Sunday, July 23, 2017

I received a letter from U.S. Sen John Kennedy touting his strong support for the National Flood Insurance Program, a program through which the federal government subsidizes and makes flood insurance affordable. Why is it that he and most other Re…

Mitch McConnell should get his folks to repeal Obamacare outright, hold a news conference and say the following: "We have repealed Obamacare. Americans are free to purchase their health care insurance through their employers or through the free ma…

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Opioids‎ are in the news as a huge problem in our country. Drug abuse is a horrible thing. In my younger days, young adults abused Quaaludes, which were a powerful pain killer. I understand the concern and the large amount of people dying each day…

For the third time in 12 years, the United States Bowling Congress and city of Baton Rouge have shared a special experience in bringing bowlers from around the world to Red Stick, and for a third time, we’d like the opportunity to say thank you an…

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017

If President Donald Trump can give an impression of grumpiness from his frequent comments on Twitter, he's also capable of a boyish charm even at 71. It was on display on July 14 in Paris, at the annual Bastille Day parade.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The LEAP performance of our kids gets enough bad press without the Louisiana Department of Education contributing to it by misrepresenting the data it presents to the public. The graphic that was reported this past week in the Advocate, and appear…

Friday, July 21, 2017

A recent headline and article in The Advocate created some concern among the community by publicizing a preliminary report prepared by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The report is still subject to review and correction based on new and …

I am in one of those seasons that many of us who are three score years old have to deal with. More and more of our friends and loved ones are dying, like leaves dropping from trees in a fall wind.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nursing homes are a cash cow for many Louisiana politicians and their friends. It would be very interesting to find a list of the real owners for the nursing homes in Louisiana.

If I remember my civics correctly, each state elects two senators and a number of representatives based on the state's population. Those elected go to Washington to represent their state in all matters handled by Congress. They are to vote the wil…

Does Donald Trump realize how absurd it is that he is loudly advocating "Made in America," while at the same time he and his daughter Ivanka continue to, and unhesitatingly acknowledge that they readily employ people in Mexico, Bangladesh, Indones…

Of all President Donald Trump's ill-judged remarks, one has stood the test of legislative experience on Capitol Hill: "Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject," he said. "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The cost of the elderly and disabled in nursing homes was highlighted in a recent Advocate series. As always, there are two sides to every story and the truth somewhere in the middle. One article mentioned a resident's concerns about the time it t…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Regardless of which party controls Congress, that institution has managed over our history to undermine the spirit all Americans envision for our governance. What I refer to are any number of rules and procedures that are either written into the C…

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Advocate had a fascinating article on July 16 concerning a lawsuit that may end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. It seems that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated a 1,500-acre tract of wetlands in St. Tammany Parish as critical habitat …

The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. The "difficult recovery from Katrina" was actually a difficult recovery from the failure of the federal flood walls and levees designed and built by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monday is the anniversary of the mass murder in Baton Rouge of three of our law enforcement heroes and the wounding of three others, one critically. We should all take this somber occasion to remember and celebrate the fallen and wounded officers …

Saturday, July 15, 2017