Thursday, June 22, 2017

The old saying is that it is an ill wind that blows no one any good, and even Tropical Storm Cindy might be said to have some benefits, or at least a potential positive for Louisiana.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our south Louisiana communities are good places. Why? Because the good guys living in them far outnumber the not-so-good guys. Let me be clear. There are good guys of all races and creeds, along with not-so-good guys of all races and creeds. We al…

Please stop giving Jeff Sadow a forum for his blatantly unobjective and extremist columns that twist the facts to match a political agenda. His most recent column in Sunday’s Advocate, in which he blames Gov. John Bel Edwards for the inability of …

On Friday afternoon, I waited outside U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Metairie office with a group of concerned Louisianans. We sought to share stories with him of how access to health care had improved our lives. Cassidy wouldn’t meet with us. Like sena…

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In 2015, the Louisiana Legislature revamped the statutory law regarding the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students which comprises of some 121 sections. Also in 2015, the Legislature amended Act 227 to add more detailed specifications regarding t…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I agree with Stephen Winham's letter to the editor in the June 12 edition on Jeffrey Sadow. I began reading Sadow some time ago but ceased after reading some of his outrageous and unrealistic blasts. He is such a quintessential Fifth Avenue ideolo…

As the nation grapples with changes to the current health care law and efforts to improve our health care system, our two Louisiana senators have taken very different approaches to speaking up for Louisiana when it comes to this extremely personal…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Amid a wearying legislative session on the budget, precious little was done to restore state finances. But although it will take time to mature, a landmark package of bills aimed at whittling away at the state's prison population could be good for…

Monday, June 19, 2017

As a mother, New Orleanian and restaurant manager, Wendy didn’t have health insurance through her job. Under Medicaid expansion, she got covered and was subsequently diagnosed with a thyroid condition. She’s now on medication, managing her conditi…

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lafayette’s burgeoning high-tech sector, if properly nurtured and supported, could become an economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Tech companies new to Louisiana are now adding jobs by the hundreds. They’re high-paying positions in an intellec…

Sunday, June 18, 2017

During the War of 1812, the British burned Washington, D.C., and tried, unsuccessfully, to take New Orleans. The war was a wake-up call for the young nation. Its coastal communities, from Portland, Maine to Mobile, Alabama, were extremely vulnerab…

The Obamacare replacement bill being considered by Congress would hurt Louisiana far more than it would hurt most other states. The changes to Medicaid that are being talked about would devastate our state budget and lead to huge cuts in services …

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017

When U.S. House Whip Steve Scalise was shot during baseball practice at a Virginia playing field Wednesday, he became the second Louisiana member of Congress to face a gunman while in office. The first was U.S. Sen. Huey Long, who died after a con…

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The best way to describe it is a “coup.” Or if you are optimistic with respect to the survival of democracy, an “attempted coup.” Typically, in the Third World, a coup is started by a political faction with the aid of all or part of the local mili…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“No more tricks. No more smoke and mirrors,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards shortly after he took office, in reference to former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s practice of using one-time money to pay for recurring state expenses. It’s time for Gov. Edwards to he…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We've been over this before with the Obama administration, but now it is the new Trump administration, seeking to sell off the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve to reduce the budget deficit.

Monday, June 12, 2017

With the 2017 legislative session and all its turmoil behind us, it is sad to say Louisiana missed an opportunity to turn an important corner and move our state forward. For close to a decade Louisiana has been battling a structural budget deficit…

Every time I read a Jeffrey Sadow column, I ask myself the same question: “Why does The Advocate continue to publish an opinion column that so grossly distorts reality?” I get that Sadow is an ideologue with an appeal to those of like mind and tha…

Sunday, June 11, 2017