Friday, June 23, 2017

You’d think dramatic changes to New Orleans’ cityscape would be worthy of public meetings throughout the city. But to date, only one has been held, in District A. Despite street flooding, Councilmember Susan Guidry’s Master Plan Amendment public m…

Liberals want to silence Jeff Sadow. In the past few days, I've read in the "Reader's Views" in The Advocate that some people just don't disagree with Sadow's commentary on the Legislature and the governor; they want to take him out; have him sile…

Thank you for continuing to publish Jeff Sadow’s weekly columns. I don’t consider someone who believes in limited government to have extremist views.

Friday, June 23, 2017

As a former casino worker, I know firsthand the real effects of allowing smoking in these venues. I was a cocktail waitress on the night shift at one of the Baton Rouge casinos and, frankly, loved working with the staff and interacting with the pu…

Thursday, June 22, 2017

In a recent Advocate, liberal E.J. Dionne bemoans the fact that Republicans and Democrats just don't get along. He was encouraged by the show of unity the day after U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was shot by a left-wing lunatic but expresses doubt that t…

When Louisiana invests in attracting business, companies invest in Louisiana — and those investments pay off. The petrochemical industry in Louisiana is one example of many. New projects, planned expansions and our ongoing, time-tested chemical ma…

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Our south Louisiana communities are good places. Why? Because the good guys living in them far outnumber the not-so-good guys. Let me be clear. There are good guys of all races and creeds, along with not-so-good guys of all races and creeds. We al…

On Friday afternoon, I waited outside U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Metairie office with a group of concerned Louisianans. We sought to share stories with him of how access to health care had improved our lives. Cassidy wouldn’t meet with us. Like sena…

Please stop giving Jeff Sadow a forum for his blatantly unobjective and extremist columns that twist the facts to match a political agenda. His most recent column in Sunday’s Advocate, in which he blames Gov. John Bel Edwards for the inability of …

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

In 2015, the Louisiana Legislature revamped the statutory law regarding the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students which comprises of some 121 sections. Also in 2015, the Legislature amended Act 227 to add more detailed specifications regarding t…

As the nation grapples with changes to the current health care law and efforts to improve our health care system, our two Louisiana senators have taken very different approaches to speaking up for Louisiana when it comes to this extremely personal…

I agree with Stephen Winham's letter to the editor in the June 12 edition on Jeffrey Sadow. I began reading Sadow some time ago but ceased after reading some of his outrageous and unrealistic blasts. He is such a quintessential Fifth Avenue ideolo…

Monday, June 19, 2017

As a mother, New Orleanian and restaurant manager, Wendy didn’t have health insurance through her job. Under Medicaid expansion, she got covered and was subsequently diagnosed with a thyroid condition. She’s now on medication, managing her conditi…

Lafayette’s burgeoning high-tech sector, if properly nurtured and supported, could become an economic powerhouse in the 21st century. Tech companies new to Louisiana are now adding jobs by the hundreds. They’re high-paying positions in an intellec…

Sunday, June 18, 2017

During the War of 1812, the British burned Washington, D.C., and tried, unsuccessfully, to take New Orleans. The war was a wake-up call for the young nation. Its coastal communities, from Portland, Maine to Mobile, Alabama, were extremely vulnerab…

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Obamacare replacement bill being considered by Congress would hurt Louisiana far more than it would hurt most other states. The changes to Medicaid that are being talked about would devastate our state budget and lead to huge cuts in services …

Friday, June 16, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017

The best way to describe it is a “coup.” Or if you are optimistic with respect to the survival of democracy, an “attempted coup.” Typically, in the Third World, a coup is started by a political faction with the aid of all or part of the local mili…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

“No more tricks. No more smoke and mirrors,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards shortly after he took office, in reference to former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s practice of using one-time money to pay for recurring state expenses. It’s time for Gov. Edwards to he…

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017

With the 2017 legislative session and all its turmoil behind us, it is sad to say Louisiana missed an opportunity to turn an important corner and move our state forward. For close to a decade Louisiana has been battling a structural budget deficit…

Every time I read a Jeffrey Sadow column, I ask myself the same question: “Why does The Advocate continue to publish an opinion column that so grossly distorts reality?” I get that Sadow is an ideologue with an appeal to those of like mind and tha…

Sunday, June 11, 2017

As an American who loves his country, it's disappointing to see my fellow voters decide that journalism is bad when it reveals negatives against their favorite politicians. It's ironic that legitimate journalism is deemed "yellow" while the presid…

Thanks to The Advocate for your "Our Views" editorial on D-Day. One cannot fathom the statement by the St. Tammany Republican Parish Executive Committee, urging veterans not to visit New Orleans, including trips to the National World War II Museum…

I guess media support for the president is only a one-way street. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama could do no wrong. The Bushes and Donald Trump can do no right.

Friday, June 09, 2017

This is in response to the letter appearing on June 6 in the advocate by an attorney from Gonzales. I agree that there are a lot of people who can afford his 30-cent assumed cost of gasoline per day increase. However, the working poor, retirees on…

I read in The Advocate daily about all of these special interest groups that have their lobbying agents working extremely hard for them in an attempt to get our legislative members to vote for or against their particular agenda.

The distraction of distorted priorities from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has overshadowed the loss of a New Orleans institution. I speak of Maple Street Book Shop. This little shop has been woven into the fabric of New Orleans for more than 5…

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Louisiana legislators worked on a budget deal this week to stabilize our state’s deficit. We cannot lose sight of the long-term well-being of the people of our state. We cannot continue to balance the budget at the expense of Louisianans who alrea…

The Civil Service Commission took a long overdue step in the right direction by approving pay raises that finally recognize that we can’t afford to continue to underpay state employees and freeze their wages. In the past, we’ve paid a double penal…

If the Legislature would be smart enough and work only to balance the budget, lawmakers would save the millions needed and quit worrying about stupid stuff such as trying to change school names. Go up on the gas tax; it is the only way to fix road…

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

More than 73,000 Louisianans carry the hepatitis C virus, a highly contagious blood-borne infection that can cause acute illness along with long-term, chronic damage to the liver that can include cirrhosis, cancer and death.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

State Rep. Rick Edmonds defends his "doing nothing on taxes" as looking out for middle-income families and small businesses. Well, raise taxes on high income families and big businesses then. Or at least look at the "over-appropriating" of tax bre…

I read a recent article in The Advocate that sums up the political climate in Louisiana. The article was about a lobbyist complaining about the lack of leadership in the House of “Representatives.” As is always the case, each story has two sides.

Fake news has been a major topic of discussion lately. While most of this debate has focused on national issues, it is important for informed citizens to differentiate fact from fiction when considering local and state issues as well. 

Monday, June 05, 2017

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts has been a resource of high-level education and empowerment for young people who work hard at academics. It serves many average and low-income families across the state. The school is about the young…

Sunday, June 04, 2017

As a lifelong Louisiana resident and a state retiree, I have personally seen the effects of a nine-year state budget deficit. The cuts have been most obvious in our infrastructure, education, and health care systems.

The column of Tuesday, May 30, by E. J. Dionne cannot be allowed to go unanswered. It seems as though columnists on both the Republican and Democratic sides fail to point out the shortcomings of their own parties, but instead focus like lasers on …

As an American who loves his country, I can no longer stay silent. I have seen nothing but a run of "yellow journalism" against President Donald Trump by the American media. Our country is in dire need of real journalists who will report the facts…

Friday, June 02, 2017

Recently, with input from private recreational anglers like myself, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced an exempted fishing permit that will see the state test a concept that allows more flexible access for participating a…

Several articles have recently been printed throughout the state week chastising House Republicans for not having a plan and not solving the deficit. However, the real reason these articles have continued to pummel our legislators is because we do…