Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The question of whether Donald Trump’s base of supporters has racist tendencies, which seems to be the thrust of Secretary Clinton’s use of the term “deplorables” (which she should have aimed at their opinions rather than themselves) is fairly eas…

Monday, September 26, 2016

Politicians are always looking for ways to promote economic activity, such as new sports stadiums, tax giveaways to large corporations, or job-creation incentives, to name just a few. It turns out, there's already a surefire way to promote economi…

Monday, September 26, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016

I got to thinking about what a liberal is. It brought to mind the Supreme Court justice who said he could not use words to describe pornography but "I know it when I see it." Here are some of the knee-jerk attributes of liberals that came to mind:

Friday, September 23, 2016

As a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, I just wanted to say how proud I am of the community response in light of the events of the past two months. As you all know, July and August were pretty tumultuous with the tragedies of Alton Sterling and se…

For the many Louisianans concerned about outdated criminal justice laws, it’s heartening that Congress has indicated that it hopes to take up the issue during the coming weeks. But, it remains unclear whether any legislation will make it to the pr…

Thursday, September 22, 2016

I am not sure if Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc or one of his subordinates needs to be terminated, but someone has been negligent with respect to all these correctional facilities that are under investigation f…

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Sept. 7 news article outlining what our the Baton Rouge Area Chamber thinks our state must do to comply with another new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act, which succeeded a previous federal law, No Child Left Behind, which, by the way, …

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I loved Bernie Sanders and all he stood for. But like-minded friends, it’s time to get excited, very excited, about Hillary Clinton. The 2016 election is boiling down to turnout, big time! A lackluster, sit-on-our-hands and don’t-vote stance will …

Monday, September 19, 2016

LSU loses an admittedly sloppy, season-opening game against a perennial Big 10 power, and it's armageddon. The Legislature makes annual cuts to higher education spending, depriving our flagship of the investment needed to keep pace (never mind sur…

Cal Thomas, in a Sept.10 column, equates Hillary Clinton’s memory lapse strategy, when questioned by the FBI, as right out of Richard Nixon’s playbook. But when you start making comparisons to the devil, you must realize we all have sinned. I hear…

Monday, September 19, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016

On behalf of the St. George Fire Department, we offer our sincere thanks to the numerous church groups, civic organizations, restaurants, businesses and families who came forth and provided meals, bottled water and other comforts (including a hand…

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The unprecedented flooding that recently inundated Louisiana was devastating. We appreciate the swift response of Gov. John Bel Edwards and his administration to the crisis, understanding that there is no way to completely satisfy the widespread l…

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Baton Rouge has experienced many losses in the great flood of 2016, however, one person lost in this time should not be overlooked: William F. “Bill” Borne, the founder and former CEO of Amedisys, one of Baton Rouge’s few publicly traded companies…

Monday, September 12, 2016

It’s sad that most Americans still don’t understand the mindset of politicians. All politicians love photo-opts, an occasion that lends itself to (or is deliberately arranged for) taking photographs that provide favorable publicity for those invol…

In the presidential election we have the choice between two unpopular candidates. This is a dictatorship by the two-party system, but that’s another letter. I am not a member of either main political party. Advice I was given from a (Republican) p…

I am writing to thank Danny Heitman for his wonderful "At Random" piece, "Butterflies and recovery"— with special input from Alison Ligon's work on saving monarch butterflies; this is a deep motivation for all, especially being published on 9/11— …

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Our two major political parties have given the American people two very unsatisfactory candidates to lead this country. On one side, you have someone who has no real desire to be president and can trash anyone who is critical of any position taken…

South Louisiana has been presented with a golden opportunity. Let's take advantage of it. After the disastrous anger and killings in the area recently most of us have lovingly come together to help each other make it through the worst natural disa…

Is every person in the country with black skin an African-American? What is an African-American? If a black or dark skin Jamaican comes to this country, is he an African-American or a Jamaican American, or is he a Jamaican; or if he becomes an Ame…

Friday, September 09, 2016

Growing up I was taught that women were never as proficient in their professions as their male counterparts. We were told women did not have the experience nor were they to be trusted. But after the 1960s and introduction of feminism, many women s…

I find it very interesting that there was much criticism offered by some of the political leaders in Zachary and other areas of the parish as it related to the response time of President Obama during the floods that occurred in those particular areas.

As a humble immigrant to this wonderful land, I have always thought that God blessed America with great leaders in times of crisis. I can't imagine what would have happened to America had we had wrong leaders for the American Revolution War, the C…

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The purpose of the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) is to prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, increase long-term economic and social benefits, and ensure a sustainable seafood supply. By any measure, those goals protect our shared natural re…

My heart breaks for the devastating destruction and the long haul to recovery the people of the Amite River Basin are enduring at this moment. As with most natural disasters, flood waters are the most destructive side of Mother Nature. Unfortunate…

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Like so many others in and around Baton Rouge, my husband’s parents lost their home to the recent floods. Now 10 years into their retirement, my in-laws must struggle with decisions about rebuilding, even as they come to terms with the loss of the…

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

There is a statue near New York City that carries an inscription that states, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I …

Thursday, September 01, 2016

What a country! How many of our country’s best have sacrificed their lives and limbs so Colin Kaepernick has the right to express his hate for the country that gives him the freedom to hate that same country? By the way, that same country feeds hi…

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Deceit” is defined as “act of concealment, fraud, cheating, perversion of the truth for the purpose of misleading.” History has shown us that when a country’s political leaders become deceitful the moral fiber of a country can erode, and that its…

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It ticked me off to read Jeff Sadow's latest psycho blabber of self-important rhetoric, in his pathetic attempt to be the Sean Hannity of The Advocate. His article on President Barack Obama's hypocrisy is about the most crackpot manipulation of fa…

Monday, August 29, 2016

Louisiana must not make the same mistake it made when federal recovery funds ended following the recovery from hurricanes Karina and Rita in 2005. Louisiana got used to the higher spending level and many in the media and some opportunistic politic…

I have nearly 35 years of professional experience in south Louisiana hydrology, including extensive work on the Amite River Basin flood risk since 2001. Kudos to The Advocate for the great work in covering the flood and flood risk information over…

Sunday, August 28, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Having read the final letter of J.A. Polack to the Advocate one has to feel so very sorry for a man who died at 95 years of age and is leaving earth with such a misguided view of the country in which he lived. What a sad epitaph to leave for what …

Baton Rouge and Louisiana owe gratitude to The Advocate and its staff. The excellent coverage and return to quick delivery are greatly appreciated. Your newspaper, The Advocate, is a strong reflection of Louisiana's great resilience.

This is a salute to my carrier, Andre Vizzuett, who delivered my Sunday, August 14 Advocate although my street was blocked by floodwater. He also left a note offering his phone number to call if I needed help. Thanks, Andre!