Saturday, January 21, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017

For disappointed Democrats, inauguration day of a new Republican president was not a happy occasion. Many skipped the ceremonies. Most, though, followed the leads of tradition and attended, included U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

For families that vacation together — a big part of the travel market — children’s museums are a great attraction for parents in search of something both youngsters and grown-ups can enjoy.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A recent letter in this publication (“Fossil fuels worsen global warming,” Jan. 17) criticizes the Bayou Bridge Pipeline based on the number of permanent jobs it will create.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Gov. John Bel Edwards is correct that the Louisiana constitutional requirement of a balanced budget takes priority over the statutory method of funding public defenders. However, the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution allows everyone charged…

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017

Regarding the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline, oil companies have done irreparable damage to our homeland, our wetlands, our coast and the Atchafalaya Basin in flagrant violation of state and federal environmental laws. These companies can very cle…

Early in 2016, two charter school companies submitted applications to the Lafayette Parish School System to open schools in Lafayette. In June 2016, Lafayette’s school board denied the applications. The applicants entered appeals as “Type 2” chart…

Thursday, January 19, 2017

As he leaves office on a wave of popularity, the bitter truth for Barack Obama is that his replacement will reverse at least some if not many of his policies of the past eight years.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

State Sen. Troy Brown was reprimanded by a judge for what he did. He was charged with a misdemeanor crime. He spent time in jail and performed community service. He completed his sentence. He was even reprimanded by the Senate president. While I d…

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My congressional representative should strengthen the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it. Millions of hard-working Americans are depending on it. Thousands upon thousands families are concerned about health coverage. Do not disappoint millions of …

I would suggest that Will Sentell's news report discussing the President-elect nominee Betsy DeVos for secretary of the U.S. Department of Education on January 17th is only partially correct. In my opinion, Sentell correctly reports that "backers …

I strongly believe that the U.S. senators and representatives that do not attend the president's inauguration, unless they are ill or have a family emergency, should resign from their position. Donald Trump is going to be the U.S. president, and t…

The definition of "charter school" starts with "public," because these are public schools that are run by independent boards. But the threat of competition for dollars has fueled a legal challenge to public funding for that particular type of publ…

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ask a soldier to take a hill under fire. Tell that soldier the person telling him/her to take the hill has no combat experience. The proposed appointment of Betsy Devos as secretary of education is nonsense.  Devos' only claim to shaping education…

In the August floods in Louisiana, my house received two feet of water. According to a Baton Rouge Advocate article, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration at Princeton University conducted a study finding that climate change played 'a si…

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we must note that Louisiana continues its march to the top of the bad lists, with a top-five finish in the risk of pedestrians being fatally struck by cars. Baton Rouge, where sprawl has been the norm …

Monday, January 16, 2017

In these uncertain times, working families value the safety and security of health coverage more than ever. Some members of Congress are currently discussing making major changes to our core health system in the United States—including repealing t…

In my previous life as a college professor, I was required routinely to grade students' performance. Old habits die hard, so I decided to grade outgoing President Obama. My method consists of weighing his accomplishments against his failures . But…

Aside from the fact that Betsy DeVos and her family are buying their way into positions of power and influence, she should NOT be confirmed to have influence over the future of our country - our children. She does not believe in public schools. Pu…

Without hesitancy, I say that I will miss Barack Obama. The man is cool, funny, incredibly elegant and he is more subtle than a heartbeat you can feel without hearing.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Senate scheduled hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet before the Office of Government Ethics properly vetted the nominees. Just a day before Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions’ hearing, the OGE…

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Perhaps Troy Brown's criminal record isn't enough to automatically trigger a vacancy in the state Senate seat he holds in the River Parishes. That would require a felony conviction.

Friday, January 13, 2017

With neither the governor nor state lawmakers eager for a special session, after being in session for months last spring amid budget woes, it still seems sensible to us that they should come back to the State Capitol before the next regular sessio…

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The president-elect told reporters at his press conference that only journalists wanted to see his tax returns. That's not true. Many of us feel his using tax loopholes for the very wealthy to pay zero income tax for years isn't "being smart," as …

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice sent Gov. John Bel Edwards a strongly worded “findings letter” summarizing a two-year investigation of people with mental illness in Louisiana nursing homes. “Approximately 4,000 people with serious menta…

If you've seen those bright red trucks with flashing lights on The interstate highways, remember they are there to help not hinder traffic. I happened to be one their "customers" while returning to Baton Rouge from a very cold hunting trip last we…

In my humble opinion, the prospective Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is a total break with the despicable political machine President Barack Obama and former Attorney general Eric Holder installed in the Justice Department. No longer will the ag…

The commitment of another $1.2 billion toward flood aid by Congress was good news at the end of the old year, but there is still a great deal to be done in the new year to navigate the bureaucratic process and get the money to people who need it t…

Wednesday, January 11, 2017