Saturday, October 01, 2016

I am continually amazed by people who choose to play the role of oppressed victim — oppressed victim in a country that offers hard-fought-for freedoms and every opportunity to succeed. The latest reminder was San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin …

Friday, September 30, 2016

People of the flooded parishes of Louisiana are overwhelmed by the loving, caring generosity within the state, and from those who have come from outside our borders. But none of the help, be it material, food or by sweat, has come without the hand…

On behalf of the greater Green Bay area, I want to extend a huge thank you to the LSU Tigers and their fans who attended the College Classic in September at Lambeau Field. I have been blessed to attend numerous large-venue sporting and entertainme…

Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016

The oil and gas industry continue to push for the government to allow oil and gas exploration and development to expand into deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico and to open new areas, like the Atlantic Coast and the Arctic to the industry. Their a…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In response to the extensive list of broad generalizations expounded by letter-writer William Bonin, I felt compelled, as one who is proud to consider herself a liberal, to answer his call to offer an explanation of what I believe the definition o…

I will assume that William Bonin's letter was meant to spur discussion, but I question the editorial wisdom of allowing so much invective, half-truth, and outright lies to occupy so much editorial space. Conservative views, by all means, let's hea…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The question of whether Donald Trump’s base of supporters has racist tendencies, which seems to be the thrust of Secretary Clinton’s use of the term “deplorables” (which she should have aimed at their opinions rather than themselves) is fairly eas…

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016

Politicians are always looking for ways to promote economic activity, such as new sports stadiums, tax giveaways to large corporations, or job-creation incentives, to name just a few. It turns out, there's already a surefire way to promote economi…

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I got to thinking about what a liberal is. It brought to mind the Supreme Court justice who said he could not use words to describe pornography but "I know it when I see it." Here are some of the knee-jerk attributes of liberals that came to mind:

Friday, September 23, 2016

As a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, I just wanted to say how proud I am of the community response in light of the events of the past two months. As you all know, July and August were pretty tumultuous with the tragedies of Alton Sterling and se…

For the many Louisianans concerned about outdated criminal justice laws, it’s heartening that Congress has indicated that it hopes to take up the issue during the coming weeks. But, it remains unclear whether any legislation will make it to the pr…

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I am not sure if Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc or one of his subordinates needs to be terminated, but someone has been negligent with respect to all these correctional facilities that are under investigation f…

The Sept. 7 news article outlining what our the Baton Rouge Area Chamber thinks our state must do to comply with another new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, which succeeded a previous federal law, No Child Left Behind, which, by the way, …

This is a serious request. Will someone please write to The Advocate and explain how anyone can not trust Hillary Clinton but trust Donald Trump? Every time I read a Trump story or hear him talk, it sounds like nothing but lies to me.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thomas Sowell blindly misses the irony in his attack on statistics. He cites Mark Twain’s famous remark about “ ...lies, dammed lies and statistics”. But at least Mark Twain equated statistics with lies. Sowell is using statistics (his own) to ref…

I loved Bernie Sanders and all he stood for. But like-minded friends, it’s time to get excited, very excited, about Hillary Clinton. The 2016 election is boiling down to turnout, big time! A lackluster, sit-on-our-hands and don’t-vote stance will …

Monday, September 19, 2016

LSU loses an admittedly sloppy, season-opening game against a perennial Big 10 power, and it's armageddon. The Legislature makes annual cuts to higher education spending, depriving our flagship of the investment needed to keep pace (never mind sur…

Cal Thomas, in a Sept.10 column, equates Hillary Clinton’s memory lapse strategy, when questioned by the FBI, as right out of Richard Nixon’s playbook. But when you start making comparisons to the devil, you must realize we all have sinned. I hear…

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Staff Sgt. McDonald makes an impassioned plea for universal military service ("Let young people learn values of military service," The Advocate, Sept. 2). I strongly disagree with his premise to utilize the U.S. military for discipline and guidanc…

The Advocate news article "After nearly 2 decades, state science standards under review." Maybe I missed something, but I recall from not so long ago, that after 4 years of intensive review by educators throughout our country, Common Core standard…

Here we go again. In a recent letter, Steve Gardes aims to teach us about personal and national salvation. Does he know what he's talking about? Unfortunately, Mr. Gardes slept through the 1990s, when he missed President Bill Clinton's ending of "…

Friday, September 16, 2016

About 150,000 homes were damaged from floods in the region. Very few have flood insurance, and even if they do, the insurance companies are trying to deny coverage and only agreeing, for instance, to paint the lower half of the wall and not the wh…

On Aug. 16, your headline said, "Vast majority in EBR without flood insurance." Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said the proportion of Louisianans with flood insurance is lower than he would have thought.

Your article on Aug.31 highlights the problem with funding judicial services out of enforcement fines. Traffic tickets are down, fines are down, and we now can’t afford the court charged with enforcing traffic laws. Clearly, if we need Traffic Cou…

Thursday, September 15, 2016

On behalf of the St. George Fire Department, we offer our sincere thanks to the numerous church groups, civic organizations, restaurants, businesses and families who came forth and provided meals, bottled water and other comforts (including a hand…

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The unprecedented flooding that recently inundated Louisiana was devastating. We appreciate the swift response of Gov. John Bel Edwards and his administration to the crisis, understanding that there is no way to completely satisfy the widespread l…

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Baton Rouge has experienced many losses in the great flood of 2016, however, one person lost in this time should not be overlooked: William F. “Bill” Borne, the founder and former CEO of Amedisys, one of Baton Rouge’s few publicly traded companies…

Monday, September 12, 2016

It’s sad that most Americans still don’t understand the mindset of politicians. All politicians love photo-opts, an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those invol…

In the presidential election we have the choice between two unpopular candidates. This is a dictatorship by the two-party system, but that’s another letter. I am not a member of either main political party. Advice I was given from a (Republican) p…

I am writing to thank Danny Heitman for his wonderful "At Random" piece, "Butterflies and recovery"— with special input from Alison Ligon's work on saving monarch butterflies; this is a deep motivation for all, especially being published on 9/11— …

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Our two major political parties have given the American people two very unsatisfactory candidates to lead this country. On one side, you have someone who has no real desire to be president and can trash anyone who is critical of any position taken…