Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In Louisiana, we have traditionally not had a strong partisan tilt in politics, with Republicans and Democrats acting as blocs in the state Legislature. That has been changing in recent years but it is still nowhere near as controlling a factor as…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Regarding "Boy Scouts opens to girls," a recent Advocate story, at Girl Scouts Louisiana East, we are passionate about our commitment to girls, ensuring that girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country, and the w…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Guns and gun control are back in the news because of the recent massacre in Las Vegas. I’m almost positive that this tragic occurrence will not move us any closer to lessening gun violence in any meaningful way. After all, we didn’t really do anyt…

It was the year 1870 — the last time a Republican took over as mayor of New Orleans. Next month, we will see yet another Democrat elected to run city hall. How has close to a century and a half of one party rule worked out for the Big Easy? Not well.

Monday, October 16, 2017

I read the The Advocate recently and discovered that high-ranking Louisiana state troopers were demoted for a "side trip" to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and the Hoover Dam at thousands of dollars of taxpayers' expense rather than being arrested a…

Monday, October 16, 2017

A recent article caught my attention: “State files suit against opioid makers.” It certainly is horrible when a person becomes addicted to any drug, legal or illegal, but how is the legal drug manufacturer responsible for the misuse of their product?

In regards to the article “‘Stunned’ that NFL players think kneeling DURING anthem an appropriate, effective protest” by Eleanor Ransburg, I believe the rights of the NFL football players to kneel is being exercised correctly but is used at the mo…

Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017

I just read Walter Williams' column and think it is brilliant. His statistics are clear and important to the problem of black-on-black crime. Black-on-black crime is a topic that demands a solution. A vast number of black murders and crime are com…

As a parent of a child at Iberville Charter Academy, I want to set the record straight regarding the funding of Type 2 charter schools.

The letter from my high school friend Jim Grice exhibited great passion in his opinion on gun control. Unfortunately, like most anti-gun opinions, it had passion, but no facts. In placing blame for the Las Vegas mass shooting, he pilloried Republi…

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017

Thanks to Eleanor Ransburg for her very insightful guest column in The Advocate. I think ordinary Americans — black, white or brown — overwhelmingly agree with her and understand that the sacrifices of men and women of every color have paid for ou…

Advocate columnist Dan Fagan should be commended for his public criticism in The Advocate of our senator, John Kennedy, for his unnecessary comment about Lindsey Lohan and her addiction history. What good is achieved by joking about public figures…

It was with great joy that I read the commentary by Eleanor Ransburg in a recent paper. What thoughtful and heartfelt sentiment regarding the some NFL players protest actions, and how they rub against the grain of the vast majority of Americans.

Walt Handelsman's political cartoon concerning Harvey Weinstein’s multiple peccadilloes was at least three-quarters correct. In one panel, he refers to politicians looking the other way. Specifically, it was Democrats. I guess for The Advocate, th…

Although it’s less than an hour’s drive from Baton Rouge, the Avondale Scout Reservation in Clinton can seem a world away from the cares of the city and, indeed, the worries of the rest of the planet. Its more than 1,600 acres of forest, fields, t…

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In reading an article by Sheldon Mickles, "LSU players in the NFL: Week 5," I see that Eric Reid, of the San Francisco 49ers, is listed as "inactive knee." I guess he must have injured it while taking a knee in disrespect to the American flag and …

First of all, let me make it clear that my father served a tour in Vietnam in the 1960s, my older brother served two tours in Vietnam in the 1960s, and I dutifully went down to the draft board in the fall of 1973 to register for the draft. As I wa…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The arrest on Wednesday of 10 men in connection with the loss of LSU freshman Maxwell Gruver suggests the challenge of seeking justice for the passing of a young man who might have been coerced to drink himself to death.

To those south Louisiana politicians and businessmen who support the elimination of limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants, as well as protecting the legacy oil companies from liability in the destruction of wetlands from the ca…

I just finished reading the story, "Livonia teens help couple dealing with stroke recovery," by Terry L. Jones, and I had to commend these young men for their care for their neighbors. Thank you for writing about these guys and showing positive th…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to kill the Clean Power Plan reminded me of the story of good King Canute. Growing tired of the blandishments and flattery of his courtiers, Canute ordered his thrown taken to the seashore, where he ordere…

A recent guest column by Chad Aldeman from the advocacy group Bellwether Education Partners contained a number of inaccuracies about Louisiana’s teacher retirement plan. As director of the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana, I am always happ…

As current and former school board members and real estate property owners, we write to encourage New Orleans voters to vote yes to renew the millages on Oct. 14 to fund the Orleans Parish School System. The system has made significant strides in …

Monday, October 09, 2017