Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Regarding "Boy Scouts opens to girls," a recent Advocate story, at Girl Scouts Louisiana East, we are passionate about our commitment to girls, ensuring that girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country, and the w…

Guns and gun control are back in the news because of the recent massacre in Las Vegas. I’m almost positive that this tragic occurrence will not move us any closer to lessening gun violence in any meaningful way. After all, we didn’t really do anyt…

Monday, October 16, 2017

I read the The Advocate recently and discovered that high-ranking Louisiana state troopers were demoted for a "side trip" to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and the Hoover Dam at thousands of dollars of taxpayers' expense rather than being arrested a…

Monday, October 16, 2017

A recent article caught my attention: “State files suit against opioid makers.” It certainly is horrible when a person becomes addicted to any drug, legal or illegal, but how is the legal drug manufacturer responsible for the misuse of their product?

In regards to the article “‘Stunned’ that NFL players think kneeling DURING anthem an appropriate, effective protest” by Eleanor Ransburg, I believe the rights of the NFL football players to kneel is being exercised correctly but is used at the mo…

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I just read Walter Williams' column and think it is brilliant. His statistics are clear and important to the problem of black-on-black crime. Black-on-black crime is a topic that demands a solution. A vast number of black murders and crime are com…

Sunday, October 15, 2017

As a parent of a child at Iberville Charter Academy, I want to set the record straight regarding the funding of Type 2 charter schools.

The letter from my high school friend Jim Grice exhibited great passion in his opinion on gun control. Unfortunately, like most anti-gun opinions, it had passion, but no facts. In placing blame for the Las Vegas mass shooting, he pilloried Republi…

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thanks to Eleanor Ransburg for her very insightful guest column in The Advocate. I think ordinary Americans — black, white or brown — overwhelmingly agree with her and understand that the sacrifices of men and women of every color have paid for ou…

Friday, October 13, 2017

Advocate columnist Dan Fagan should be commended for his public criticism in The Advocate of our senator, John Kennedy, for his unnecessary comment about Lindsey Lohan and her addiction history. What good is achieved by joking about public figures…

It was with great joy that I read the commentary by Eleanor Ransburg in a recent paper. What thoughtful and heartfelt sentiment regarding the some NFL players protest actions, and how they rub against the grain of the vast majority of Americans.

Walt Handelsman's political cartoon concerning Harvey Weinstein’s multiple peccadilloes was at least three-quarters correct. In one panel, he refers to politicians looking the other way. Specifically, it was Democrats. I guess for The Advocate, th…

Thursday, October 12, 2017

In reading an article by Sheldon Mickles, "LSU players in the NFL: Week 5," I see that Eric Reid, of the San Francisco 49ers, is listed as "inactive knee." I guess he must have injured it while taking a knee in disrespect to the American flag and …

First of all, let me make it clear that my father served a tour in Vietnam in the 1960s, my older brother served two tours in Vietnam in the 1960s, and I dutifully went down to the draft board in the fall of 1973 to register for the draft. As I wa…

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

To those south Louisiana politicians and businessmen who support the elimination of limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants, as well as protecting the legacy oil companies from liability in the destruction of wetlands from the ca…

I just finished reading the story, "Livonia teens help couple dealing with stroke recovery," by Terry L. Jones, and I had to commend these young men for their care for their neighbors. Thank you for writing about these guys and showing positive th…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's decision to kill the Clean Power Plan reminded me of the story of good King Canute. Growing tired of the blandishments and flattery of his courtiers, Canute ordered his thrown taken to the seashore, where he ordere…

A recent guest column by Chad Aldeman from the advocacy group Bellwether Education Partners contained a number of inaccuracies about Louisiana’s teacher retirement plan. As director of the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana, I am always happ…

As current and former school board members and real estate property owners, we write to encourage New Orleans voters to vote yes to renew the millages on Oct. 14 to fund the Orleans Parish School System. The system has made significant strides in …

Monday, October 09, 2017

This reader believes The Advocate needs to recheck its balance in reporting on issues involving education within our great state. On page 1 in the Monday, Oct. 9, issue is a timely article involving the current ongoing lawsuit over funding for ch…

I was very impressed with the two reports that 1) John White was one of three state superintendents in the United States chosen to speak before Congress; and 2) curriculum changes in Louisiana were praised nationally. This is very important news …

I read about the good deeds of B.J. Butler, Derrick Albert and Danny Albert III. This story came at a time when good news is in short supply.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

As a practicing attorney for nearly 30 years, I read with keen interest your article about the challenge to Louisiana's system of setting bonds that is pending in the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. While the content of the artic…

To all the people impacted by the gun violence that occurred in Las Vegas, may you know that the entire country is praying for you. This murderer has brought an entire nation to its knees to pray for you, and to feel your sorrow. May we as a count…

Friday, October 06, 2017

Kudos to Dan Fagan and his timely, accurate and long overdue article about the myth of oppression holding Americans back. It was so extremely on the mark that it should be made required reading in every high school class in the country. For too lo…

The economy, tax cuts and tax reform are the latest catch words coming out of our politician’s mouths right now. The lies are also out there right now. The two biggest lies so far are how they are going to help the middle class, and, how the wealt…

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Once again, sniveling Republican politicians in Washington are groveling before the altar of the NRA, supplicating themselves before the gun lobby and making the same absurd excuses about why we can’t blame guns or gun ownership for the murderous …

I would like to thank The Advocate for Danny Heitman's column. He is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to his column every Sunday. In his Sept. 17 column, he made me feel like I was right there looking at the beautiful birds as I used to see …

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Landry recently joined Equifax and a who’s who of Wall Street lobbyists in attacking a rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the watchdog agency, addressing forced arbitration clauses buried in the fine print of…

On Saturday, Sept. 30 at midnight, the GOP-controlled Congress allowed 9 million children to lose their health care through the Children's Health Insurance Program.

I understand everyone has his own opinion about the recent events and the National Football League. I suspect no one is willing to change their viewpoint, however, I would like to express my First Amendment right as protected under the Constitutio…

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Recently, the House Rules Committee rejected two bipartisan amendments to government funding bills that would have protected horses. First, the Buchanan-Royce-Roybal-Allard-Blumenauer Amendment would have prevented horse slaughter plants from reop…

I fully agree with Connecticut U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy when he made the statement it is time for Congress to do something about gun control, after the shooting in Las Vegas. If any one group of people can do anything to limit the type of weapons an…

Monday, October 02, 2017

It’s no secret that a strong economy depends on a strong workforce. Companies like Entergy rely every day on employees who are talented, skilled and focused on providing the best service to our customers. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,…

My colleagues and I read with interest the Sept. 20 letter by John Koeferl regarding the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock replacement project being studied by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

With racism now sharply visible, it is critical that we all speak out against it. It has been said many ways that one should step into the shoes of another before judging them. I think that we can do this to tackle the issues confronting us at thi…

In wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, some columnists have written about the wonderful response to those in need by regular American people. They point out how people of every race, faith, political persuasion and pitched in and helped others in …

Friday, September 29, 2017

Upon reading The Advocate’s Sept. 5 article, “Trump rescinding DACA program protecting immigrants who entered illegally as children,” I have concluded that Trump’s administration is depleting our nation of hard workers who are hungry for opportunity.

New Orleans needs to become proactive in addressing the issues surrounding the operation of its drainage and water systems. Relying upon self-generation to power its pumps is not working and to continue to pour money into antiquated systems is not…

There I was, brand-new to Baton Rouge. Just arrived, when all of a sudden, I find myself on the shoulder of Interstate 10. Cars and trucks zooming by. Someone moved me to the top of a bulkhead. At least I can see traffic both east and westbound. B…