Sunday, September 24, 2017

Get Bill Cassidy going on the technicalities of medical care in this country, and he’ll talk your ear off. It’s ironic that a comedian named Jimmy Kimmel has been heard by far more people, in Louisiana and the nation, about health care — when it’s…

Saturday, September 23, 2017

In America, we can certainly mourn with our neighbors in Mexico as they struggle with the devastation caused by a damaging earthquake. Scenes of rescuers struggling against time to dig students out of a crumpled school building are heartrending.

Friday, September 22, 2017

A smart player in Louisiana education reform is going out on the top of her game. "With each passing year, we are seeing more graduates leave high school better prepared to go forth into the world, and that is an achievement New Orleans can own wi…

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today brings the last official day of summer, though evidence remains mixed in south Louisiana about whether autumn is really here. A few cool days here and there have hinted at the arrival of fall, and the return of a school year and the start of…

Now that Kenneth James Gleason has been arrested for two Baton Rouge murders and a related shooting that might have been racially motivated, Gleason’s fate is in the hands of the courts, which will determine his guilt or innocence.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The sight of four police officers — two black and two white — escorting Kenneth Gleason after his arrest was a powerful demonstration on Tuesday that race should never define a community, even in these polarized times.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

When LSU’s Christ the King Catholic Church hosted a memorial service for 18-year-old student Maxwell Gruver this week, some 700 people, mostly fellow students, showed up. Gruver, a freshman from Georgia, had only been on campus a short time when h…

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Are we as a nation getting better at storm response? It’s far more than an academic question in Louisiana, where disasters have reshaped our world in the most dramatic ways possible since 2005.

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017

Our latest Louisiana disaster had no name. From the beginning, that indicated that the national attention for flood recovery aid would be more of a struggle.The historic flood of 2016 that devastated the state, particularly the metropolitan Baton …

Thursday, September 14, 2017

It was probably unreasonable, given the gridlock in the U.S. Capitol and a tight legislative calendar, that the Congress would meet a Sept. 30 deadline to re-authorize the National Flood Insurance Program.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Although he's criticized Louisiana's practice of poorly conceived giveaways to industry — primarily in the form of lavish tax breaks — Gov. John Bel Edwards has just poured more state money into a dubious deal okayed by his predecessor, Bobby Jind…

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A cynical view is that doctors are too focused on the bottom line, but in fact, a physician in the U.S. Senate is aware of how well-meaning regulations on health spending affects day-to-day behavior in medicine — as, of course, it would in other fields.

Sunday, September 10, 2017
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Friday, September 08, 2017

In Las Vegas, the city of slot machines and roulette wheels, visitors often depend on good luck to win the day. At least two pilgrims to Vegas, Louisiana state troopers Thurman D. Miller and Alexandr Nezgodinsky, can claim that the Lady Luck was t…

Thursday, September 07, 2017
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Monday, September 04, 2017

For those of us in Louisiana, thoughts of Labor Day can come with mixed feelings. Coinciding with hurricane season, the holiday here has been shadowed at times by storm recovery as well as worries about new weather threats.

Saturday, September 02, 2017
Friday, September 01, 2017

Maybe he’s just getting adjusted, but at not yet a year old, the former Harvey seems to be playing a lot and enjoying his new digs as Mike the Tiger, the seventh mascot of that name for the LSU faithful.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Universities are supposed to answer to their root word, “universe,” a name meant to suggest that an institution of higher learning should serve the wider world beyond its campus.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
Saturday, August 26, 2017

While it is no fault of the New York-born president of the United States that he might not be able to locate the Louisiana city of Jennings on the map, he knows where New Orleans is, and it is worth a visit for him as he or his underlings contempl…

Friday, August 25, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

At a small city park in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, suburb of Cleveland, a crowd of Americans from around the country clapped on Monday afternoon as the sky went dark. Variations of that scene were repeated across America as people cheered the sol…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017

The corporate incentives and tax breaks at the State Capitol during former Gov. Bobby Jindal's tenure had a real cost, in putting at risk the lives of Louisiana's most vulnerable children.

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Saturday, August 12, 2017