and friendly discourse about public policies within population centers throughout Acadiana.

We applaud the latest surge in activism which is often referred to as the "Tea Party Movement". We believe that all levels of governments must be kept under the reign of responsible citizens. We further believe that grassroots activism is one of the oldest, and perhaps the most effective, "control mechanisms". We further proudly note that freedom of assemble and speech are in enshrined in our Constitution. Activism, even based on pure emotion, is a good thing.

But to be meaningful, we believe that such activism a citizen chooses to engage in should be rooted in fact and tempered by their personal values. It is within that personal cauldron the gray area between "Me" and "We the People" is forged; not through blindly and, too often, loudly echoing the latest media commentator be they from Fox News or MSNBC.

Citizenship is more than just showing up at the shrimp boil.

There are places enough to have these conversations. There are the time honored churches, coffee houses and taverns. There are the industrial era "water cooler" conversations. Now being added are all the new media and social networking sites. What is missing, in our humble opinion, is a way to connect the conversation of who we are as a human being to the political debate about who "...we the people..." are or should be and, then perhaps, to continue the conversation on to a philosophical and spiritual level, all the way up to who might we aspire to become. This is the conversation that this generation is not having. It is long over due.

Acadiana Progressive is attempting to build a knowledge base sufficient to encourage these enlightened conversations among concerned citizens. It is our expectation that such conversation will lead to sufficient consensus and onto action.

Activism! That's what it's all about.