Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

President Donald Trump's budget of March 16 boasting $51 billion more in “defense” spending will bring rejoicing in boardrooms of U.S. arms merchants. EPA cuts will mean our water and air will not be defended. Those who rely upon cancelled Meals O…

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A few notes about Bernard Goldberg's recent column, "(Trump and the Dems need a timeout": 1. Singling out Democrats for criticism is partisan. 2. Not all Democrats are hyperpartisan nor are they all angry Progressives. 3. Just because some Democra…

I have represented workers in the oil, chemical, paper, grain and steel industries both on the national corporate level and local level for over 35 years. I have negotiated contracts prior to healthcare being an issue. I also have the unique persp…

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Defense wins championships, the saying goes, but in politics as in sports there’s always another inning, even for a project many times delayed by former President Barack Obama, the Keystone XL pipeline.

Monday, March 27, 2017

I agree with the letter written by Keanan McGonigle dated March 24th stating that a single payer system is the way to go. My reasons are as follows: Universal means healthcare for everyone, period. Even if you are unemployed, or if you change jobs…

Monday, March 27, 2017

With an “I’ve heard this before” reaction, I read your article explaining how the governor and his allies know what’s best for the students in Louisiana’s public schools. The thing about education is, everybody knows something about it. Everybody …

Monday, March 27, 2017

One of the groups pushing for criminal justice reform in Louisiana is the Pelican Institute of Public Policy, led until his early death of cancer by Kevin Kane of New Orleans. But the work goes on, and the conservative group continues to push for …

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Leila Pitchford-English’s article entitled, “The man who started it” tells of Martin Luther, the great Protestant reformer. As most already know, Luther considered the purchase of indulgences within the Roman Catholic church to be a serious proble…

George Will's recent column regarding funding for the arts absolutely horrified me. For a supposedly intelligent and respected columnist to take such a stand is inexcusable.  Perhaps he could reconsider whether we want a nation of zombies glued to…

That we have a politician who understands economics is very welcome. Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposal to tax companies on gross sales (income) can be the beginning of lifting Louisiana’s economic woes.

I was very saddened to hear that the recall petition movement orchestrated by Robert Evans III failed to reach the number needed to recall Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni.

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017

Many years ago, I was a forestry major at Louisiana Tech. Most of my classmates were country boys, many of whom had an overdeveloped sense of humor. When they were kidding around they described it as "funnin'." The recent hijinks of the New Orlean…

To paraphrase our commander-in-chief, healthcare is complicated. There are serious trade-offs to be made about short-term savings versus long-term costs; about who should get covered and how; about who should pay for it all. Health is not like oth…

My name is Nathan Murray and I am a student at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge and an aspiring Eagle Scout. Throughout the years, I have read many articles that have been published by The Advocate that concern a variety of subjects. However, …

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…

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…

When the public charter school inhabiting the long-frayed physical shell of Prescott Middle suffered two feet of water in the floods, the teachers and staff of Democracy Prep like many others in the Baton Rouge area and across southeastern Louisia…

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…

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…

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…

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…