Friday, September 30, 2016

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…

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In response to the extensive list of broad generalizations expounded by letter-writer William Bonin, I felt compelled, as one who is proud to consider herself a liberal, to answer his call to offer an explanation of what I believe the definition o…

I will assume that William Bonin's letter was meant to spur discussion, but I question the editorial wisdom of allowing so much invective, half-truth, and outright lies to occupy so much editorial space. Conservative views, by all means, let's hea…

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The question of whether Donald Trump’s base of supporters has racist tendencies, which seems to be the thrust of Secretary Clinton’s use of the term “deplorables” (which she should have aimed at their opinions rather than themselves) is fairly eas…

Monday, September 26, 2016

Politicians are always looking for ways to promote economic activity, such as new sports stadiums, tax giveaways to large corporations, or job-creation incentives, to name just a few. It turns out, there's already a surefire way to promote economi…

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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

I got to thinking about what a liberal is. It brought to mind the Supreme Court justice who said he could not use words to describe pornography but "I know it when I see it." Here are some of the knee-jerk attributes of liberals that came to mind:

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

As a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, I just wanted to say how proud I am of the community response in light of the events of the past two months. As you all know, July and August were pretty tumultuous with the tragedies of Alton Sterling and se…

For the many Louisianans concerned about outdated criminal justice laws, it’s heartening that Congress has indicated that it hopes to take up the issue during the coming weeks. But, it remains unclear whether any legislation will make it to the pr…

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

I am not sure if Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc or one of his subordinates needs to be terminated, but someone has been negligent with respect to all these correctional facilities that are under investigation f…

The Sept. 7 news article outlining what our the Baton Rouge Area Chamber thinks our state must do to comply with another new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, which succeeded a previous federal law, No Child Left Behind, which, by the way, …

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

It’s no secret that the state is in the middle of a terrible fiscal crisis and that problems just got much worse with recent flooding. Because of the devastation caused by this natural disaster, state lawmakers now face even tougher financial deci…

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

I loved Bernie Sanders and all he stood for. But like-minded friends, it’s time to get excited, very excited, about Hillary Clinton. The 2016 election is boiling down to turnout, big time! A lackluster, sit-on-our-hands and don’t-vote stance will …

Monday, September 19, 2016

LSU loses an admittedly sloppy, season-opening game against a perennial Big 10 power, and it's armageddon. The Legislature makes annual cuts to higher education spending, depriving our flagship of the investment needed to keep pace (never mind sur…

Cal Thomas, in a Sept.10 column, equates Hillary Clinton’s memory lapse strategy, when questioned by the FBI, as right out of Richard Nixon’s playbook. But when you start making comparisons to the devil, you must realize we all have sinned. I hear…

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
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
Thursday, September 15, 2016

On behalf of the St. George Fire Department, we offer our sincere thanks to the numerous church groups, civic organizations, restaurants, businesses and families who came forth and provided meals, bottled water and other comforts (including a hand…