Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nursing homes are a cash cow for many Louisiana politicians and their friends. It would be very interesting to find a list of the real owners for the nursing homes in Louisiana.

If I remember my civics correctly, each state elects two senators and a number of representatives based on the state's population. Those elected go to Washington to represent their state in all matters handled by Congress. They are to vote the wil…

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Does Donald Trump realize how absurd it is that he is loudly advocating "Made in America," while at the same time he and his daughter Ivanka continue to, and unhesitatingly acknowledge that they readily employ people in Mexico, Bangladesh, Indones…

Of all President Donald Trump's ill-judged remarks, one has stood the test of legislative experience on Capitol Hill: "Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject," he said. "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The cost of the elderly and disabled in nursing homes was highlighted in a recent Advocate series. As always, there are two sides to every story and the truth somewhere in the middle. One article mentioned a resident's concerns about the time it t…

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Regardless of which party controls Congress, that institution has managed over our history to undermine the spirit all Americans envision for our governance. What I refer to are any number of rules and procedures that are either written into the C…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017

The Advocate had a fascinating article on July 16 concerning a lawsuit that may end up in the U.S. Supreme Court. It seems that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated a 1,500-acre tract of wetlands in St. Tammany Parish as critical habitat …

The anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. The "difficult recovery from Katrina" was actually a difficult recovery from the failure of the federal flood walls and levees designed and built by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monday is the anniversary of the mass murder in Baton Rouge of three of our law enforcement heroes and the wounding of three others, one critically. We should all take this somber occasion to remember and celebrate the fallen and wounded officers …

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Many times I've seen letters to the editor decrying "fake news," accusing them of "colluding and conspiring" to "bring down the president." These letters will also often claim that the use of anonymous sources only discredit the media. They couldn…

Friday, July 14, 2017

I am one of nearly 100 Louisiana doctors who have signed a letter to Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy on behalf of our patients. As doctors, we take an oath to put our patients first, and to “do no harm.” We respectfully ask our Senators to do …

Gus Rantz's letter of July 6 was total nonsense. The only way that taxes could possibly be considered "evil" is if you think that schools, roads, libraries, airports, a guaranteed retirement, the armed services, our communications infrastructure, …

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Recently, Louisiana’s justice system was described as having a “moment in crisis.” Infamous for having the nation’s highest incarceration rate, and for once sentencing a candy bar thief to five years in prison, our state’s successful turn toward c…

I think that Mr. Sadow misrepresents the results of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment. This experiment is very important because its use of a control (nonparticipating group) as a check on the results of a participating group, i.e., the healt…

When our son was diagnosed with multiple, life-threatening food allergies as an infant, air travel became overwhelmingly difficult and unpredictable. We haven’t had these problems with Amtrak. 

BREC Commissioners wisely tabled an endorsement of a glossy 70-page March 2016, Shultz & Williams report designed to relocate the 50-year-old zoo from beautiful 640-acre Greenwood Park. Let's look under the zoo’s locomotive hood before it depa…

Overdose deaths across Louisiana — including in Baton Rouge and New Orleans — outnumbered homicides for the first time in 2016, a development that ought is rightly alarming the public and officials, who have watched a new wave of addictions to pre…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In 1996, David Irving sued Professor Deborah Lipstadt and her publisher Penguin Books for defamation. Irving claimed that by labeling him a “Holocaust denier” in her 1993 book "Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory," Lipst…

Freedom of the press gives the publisher control over what the publisher or media choose to publish or report, including the right to refuse to print anything for any reason. Well and good, but it does not supersede the media's obligation to tell …

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

As a conservative voter, I must admit I find myself mystified that The Advocate wastes valuable commentary space (and money) employing Jeff Sadow. His column "Answering some Medicaid myths" is just another example of Sadow making up facts to fit h…

This past weekend, I took the time to drive around Lafayette in search of homeless people to feed. With me, I had food and bottles of water. The homeless people I met were friendly, respectful and thankful for the food they received. This led me t…

Monday, July 10, 2017

Louisiana recently witnessed a rare occurrence in today’s political environment: Democrats and Republicans joining arms to solve a critical issue facing our state. In June, a bipartisan group of lawmakers passed a comprehensive legislative package…