Saturday, September 23, 2017

Houma blogger Jennifer Anderson is a Tulane grad and studied media law so she knows her rights when it comes to criticizing elected officials. She assumed they can’t punish her or violate her privacy just because she criticizes them. She was wrong.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

In America, we can certainly mourn with our neighbors in Mexico as they struggle with the devastation caused by a damaging earthquake. Scenes of rescuers struggling against time to dig students out of a crumpled school building are heartrending.

Friday, September 22, 2017

I am a 49-year-old single female homeowner and business owner in New Orleans with a pre-existing condition. A condition that could cause me to lose my sight and my hearing if left untreated. That and hurricanes have been enough to keep me busy and…

Friday, September 22, 2017

As a trial lawyer, and as a person offended by insurance lobby propaganda masquerading as facts, I felt obliged to respond to Dan Fagan's absurd "Trial Lawyers Laughing On Way To Bank" opinion piece in the Sept. 20, 2017, edition of the Advocate.…

In response to “Trial lawyers laughing on the way to the bank”: Yes, having been a trial lawyer for over 40 years, I found Dan Fagan’s column very offensive, extremely biased and definitely misleading.

Regarding "Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea": President Donald Trump is leading our country down the path to war. His threat to "totally destroy" North Korea confirms what Kim has been telling his people for years and may push him…

Friday, September 22, 2017

A smart player in Louisiana education reform is going out on the top of her game. "With each passing year, we are seeing more graduates leave high school better prepared to go forth into the world, and that is an achievement New Orleans can own wi…

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017

A recent newspaper article talks about Gov. John Bel Edwards comments on the Comite Diversion Canal. I would like to ask someone knowledgeable of the laws and regulations related to the Comite Diversion Canal Authority and the Amite River Flood Pl…

New Orleans is facing an illiteracy crisis that puts our neighborhoods, economic prospects, and the lives of our citizens at risk. Currently, 26 percent of adults in greater New Orleans are functionally illiterate, lacking the reading, math and co…

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Today brings the last official day of summer, though evidence remains mixed in south Louisiana about whether autumn is really here. A few cool days here and there have hinted at the arrival of fall, and the return of a school year and the start of…

Now that Kenneth James Gleason has been arrested for two Baton Rouge murders and a related shooting that might have been racially motivated, Gleason’s fate is in the hands of the courts, which will determine his guilt or innocence.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trying to get our Legislature to take positive stands to improve the state of Louisiana for all of our citizens instead of just trying to protect the finances of the top 1 percent is like talking to a brick wall.

Sunday’s article about the Industrial Canal Lock project had beautiful photos depicting the 100-year old lock that graces our New Orleans. The article, however, seemed to promote a one-sided view. This project is expected by independent observers …

The sight of four police officers — two black and two white — escorting Kenneth Gleason after his arrest was a powerful demonstration on Tuesday that race should never define a community, even in these polarized times.

When LSU’s Christ the King Catholic Church hosted a memorial service for 18-year-old student Maxwell Gruver this week, some 700 people, mostly fellow students, showed up. Gruver, a freshman from Georgia, had only been on campus a short time when h…

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In the old days, the Legislature would run out of time for its session but the mere vagaries of physics meant nothing to those Lords of the Universe: The president of the Senate would just stop the clock, so that the last-minute bills could get through.

UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a nonprofit organization designated by the federal government to coordinate the work to reduce homelessness in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. In that capacity, we work in partnership with the City of New Orleans …

Sept. 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. More than 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. It remains the sixth leading killer in adults, and the only one of the top 10 with no diagnostic test, no effective treatment and no cure. More than 10,00…

You can typically tell how well an industry is doing by the money it spends on advertising. Have you watched daytime TV lately? Just about every commercial features a personal injury attorney guaranteeing a big check if you just give them a call.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A recent column in the Advocate by Cokie and Steve Roberts related stories of average Americans who were involved in community activities which showed the kindness, generosity and respect that is a hallmark of American life. It seemed as though th…

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Recent letter writer Patti Garner says she is "sick and tired" of excuses made by Trump voters. I am sick and tired of those in the Democratic Party who blame others instead of looking at the real problem.

I am a daily subscriber and a big fan of The Advocate. However, there are two aspects of the publication that I generally find disappointing; the opinion and commentary sections.

Are we as a nation getting better at storm response? It’s far more than an academic question in Louisiana, where disasters have reshaped our world in the most dramatic ways possible since 2005.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017

Patti Garner's recent letter is the same old tired rant from the left because their sainted Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to an outspoken showman who says and tweets what he thinks. This is what liberals do when they can't make a …

I listened to Steve Bannon on "60 Minutes" explaining to Charlie Rose that all the DACA kids, the "dreamers," should self-deport. No amnesty and no path to citizenship. Just leave the country forever. And I thought how so many people say, “All pol…

Our latest Louisiana disaster had no name. From the beginning, that indicated that the national attention for flood recovery aid would be more of a struggle.The historic flood of 2016 that devastated the state, particularly the metropolitan Baton …

Thursday, September 14, 2017

In a recent letter to The Advocate published Sept. 9, a writer wrongfully claimed that anyone who voted for our current president condones racism, misogyny and extreme hatred, and is “partly responsible for what happened in Charlottesville.” It ev…

The events of the past months have revealed a dangerous threat to our society. Whether it comes in the form of violence, legislation, or popular pressure this threat from both right and left endangers the cornerstone of our democracy: free expression.

It was probably unreasonable, given the gridlock in the U.S. Capitol and a tight legislative calendar, that the Congress would meet a Sept. 30 deadline to re-authorize the National Flood Insurance Program.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017