Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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.

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
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
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
Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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
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
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
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

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
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
Thursday, February 09, 2017