Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It ticked me off to read Jeff Sadow's latest psycho blabber of self-important rhetoric, in his pathetic attempt to be the Sean Hannity of The Advocate. His article on President Barack Obama's hypocrisy is about the most crackpot manipulation of fa…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

This month’s devastating floods in south Louisiana served up a sobering reminder that bad luck isn’t distributed evenly. A little more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, the state is facing another major recovery, a turn of events that seems c…

Monday, August 29, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016

Louisiana must not make the same mistake it made when federal recovery funds ended following the recovery from hurricanes Karina and Rita in 2005. Louisiana got used to the higher spending level and many in the media and some opportunistic politic…

I have nearly 35 years of professional experience in south Louisiana hydrology, including extensive work on the Amite River Basin flood risk since 2001. Kudos to The Advocate for the great work in covering the flood and flood risk information over…

Monday, August 29, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Flooding this year in northeast, northwest and now south Louisiana has left a trail of broken homes, but not spirits. What incredible resilience do the people of this state have. As people and communities recover, a broad policy issue needs to be …

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Friday, August 26, 2016

In the summer of 2016, dramatic events threatened to define Baton Rouge. Looking at the pictures, people wanted to call us names. The grainy video showed a struggling Alton Sterling suddenly shot after someone called out, “Gun.” Many wanted to nam…

Several of us at the Coastal Sustainability Studio at Louisiana State University volunteered our time recently to help gut houses in Baton Rouge after the historic flooding. In this tragedy, we have all been eager to help where and when we can to …

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Having read the final letter of J.A. Polack to the Advocate one has to feel so very sorry for a man who died at 95 years of age and is leaving earth with such a misguided view of the country in which he lived. What a sad epitaph to leave for what …

Baton Rouge and Louisiana owe gratitude to The Advocate and its staff. The excellent coverage and return to quick delivery are greatly appreciated. Your newspaper, The Advocate, is a strong reflection of Louisiana's great resilience.

This is a salute to my carrier, Andre Vizzuett, who delivered my Sunday, August 14 Advocate although my street was blocked by floodwater. He also left a note offering his phone number to call if I needed help. Thanks, Andre!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

 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…

 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…

 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 …

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, …

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.

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

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…