Friday, December 02, 2016

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.

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
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.

It would be an affront to the shades of those imprisoned, tortured and killed during the reign of Fidel Castro to mourn the death of the Cuban dictator.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Saturday, November 26, 2016

With the passing of Thanksgiving, the holiday shopping season is now underway, ushering in a sales period that’s often a make-or-break time for many retailers.

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
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Monday, November 21, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Every year, my son’s high school invites a handful of alumni back to campus to give the students advice about building successful lives and careers.

Friday, November 18, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
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

In this year as in others, Louisiana’s leaders are having another debate about how to find more money to fix and maintain the state’s roads and bridges.

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
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
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
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
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…