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.

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
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

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
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Monday, October 03, 2016
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
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, September 07, 2016
Sunday, September 04, 2016
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…