The failure of management at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola goes to the highest levels, but the pilfering of money reached a new low when it was found that two high-ranking officials diverted at least $160,000 from a fund meant to prov…
Friday, October 21, 2016
Thursday, October 20, 2016
In the lively lore of Louisiana literature, John Kennedy Toole is the funniest — and saddest — figure of all. Now, a new book is throwing light on Toole’s legacy, which is complicated to say the least.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Growing attention to the crisis in paying for criminal defense of the indigent has led to lawsuits across the nation, with the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups challenging governments for failing to provide adequate legal defense fo…
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
After Brandin Cooks scored on an electrifying 87-yard pass Sunday for the New Orleans Saints, he eschewed his traditional touchdown celebration, in which he fires an imaginary arrow with an imaginary bow.
Louisiana did not get the entire $500 million in flood aid passed through Congress a couple of weeks ago.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Putting hard-core criminals away is not a precise business. For law enforcement and prosecutors, a good case against a bad guy might go away because of any number of factors, and our system of justice — rightly — puts high hurdles in the way of co…
Friday, October 14, 2016
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
As head of the U.S. Department of Education during most of the Obama administration, Arne Duncan has had a significant role in pushing accountability and better funding of public schools. But he made a remarkable admission recently about how prepa…
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Sports mascots endear themselves to fans because they’re supposed to stand for larger things, like vitality, tradition and tribal spirit.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
With one of the most contentious elections in years, the presidential race is drawing unprecedented attention but thousands of Louisiana citizens will be only bystanders on Election Day, if they do not register to vote.
October typically brings the downward slide of hurricane season, as temperatures cool and the prospect for big storms diminishes. But the arrival of Hurricane Matthew along the coast of the southeastern United States was a potent reminder that eve…
Monday, October 10, 2016
What to do with the disruptive 4-year-old? It sounds odd to ask the question, but it is one that faces classroom teachers across Louisiana, as our state's social problems and the difficulties faced by children of multi-generational poverty start t…
Sunday, October 09, 2016
As south Louisiana residents struggle to recover from August's epic flood, the challenges of rebuilding will be especially hard in poorer neighborhoods. That's why state and local leaders should heed the lessons of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, whe…
Saturday, October 08, 2016
While too much of Gov. John Bel Edwards' quality time with the president has been devoted to disasters and financial aid to Louisiana, the governor has also talked to Barack Obama about another issue of long-term importance to Louisiana: trade.
Friday, October 07, 2016
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni thinks he can put his sexting scandal behind him with a vague, one-minute TV commercial.
As Gov. John Bel Edwards and other Louisiana officials put it, there's a lot of work left to do on Capitol Hill for a comprehensive aid package for the victims of August's devastating floods.
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Mike Yenni is the third member of his family to serve as president of Jefferson Parish. His grandfather Joe Yenni (1980-1987) and uncle Mike Yenni (1987-1995) both won the confidence of their voters with a gift for plain dealing. Both men died in office.
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
If taxpayers want to fully appreciate the downside of corporate giveaways, a good place to start would be the shuttered amusement park in New Orleans East.
Monday, October 03, 2016
A few hours before the two presidential candidates took the stage at a university in New York, Louisiana's state superintendent of education talked about the significance of a new federal law overhauling the old No Child Left Behind Act.
Sunday, October 02, 2016
Saturday, October 01, 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016
When the partisan Capitol Hill battle over the budget stalled much-needed aid to flood victims in Louisiana, we were rightly upset with the delay, though we're happy, of course, that Congress has now agreed to a "down payment" of some $500 million…
Thursday, September 29, 2016
In the wake of Les Miles’ departure this week, the future of LSU football is getting more attention than the future of LSU itself.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
With all the issues involved in a national presidential campaign, it's understandable enough that the plight of Louisiana flood victims was not part of the first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Monday, September 26, 2016
As fresh debates over free speech heat up at LSU, maybe it’s time for everyone to remember that the root word of “university” is "universe," stemming from the ideal of giving students the world.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
In a scriptural story passed down through the ages, a handful of fishermen without special title or authority find themselves called to be fishers of men. The story resonates among believers and nonbelievers alike because it speaks to a fundamenta…
Friday, September 23, 2016
A controversial police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina and the unrest it’s prompted throughout the city are a potent reminder that Louisiana is far from alone in dealing with tensions between black citizens and law enforcement…
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Long before the Cajun Navy hauled last month’s Louisiana flood victims to safety — and even before Hurricane Katrina inspired similar heroism — another volunteer flotilla helped rescue scores of people stranded by rising waters.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
While Louisiana is making progress in its insurance coverage gap with the expansion of Medicaid for the working poor, is there going to be a health services gap?
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
After more than a decade of disaster recovery and the wrenching changes that ensued, the Orleans Parish school system is once more united formally.
Monday, September 19, 2016
One of the country's biggest disasters of this decade is another blow to Louisiana's financial health, as households will struggle to recover and government revenues will face new pressures.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
The first responders who answered to last month’s flooding have rightly been praised for their resourcefulness and resolve in the face of daunting odds.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
After suffering the worst American natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy, Louisiana needs extra federal recovery help that only Congress can approve. If more members of Congress visited Louisiana and saw the damage from last month’s historic flo…
Friday, September 16, 2016
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The story goes that the Emperor Napoleon wanted trees to shade the roads that his troops would march along. His engineers protested that it would take decades for the trees to grow enough to provide shade.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
A fight between Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry over the handling of lawsuits against energy companies might make great political theater, but the dispute involves serious public policy questi…
Monday, September 12, 2016
While he’s not physically bringing a check back home, Gov. John Bel Edwards and the state’s delegation in Congress have achieved a significantly higher level of federal support to cover the costs of flood damages to public roads and buildings.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
After a summer of so much sadness, we’re tempted not to dwell too much on today’s solemn date, the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. But obligation compels those of us who can remember to do so…
Saturday, September 10, 2016
As his community struggles to recover from the country’s worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012, East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden has been spending the week in Taiwan, ostensibly drumming up business for Baton Rouge.
Friday, September 09, 2016
Jails exist for a reason, and we want as many dangerous criminals there as law enforcement and catch and convict. But the high costs of jailing inmates, often guilty of nonviolent crimes and drug offenses, is a legitimate place to look for savings…
Thursday, September 08, 2016
Some years ago, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin titled her childhood memoir “Wait Until Next Year,” a reference to the habitually deferred hopes of Brooklyn Dodgers fans in the 1950s.
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Chasing the lofty goal of the national average does not sound like much, but the fact is that Louisiana students are making measurable progress toward respectability in educational rankings.
Sunday, September 04, 2016
The arrival of Labor Day brings the unofficial end of summer, concluding a season in the life of Louisiana that no one could have envisioned when schools closed for the vacation break last May.
In a deeply partisan presidential campaign season, a natural disaster has reminded Louisiana residents that in times of crisis, petty party politics should have no place in relief and recovery.
Saturday, September 03, 2016
The formal beginning of the campaign season is Labor Day, or at least that used to be the case. Now after months of presidential campaigning, the main focus of much political coverage, the shrill national agony is going to be multiplied at the nat…