Sunday, September 24, 2017

With the tragic death last week of LSU freshman Max Gruver, and the revelation that it may have been linked to a "potential hazing incident" within his fraternity, I began to research our current law and penalties for hazing in the state of Louisi…

Recently, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy faced journalists from MSNBC who questioned him appropriately regarding his much-touted bill. The senator responded with omission and prevarication in the way only an accomplished politician can. According to him, …

Friday, September 22, 2017

I am a 49-year-old single female homeowner and business owner in New Orleans with a pre-existing condition. A condition that could cause me to lose my sight and my hearing if left untreated. That and hurricanes have been enough to keep me busy and…

As a trial lawyer, and as a person offended by insurance lobby propaganda masquerading as facts, I felt obliged to respond to Dan Fagan's absurd "Trial Lawyers Laughing On Way To Bank" opinion piece in the Sept. 20, 2017, edition of the Advocate.…

Friday, September 22, 2017

In response to “Trial lawyers laughing on the way to the bank”: Yes, having been a trial lawyer for over 40 years, I found Dan Fagan’s column very offensive, extremely biased and definitely misleading.

Regarding "Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea": President Donald Trump is leading our country down the path to war. His threat to "totally destroy" North Korea confirms what Kim has been telling his people for years and may push him…

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A recent newspaper article talks about Gov. John Bel Edwards comments on the Comite Diversion Canal. I would like to ask someone knowledgeable of the laws and regulations related to the Comite Diversion Canal Authority and the Amite River Flood Pl…

Thursday, September 21, 2017

New Orleans is facing an illiteracy crisis that puts our neighborhoods, economic prospects, and the lives of our citizens at risk. Currently, 26 percent of adults in greater New Orleans are functionally illiterate, lacking the reading, math and co…

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trying to get our Legislature to take positive stands to improve the state of Louisiana for all of our citizens instead of just trying to protect the finances of the top 1 percent is like talking to a brick wall.

Sunday’s article about the Industrial Canal Lock project had beautiful photos depicting the 100-year old lock that graces our New Orleans. The article, however, seemed to promote a one-sided view. This project is expected by independent observers …

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

UNITY of Greater New Orleans is a nonprofit organization designated by the federal government to coordinate the work to reduce homelessness in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish. In that capacity, we work in partnership with the City of New Orleans …

Sept. 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day. More than 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. It remains the sixth leading killer in adults, and the only one of the top 10 with no diagnostic test, no effective treatment and no cure. More than 10,00…

Monday, September 18, 2017

A recent column in the Advocate by Cokie and Steve Roberts related stories of average Americans who were involved in community activities which showed the kindness, generosity and respect that is a hallmark of American life. It seemed as though th…

Monday, September 18, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Recent letter writer Patti Garner says she is "sick and tired" of excuses made by Trump voters. I am sick and tired of those in the Democratic Party who blame others instead of looking at the real problem.

I am a daily subscriber and a big fan of The Advocate. However, there are two aspects of the publication that I generally find disappointing; the opinion and commentary sections.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Patti Garner's recent letter is the same old tired rant from the left because their sainted Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to an outspoken showman who says and tweets what he thinks. This is what liberals do when they can't make a …

I listened to Steve Bannon on "60 Minutes" explaining to Charlie Rose that all the DACA kids, the "dreamers," should self-deport. No amnesty and no path to citizenship. Just leave the country forever. And I thought how so many people say, “All pol…

Thursday, September 14, 2017

In a recent letter to The Advocate published Sept. 9, a writer wrongfully claimed that anyone who voted for our current president condones racism, misogyny and extreme hatred, and is “partly responsible for what happened in Charlottesville.” It ev…

The events of the past months have revealed a dangerous threat to our society. Whether it comes in the form of violence, legislation, or popular pressure this threat from both right and left endangers the cornerstone of our democracy: free expression.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This letter is to clarify your recent article regarding the Amite River Basin Commission’s study concerning the August 2016 Flood. that appeared in The Advocate on Sept. 5. The article itself provided a fair summary of the report, but the headline…

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I am writing to note how much we are looking forward to going to the “Knock Knock” Children's Museum that opened in Baton Rouge last month. It was neat to read about the main folks who have spearheaded this, as was noted in The Advocate, including…

A recent opinion piece favored building a new gas power plant in New Orleans East. Gulf Coast residents are reeling from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, fueled by waters 1.8 degrees warmer tha…

Monday, September 11, 2017

In 1994, Dale Dwayne Craig was convicted and sentenced to death for carjacking Kipp Earl Gullett from the Kirby Smith dormitory parking lot two years earlier, taking the 18-year-old LSU freshman to an isolated site, beating and pistol-whipping him…

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Recently, we have been bombarded with images of devastation and destruction in our neighboring state of Texas. The scenes of floodwaters consuming towns and engulfing neighborhoods are all too familiar to the people of south Louisiana and the Gulf…

As we enter yet another school year, we take time to reflect on the role of education in our lives and how it has contributed to making us the people we are today. The research is undeniable: when schools and communities embrace the arts — dance, …

Friday, September 08, 2017

I have been a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer since 2003 and have advocated on behalf of seven children. I currently have two cases, but have had as many as five, the first one lasting over five years. That first case involved a child w…

I am sick and tired of hearing people say, “I’m not a racist, but I voted for Donald Trump because ...” If you voted for Trump, regardless of the reason, you are partly responsible for what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. As soon as you pre…

Thursday, September 07, 2017

What is wrong with our state government? We know that the flooding of August 2016 was made worse for the people in Livingston, Walker and Denham Springs by Interstate 12 acting as a barrier and that the matter is in the judicial system. However, I…

Svante August Arrhenius (1859-1927) is the Swedish founder of physical chemistry who was the first researcher to warn humankind over one century ago that unlimited burning of fossil fuels will eventually cause climate problems for the planet. He r…

Regarding "Trump's pardon of Arpaio a travesty," the writer asserts "we are a nation wherein law rules, not men." Were we not the same nation when President Barack Obama pardoned Chelsea Manning, the most notorious traitor in our nation's history?…

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Why are we still talking about Obamacare? Republicans have been in charge since January. Would it not now be more proper to refer to what we have as Republicancare?

This same kind of statue/monument nonsense going on in our cities is also going on at Oxford University in England. Recently, the chancellor said, “Free speech is important but that history could not be rewritten. Universities are institutions whe…

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

These are troubling and challenging times for our country. Turmoil throughout the world and anti-American attitudes pose a real threat to all of us and our way of life. A united, focused and effective effort must be maintained by our government to…

I am responding to Carlos Quiroga’s letter published on Sept. 1 in which he expresses frustration, and understandably so, with the pace of the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Whether the New Orleans Sewerage and Water board and the Department of Public Works are under the control of the state of Louisiana or the city of New Orleans is not the most important part of the solution to what is going on. The most important p…

As a long-time flood-watcher who grew up in the Broadmoor area in New Orleans and first experienced flooding in the 1927 Good Friday flood, I think the fault lies withe the past and present administrations and S&WB. Back in 1953 during a sales…

The office of the U.S. Attorney has been shamed by the in-court conduct of Assistant United States Attorney Harry McSherry. Cloaked with quasi-immunity McSherry openly defamed former Criminal District Court Judge Frank Marullo by accusing him of b…

Sunday, September 03, 2017

A lawsuit by the state teachers union will be heard in front of the Louisiana Supreme Court on September 5, and my children's school, New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, stands to be directly affected. If the teachers union wins then the pu…

Thank you for sharing the wonderful story and video of LSU football players ("We Stand With You: LSU football players offer encouragement to Harvey flood victims") sending best wishes to their families and friends in Houston in the aftermath of Hu…

Back in the day, governors stood in schoolhouse doors and said they were not going to honor the holdings of the federal judiciary; President Donald Trump by his pardon of Joe Arpaio has actually nullified a holding of the Federal Judiciary. The go…