Defense wins championships, the saying goes, but in politics as in sports there’s always another inning, even for a project many times delayed by former President Barack Obama, the Keystone XL pipeline.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
One of the groups pushing for criminal justice reform in Louisiana is the Pelican Institute of Public Policy, led until his early death of cancer by Kevin Kane of New Orleans. But the work goes on, and the conservative group continues to push for …
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Friday, March 24, 2017
Friday’s shelving of a bill to overhaul Obamacare might inspire cheers among critics of Donald Trump, who heavily lobbied for the bill as a keystone of his young presidency.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Boy Scouts who showed up at the Ascension Parish Council meeting last week to earn their citizenship badges probably got more of an education about government than they bargained for. The highlight of the meeting was the council’s vote to ask indi…
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
In talking about the devastating impact of coastal erosion and rising sea levels, many of us in Louisiana are so used to the big numbers — 10,000 acres falling into the Gulf of Mexico every year, billions of dollars for restoration and protection …
Monday, March 20, 2017
A region still raw from the loss of law enforcement officers in recent months must now mourn another officer who died doing his job.
Since January, we’ve tried to advance a sustained public discussion about litter in Louisiana, offering a few comments here periodically in hopes of moving the ball on a problem that’s plagued the state for generations.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
The importance of trade and international ties is a lot more visible in Louisiana than almost anywhere in the world. With the Mississippi River running through the state, with petrochemical facilities so visible, the barges and tank cares underlin…
Saturday, March 18, 2017
As New Orleans and Baton Rouge reflect on two anniversaries this year, residents of both cities are turning to literature to promote the celebrations. That’s a welcome way to promote this state’s colorful literary heritage — a part of our culture …
Friday, March 17, 2017
The health care bill from the GOP congressional leadership now supported by President Donald Trump is ostensibly aimed at following through on what Republicans promised in last year's campaign — namely, the repeal of Obamacare.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
President Donald Trump pledged to be tough on crime during last year’s campaign, a message that resonated with voters here and across the country. To make good on that promise, the president should act swiftly in appointing U.S. attorneys to serve…
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
In Louisiana, the disasters have piled up. Huge amounts of personal savings, insurance payments and federal aid money are being spent to hire contractors to put right the homes and businesses devastated by flooding.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Every Lent, because of a belief that doing without small pleasures can make you stronger, many people give up sweets in the weeks before Easter. It’s a special sacrifice in Louisiana, where the local cuisine includes bread pudding, beignets, dober…
Monday, March 13, 2017
Although there's a lot of new attention to public works, courtesy of President Donald Trump's campaign to rebuild America's infrastructure, there will be difficulties aplenty in getting much done. Funding in an era of a giant federal debt is obvio…
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017
In setting clocks ahead tonight to begin Daylight Saving Time, residents will lose an hour of sleep, the world seeming to quickly accelerate as Louisiana joins the nation in moving into spring. Perhaps we can be forgiven for feeling that life alre…
Friday, March 10, 2017
Thursday, March 09, 2017
With the arrival of Lent, many Catholics will be abstaining from meat on Fridays, eating seafood instead. But seafood seems far from a sacrifice in this part of the world, as readers across the country were reminded in a recent article in The Wall…
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
On hearing Monday’s news that New Orleans city officials can move ahead with plans to take down several Confederate monuments, we first felt as if we were revisiting a piece of history as remote as the Confederacy itself.
As New Orleans returns to normalcy after Mardi Gras, it’s easy for those of us who live in Louisiana to remember that what’s normal in New Orleans often seems surreal to outsiders.
Monday, March 06, 2017
At one time, the standard for a fulltime load in college was five classes a semester, typically earning 15 credit hours, with the usual four-year degree coming with 120 hours completed.
Sunday, March 05, 2017
Later this year, Gov. John Bel Edwards and lawmakers are supposed to tackle tax reform — a topic that ideally should touch on any number of policy questions, including the Louisiana’s long tradition of using tax incentives to lure businesses here.
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Lent, a time when the devout look inward and reflect on how they might become better, speaks to our secular lives, too. In south Louisiana’s wider culture, among those of all faiths or no particular faith at all, this season can be a time to look …
Friday, March 03, 2017
While the experts have devices to measure pavement quality, Louisiana drivers are apt to describe their experiences in more personal terms, in the part of the anatomy where the wallet is located.
Thursday, March 02, 2017
This Lenten season ought to inspire more than just spiritual reflection, but also sadness about those injured in both New Orleans and Gulf Shores by car crashes at Mardi Gras parades.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
While much is in flux in the new administration in Washington, perhaps no more murky subject is candidate Donald J. Trump’s plan to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
With the short-term thinking prevailing in the Louisiana Legislature, even after a special session over a new budget crisis, where will be the fortitude to keep dedicating large sums to coastal restoration?
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Maybe the citizens who disrupted a town hall meeting with U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy in Metairie on Wednesday are high-fiving each other, congratulating themselves on a mission accomplished.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
As with a fraternity road trip, the details are not edifying if looked into too closely. But somebody should have shown better judgment at Louisiana State Police.
Monday, February 20, 2017
In an age of surveillance cameras and smart phone video, many of us witness the work that police do through recordings circulated after the fact. It’s a medium that can make us feel like passive spectators detached from the dangers that law enforc…
Another guilty plea from a top official of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola ought to be evidence enough for Gov. John Bel Edwards to reassess management, as well as practices, at the organization he’s decided for a year has the leadershi…
Sunday, February 19, 2017
It's always a party in New Orleans, but maybe even more so during Carnival. What's indisputable is that it's an especially good party right now, with the festivities of the NBA All-Star game.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Given the general dysfunction in Washington, D.C. right now, we’re heartened by President Donald Trump’s swiftness in issuing a disaster declaration for parts of Louisiana in the wake of last week’s tornadoes.
Friday, February 17, 2017
A new report on the nation’s most promising experiment in changing school governance ought to be required reading around the state, where publicly funded but nonprofit-run charter schools are growing.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
As a victim of domestic violence earlier in her life, state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey Colomb has particular standing to speak out on the case of Troy Brown.
Hardly a ringing endorsement: Like her boss Donald Trump, new federal Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is in after a squeaker. She was confirmed on a 50-50 vote, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking the tie on her confirmation.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Although it seems all the rage in education circles, we wonder about the application of "value-added" judgments in measuring how much schools are really teaching students.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
If the goal of health policy is to keep people healthier, there is a lot of room for debate over how to go about that process. If the measurement is insurance coverage, so that medical care is more easily available and affordable, "Obamacare" is a…
Friday, February 10, 2017
"When we judges don our robes, it doesn’t make us any smarter," federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch recently noted after his nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. "But it does serve as a reminder of what’s expected of us: Impartialit…