Friday, April 21, 2017

Investment in Louisiana's energy infrastructure network creates a powerful economic engine that generates positive impacts for residents throughout the state — including its minority communities. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline represents one such oppor…

As a former Orleans Parish assistant district attorney and a former member of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, I’m appalled by the LDAA’s reaction to recent criminal justice reform efforts put forth by state leaders. As ministers of t…

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome seems to be bullying ahead with no thought of consequences where the city police are concerned. The police go through rigorous academic and physical training,  and they must be well versed in the law. From Mi…

Thursday, April 20, 2017

In 2007, The League of Women Voters of Lafayette published a landmark study called "Everybody’s Schools" providing a comprehensive view of facility planning in the Lafayette Parish school system. The study showed an over-reliance on temporary clas…

The director of The Baton Rouge Council on Aging gets accused of taking advantage of a 95-year old woman by making herself the executor of her estate. The state director of the COA says she broke the rules of the COA. The state director says she's…

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It was disappointing to see LSU President King Alexander respond in such a personal and petty way regarding House Bill 610, my legislation that would prohibit colleges and universities from authorizing an “official” alcoholic beverage.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It is fundamentally irresponsible for the Legislature to take money 17 times in nine years from the educational system we need to give our young a better life, and to still be contemplating the 18th time. Brave men and women would be pulling out a…

Like many people on the Gulf Coast, I had a loved one on an oil rig the day the Deepwater Horizon exploded. It was my stepdad’s first job with the oil industry. I was stuck on an airplane when I heard the news, wracking my brain with questions: Wh…

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

If nothing else, The Advocate's religion section remains consistent in offering articles as shallow as a shadow. The article entitled" ‘Hallelujah Anyway’ author: ‘Mercy is our only hope," only serves to reinforce that point. Anne Lamott is appare…

Monday, April 17, 2017

We are in the middle of a war on science at both the national and our state level. This is a war that we cannot afford to lose. I am assuming that readers of The Advocate are familiar with our president and other politicians stating that climate c…

LSU committed the most basic error in its survey about support for Medicaid expansion in Louisiana. The survey did not pose the question in a neutral manner, and that ruined the accuracy of the survey. In fact, with information given in the questi…

Monday, April 17, 2017

The idea of memorializing one of the Yankee generals especially William Tecumseh Sherman, is anathema to the South. General Sherman presided over and commanded troops who killed and subjugated many Southern military and civilians in his march thro…

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Recently,U.S. Rep. Garret Graves once again demonstrated his support for Louisiana’s saltwater recreational anglers by introducing the Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017, also known as the Modern Fish Act.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Every legislative session and throughout the year, lawmakers, healthcare experts, Louisiana residents and government officials spend a great deal of time in vigorous debate and consideration before supporting or rejecting policies that directly im…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

In his April 9th article, Tyler Bridges scrutinizes the power struggle within the Republican Party to determine “who's really in charge of the Louisiana House.” Although he focuses on the fractures within the party to assess Speaker Taylor Barras’…

Louisiana is suffering a financial and educational infrastructure crisis during the biggest construction boom ever. Did we give away too much money in order to get this growth in construction and film credits? Louisiana’s budget is never done corr…

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

We would like to address a misstatement in a recent Letter to the Editor indicating that the Board of Regents is seeking alternative methods to reduce the cost of TOPS while maintaining current tuition levels.

It's not really surprising to see Republican U.S. House members attempt to embarrass Gov. John Bel Edwards in preparation for the 2019 gubernatorial election, although it seems disreputable to do so while pretending concern for flood victims. I wa…

Monday, April 10, 2017

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would cut 32 percent of the State Department's funding in preference for increased spending at the Department of Defense, which, in December, was caught burying evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic wast…

Rationalizing his vote to erode Senate rules in order to force the installation of a conservative judge onto the Supreme Court, Louisiana’s junior senator wrote, “It is important for the American people and American democracy that the United State…

In his recent letter, Robert Hebert acknowledges that countries with single-payer health care systems have better statistical outcomes than the United States. He attributes those outcomes to the difference in the populations the U.S. doctors are d…

Sunday, April 09, 2017

I think the city administration of New Orleans needs to have a reality check. Do they really think that all of the mothers of sons killed due to street violence would prefer $600,00 dedicated to removal of the monuments or to crime?

As an independent voter in Louisiana, I believe I speak for many in this state who are frustrated by the foot-dragging in the Louisiana Legislature when it comes to tax reform. The voters are not stupid. We know it is complicated. We know that the…

Every time I read a (not infrequent) letter to The Advocate by Michael Hale in praise of the Affordable Care Act or its surrogates, I'm reminded of a central tenet of modern liberalism, namely, no matter how many times an idea has been proved inco…

Friday, April 07, 2017

In regards to the recent Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting whereby Louisiana’s federal education plan (Every Student Succeeds Act) was considered, and, in response to the assertions by some that the request to delay and substanti…

Our Louisiana Legislature could act in a way that will guarantee the preservation of Louisiana’s cultural and historical landscape. It can do this by having the courage to approve the proposed constitutional amendment and/or one of the two bills t…

Thursday, April 06, 2017

The report to the governor, "Sustainable Solutions for Transportation Infrastructure in Louisiana," produced arguments that give an objective appearance but are merely presenting a predetermined opinion. The report bordered on propaganda if it is …

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

In his letter to The Advocate of April 1, Michael Russell wrote that a single-payer health insurance system is impractical and that believing that such a system should be our goal is "naive." Unfortunately for Russell, the facts are not in his fav…

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

As DOTD Secretary, I often hear inaccurate and misleading information about transportation in Louisiana, but one fallacy regarding funding stands out. The notion that “only 11 cents on the dollar” is spent on transportation improvements and the “o…

As any community would, Baton Rouge has the moral and ethical obligation to take care of its seniors. It should be our greatest honor to protect and care for those who have paved the way for us in years past. While the mission of the Baton Rouge C…

Monday, April 03, 2017
Sunday, April 02, 2017

A recent editorial from The Advocate applauds President Donald Trump’s decision to back the Keystone XL pipeline project, which reverses President Barack Obama’s position.

As a member of the Port Allen City Council, I attend numerous functions in and around West Baton Rouge Parish. On March 23rd I was present at the most touching ceremony I've attended in a long time. This particular program was the 3rd Annual First…

The subtitle on The Advocate's March 30th front page story about Gov. John Bel Edwards' tax plan could have used some rethinking. "Edwards' restructuring shifts burden from most individuals to wealthy, larger businesses," it proclaims. The problem…

Friday, March 31, 2017

The Legislature is about to go into session to tackle the two major issues it faces — budget and tax reform. Both have potential problems that I hope the Legislature will confront.

Addiction is a medical issue, not a moral failure. This week, Orleans Parish Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Rouse reported that for the first time in New Orleans history, deaths from accidental drug overdoses surpassed murders in 2016. The startling number w…

The single-payer concept does have the appeal of a simple concept, and in an ideal world might actually be better. However, in the world we actually live in, run by real people, I am afraid such a system would reflect the operating status of all b…

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I have been reading the letters supporting the Affordable Care Act with consternation. While I do agree that it is a noble cause, and that something needs to be done to ensure that we all have access to healthcare, I'm more than a little concerned…

Never in U.S. history has the president, his staff and appointees been caught up in so much controversy and confusion so early in the president's first term. Failure of the new health care proposal should not be surprising when it was "‘worked on"…

John Singleton's lament (March 26, 2017, Letters) over the blight of cheap grace is appropriate, but to lay this phenomenon at the feet of Luther is an enormous overreach. The first of Luther's 95 Theses insists, "When our Lord and Master Jesus Ch…

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

State Sen. Sharon Hewitt revealed seriously misplaced priorities — a major problem in a senator — in her recent attack on lawsuits seeking to get the oil and gas industry to fix the part of the coastal land loss problem it created. Industry's own …

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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…

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…