Given the scope of change promised by a new administration in Washington, we hope that members will not forget those suffering in Louisiana from disastrous flooding this year.
Friday, December 02, 2016
The election of Cedric Richmond of New Orleans to head the Congressional Black Caucus, which will be 49 members strong in the new U.S. House of Representatives, is a welcome addition to Louisiana's clout on Capitol Hill. Richmond's district also i…
Thursday, December 01, 2016
While the shape of the new administration in Washington is still in flux, there is hope that President-elect Donald Trump will be more supportive of the energy industry.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
One of the wildest years in LSU football history ended with a dramatic victory against Texas A&M University, and student-athletes voted in the much-discussed sweepstakes about who would permanently replace Coach Les Miles.
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
In south Louisiana, a season supposedly devoted to peace on Earth and goodwill toward men has begun with bloodshed in our streets. The weekend’s violence shows how far we are from the promise of Christmas as another yuletide approaches.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
Early voting for the Dec. 10 election begins Saturday. We urge voters in East Baton Rouge Parish to back several major propositions that will make a positive difference in key challenges: traffic, criminal justice and tourist promotion.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Thanksgiving feels different across south Louisiana today. After August’s epic flood, many residents won’t be sitting at their own tables in their own homes to observe the holiday. Their houses are still damaged from last summer’s disaster, and th…
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
As the patriarch of “Duck Dynasty,” the popular reality TV show about a West Monroe family that produces designer duck calls and decoys, Phil Robertson preached the old-fashioned agrarian values of hard work and standing on your own two feet.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Much has happened in the world since East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Tullier was shot by a disturbed gunman on July 17, one of six law enforcement officers injured in the attack, among them three who died from their injuries.
We don’t know how the federal investigation of a police shooting in Baton Rouge last summer that rocked the city and the nation is shaping up. Community leaders and police recently gathered at a meeting hosted by Gov. John Bel Edwards to discuss h…
Monday, November 21, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
For almost two decades now, Louisiana schools have been measured by accountability standards, assessing student progress and generating vast amounts of data.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 18, 2016
Last year, when then-Gov. Bobby Jindal bowed out of the presidential race, we greeted his failed candidacy as evidence that no one could reach the White House by appealing to the basest fears of the electorate.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
For Attorney General Jeff Landry, election to statewide office appears to have gone to his head. In legal matters, he's asserting his authority to make state policy, but alas — as courts have held in different ways since 1882 — he is confusing his…
New news is not good news for TOPS recipients, as letters go out reminding them that come January, they will be paying two-thirds of the tuition bill formerly covered by the popular program.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
A come-from-behind win like that of Donald Trump in the biggest sweepstakes in the land inevitably causes uncertainty about future national policy in a lot of areas, but there is one where Gov. John Bel Edwards is likely to be most concerned: expa…
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Released in the feverish run-up to the presidential election, a purely advisory report on reforming Louisiana's tax structure was bound to be overshadowed by the contest for the White House.
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Runoffs after the presidential election are rare in America, although there have been one or two; Georgia requires a statewide winner to get a majority, sometimes forcing a runoff there. But Louisiana is the king of the endless political cycle.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Veterans Day is celebrated this Nov. 11, as it is every November, because World War I ended on Nov. 11, 1918, concluding a conflict billed as “the war to end all wars.”
Thursday, November 10, 2016
An unusual year in Louisiana, including a thousand-year flood and a violent summer in Baton Rouge, has probably made us more accustomed than other Americans to the arrival of the unexpected in 2016.
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Now that the ballots have been cast in one of the most dispiriting presidential elections in American history, we take comfort in the election itself. Each ballot was a basic expression of an abiding principle — that in a free republic, our highes…
Monday, November 07, 2016
Louisiana voters who cast a ballot in today’s election will get an “I voted” sticker featuring the late Acadiana artist George Rodrigue’s iconic Blue Dog, a token that comes courtesy of the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office and a foundation th…
Sunday, November 06, 2016
As the nation prepares for a national election, overshadowing much else in the news, Louisiana’s long-term problem of an inefficient tax structure and tottering budget continues to remind us of just how much remains to be done in the state.
Saturday, November 05, 2016
In a year of hotly contested presidential politics, suffice it to say that we hadn’t, until recently, given a minute’s thought to Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic standard-bearer who was soundly defeated by George H.W. Bush in that year’s cont…
Friday, November 04, 2016
Perhaps because of his place on the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, of Lafayette, was the only Louisiana politician we know of taking notice of the birthday of the last major tax reform legislation in America.
Thursday, November 03, 2016
Does anybody like the idea of delaying flood aid because of parochial political views? Well, that's what is happening with Gov. John Bel Edwards' flood recovery committee.
Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
The diverse crowd of candidates for mayor-president of Baton Rouge recently differed on various issues during a wide-ranging discussion about the future of Baton Rouge. But they were united, and visibly angered, by the appearance of the city they …
Monday, October 31, 2016
Halloween, when we confront our worst fears and resolve to laugh at them, has special resonance in south Louisiana today. This has been a year, after all, in which we saw so many real-life horrors come true.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
While there is good news, along the lines of a big check for coastal restoration from the BP oil spill settlement, Louisiana leaders ought to continue to stress that we’re a long way from the goals of hurricane safety, marsh restoration and sustai…
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
The recent illness and death of Mike VI, LSU’s Bengal tiger mascot, has prompted a search for his replacement, which has renewed a debate about the ethics of keeping a live tiger on campus. The university’s tiger gets a big enclosure, a well-regul…
Monday, October 24, 2016
Of six constitutional amendments before voters on Nov. 8, we urge a close look at three major issues that the Legislature has suggested as ways to deal with the state's chronic financial problems. Our view is that two of the three deserve the supp…
Sunday, October 23, 2016
When a law is in the "only in Louisiana" category, we ought to wonder if it is wise. Louisiana is the only state to require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for tuition decisions, typically made by college leaders in the other states.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
As if Russia wasn't already getting enough attention for apparently hacking into emails passed among top Democrats, the Kremlin offered to send election monitors to Louisiana and a couple of other states for the Nov. 8 election. State election off…
Two of the six amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on the Nov. 8 ballot represent what we see as a mixed bag for voters: Both write relatively minor matters into what is an already overlong document.
Friday, October 21, 2016
The failure of management at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola goes to the highest levels, but the pilfering of money reached a new low when it was found that two high-ranking officials diverted at least $160,000 from a fund meant to prov…
Thursday, October 20, 2016
In the lively lore of Louisiana literature, John Kennedy Toole is the funniest — and saddest — figure of all. Now, a new book is throwing light on Toole’s legacy, which is complicated to say the least.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Growing attention to the crisis in paying for criminal defense of the indigent has led to lawsuits across the nation, with the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups challenging governments for failing to provide adequate legal defense fo…