In an age of surveillance cameras and smart phone video, many of us witness the work that police do through recordings circulated after the fact. It’s a medium that can make us feel like passive spectators detached from the dangers that law enforc…
Monday, February 20, 2017
Another guilty plea from a top official of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola ought to be evidence enough for Gov. John Bel Edwards to reassess management, as well as practices, at the organization he’s decided for a year has the leadershi…
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
As a victim of domestic violence earlier in her life, state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey Colomb has particular standing to speak out on the case of Troy Brown.
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
Although it seems all the rage in education circles, we wonder about the application of "value-added" judgments in measuring how much schools are really teaching students.
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
"When we judges don our robes, it doesn’t make us any smarter," federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch recently noted after his nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. "But it does serve as a reminder of what’s expected of us: Impartialit…
Thursday, February 09, 2017
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
A new library at Louisiana’s flagship public university won’t be opening tomorrow, next week — or even next year.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
One of Louisiana’s long-standing, or fast-crumbling, problems is the condition of roads and bridges and other infrastructure.
Monday, February 06, 2017
In the frequent sniping against Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, by Attorney General Jeff Landry, a Republican, the former now can throw a GOP name back at the latter: President Donald Trump.
Sunday, February 05, 2017
After protests and speeches, the fact is that America's industrial economy is dependent on oil and gas, and the safe shipment of oil and gas and byproducts depends on the construction and modernization of pipelines.
Saturday, February 04, 2017
With the price of gasoline at reasonable levels, and the need for more highways and road repairs so obvious, why not raise the gasoline tax?
Friday, February 03, 2017
With Free Speech Alley near its Student Union as a forum for unfettered expression, LSU’s flagship campus has a long and distinguished tradition of student activism.
Thursday, February 02, 2017
If Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni’s newly appointed panel on public education takes any field trips to his parish’s classrooms, Yenni will have to stay behind. After last year’s revelation that Yenni had texted sexually explicit messages to…
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
January's New Year’s resolutions are already fading away, but there's still a lot to be said for looking at ourselves with fresh eyes, and noting our flaws with clear-eyed honesty.
Monday, January 30, 2017
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Across the nation, celebrations of Arbor Day coincided with a new report of record high temperatures in the United States — another warning that the nation and particularly Louisiana as a coastal state cannot ignore.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Probably to the despair of his attorneys, the formerly high-living boss of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola once again is making a public defense of his perks and profit during a long tenure.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
She is not an educator, but there is no dispute that Betsy DeVos of Michigan has been a longtime advocate of education choice. Should such a knowledgeable citizen advocate be barred from becoming the U.S. Secretary of Education?
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
As Carnival season renews international attention on New Orleans, the timing couldn’t be better to consider a new plan to beef up security. The city’s success as a tourist destination — and its ability to attract new residents — is vital to the st…
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Last year could hardly have been worse for law enforcement in Louisiana, with a murderous ambush of deputies and policemen in Baton Rouge and the losses of other officers in the line of duty in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. Nine officers lost …
Monday, January 23, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
For disappointed Democrats, inauguration day of a new Republican president was not a happy occasion. Many skipped the ceremonies. Most, though, followed the leads of tradition and attended, included U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.
For families that vacation together — a big part of the travel market — children’s museums are a great attraction for parents in search of something both youngsters and grown-ups can enjoy.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Given Louisiana’s long tradition of political theater, residents rarely raise their eyebrows at the latest news from the halls of power. But even though we’re conditioned to colorful leaders in this part of the world, the ascendance of Donald Trum…
As he leaves office on a wave of popularity, the bitter truth for Barack Obama is that his replacement will reverse at least some if not many of his policies of the past eight years.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The definition of "charter school" starts with "public," because these are public schools that are run by independent boards. But the threat of competition for dollars has fueled a legal challenge to public funding for that particular type of publ…
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we must note that Louisiana continues its march to the top of the bad lists, with a top-five finish in the risk of pedestrians being fatally struck by cars. Baton Rouge, where sprawl has been the norm …
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Perhaps Troy Brown's criminal record isn't enough to automatically trigger a vacancy in the state Senate seat he holds in the River Parishes. That would require a felony conviction.
Friday, January 13, 2017
With neither the governor nor state lawmakers eager for a special session, after being in session for months last spring amid budget woes, it still seems sensible to us that they should come back to the State Capitol before the next regular sessio…
Thursday, January 12, 2017
The commitment of another $1.2 billion toward flood aid by Congress was good news at the end of the old year, but there is still a great deal to be done in the new year to navigate the bureaucratic process and get the money to people who need it t…
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Monday, January 09, 2017
A century ago, in response to a drive to clean up sin in the Crescent City, the mayor of New Orleans declared that the busybodies in the state Legislature could make prostitution illegal, "but they can't make it unpopular."
Sunday, January 08, 2017
Although most members of Louisiana’s newly constituted congressional delegation campaigned against big government when running for office, there’s at least one crisis facing the state that’s going to need massive help from Washington, D.C. to resolve.
Saturday, January 07, 2017
The record of legislative accomplishment last year on Capitol Hill is pretty spotty, but there are positive examples of leadership that transcend the partisan anger of 2016.
Friday, January 06, 2017
With the prospect of repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” families and institutions are looking at the implications for Louisiana’s new expansion of Medicaid insurance for the working poor.