Tuesday, August 22, 2017

To answer all the hate that seems to be running rampant in our country, I implore every person who calls himself an American to do one important thing: research your family’s roots.

Monday, August 21, 2017

I believe in a two-party system; it makes the party in the White House better. But this is not happening. Instead of making this country better for all its citizens, the Republicans seem to have circled the wagons with one thought in mind and that…

Monday, August 21, 2017

I would like to suggest that what was once Lee Circle be renamed as Higgins Circle. Given the proximity to the National World War II Museum, a statue of Andrew Jackson Higgins seems appropriate at this location. Although not a native son, Higgins …

Jesus was not a white, Southern Baptist (or Methodist, or Presbyterian). He was a middle Eastern, probably dark, Jew. Based on the philosophy of the neo-Nazi bullies who invaded Charlottesville,  Virginia, Jesus would not meet their criteria for l…

Sunday, August 20, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017

Congress will reconvene on Tuesday, Sept. 5, and the Senate’s first order of business will undoubtedly be to resurrect the repeal of the Affordable Care Act again.

As a retired mining engineer who was involved in Western coal, I could not go unanswered the comments of Froma Harrop. I would venture to guess that Harrop has not visited the coal mines in Wyoming. If she had, she would have discovered that the m…

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Aug. 13 edition of The Advocate featured an article by Jeff Sadow who has been loudly criticized as a one-trick, John Bel Edwards-bashing writer. His article “System fails to protect the indigent” clearly shows Mr. Sadow is indeed capable of s…

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I, along with 99 percent of Americans, am very disturbed by the tragic events in Virginia over the last several days. However bad things were though, I also find it disturbing that the people who were exercising their right to protest peacefully a…

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I am hotline volunteer and clinic escort with the New Orleans Abortion Fund. Our mission is simple; we help women pay for safe, legal abortions when they otherwise would be unable to do so. I recently found myself questioning why my NOAF stickers …

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017

When 95-year old Helen Plummer, of Baton Rouge, died earlier this year, her family was surprised to learn that she had a will. Much of Plummer’s will is unremarkable. It leaves her modest estate to two young great-grandchildren, in trust, to help …

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Once a week, sometimes more often, we gather on the sidewalk in front of U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s office in Metairie with homemade signs protesting the decisions his party and his president are making in Washington, D.C. We are what many have call…

Jeff Sadow gets it exactly wrong with his August 6 column endorsing a federal program (know as 287(g)) that deputizes local law enforcement officers to perform immigration enforcement actions ¯ in addition to their already substantial work loads. …

Friday, August 11, 2017

I recently read your article about the Louisiana Department of Education releasing a Request For Proposals for a review of three special education schools. While I do agree that this needs to be done, I am concerned about the approach for this RFP.

No wonder America is going in the tank. It’s an attitude problem that started with “casual Friday.” Just look around. It’s everywhere. Don’t believe me? Check out what used to be called “high fashion” ads and magazines. I have a new name for them,…

Thursday, August 10, 2017

It is difficult to get statistically valid information on what would have happened if the repeal of the Affordable Care Act had succeeded in the United States Senate, but the range of results based on information from the Congressional Budget Offi…

I feel compelled to respond to the letter recently published entitled “Stop fraud on asbestos claims.” I have been handling asbestos claims in Louisiana for over 40 years. I tried the first asbestos disease case ever tried in the federal court for…

I read with interest the article in the Aug. 8 edition referencing the fact that I have requested state Attorney General Jeff Landry to address legal and constitutional issues concerning the passage of taxes in seven economic development districts…

In his Aug. 4 letter to The Advocate, Stanford Bardwell makes quite clear his opinion we should each mostly look after our own health care and pay for what we can afford, supplementing personal savings with major-medical insurance for catastrophes…

In the wake of yet another flood event in New Orleans, everyone is looking for someone to blame for this one event and ignoring a larger trend that extends past the microcosm of New Orleans.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

That was a wonderful article about cats in Lafreniere Park and the efforts of Robin Beaulieu, director of the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, to help the cats by controlling the population via spay and neuter and regulation of feeding.

I am watching WWL news, and the story is about Orleans and Galvez avenues, where thigh-high water is soaking the area. Where is the money to help prevent this? More than $2 million went to the removal of Confederate statues. Great planning by the …

The failure of the U.S. Senate to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act is fantastic news for this small business owner. The ACA has been beneficial for me and my business, and I’m glad it’s here to stay. It’s time now for Congress to come tog…

Monday, August 07, 2017

Louisiana’s junior U.S. Senator John Kennedy has only been in office a few months, but he already has a chance to make his mark. As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, he will soon consider a bill that would help people — particularly vete…

The very idea of even proposing an increase in the gas tax is revolting. It's a regressive tax that hurts the lower income people the hardest just like sales taxes do and flat taxes as well. Businesses support those type taxes as they just raise t…

Sunday, August 06, 2017

In reply to the letter to the recent letter to the editor from Geri Teasley, I want to point out that voting is not a privilege as was stated. It is a right. Voting is a right that every citizen of the United States enjoys as part of citizenship.

I have a definite concern about how our elected officials tend to support the actions of our current president. I don’t have a problem with them supporting the goals and objectives of the party they are serving under, but I do have a concern as to…

The road to a dictatorship is paved with fear, panic and misinformation. Here's is copy of my letter to the Louisiana Secretary of State, Tom Schedler thanking him for protecting my Constitutional rights to vote and to privacy.

Friday, August 04, 2017

In his recent column, Bernard Goldberg states he is "suffering from Trump-bashing fatigue." While Goldberg is correct in saying the media have gone all out in their criticism of the president, I must say I cannot muster any sympathy for President …

Anyone who even vaguely follows the news will know that over the past few years, the subject of police violence and accountability has escalated greatly. With a large number of high-profile cases that involve white policemen shooting black civilia…

Protected bike lanes to enhance rider safety might be a good idea. An even better idea would be removing bicycle traffic altogether from busy, narrow two-way streets. Also good would be getting bike riders to stop at red lights and stop signs, rid…

Let me get this straight. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his six City Council cohorts spent public and private funds to remove statutes of Civil War participants.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A year ago, during the presidential campaign, I was driving thru a small town in southwest Louisiana. The town had been in long-term decline. I stopped at an antique/junk store with a Confederate flag out front. The white woman there, “Betty,” ini…

Kudos to Lloyd Ray for his letter of July 24 on solving the health care debate in Congress. His proposal was to have U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell announce that the government was getting out of the health insurance business except for clinics around …

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Unless you're one of those who believe the main purpose of the political parties is to fight each other, you surely recognize that Congress is now virtually dysfunctional. This started before Obama, got worse during his administration and reached …

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Louisiana has fallen behind other states that, not so long ago, our state surpassed. The following illustrates two of the reasons. During the last regular session, a Koch brothers organization once again played a role in Louisiana's future by work…

Monday, July 31, 2017

In the state unfortunately known as the "prison capital of the world," there are tens of thousands of citizens who have done time for a crime they've committed but have obstacles to regaining access to the ballot box.