Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The definition of "charter school" starts with "public," because these are public schools that are run by independent boards. But the threat of competition for dollars has fueled a legal challenge to public funding for that particular type of publ…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

In the August floods in Louisiana, my house received two feet of water. According to a Baton Rouge Advocate article, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration at Princeton University conducted a study finding that climate change played 'a si…

Ask a soldier to take a hill under fire. Tell that soldier the person telling him/her to take the hill has no combat experience. The proposed appointment of Betsy Devos as secretary of education is nonsense.  Devos' only claim to shaping education…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we must note that Louisiana continues its march to the top of the bad lists, with a top-five finish in the risk of pedestrians being fatally struck by cars. Baton Rouge, where sprawl has been the norm …

Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017

Without hesitancy, I say that I will miss Barack Obama. The man is cool, funny, incredibly elegant and he is more subtle than a heartbeat you can feel without hearing.

Aside from the fact that Betsy DeVos and her family are buying their way into positions of power and influence, she should NOT be confirmed to have influence over the future of our country - our children. She does not believe in public schools. Pu…

In these uncertain times, working families value the safety and security of health coverage more than ever. Some members of Congress are currently discussing making major changes to our core health system in the United States—including repealing t…

Monday, January 16, 2017

In my previous life as a college professor, I was required routinely to grade students' performance. Old habits die hard, so I decided to grade outgoing President Obama. My method consists of weighing his accomplishments against his failures . But…

Sunday, January 15, 2017

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Senate scheduled hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet before the Office of Government Ethics properly vetted the nominees. Just a day before Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions’ hearing, the OGE…

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Perhaps Troy Brown's criminal record isn't enough to automatically trigger a vacancy in the state Senate seat he holds in the River Parishes. That would require a felony conviction.

Friday, January 13, 2017

With neither the governor nor state lawmakers eager for a special session, after being in session for months last spring amid budget woes, it still seems sensible to us that they should come back to the State Capitol before the next regular sessio…

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The president-elect told reporters at his press conference that only journalists wanted to see his tax returns. That's not true. Many of us feel his using tax loopholes for the very wealthy to pay zero income tax for years isn't "being smart," as …

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice sent Gov. John Bel Edwards a strongly worded “findings letter” summarizing a two-year investigation of people with mental illness in Louisiana nursing homes. “Approximately 4,000 people with serious menta…

If you've seen those bright red trucks with flashing lights on The interstate highways, remember they are there to help not hinder traffic. I happened to be one their "customers" while returning to Baton Rouge from a very cold hunting trip last we…

In my humble opinion, the prospective Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is a total break with the despicable political machine President Barack Obama and former Attorney general Eric Holder installed in the Justice Department. No longer will the ag…

The commitment of another $1.2 billion toward flood aid by Congress was good news at the end of the old year, but there is still a great deal to be done in the new year to navigate the bureaucratic process and get the money to people who need it t…

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

In Stephanie Grace’s excellent article in Sunday’s issue of The Advocate she asks, "Where is the urgency on climate change?," and she correctly indicates that our federal government under the new administration is probably not interested in addres…

New Orleans is known for the dozens of special events that occur around the city on a monthly basis. In order to host special events, entities must pay fees for special events permits, which are designed to offset governmental costs associated wit…

Monday, January 09, 2017

A recent article by Jim Mustian and Jeff Adelson refers to the three-year hiring freeze for the New Orleans Police Department initiated by Mayor Mitch Landrieu in 2010. This single, poorly thought out decision by the mayor in 2010 has had an adver…

The recent letter, "Senate dodged duty on nominee," was interesting. As suggested by retired professor Porter, I took 5 minutes to check his facts, because I didn't believe that the "Republican Senate violated Section 2 of our Constitution." Accus…