Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017
Monday, May 22, 2017

As a former New Orleans resident of 30-plus years, I would like to share my views on the recent controversy concerning the removal of statues in New Orleans. I call them statues because that is what they are.

If you’re going to use it, you should be willing to pay more for it. It’s what I call a “user tax,” and it’s the reason I favor not only the proposed 17-cent increase in the sales tax on gasoline but also an additional 3-cent local gasoline tax de…

In Mitch Landrieu's own words, he said,- if he were African American, how would he explain to his young daughter who Robert E. Lee was and what did he do? Using this logic, if he were a Native American, how would he explain who Jackson and Bienvil…

Monday, May 22, 2017

Regarding the recent Cal Thomas column, "Stop the insults, Mr President": Well done, Mr. Thomas, with wise observations about the Comey firing, and excellent advice to President Trump. Regrettably, however, you have not taken Trump's true measure.

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017

With a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawsuit brought by a New Orleans-area levee board appears to be at an end, but the legal issues involving the coast don’t end there.

Joan Baez’s “Forever Young” just came on the radio, and I thought how sadly we have moved in the wrong direction: “May you always do for others and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May you grow up…

Saturday, May 20, 2017

With the removal of Robert E. Lee’s likeness from its prominent perch at the center of Lee Circle, New Orleans now has four fewer public monuments linked to the Confederacy.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Last month I participated in the inspiring climate march in Washington D.C. While President Donald Trump has embarked on efforts to roll back the country’s most important climate-change policies, clean energy quietly reached another milestone — wi…

Happy festival season. Locals and tourist alike are traveling to New Orleans to experience the amazing food, music and culture we all know and love. But all of that is in danger if we don’t act to restore our quickly vanishing coast.

Lower taxes that encourage business investment are economical, not, as The Advocate’s recent editorial called Louisiana’s Motion Picture Production Tax Credit “wasteful.”My firm, Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, on behalf of the Louisiana …

A sense of crisis would engulf a Legislature in a normal state with a situation like this: “The highest sales tax rates in the land, credit downgrades, critical infrastructure needs, and sliding tax climate rankings don’t provide the best optics t…

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Edward Pratt's April 8th column titled "Take time to notice good things" reminds me that though I gave up the classroom years ago, part of me will always be a teacher. I am reminded that life in the classroom was not a "crystal stair," but current…

So let me get this straight. A proponent of the death penalty co-sponsors a bill to abolish it, then casts the deciding vote to make sure it doesn't become law, and then says he did it all because he's frustrated that more people aren't being put …

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

As this school year comes to a close in Livingston Parish, I felt moved to make a comment about the people of this community. I have been a school social worker in this parish for the past 21 years.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In “Louisiana Black Caucus condemns 'disgusting' vote by House to block removal of New Orleans monuments,” State Rep. Thomas Carmody Jr., the bill’s sponsor, “said he believes in secession and that the Civil War was not fought by the Confederacy t…

Hard times for the state and its budget are forcing a long-overdue reassessment of the corporate tax giveaways that have cost the state hundreds of millions, if not billions over time.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Historically, Louisianians rated Governors on teacher pay and higher education. This rating adds efforts to improve the quality of teachers and funding of colleges. The record of governors ebbs and flows with revenue. There is no educational roman…

A friend recently asked me why he hadn't seen many recent letters from me to The Advocate. I told him that there is just too much to write about. From the top,  we have elected a president who has no idea of how to govern except by fiat, misdirect…

Sunday, May 14, 2017