Wednesday, February 22, 2017

In their daily rant against President Donald Trump's every word and deed, the mainstream media is trying to draw an analogy between the Japanese interned during World War II by Franklin Delano Roosevelt's order and Trump's executive order stopping…

In the recent Advocate article by Will Sentell concerning proposed TOPS cuts, state Sen. Sharon Hewitt said she was "leery" of the idea of raising the semester hours to 30 to participate in the program because her constituents don't want the state…

It was a little jarring to read Martin Nolan’s letter today (Past time to repeal ‘Obamacare’) where he complains that Congress is dilly-dallying about repealing Obamacare. He accuses U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a former public health doctor, of “stand…

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Regarding "Taxpayers assuming some of the risk for Louisiana's angel investors: smart move or giveaway?": Louisiana hasn't been an easy place to start a business because entrepreneurs haven't had much access to startup capital. Entrepreneurs left …

Monday, February 20, 2017

In this deeply divided political climate, many Americans are wondering if their voices will be heard on Capitol Hill. Is it possible to make a difference? The answer is yes.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

For months now, there’s been far too much Russian smoke coming from President Donald Trump, his campaign, and now his presidential administration. We have learned of too many unexplained connections between Trump and Russian agents. We have heard …

The definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome." Well, I recall that every candidate who was running for governor in 2015 promised to hold a special session to fix the budget. When is that going…

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency, after running an explicitly anti-immigrant campaign that seemed to relish stoking fear and resentment towards immigrants, has shattered hopes that millions of undocumented immigrants’ burden of illeg…

I am writing to voice opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration plan. It’s difficult to keep up with the flood of dangerous ideas coming from this administration, but here is a short list of my concerns.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

I thought that Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s recent column, “The greatest show on Earth, from Trumpworld,” was knee-slapping funny and a very smart analogy relative to our current national government being compared to the circus. It was entertaining, indeed!

Legislators might not admit to seeing it this narrowly, but Louisiana parents of children up to age 3 are once again in the state budget crosshairs. This has been going on for eight years because state funding for early child care and education pr…

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

There is no doubt there is a need for more revenue to meet the need to construct, maintain and improve the state's roads and bridges. However, any measure to increase the tax on motor fuels for vehicles should address the damage resulting from hyb…

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For those reading The Advocate on Monday, loyal readers are again reminded that the fight for those who would eliminate any accountability for Louisiana's public schools, both traditional and charter, continues.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Despite policy turmoil, the Feb. 3 meeting of the Louisiana Health Care Commission was unreported and sparsely attended. The statutory group includes representatives from health care, insurance and employer organizations and is charged to “examine…

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Louisiana citizens have suffered two major floods, and now several tornadoes have destroyed many homes and businesses. It would be a great help if the IRS relaxed the casualty loss limitations against ordinary income like was done for Katrina.

The recent article, "Health law repeal slowdown acknowledged," doesn't acknowledge everything about the Republicans' failure to "replace" the Affordable Care Act. What Americans need to understand is that the GOP doesn't have a replacement for "Ob…

Friday, February 10, 2017

If you say something often enough, eventually it will be true. That philosophy is more popular now than ever, and James Gill appears to ascribe to it wholeheartedly. Yet again he writes an article about nonagenarian Harry Connick and his so-called…

As the lead developer behind the upcoming redevelopment of the historic St. Rose de Lima Church and School in New Orleans, I share in the excitement around creating a new future for the campus on Bayou Road (“Southern Rep Theatre, Waldorf School t…

I personally was morally outraged to read Whitney Shields' account of her on-demand abortion, and it made me thank God once again for the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.

Thursday, February 09, 2017

During his first days in office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for the streamlining of American infrastructure projects. One such project is proposed right here in Louisiana — the Bayou Bridge pipeline. In my estimation,…

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

On Thursday, the New Orleans City Council will consider a rental registry that mandates inspections to improve the living conditions of renters in New Orleans. The Healthy Homes Ordinance has stirred debate between housing advocates and organized …

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Trump Administration has a golden opportunity to advocate a reform in the nuclear regulatory process that would help the environment and enable the United States to regain world leadership in nuclear technology: a time limit on reactor permitting.

Several years ago, after retirement, my wife and I volunteered with the Peace Corps and served in the former Soviet Union, in what is now the Republic of Turkmenistan in Central Asia.

Monday, February 06, 2017

On behalf of the Louisiana School Boards Association, I am compelled to respond to comments attributable to officers of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry that we in education have done nothing to improve the two statewide retireme…

As a health care professional for the past three decades, I would like to address recent criticism of the expansion of Medicaid. For nearly 40 years, Medicaid has functioned as the nation's health care safety net by providing access to health serv…

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Jeff Sadow, an associate political science professor in Shreveport, recently wrote a column that appeared in The Advocate stating that the latest draft of Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan should be rejected by the legislature unless a “more scienti…

The damage done to our country in a little over a week may take at least one generation to repair. At issue is trust and stability. Who the hell will trust a nation and a system of government so volatile that within one presidential election cycle…

Friday, February 03, 2017

These days, there is a bit of controversy about crime and incarceration. Police officers are central figures in this part of our daily lives, but are often denied an opportunity to voice their opinion because of policy and procedure restrictions p…

We were confused by The Advocate’s recent editorial endorsing the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The editors concluded that because they couldn’t find any compelling reason to block the project, it should go forward. In other words, The Advocate appears t…

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Jeff Sadow's column (The Advocate, Jan. 29) has one valid point: the highest scenario of sea-level rise of 200 cm used in the Louisiana’s 2017 Coastal Master Plan is rather unlikely, at least during this century, based on my appraisal of the lates…

Recently, Congress passed legislation to make the Hyde Amendment permanent. This would make the discriminatory policy that denies abortion coverage to people enrolled in Medicaid into law. First passed in an annual budget bill 40 years ago, Hyde h…

Small business owners in Louisiana face many difficult challenges. I’ve operated my Dots Diner restaurants for over two decades and thought that I had seen it all. But when it comes to health care, it’s hard to name anything worse than the Obamaca…

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

In his Jan. 29 column, Advocate columnist Jeff Sadow called out the state’s draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan for overestimating projected sea level rise and for relying on what he called refuted climate science in framing the new plan. If only. I do…