Friday, May 26, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Did you know that there are 63 school-based health centers in 27 parishes in Louisiana? They are medical offices in a school, staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and licensed behavioral health professionals. School-based …

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

With the president’s overseas trip in full swing, America finally is getting its mojo back. Having spent several decades building a business across the world with a focus on the Middle East, it’s good to see us reconnecting with our old friends in…

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Years ago, we voted in the lottery and the casinos, and that tax money was to go to the roads and schools. What happened to that? It seems like every time we get a new politician, we pay more taxes to pay for new roads and teacher pay.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It must be another budget cycle. Another citizen-consultant for Hollywood South has presented the half-truth that some $200 million in annual public investment is a good buy because it results in direct and indirect jobs. The first half of the tru…

Your May 20 story talks of Mexican sugar being dumped here in the United States at a lower price than what it is sold for in Mexico. Domestic sugar producers want a tariff imposed on the Mexican sugar to raise its price. And yet American pharmaceu…

In the monument tussle, it seems that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is removing the history of Democrats in the South. I believe the plantation and slave owners were Democrats, the men on these monuments were Democrats. General Nathan Bedford F…

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lawyers for Good Government Louisiana would like to applaud the efforts by all parties involved with the criminal justice reform package before the Legislature. Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and it was time that someth…

Monday, May 22, 2017

As a former New Orleans resident of 30-plus years, I would like to share my views on the recent controversy concerning the removal of statues in New Orleans. I call them statues because that is what they are.

Regarding the recent Cal Thomas column, "Stop the insults, Mr President": Well done, Mr. Thomas, with wise observations about the Comey firing, and excellent advice to President Trump. Regrettably, however, you have not taken Trump's true measure.

Monday, May 22, 2017

If you’re going to use it, you should be willing to pay more for it. It’s what I call a “user tax,” and it’s the reason I favor not only the proposed 17-cent increase in the sales tax on gasoline but also an additional 3-cent local gasoline tax de…

In Mitch Landrieu's own words, he said,- if he were African American, how would he explain to his young daughter who Robert E. Lee was and what did he do? Using this logic, if he were a Native American, how would he explain who Jackson and Bienvil…

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Joan Baez’s “Forever Young” just came on the radio, and I thought how sadly we have moved in the wrong direction: “May you always do for others and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May you grow up…

Sunday, May 21, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017

Last month I participated in the inspiring climate march in Washington D.C. While President Donald Trump has embarked on efforts to roll back the country’s most important climate-change policies, clean energy quietly reached another milestone — wi…

Happy festival season. Locals and tourist alike are traveling to New Orleans to experience the amazing food, music and culture we all know and love. But all of that is in danger if we don’t act to restore our quickly vanishing coast.

Lower taxes that encourage business investment are economical, not, as The Advocate’s recent editorial called Louisiana’s Motion Picture Production Tax Credit “wasteful.”My firm, Arduin, Laffer & Moore Econometrics, on behalf of the Louisiana …

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Edward Pratt's April 8th column titled "Take time to notice good things" reminds me that though I gave up the classroom years ago, part of me will always be a teacher. I am reminded that life in the classroom was not a "crystal stair," but current…

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In 2011, the New Orleans City Council drafted and passed an ordinance which set guidelines for construction of the new jail, one of which was to house all types of inmates, "except for inmates that require acute mental health treatment." The Orlea…

Your article of May 16, 2017 entitled "House Panel Creates More Tax Exemptions, Not Revenue" was very revealing. The lobbyists are packing the seats in the very committee rooms themselves, and the Legislature is handing them virtually everything t…

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In “Louisiana Black Caucus condemns 'disgusting' vote by House to block removal of New Orleans monuments,” State Rep. Thomas Carmody Jr., the bill’s sponsor, “said he believes in secession and that the Civil War was not fought by the Confederacy t…

Monday, May 15, 2017

A friend recently asked me why he hadn't seen many recent letters from me to The Advocate. I told him that there is just too much to write about. From the top,  we have elected a president who has no idea of how to govern except by fiat, misdirect…

Historically, Louisianians rated Governors on teacher pay and higher education. This rating adds efforts to improve the quality of teachers and funding of colleges. The record of governors ebbs and flows with revenue. There is no educational roman…

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The three-part series in The Advocate, "Profits Over Patients," mentioned the use of Home and Community Based services and, indirectly, aging in place. With the growing senior population, society must address the healthcare needs of this aging sec…

Recently, two groups faced off at Lee Circle in New Orleans. One group wanted the monument to General Robert E. Lee torn down. The other wanted to preserve the monument along with what it sees as its “heritage.” The nature of a memorial is a testa…

Friday, May 12, 2017

Congratulations to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu; he is almost there. Horrible old Jefferson Davis is gone. Now only P.G.T. Beauregard and Robert E. Lee stand in the way of a perfect New Orleans. There will be no more crime, no more anger, no m…

Thursday, May 11, 2017

On Tuesday, the Louisiana house wisely rejected House Bill 676, a proposal banning “sanctuary cities” and authorizing the state Attorney General's office to withhold state funds to municipalities that violate the law. House Speaker Pro Tem Walt Le…

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

There is a new tradition I have started with my family and friends that I hold sacred every holiday season: a visit to Natchitoches to see the holiday lights. Cane River Creole National Historical Park is much more than just holiday lights, howeve…

My hometown is a laughingstock. The New York Times, BBC, Slate Magazine and weekly local papers from here to Miami are all pointing and laughing. How could a modern American city be using fake subpoenas, threatening witnesses at their workplaces a…

Gov. John Bel Edwards has proposed raising Louisiana’s minimum wage by 17 percent to $8.50 —giving the state a higher wage floor than two of its three neighbors. State legislators need not put the state at a competitive disadvantage to raise wages…

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Monday, May 08, 2017

When the war on crime started, the term “gateway drug” was used to describe why we arrested and incarcerated people for possession of small amount of less harmful drugs. We were told this would stop more serious problems for both the person and society.

Good Question from Advocate columnist Stephanie Grace, (April 29) quoting New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s impassioned plea, “Where is everybody?” in regards to supporting removal of the three remaining monuments. Grace echoes Landrieu calling c…

Sunday, May 07, 2017

In a perfect world there would never be the need for a material witness warrant. Despite unacceptable and unrealistic policies fronted by the City Council and current administration that place politics above public safety, my office’s use of these…

It is difficult for me to adjust to the reality that in 2017 we still have legislators to believe that jail and prison are the only appropriate places to provide drug treatment and mental health treatment. Last week, several members of the Appropr…

Friday, May 05, 2017

Recent years have seen increased concern for victims of human trafficking, with public service messages and billboards designed to alert the public to identify potential victims. Anecdotal reports suggest that human trafficking — often seen as for…

In his column, “Orleans Parish Defenders Office claims about finances don’t add up,” Jeff Sadow, referencing a "60 Minutes" episode featuring our office, begins with the wrong assumption and uses a flawed analysis.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Once again the Louisiana Legislature is facing a budget crisis. Many proposals have been put forward, by the governor and others, to keep the state from going over a cliff. All of this sounds painfully familiar.

It is very upsetting to see the demonstrations to keep the monuments and very disconcerting to hear about the threats to the construction companies willing to remove them for the city of New Orleans. The desire to keep the monuments is, of course,…

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

It is no secret that frivolous litigation filings have skyrocketed in recent years. As more and more personal injury lawyers seek to use and abuse our legal system, Americans have grown tired of paying the costs and have begun calling for reform. …

Many Europeans are not aware that the bread and butter trade of the Vikings was not fishing, or raiding per se, it was slavery. In fact, I expect much of the strange genetic mixes we see are the result of the Vikings selling nice French and German…

Tuesday, May 02, 2017