Tuesday, August 23, 2016

 I see in the news that some folks are giving President Obama a hard time because he waited until now to come to Louisiana to review the flood damage. In reality the president and Governor Edwards jointly decided that the President's visit should …

 I am appalled by the headline of The Advocate on Saturday, Aug. 20. Mr. Trump came to LA on Friday to view the devastation. Our wonderful president was on the golf course. But the headline that day was "Obama to visit disaster areas in state", wh…

The Baton Rouge and Greater Baton Rouge area has taken a beating over the last several weeks both in terms of community unrest and storm devastation. I’ve been to Central, Denham Springs, and St. Amant and witnessed the power of Mother Nature.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

As I read my Advocate recently, I was awed by the beautiful stories of the "Cajun Navy" and other heroes who unselfishly offered their services and love to so many in need, and are continuing to do so. It is such a change from the nasty politics, …

 With two candidates representing the two major political parties in the US of A and leading any third party candidate by a wide margin we will certainly elect possibly the worst president in American history and I mean even worse than George Duby…

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016

The flooding events of the past week have been truly devastating. Tens of thousands are displaced, potentially with billions of dollars in damage to our homes, businesses and infrastructure, a mounting economic impact and, most devastating of all,…

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
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Regarding Chris Hsu’s letter on mainstream media having an agenda, he is correct. One statement totally confused me, when he said "we thought our free and independent media worked for the American people and keep us well informed.”

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

One writer calls our attention to the "proven" correlation between Louisiana’s incarceration rate and Louisiana’s school system. Would the writer consider another factor - the absence of a father in the family?

Every day I look at all sections of my daily Advocate, especially the editorials and the comics. I depend on the comics to lighten my spirits, to make me chuckle or to groan at the humor, and to distract me from the heaviness of the news in the ot…

Thursday, August 18, 2016

As a periodontist in New Orleans, I need to say this to those who rejoiced at the recent Associated Press report that found little scientific evidence backing the effectiveness of flossing: You should definitely still floss. More than 500 differen…

Because of modern communication modes which, as you mentioned in your opinion piece, connects us umbilically to each other, I am able — through the internet edition of The Advocate and TV news — to witness the spectacle of the historic deluge whic…

The state should immediately add an amendment to the state wide building codes that houses built on slab on grade be severely restricted as to what they would be allowed. Historically, there was a good reason houses were built on piers above grade…

 As an alumnus of LSU, my heart goes out to the people in south Louisiana. The persons of that region are strong and solid work ethics and will rise from the ashes. But, people of strong faith in the Almighty God. Sometimes we have to reminded tha…

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

 I and several thousand other folks were unlucky enough to get stranded for 24 hours on I-12 Saturday and Sunday. I've always been a believer in the basic goodness of my fellow citizens and the attitude was reinforced this weekend. Almost everyone…

I write this article to give kudos to Attorney General Jeff Landry for hiring a qualified person who has a felony conviction. As you know, the attorney general opposed my efforts to have restrictions on convicted felons declared unconstitutional b…

In her letter to The Advocate (8/16/16), former U.S. Sen. Landrieu makes many claims about charter school achievements, but it's important to note that many independent researchers have questioned the validity of these claims as well as raised oth…

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…

I'm watching pictures of people in the Baton Rouge area walking in the water, holding a few precious things, clinging to their babies and their dogs and each other. These people are refugees, and I'm reminded of footage of Syrian refugees.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016

The recent article by Stephanie Grace, “Is it too much ask Louisiana government to keep its promises?” raises an important and valid question. I would go even further when it comes to the area of education and point out that the government of Loui…

Over the last decade, New Orleans has served as a promising platform for innovative and effective practices in education reform. With the expansion of high-quality public charter schools and a commitment to citywide choice, we are able to celebrat…

Sunday, August 14, 2016

An occupational license is a government permission slip to work, and you need one if you want to thread eyebrows in Louisiana. Obtaining the requisite license takes 750 hours of training. None of the mandatory training is relevant to eyebrow threa…

Saturday, August 13, 2016

This very concerned, overtaxed Louisiana resident feels it is high time to pass the Coastal Wetlands Environmental Levy, or CWEL tax, that was originally conceived and proposed by Gov. David Treen in 1982. At the time, this tax would have amounted…

Except for members of the chorus who predict the way things are trending, all the other characters in Greek tragedy are thoroughly oblivious to the trajectories and consequences of their individual and collective actions. The audience gets it, how…

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.