Friday, December 02, 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016

Recent print and media journalism, including The Advocate, have reported on President-elect Donald Trump's announcement on Nov. 23 of Betsy Devos as his intended Secretary of Education.

I suspect that Jeff Sadow’s diatribe (The Advocate. Nov. 27) against what he sees as the evils of liberalism would surprise his students who, one would hope, have been taught the virtues of accurate and truthful writing. Granting his right as a co…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

N.O. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said there were more than 30 officers on the block when the mass shooting on Bourbon Street erupted early Sunday morning — and only months before the City Council had passed a brand new set of gun restri…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Since the June 29, 2014 shooting on Bourbon Street that left one person dead and nine people injured, only one of the two or more shooters during that incident has been identified, caught, and convicted. There have been at least 9 other shootings …

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I am a Louisiana resident who has studied, worked in and dedicated my life to public health. Upon reading some of President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals for health care reform, I felt concerned for the future health of my community.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Even though I have never belonged to a political party, I may have to join the Democratic Party since I learned from letter writer Jesse Pitre that they pay no taxes. Speaking about the gasoline tax, he said Democrats are always eager to spend tax…

Sunday, November 27, 2016

With regard to the Nov. 19 letter from Baton Rouge business owner Alan Schuetz suggesting that TOPS funding deficits might be solved by eliminating “nonessential” — i.e. non-STEM courses — like art history and liberal arts programs from Louisiana’…

Friday, November 25, 2016

It is to be expected that if your candidate loses, you want to change the rules. However it is sad that Michael Russo, a librarian (letters Nov. 21) is not familiar with the many books on the founding of our nation. He, like many of the Obama/Clin…

What makes millennials and others such as Bernie Sanders think that a college education should be free or that graduates should not have to repay student loans? I and all my college educated family and friends had to repay our student loans. It wa…

Friday, November 25, 2016

Omitting wordage on the vice president, here's what the U.S. Constitution provides on electing the President: Article II "Section 1. He [the President] shall . . . be elected, as follows: "Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislatur…

Regarding "Advocate chooses to ignore the facts" by Jeff Landry: Mr. Landry, in your letter, you cite the supremacy of the Constitution. I would like to refresh your memory on the preamble of the Constitution of the United States which says "secur…

Thursday, November 24, 2016

On Sunday, Nov. 20, your columnist James Gill, and WYES Director of Local Initiatives Marcia Kavanaugh, presented your readers and local TV viewers with vivid pictures of the ongoing mental health crisis in Greater New Orleans.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Learned columnist George Will implicates academia, the “incubator of late-adolescent infants” (The Advocate, Nov. 20: 8B), in the president-elect’s triumphal passage to White House. His succinctly worded conclusion warrants public attention: “Inst…

In a letter which appeared in the Nov. 21 issue, the writer, perhaps quite inadvertently, revealed, in a single phrase, the mindset which delivered the Donald Trump presidency to America, including those like the writer who would have preferred to…

Michael Russo's recent letter in The Advocate is just another sour grapes complaint about the Electoral College system of electing our presidents. Face it, Mr. Russo, and all you others who just can't accept the proper outcome of the last presiden…

In a letter which appeared in the Nov. 21 issue, the writer, perhaps quite inadvertently, revealed, in a single phrase, the mindset which delivered the Donald Trump presidency to America, including those like the writer who would have preferred to…

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thank God this election is over and we have a new president for our country, which was so dangerously divided in this election. Now is the time for our country to come together. For our new president, I have this brief history review, and hope tha…

During the past week, your paper covered a report by the Louisiana Policy Institute about how a state tax credit is helping working parents pay for care and education for their 0-4-year-olds, but that overall funding for such assistance has been c…

Monday, November 21, 2016

I have been in 90 countries and as imperfect as we are as a country, there is no place in the world that officers the freedom and opportunity we have in the USA. However, we must be vigilant of any form of injustice and respond to it immediately w…

I have been in 90 countries and as imperfect as we are as a country, there is no place in the world that officers the freedom and opportunity we have in the USA. However, we must be vigilant of any form of injustice and respond to it immediately w…

Sunday, November 20, 2016

As a first year teacher in Ascension Parish and a graduate of LSU’s undergraduate education program, I support one-year residencies for future teachers. Within the existing program, I was not able to see an entire school year of planning, testing,…

I am writing to express my extreme disappointment with the Zephyrs new name “Baby Cakes.” My family and I have been big fans of the Zephyrs since they first move from Colorado to New Orleans some 23 years ago. As a lifelong resident of the New Orl…

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Electoral College system is an idiotic way to choose a president for a number of reasons. First, at the state level, only two states award Electoral College votes proportionally, Nebraska and Maine. In every other state, the winner — by howeve…

Friday, November 18, 2016

I never thought that one day I was going to sadly cry for my adopted country, these United States, but when I saw the news about Donald Trump, I couldn't help but think about all the opportunities that this country has offered me. For example, the…

I just read an article entitled "UNO will cover its TOPS students' tuition this spring." TOPS was PROMISED to students based on high school (and continuing collegiate) performance, and now the state is reneging. I am fine with raising the high sch…

The new Baby Cakes name and brand is like that tourist who visits the city in August, doesn't leave Bourbon Street, stays drunk on Hand Grenades, and is never seen with less than 4 or 5 pairs of beads around his neck or wrapped around his head.

This is the first time I've ever written a letter to express my view on a subject; but I can't be silent regarding the new name of the Zehyprs. To call a professional baseball team "Baby Cakes" is unconscionable. The mascot reminds me of "Chucky" …

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Since 1803, Louisiana has been an indispensable state. Not only was jazz, America's only original art form created in New Orleans by Louisiana musicians, but more importantly, our state has served as a major U.S. gateway for commerce to and from t…

As veterans, we understand what it means to serve, to answer our nation’s call and leave our families, friends and lives behind to defend the American people and the cause of freedom in foreign lands.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The protests about the election of Donald Trump are unjustified. He was elected legally, and we have an obligation to stand behind him. People need to see how he works as president before they see if a protest is justified. If he doesn't do well, …

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

What led to the election of Donald Trump? That is a question discussed daily by members of the media as well as by the syndicated columnists. Are they looking into the real reasons, or are they mostly trying to defend their positions? I think it i…

Monday, November 14, 2016

We barely dodged the bullet. Everyone needs to turn on the TV and look at who and what is happening in our streets throughout the country. We are truly blessed that Donald Trump won the election, or else those are the ones who would be in charge. …

The Association of Professional Educators of Louisiana, known as A+PEL, has raised over $200,000 to help teachers and schools that were adversely affected by recent flooding in south Louisiana.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

After digesting the reality that America elected Donald Trump to be our next president, I am fearful that Trump's legacy will undo legislative protections for women and minorities that were years in the making. Putting aside the untold damage Trum…

The will of the American voting public has now been subverted in two of the past five presidential elections by the archaic Electoral College system. We saw what resulted from that first subversion — George W. Bush — and now we have to face the re…

Friday, November 11, 2016

There is one way to stop the year after year budget insanity of cutting the ONLY two undedicated departments of state government, Higher Education and Health Care. Call a "constitutional special session." We can no longer afford the giveaway progr…