Thursday, July 27, 2017

The U.S. Senate took the first major step toward passing a health care bill, but it’s not entirely clear, even to most senators, which legislation they will be voting on. One of the options on the table is the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation A…

It is undeniable that parts of Baton Rouge are seriously lacking maintenance. Rough rides on the interstates and surface streets are endured daily. The presence of litter and trash along the roadsides is a reappearing eyesore.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

May I offer a counterpoint to the column by Cokie and Steve Roberts in which they criticize President Donald Trump's "assault on refugees" as being "a deeply moral violation of the country's most basic values," as if this horror was occurring for …

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

I appreciate Mark Ballard noting my campaign's focus on creating jobs and growing our economy in his most recent column, “The election for the most important job you've never heard of deserves more attention.”

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

In expressing concern about “outside influence” in elections, R.H. Pulliam complains that “national organizations such as the ACLU” and others “pour big dollars and influence into our state to get elected people they want in Washington.”

Monday, July 24, 2017

Prevention is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. But when it comes to abdominal aortic aneurysms, or AAA — a leading cause of sudden death in men over 60 — prevention isn’t just important; it’s lifesaving.

Recent coverage of Southern University’s accreditation warning by news outlets in the state reveals an unfortunate fact of life. Any action against a historically black college (HBCU) is painted in the worst light possible even when the act is minimal.

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McConnell should get his folks to repeal Obamacare outright, hold a news conference and say the following: "We have repealed Obamacare.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…

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…

Sunday, July 23, 2017

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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…

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…

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

Many times I've seen letters to the editor decrying "fake news," accusing them of "colluding and conspiring" to "bring down the president." These letters will also often claim that the use of anonymous sources only discredit the media. They couldn…

Friday, July 14, 2017

I am one of nearly 100 Louisiana doctors who have signed a letter to Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy on behalf of our patients. As doctors, we take an oath to put our patients first, and to “do no harm.” We respectfully ask our Senators to do …

Gus Rantz's letter of July 6 was total nonsense. The only way that taxes could possibly be considered "evil" is if you think that schools, roads, libraries, airports, a guaranteed retirement, the armed services, our communications infrastructure, …

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I think that Mr. Sadow misrepresents the results of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment. This experiment is very important because its use of a control (nonparticipating group) as a check on the results of a participating group, i.e., the healt…

When our son was diagnosed with multiple, life-threatening food allergies as an infant, air travel became overwhelmingly difficult and unpredictable. We haven’t had these problems with Amtrak. 

BREC Commissioners wisely tabled an endorsement of a glossy 70-page March 2016, Shultz & Williams report designed to relocate the 50-year-old zoo from beautiful 640-acre Greenwood Park. Let's look under the zoo’s locomotive hood before it depa…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In 1996, David Irving sued Professor Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books for defamation. Irving claimed that by labeling him a “Holocaust denier” in her 1993 book "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory," Lipst…

Freedom of the press gives the publisher control over what the publisher or media choose to publish or report, including the right to refuse to print anything for any reason. Well and good, but it does not supersede the media's obligation to tell …

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

As a conservative voter, I must admit I find myself mystified that The Advocate wastes valuable commentary space (and money) employing Jeff Sadow. His column "Answering some Medicaid myths" is just another example of Sadow making up facts to fit h…

This past weekend, I took the time to drive around Lafayette in search of homeless people to feed. With me, I had food and bottles of water. The homeless people I met were friendly, respectful and thankful for the food they received. This led me t…

Monday, July 10, 2017

Louisiana recently witnessed a rare occurrence in today’s political environment: Democrats and Republicans joining arms to solve a critical issue facing our state. In June, a bipartisan group of lawmakers passed a comprehensive legislative package…

Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans, part of Ascension, has sought to be a voice for our patients by calling on Congress to pass health care legislation that meets three simple principles: preserve the safety net for those most vulnerable…

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Our nation is currently in the midst of an extraordinary political experiment. We have elected a president completely lacking in any political experience as if it was a good idea. On the campaign trail, he proved himself to be a crude, petty man b…

Friday, July 07, 2017

I read Jeff Sadow's recent opinion piece on Gov. John Bel Edwards, and he couldn't be more wrong, as usual. When are you going to get rid of this propagandist for the right? Edwards was left no choice but to veto numerous bills because of the fisc…

Virtually all of the talk about the revenue side of health care insurance has dealt with eliminating or keeping the increased Obamacare taxes on the wealthy to provide an entitlement for the poor and working poor. Very little attention has been gi…

Thursday, July 06, 2017

The recent thoughtful letter of a medical student mentioned several factors contributing to high U.S. health care costs. The future physician overlooked a fundamental driver of medical inflation. It may not be part of a pre-med curriculum, but any…

It seems to me that the LSU baseball team had a very good season, in large part due to their experience in Omaha. This team twice beat a team that had been No. 1 in the country all year. Yes, they then lost to Florida twice, but look on the bright…