Sunday, May 21, 2017

With a decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a lawsuit brought by a New Orleans-area levee board appears to be at an end, but the legal issues involving the coast don’t end there.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Joan Baez’s “Forever Young” just came on the radio, and I thought how sadly we have moved in the wrong direction: “May you always do for others and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May you grow up…

Saturday, May 20, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017

With the removal of Robert E. Lee’s likeness from its prominent perch at the center of Lee Circle, New Orleans now has four fewer public monuments linked to the Confederacy.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Last month I participated in the inspiring climate march in Washington D.C. While President Donald Trump has embarked on efforts to roll back the country’s most important climate-change policies, clean energy quietly reached another milestone — wi…

Friday, May 19, 2017

Happy festival season. Locals and tourist alike are traveling to New Orleans to experience the amazing food, music and culture we all know and love. But all of that is in danger if we don’t act to restore our quickly vanishing coast.

Lower taxes that encourage business investment are economical, not, as The Advocate’s recent editorial called Louisiana’s Motion Picture Production Tax Credit “wasteful.”My firm, Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, on behalf of the Louisiana …

A sense of crisis would engulf a Legislature in a normal state with a situation like this: “The highest sales tax rates in the land, credit downgrades, critical infrastructure needs, and sliding tax climate rankings don’t provide the best optics t…

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Edward Pratt's April 8th column titled "Take time to notice good things" reminds me that though I gave up the classroom years ago, part of me will always be a teacher. I am reminded that life in the classroom was not a "crystal stair," but current…

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In 2011, the New Orleans City Council drafted and passed an ordinance which set guidelines for construction of the new jail, one of which was to house all types of inmates, "except for inmates that require acute mental health treatment." The Orlea…

Your article of May 16, 2017 entitled "House Panel Creates More Tax Exemptions, Not Revenue" was very revealing. The lobbyists are packing the seats in the very committee rooms themselves, and the Legislature is handing them virtually everything t…

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In “Louisiana Black Caucus condemns 'disgusting' vote by House to block removal of New Orleans monuments,” State Rep. Thomas Carmody Jr., the bill’s sponsor, “said he believes in secession and that the Civil War was not fought by the Confederacy t…

Hard times for the state and its budget are forcing a long-overdue reassessment of the corporate tax giveaways that have cost the state hundreds of millions, if not billions over time.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Historically, Louisianians rated Governors on teacher pay and higher education. This rating adds efforts to improve the quality of teachers and funding of colleges. The record of governors ebbs and flows with revenue. There is no educational roman…

A friend recently asked me why he hadn't seen many recent letters from me to The Advocate. I told him that there is just too much to write about. From the top,  we have elected a president who has no idea of how to govern except by fiat, misdirect…

Sunday, May 14, 2017

With a budget crisis in full bloom at the State Capitol, some lawmakers have sought to steer federal funds toward a diversion project. The Comite canal is only partly done, but is intended to mitigate, eventually, some of the flooding in the Amite…

The three-part series in The Advocate, "Profits Over Patients," mentioned the use of Home and Community Based services and, indirectly, aging in place. With the growing senior population, society must address the healthcare needs of this aging sec…

Recently, two groups faced off at Lee Circle in New Orleans. One group wanted the monument to General Robert E. Lee torn down. The other wanted to preserve the monument along with what it sees as its “heritage.” The nature of a memorial is a testa…

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017

Congratulations to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; he is almost there. Horrible old Jefferson Davis is gone. Now only P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E. Lee stand in the way of a perfect New Orleans. There will be no more crime, no more anger, no m…

Thursday, May 11, 2017

On Tuesday, the Louisiana house wisely rejected House Bill 676, a proposal banning “sanctuary cities” and authorizing the state Attorney General's office to withhold state funds to municipalities that violate the law. House Speaker Pro Tem Walt Le…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017