When the partisan Capitol Hill battle over the budget stalled much-needed aid to flood victims in Louisiana, we were rightly upset with the delay, though we're happy, of course, that Congress has now agreed to a "down payment" of some $500 million…
Friday, September 30, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
In the wake of Les Miles’ departure this week, the future of LSU football is getting more attention than the future of LSU itself.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
With all the issues involved in a national presidential campaign, it's understandable enough that the plight of Louisiana flood victims was not part of the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
As fresh debates over free speech heat up at LSU, maybe it’s time for everyone to remember that the root word of “university” is "universe," stemming from the ideal of giving students the world.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
In a scriptural story passed down through the ages, a handful of fishermen without special title or authority find themselves called to be fishers of men. The story resonates among believers and nonbelievers alike because it speaks to a fundamenta…
Friday, September 23, 2016
A controversial police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina and the unrest it’s prompted throughout the city are a potent reminder that Louisiana is far from alone in dealing with tensions between black citizens and law enforcement…
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Long before the Cajun Navy hauled last month’s Louisiana flood victims to safety — and even before Hurricane Katrina inspired similar heroism — another volunteer flotilla helped rescue scores of people stranded by rising waters.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
While Louisiana is making progress in its insurance coverage gap with the expansion of Medicaid for the working poor, is there going to be a health services gap?
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
After more than a decade of disaster recovery and the wrenching changes that ensued, the Orleans Parish school system is once more united formally.
Monday, September 19, 2016
One of the country's biggest disasters of this decade is another blow to Louisiana's financial health, as households will struggle to recover and government revenues will face new pressures.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
The first responders who answered to last month’s flooding have rightly been praised for their resourcefulness and resolve in the face of daunting odds.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
After suffering the worst American natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy, Louisiana needs extra federal recovery help that only Congress can approve. If more members of Congress visited Louisiana and saw the damage from last month’s historic flo…
Friday, September 16, 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The story goes that the Emperor Napoleon wanted trees to shade the roads that his troops would march along. His engineers protested that it would take decades for the trees to grow enough to provide shade.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
A fight between Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry over the handling of lawsuits against energy companies might make great political theater, but the dispute involves serious public policy questi…
Monday, September 12, 2016
While he’s not physically bringing a check back home, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the state’s delegation in Congress have achieved a significantly higher level of federal support to cover the costs of flood damages to public roads and buildings.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
After a summer of so much sadness, we’re tempted not to dwell too much on today’s solemn date, the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. But obligation compels those of us who can remember to do so…
Saturday, September 10, 2016
As his community struggles to recover from the country’s worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden has been spending the week in Taiwan, ostensibly drumming up business for Baton Rouge.
Friday, September 09, 2016
Jails exist for a reason, and we want as many dangerous criminals there as law enforcement and catch and convict. But the high costs of jailing inmates, often guilty of nonviolent crimes and drug offenses, is a legitimate place to look for savings…
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Some years ago, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin titled her childhood memoir “Wait Until Next Year,” a reference to the habitually deferred hopes of Brooklyn Dodgers fans in the 1950s.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Chasing the lofty goal of the national average does not sound like much, but the fact is that Louisiana students are making measurable progress toward respectability in educational rankings.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
The arrival of Labor Day brings the unofficial end of summer, concluding a season in the life of Louisiana that no one could have envisioned when schools closed for the vacation break last May.
In a deeply partisan presidential campaign season, a natural disaster has reminded Louisiana residents that in times of crisis, petty party politics should have no place in relief and recovery.
Saturday, September 03, 2016
The formal beginning of the campaign season is Labor Day, or at least that used to be the case. Now after months of presidential campaigning, the main focus of much political coverage, the shrill national agony is going to be multiplied at the nat…
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
After a season of heated rhetoric on the presidential campaign trail about immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, a tragic accident in flood-ravaged Louisiana has underscored how broken our immigration policies really are.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
This month’s devastating floods in south Louisiana served up a sobering reminder that bad luck isn’t distributed evenly. A little more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, the state is facing another major recovery, a turn of events that seems c…
Monday, August 29, 2016
As Louisiana marks the 11th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina today, many of the state’s residents are digging out from a new disaster. This isn’t the best turn in life’s lottery, which has brought us another major recovery challenge just a little …
Sunday, August 28, 2016
If we’re a long way from the legendary FEMA trailer, Louisiana residents displaced by this year’s giant flood remain vulnerable to a housing crisis, one that won’t be merely a temporary emergency.
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, August 25, 2016
If Hillary Clinton becomes president next year —a distinct possibility given recent polls — then she will inherit the job of overseeing the federal role in Louisiana’s recovery from historic flooding. That’s reason enough for Clinton to visit the …
While visiting flood-ravaged Baton Rouge on Tuesday, President Barack Obama promised residents that America will support the region’s recovery not just for the moment, but the long-term.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
We’re glad that President Barack Obama visited Louisiana on Tuesday to survey the damage from this month’s historic flood, which left much of the state underwater. Now is the time for leaders of Congress to follow suit.
We welcome news of President Barack Obama’s planned visit to Louisiana today to survey flood damage, which should help to advance relief and recovery in the disaster area as a national priority.
Monday, August 22, 2016
While it's a slower-moving catastrophe than Louisiana has experienced lately, the staggeringly bad financial condition of the state of Louisiana is now official: A report to the joint House and Senate budget committee of the Legislature quantified…
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Saturday, August 20, 2016
We welcome the news that President Barack Obama has scheduled a trip to flood-ravaged Louisiana for Tuesday. We've argued that such a visit can be an important demonstration of the nation's resolve to answer the worst American disaster since Super…
Friday, August 19, 2016
After Hurricane Betsy ravaged Louisiana in 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson flew to New Orleans to comfort the victims. Standing in one evacuee shelter darkened by an electrical outage, LBJ shined a flashlight into his face so that his fellow…
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Now that the flood waters ravaging Louisiana are receding, it's time for President Barack Obama to visit the most anguished state in the union.
In south Louisiana, we live with lumps in the throat these days – floods of emotion that rise up from the chest like a cresting current, sometimes spilling over into tears. We’re weepy, of course, because of the even bigger flood that’s ravaged th…
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Above Baton Rouge on Monday, the sun struggled to reclaim its rightful place in the summer sky, brightness alternating with persistent clouds. It was a mixed horizon for a mixed day, as south Louisiana grasped for the comfort of weekday routines i…
Monday, August 15, 2016
Last week, headlines heralded the arrival of the Perseid meteor showers, a lovely light show available to those with a clear evening sky.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Although the start of a school year rarely prompts cheers from youngsters, in Baton Rouge the return of reassuring routine brings with it a mild sense of relief. After a violent summer, the city seems ready to embrace autumn, hoping for a turn of …
After a summer defined by debate about the role of those charged with our public safety, this week’s rain and flooding across south Louisiana reminded everyone of the good work that first responders do in helping keep communities safe.
Friday, August 12, 2016
A summer of violence in Baton Rouge has stirred a torrent of emotions here and across the country, the natural response to tragedies that continue to resonate in the hearts and minds of those of us still dealing with the aftermath. Those emotions …