Monday, September 26, 2016

As fresh debates over free speech heat up at LSU, maybe it’s time for everyone to remember that the root word of “university” is "universe," stemming from the ideal of giving students the world.

Sunday, September 25, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016

I got to thinking about what a liberal is. It brought to mind the Supreme Court justice who said he could not use words to describe pornography but "I know it when I see it." Here are some of the knee-jerk attributes of liberals that came to mind:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

In a scriptural story passed down through the ages, a handful of fishermen without special title or authority find themselves called to be fishers of men. The story resonates among believers and nonbelievers alike because it speaks to a fundamenta…

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Friday, September 23, 2016

As a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, I just wanted to say how proud I am of the community response in light of the events of the past two months. As you all know, July and August were pretty tumultuous with the tragedies of Alton Sterling and se…

For the many Louisianans concerned about outdated criminal justice laws, it’s heartening that Congress has indicated that it hopes to take up the issue during the coming weeks. But, it remains unclear whether any legislation will make it to the pr…

Friday, September 23, 2016

A controversial police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina and the unrest it’s prompted throughout the city are a potent reminder that Louisiana is far from alone in dealing with tensions between black citizens and law enforcement…

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016

I am not sure if Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc or one of his subordinates needs to be terminated, but someone has been negligent with respect to all these correctional facilities that are under investigation f…

The Sept. 7 news article outlining what our the Baton Rouge Area Chamber thinks our state must do to comply with another new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, which succeeded a previous federal law, No Child Left Behind, which, by the way, …

This is a serious request. Will someone please write to The Advocate and explain how anyone can not trust Hillary Clinton but trust Donald Trump? Every time I read a Trump story or hear him talk, it sounds like nothing but lies to me.

Long before the Cajun Navy hauled last month’s Louisiana flood victims to safety — and even before Hurricane Katrina inspired similar heroism — another volunteer flotilla helped rescue scores of people stranded by rising waters.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

It’s no secret that the state is in the middle of a terrible fiscal crisis and that problems just got much worse with recent flooding. Because of the devastation caused by this natural disaster, state lawmakers now face even tougher financial deci…

While Louisiana is making progress in its insurance coverage gap with the expansion of Medicaid for the working poor, is there going to be a health services gap?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thomas Sowell blindly misses the irony in his attack on statistics. He cites Mark Twain’s famous remark about “ ...lies, dammed lies and statistics”. But at least Mark Twain equated statistics with lies. Sowell is using statistics (his own) to ref…

I loved Bernie Sanders and all he stood for. But like-minded friends, it’s time to get excited, very excited, about Hillary Clinton. The 2016 election is boiling down to turnout, big time! A lackluster, sit-on-our-hands and don’t-vote stance will …

Monday, September 19, 2016

LSU loses an admittedly sloppy, season-opening game against a perennial Big 10 power, and it's armageddon. The Legislature makes annual cuts to higher education spending, depriving our flagship of the investment needed to keep pace (never mind sur…

Cal Thomas, in a Sept.10 column, equates Hillary Clinton’s memory lapse strategy, when questioned by the FBI, as right out of Richard Nixon’s playbook. But when you start making comparisons to the devil, you must realize we all have sinned. I hear…

As a long-unformed U.S. Senate contest enters the homestretch, it’s safe to say that we’ve wandered a very, very long way from where U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, one of 24 candidates, hoped the conversation would be.

One of the country's biggest disasters of this decade is another blow to Louisiana's financial health, as households will struggle to recover and government revenues will face new pressures.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Staff Sgt. McDonald makes an impassioned plea for universal military service ("Let young people learn values of military service," The Advocate, Sept. 2). I strongly disagree with his premise to utilize the U.S. military for discipline and guidanc…

The Advocate news article "After nearly 2 decades, state science standards under review." Maybe I missed something, but I recall from not so long ago, that after 4 years of intensive review by educators throughout our country, Common Core standard…

Here we go again. In a recent letter, Steve Gardes aims to teach us about personal and national salvation. Does he know what he's talking about? Unfortunately, Mr. Gardes slept through the 1990s, when he missed President Bill Clinton's ending of "…

Saturday, September 17, 2016