Tuesday, March 28, 2017

President Donald Trump's budget of March 16 boasting $51 billion more in “defense” spending will bring rejoicing in boardrooms of U.S. arms merchants. EPA cuts will mean our water and air will not be defended. Those who rely upon cancelled Meals O…

A few notes about Bernard Goldberg's recent column, "(Trump and the Dems need a timeout": 1. Singling out Democrats for criticism is partisan. 2. Not all Democrats are hyperpartisan nor are they all angry Progressives. 3. Just because some Democra…

I have represented workers in the oil, chemical, paper, grain and steel industries both on the national corporate level and local level for over 35 years. I have negotiated contracts prior to healthcare being an issue. I also have the unique persp…

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Leila Pitchford-English’s article entitled, “The man who started it” tells of Martin Luther, the great Protestant reformer. As most already know, Luther considered the purchase of indulgences within the Roman Catholic church to be a serious proble…

George Will's recent column regarding funding for the arts absolutely horrified me. For a supposedly intelligent and respected columnist to take such a stand is inexcusable.  Perhaps he could reconsider whether we want a nation of zombies glued to…

That we have a politician who understands economics is very welcome. Gov. John Bel Edwards' proposal to tax companies on gross sales (income) can be the beginning of lifting Louisiana’s economic woes.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I was very saddened to hear that the recall petition movement orchestrated by Robert Evans III failed to reach the number needed to recall Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Many years ago, I was a forestry major at Louisiana Tech. Most of my classmates were country boys, many of whom had an overdeveloped sense of humor. When they were kidding around they described it as "funnin'." The recent hijinks of the New Orlean…

To paraphrase our commander-in-chief, healthcare is complicated. There are serious trade-offs to be made about short-term savings versus long-term costs; about who should get covered and how; about who should pay for it all. Health is not like oth…

Friday, March 24, 2017

My name is Nathan Murray and I am a student at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge and an aspiring Eagle Scout. Throughout the years, I have read many articles that have been published by The Advocate that concern a variety of subjects. However, …

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A lot of conservatives claim that Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) is a "failure." Referring to Obamacare as a failed program is a gross misstatement of the facts. Prior to passage of the ACA, more than 50 million Americans could not afford hea…

Republicans spent a lot of time and energy vilifying the Affordable Care Act, but it was never clear to me exactly what they thought the problems were. Via their new plan, however, they identify those problems. It seems Republicans think there are…

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I just came back from a delightful visit with our grandson and family in Kansas. How great it was to pay only three dollars to smoothly traverse 50-plus miles (no potholes) from Kansas City to near Topeka and to legally drive 75-plus miles per hou…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I am writing in response to Mark Ballard’s March 10 article about the LSU Foundation, and the resulting letter to the editor on March 20 by Michael Woods. It is true that LSU is trying to hire a CEO of the LSU Foundation that will also hold the pu…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Repeal the Affordable Care Act. Do not try and replace it. It should be obvious from the disaster that is the ACA and the new Republican plan that does not look any better, that it can't be done. However, most Republican voters still favor a repea…

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

With three serious accidents involving pedestrians/cyclists and automobiles on Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge within a 24-hours period, a pedestrian fatality on Joor Road March 5 and a high-school student killed on Cockerham Road in Denham Sprin…

One of the most outstanding architectural sites in Louisiana, with some of the richest history, is slated for auction to the highest bidder on Thursday. The Old Carrollton Courthouse in New Orleans was built in 1855 by architect Henry Howard based…

Monday, March 20, 2017

These are strange times in the arts business in Louisiana and across our nation. In speaking to legislators, I am often amazed by their knowledge of the arts, and by the level of passion they carry for it. Ask them about the importance of art and …

It was interesting reading Mark Ballard's article regarding the ethical dilemma that LSU is facing. Let me shed some light on the ongoing attempt by the LSU System to ignore existing laws. The reason that the LSU Foundation, TAF, and LSUAA, as wel…

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The latest victim of Louisiana’s budget woes could very well be Hodges Gardens State Park. At one time it was the largest privately owned botanical garden in the country.

Regarding Anne Babson’s recent letter, “Trump’s anti-immigrant policies alarming”: It is troubling when people opine about “anti-immigrant” policies, policies they object to when referring to people who have come into our country illegally or have…

Friday, March 17, 2017

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has released the 2017 draft Five-Year Master Plan, which calls for spending $50 billion for coastal restoration and protection during the next 50 years. Overall, the plan represents an out…

Hello, my name is Aidan Johnson. I go to Westdale Heights Academic Magnet in Baton Rouge, LA. I have a brother who goes to McKinley Middle, a dad who is an accountant, and a very hard working mom. I do well in school and have many friends. I like …

In response to Melissa Flournoy’s letter criticizing U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s leadership on health care: Shame on you, Melissa Flournoy. Bill Cassidy has a lifetime of service to the poor and underprivileged. Louisianians from all socioeconomic ba…

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Shortly after I became the New Orleans Inspector General, I met with Professor Michael Cowan and Nolan Rollins, former President of the Urban League of New Orleans. They told me that the Office of Inspector General should do “outreach.” In all my …

Once oil prices began to drop precipitously during the summer of 2014, so did capital expenditures on offshore energy exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana’s economy suffered as result. Now we’re beginning to see offshore cap…

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How do we improve the state of our state? The recent letter to the editor by Patrick Gibbens, a history professor from New Iberia, hit on one obvious answer. If I had been stuck in the traffic jam on I-10 this morning, I would totally agree that w…

We do not agree with Orleans Public Defenders Chief of Trials Daniel Engelberg’s commentary that characterizes the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s focus on judicial efficiency as misguided. Rather, we believe our judicial accountability reports se…

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Louisiana Economic Development is committed to strengthening our state by promoting Louisiana’s positive business climate and by creating new jobs and economic opportunity for our people — all of our people.

As parents, the wellness and safety of our children is always our highest priority. So, what if you could do something today to help protect their future health, and even prevent some types of cancers? While they are not all preventable, you can a…

Monday, March 13, 2017

In December of 2016, in a stunning bipartisan victory, Congress enacted the 21st Century Cures Act-- mental health reform legislation designed to improve the lives of Americans living with mental illness. U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana was an…

When politicians speak of “defunding” Planned Parenthood it sounds as if that particular organization gets special funds up front from the government. Not true. The “funds” that PP receives are payment for services provided and then billed to Medi…

If students don’t remember anything from their childhood, they will always cherish the memories of a few teachers who taught the subject matter to the best of their ability and made their best effort making sure ALL students achieved. I’ve taught …

Sunday, March 12, 2017

As a two-time cancer survivor not yet eligible for Medicare, a businesswoman and an active person of faith, I have read the provisions in the current proposed health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act with alarm and disappointment. In th…

So the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education wants to once again mandate what specific information regarding a particular scientific theory can be taught — and what specific information cannot be mentioned in a Louisiana public school.

Over the last few weeks, I have had numerous conversations with community leaders in Baton Rouge and New Orleans about health care and the implications of the national efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

According to the Federal Election Commission, in 2015-16, Betsy DeVos and eight members of her husband’s family, through their Amway Government Affairs political action committee, contributed a total of $70,200 to U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy. A good in…

Friday, March 10, 2017

Right now, southeast Louisiana is the most endangered landscape in North America, losing a football field every 45 minutes. A third of the state is in danger of washing away. Sunoco Logistics and Energy Transfer Partners want to make that statisti…

Thursday, March 09, 2017

New Orleans has an astounding number of hospitals and clinics offering high-quality pediatric services. Recently, Children’s Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony inaugurating its $225 million facility expansion. To the naïve observer, it appear…

"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” President Donald Trump seems to have adopted that phrase in his dealings with Putin: Never let the enemy know what you are thinking.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Cardiovascular disease is a daily burden for its victims. It’s also the most costly and pervasive disease in America. New projections from the American Heart Association show that by 2035, nearly half of the U.S. population will suffer from CVD, w…

The leaders of all three branches of Louisiana’s government have made criminal justice and sentencing reforms a top priority for the coming legislative session. Because the corrections system costs the state nearly $700 million a year, safely redu…

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Domestic Violence victims flooded Court Watch NOLA with calls after CWN released the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s 2015 statistics for felony domestic violence battery with an average sentence of 5.6 months, as compared to distribution of coc…