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…

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.

Monday, January 16, 2017

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…

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…

Friday, January 13, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017
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 …

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…

Thursday, January 12, 2017

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…

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…

Oh my goodness! A recent letter in The Advocate is filled with inaccurate information and just plain wrong ideas. Let’s start with the title — “Abortion no answer to unwanted child.” Of course it isn’t, because an abortion terminates a pregnancy, …

Sunday, January 08, 2017

If Ville Platte police chief Neal Lartigue doesn't understand how the 4th Amendment works, he doesn't deserve to have a job. Both he and Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau should be fired immediately if they refuse to resign. Violating the co…

I'm a 27-year old woman, and a recently barred attorney, who also had the misfortune of having two "mini strokes" (TIAs) — one when I was a 19-year-old freshman at Duke University, and another at 23 during my first semester of law school at Tulane.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Regarding your recent article, "In Evangeline Parish arrest scandal, civil liberties took back seat to decades of tradition": If you live in rural America, as I have for a substantial part of my life, you quickly learn that everyone in these commu…

Today’s children have access to multiple screens — from television and tablets to laptops and smartphones — causing parents to wonder if they may be spending too much time with media.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

America’s education system has been broken for a very long time. The just-released Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, results show students in the United States continuing to fall behind their international peers, with scores d…

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Regarding Elizabeth Crisp's recent article on the Shelter at Home program, the headline would have been better suited as: “Shelter at Home has good intent and helped a lot of people," rather than the negative connotation it represented.

According to James Gill’s recent column, the ACLU has sued and won, forcing Slidell to stop collaring panhandlers.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

On Dec. 27, Rebekah Allen wrote an article detailing the severe lack of services and resources available to those with mental illness. Across the country, access is being hampered by a shortage of mental health providers and too few beds for those…

I see signs reading, "Not my president." Some are upset by Russian hacking, unfair intervention by the FBI director, and Donald Trump's sizable loss of the popular vote. Soon, there will be a new Supreme Court justice, and we'll surely see "Not my…

Monday, January 02, 2017

In a recent column, Cal Thomas wrote, “Doing without material things can force one to focus on what matters, such as developing character and other virtues that seem in short supply in today’s celebrity culture.”

Saturday, December 31, 2016


We are roughly 130 days into recovery from the August flooding and thousands have taken significant steps in their recovery on their own, with the help of friends, family, voluntary organizations, state agencies, and with the assistance of the Fe…

Monday, December 26, 2016
Sunday, December 25, 2016

It is truly ironic that your editorial on the state's recent tourism successes appears shortly after your most recent attack on the Louisiana film tax credits. 

Friday, December 23, 2016
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Rhetta Grimsley Johnson's column, ("The Emperor Has No Clothes, Ascendant," The Advocate, December 11) continues to draw the indignation of Trumpians who accuse her of denigrating the working class. In my opinion, Johnson aims her low characteriza…

Before we moved into our new Habitat for Humanity house, my boys and I lived with a roommate in a place we were renting. My sons are 4 and 9, and during the holidays, they wanted to decorate the house just how they wanted it. Because we had a room…

I would like to thank you for running Rheta Grimsley Johnson's column on Dec. 11. It perfectly summed up how I have been feeling after the recent election. I believe EJ Dionne also had a column that day. It seems to me that your Opinion page is he…

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

It's not often that I can write this to The Advocate, but I agree 100 percent with both letter-writers in your Dec.19 edition.