Friday, December 09, 2016

An undereducated populace is a politician’s dream. They don’t read newspapers or “computer” news, don’t watch news or news specials on TV, don’t discuss current events and mainly rely on what they hear from friends and family. And, most importantl…

Thursday, December 08, 2016
Thursday, December 08, 2016

Louisiana Key Academy, in its fourth year as a charter school, is a part of the Baton Rouge community and surrounding parishes as it gives children with dyslexia a tuition-free, evidence-based education, specific to dyslexia. It serves 300 childre…

Thursday, December 08, 2016

On Monday, a letter to the editor stated as fact that 90 percent of Social Security fraud was done by illegal immigrants. I think that letters that contain hard-to- believe statistics such as that should not printed unless further substantiated. I…

In wake of the two recent road-rage shootings in the New Orleans area, my husband and I were discussing the deadly combination of societal anger and gun proliferation and how they seemingly have brought our society back to the days of the wild wil…

I must take issue with Melinda Deslatte’s column “La. Delegation rebuilding its clout in Congress.” While I salute my two friends, U.S. Reps. Cedric Richmond and Steve Scalise for their high-powered positions within their respective parties, I bel…

Thursday, December 08, 2016

We live, it is so often said, in a knowledge economy, a postindustrial world, but in New Orleans and Louisiana it is an invention of the last century that we care most about in the summertime, and that is air conditioning.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

As we recently commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, the citizens of Louisiana should be proud of its adopted son, Andrew Jackson Higgins.

In 1978, a generation of young Americans who had not known the agony of war had enough time on their hands for more trivial pursuits, like watching “Animal House,” a movie about the antics of a not-so-bright college fraternity. In an often-quoted …

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

At first blush it looks like a huge waste of money. LSU fires Coach Les Miles but is contractually obligated to pay him $9.6 million over six years, or $1.6 million a year. To replace him it hires Coach Ed Orgeron, with an obligation to pay him $3…

Dan Purrington's recent letter in The Advocate, while quite articulate, has a basic flaw. He believes the government is the most effective means of offering support to those who are struggling in the face of the challenges of modern life. In my ob…

Disagreeing with Harold A. Dundee (The Advocate, Nov. 17th), I cheer and wholeheartedly support the protests erupting across the country against Donald Trump’s election. Not only do we not have an obligation to stand behind Trump, we have an oblig…

I generally enjoy The Advocate, and find it (mostly) "fair and balanced." However, I am appalled by the headline of the story in Sunday, Dec 4th's front section, second page-"China: Trump call to Taiwan was gimmick". You know full well, as the bod…

Monday, December 05, 2016
Sunday, December 04, 2016

This being a year where we have all been faced with choosing the lesser of evils, we should have empathy for the person or persons who had the difficult decision of naming the professional baseball team formerly known as the Zephyrs.

I write to supplement your well-balanced article on the questioning of the governor's nominee to head the Louisiana Housing Corp. In the interest of full disclosure, I have known Charles Tate since we were law clerks at the Louisiana Supreme Court…

Froma Harrop's column about leaving Facebook carries an important message: Social media had a clear, unintended effect on the election, and something needs to be done to reign in the abuses that took place.

With the appointment of the veteran administrator Elaine Chao as head of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the president-elect has a start in putting some bones into one of his most expansive campaign promises, rebuilding America's infrastructure.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

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Friday, December 02, 2016

Given the scope of change promised by a new administration in Washington, we hope that members will not forget those suffering in Louisiana from disastrous flooding this year.

The election of Cedric Richmond of New Orleans to head the Congressional Black Caucus, which will be 49 members strong in the new U.S. House of Representatives, is a welcome addition to Louisiana's clout on Capitol Hill. Richmond's district also i…

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Recent print and media journalism, including The Advocate, have reported on President-elect Donald Trump's announcement on Nov. 23 of Betsy Devos as his intended Secretary of Education.

I suspect that Jeff Sadow’s diatribe (The Advocate. Nov. 27) against what he sees as the evils of liberalism would surprise his students who, one would hope, have been taught the virtues of accurate and truthful writing. Granting his right as a co…

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Since the June 29, 2014 shooting on Bourbon Street that left one person dead and nine people injured, only one of the two or more shooters during that incident has been identified, caught, and convicted. There have been at least 9 other shootings …

N.O. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said there were more than 30 officers on the block when the mass shooting on Bourbon Street erupted early Sunday morning — and only months before the City Council had passed a brand new set of gun restri…

It would be an affront to the shades of those imprisoned, tortured and killed during the reign of Fidel Castro to mourn the death of the Cuban dictator.

One of the wildest years in LSU football history ended with a dramatic victory against Texas A&M University, and student-athletes voted in the much-discussed sweepstakes about who would permanently replace Coach Les Miles.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

I am a Louisiana resident who has studied, worked in and dedicated my life to public health. Upon reading some of President-elect Donald Trump’s proposals for health care reform, I felt concerned for the future health of my community.