Thursday, March 23, 2017

The great news that we should all celebrate is that children are healthier than they have ever been in human history. This is largely due to advances in public health, medicine, vaccines and antibiotics over the past 100 years that have allowed us…

A lot of conservatives claim that Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) is a "failure." Referring to Obamacare as a failed program is a gross misstatement of the facts. Prior to passage of the ACA, more than 50 million Americans could not afford hea…

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Republicans spent a lot of time and energy vilifying the Affordable Care Act, but it was never clear to me exactly what they thought the problems were. Via their new plan, however, they identify those problems. It seems Republicans think there are…

I just came back from a delightful visit with our grandson and family in Kansas. How great it was to pay only three dollars to smoothly traverse 50-plus miles (no potholes) from Kansas City to near Topeka and to legally drive 75-plus miles per hou…

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Boy Scouts who showed up at the Ascension Parish Council meeting last week to earn their citizenship badges probably got more of an education about government than they bargained for. The highlight of the meeting was the council’s vote to ask indi…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I am writing in response to Mark Ballard’s March 10 article about the LSU Foundation, and the resulting letter to the editor on March 20 by Michael Woods. It is true that LSU is trying to hire a CEO of the LSU Foundation that will also hold the pu…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Do not try and replace it. It should be obvious from the disaster that is the ACA and the new Republican plan that does not look any better, that it can't be done. However, most Republican voters still favor a repea…

In talking about the devastating impact of coastal erosion and rising sea levels, many of us in Louisiana are so used to the big numbers — 10,000 acres falling into the Gulf of Mexico every year, billions of dollars for restoration and protection …

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

With three serious accidents involving pedestrians/cyclists and automobiles on Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge within a 24-hours period, a pedestrian fatality on Joor Road March 5 and a high-school student killed on Cockerham Road in Denham Sprin…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

One of the most outstanding architectural sites in Louisiana, with some of the richest history, is slated for auction to the highest bidder on Thursday. The Old Carrollton Courthouse in New Orleans was built in 1855 by architect Henry Howard based…

Monday, March 20, 2017

These are strange times in the arts business in Louisiana and across our nation. In speaking to legislators, I am often amazed by their knowledge of the arts, and by the level of passion they carry for it. Ask them about the importance of art and …

It was interesting reading Mark Ballard's article regarding the ethical dilemma that LSU is facing. Let me shed some light on the ongoing attempt by the LSU System to ignore existing laws. The reason that the LSU Foundation, TAF, and LSUAA, as wel…

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The latest victim of Louisiana’s budget woes could very well be Hodges Gardens State Park. At one time it was the largest privately owned botanical garden in the country.

Regarding Anne Babson’s recent letter, “Trump’s anti-immigrant policies alarming”: It is troubling when people opine about “anti-immigrant” policies, policies they object to when referring to people who have come into our country illegally or have…

The importance of trade and international ties is a lot more visible in Louisiana than almost anywhere in the world. With the Mississippi River running through the state, with petrochemical facilities so visible, the barges and tank cares underlin…

Saturday, March 18, 2017

As New Orleans and Baton Rouge reflect on two anniversaries this year, residents of both cities are turning to literature to promote the celebrations. That’s a welcome way to promote this state’s colorful literary heritage — a part of our culture …

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has released the 2017 draft Five-Year Master Plan, which calls for spending $50 billion for coastal restoration and protection during the next 50 years. Overall, the plan represents an out…

Hello, my name is Aidan Johnson. I go to Westdale Heights Academic Magnet in Baton Rouge, LA. I have a brother who goes to McKinley Middle, a dad who is an accountant, and a very hard working mom. I do well in school and have many friends. I like …

In response to Melissa Flournoy’s letter criticizing U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s leadership on health care: Shame on you, Melissa Flournoy. Bill Cassidy has a lifetime of service to the poor and underprivileged. Louisianians from all socioeconomic ba…

The health care bill from the GOP congressional leadership now supported by President Donald Trump is ostensibly aimed at following through on what Republicans promised in last year's campaign — namely, the repeal of Obamacare.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shortly after I became the New Orleans Inspector General, I met with Professor Michael Cowan and Nolan Rollins, former President of the Urban League of New Orleans. They told me that the Office of Inspector General should do “outreach.” In all my …

Once oil prices began to drop precipitously during the summer of 2014, so did capital expenditures on offshore energy exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana’s economy suffered as result. Now we’re beginning to see offshore cap…

President Donald Trump pledged to be tough on crime during last year’s campaign, a message that resonated with voters here and across the country. To make good on that promise, the president should act swiftly in appointing U.S. attorneys to serve…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How do we improve the state of our state? The recent letter to the editor by Patrick Gibbens, a history professor from New Iberia, hit on one obvious answer. If I had been stuck in the traffic jam on I-10 this morning, I would totally agree that w…