At a small city park in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, suburb of Cleveland, a crowd of Americans from around the country clapped on Monday afternoon as the sky went dark. Variations of that scene were repeated across America as people cheered the sol…
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
In promoting the practice of sound legal strategy to its students, a law school should lead by example. But in forcing journalists to sue them in order to get basic information about the workings of a public institution, officials in charge of the…
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
For years, public-private developments for affordable housing in New Orleans were resisted as "privatization" of the old housing complexes, many of them devastated after the levees broke during the onset of Hurricane Katrina.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
In its latest strategic plan, the Southern University Law Center mentions its ambition “to train its students to assume important positions of responsibility and leadership in our society.”
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Why have a state credit card with your name on it? You can, if you are in the Cain family business, just tell employees of the Corrections Department to charge stuff for you.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Friday, August 18, 2017
The corporate incentives and tax breaks at the State Capitol during former Gov. Bobby Jindal's tenure had a real cost, in putting at risk the lives of Louisiana's most vulnerable children.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The state’s top school board is planning a closed-door discussion on the contract of state Education Superintendent John White.
Monday, August 14, 2017
The carnage in Charlottesville, Virginia, as protesters clashed over the planned removal of a Confederate statue resonated deeply in Louisiana, which has faced its own controversies over Confederate monuments.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
As another summer reading season begins to recede, one thing seems clear. Despite its name, “The Gulf,” a new history of the Gulf of Mexico by Jack E. Davis, wasn’t an ideal book for the beach.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
This weekend’s anniversary of 2016 flood is worthy of observance, although not as a piece of settled history. The flood, which did most of its damage on Aug. 13, 2016, isn’t simply a past event, but an ongoing challenge for the south Louisiana fam…
Friday, August 11, 2017
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Last weekend, as heavy rains flooded major parts of New Orleans, Mayor Mitch Landrieu was attending a conference on national security at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. Perhaps there are worse things than a mayor of a major city contemplating, as…
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Summer reading programs at public libraries throughout Louisiana are wrapping up, an initiative promoted statewide this year with the slogan, “Build A Better World.”
Sunday, August 06, 2017
When Steve Carter called for a show of hands on the question, "Who likes paying taxes?," the Baton Rouge state representative got no takers.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
Much of Louisiana was built by the sediments brought down over millennia by the great Mississippi River, and it continues today to generate wealth in this country and state as one of the world’s great highways of trade.
Friday, August 04, 2017
From the vantage point of Louisiana, the stalemate on health care on Capitol Hill looks eerily familiar. In Baton Rouge this year, two legislative sessions billed as opportunities for meaningful tax and fiscal reform went nowhere. In many other st…
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
While Steve Scalise has reached the highest levels of American politics — third-ranking in the U.S. House of Representatives — he has remained the unpretentious Jefferson Parish resident that he has always been.
In many parts of Louisiana, they're not popping the Champagne corks for a record-setting performance by the United States economy: the third-longest string of recession-free months in recorded history.
Monday, July 31, 2017
Let’s be real clear that the Louisiana Federation of Teachers has deep disagreements with John White, the state superintendent of education.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Discussions about flood-elevation mapping technology, replacement-cost value methodologies, and international reinsurance markets sound pretty obscure to most people.
With approval ratings low, at least for the moment, and with oil prices having crashed in the last few years, it might not seem the best time for President Donald Trump to push for exploration of oil and gas deposits off the East Coast of the Unit…
Saturday, July 29, 2017
The U.S. Senate passed a "motion to proceed," which allows them to debate and vote on a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. What will they be proceeding to? Nobody knows. It could be the American Health Care Act crafted by the House, the…
Earlier this summer, visitors to the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge were greeted by one of the most famous photographs in the world — the portrait of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill taken by Armenian-Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh i…
Friday, July 28, 2017
As Louisiana’s university students start their fall semester this month, parents footing the bill for their children’s education will naturally wonder what they’re getting for their money.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
When Gov. John Bel Edwards and a delegation of state lawmakers toured LSU’s Middleton Library earlier this year, they found a leaky basement, ragged furniture, bubbled and cracked wallpaper, rooms that flood so often from the rain that a vacuum is…
Last year brought unwelcome and tragic attention to Baton Rouge, as the police-involved shooting of Alton Sterling Jr. in July sparked protests. Within days, a deeply troubled man named Gavin Long ambushed officers in the city, killing three and w…
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Over many years, Louisiana teachers and school leaders have been focused on classroom performance, a laser-like focus that is paying off in long-term advances in graduation rates from public high schools.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Our reputation as prison capital of the United States preceded us, but Louisiana is getting more positive recognition for real changes in the way it approaches incarceration and its consequences.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
In Louisiana, as in the nation, the Republican Party is at a high-water mark: It controls in Washington the White House and Capitol Hill, and most governors in the nation are from the GOP, as are the majorities in most statehouses.
If President Donald Trump can give an impression of grumpiness from his frequent comments on Twitter, he's also capable of a boyish charm even at 71. It was on display on July 14 in Paris, at the annual Bastille Day parade.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Change is in the air at New Orleans City Hall, as no fewer than 18 candidates seek to replace the term-limited Mayor Mitch Landrieu. And with campaign season, change is what candidates typically want to promise.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Of all President Donald Trump's ill-judged remarks, one has stood the test of legislative experience on Capitol Hill: "Now, I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex subject," he said. "Nobody knew health care could be so complicated."
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The Mississippi River was called the father of waters. It is certainly the ancestor of Louisiana, depositing over the centuries the sediments that formed the river's delta where our state now stands.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
One year ago, on Sunday, July 17, 2016 a troubled Missouri gunman shot six Baton Rouge law enforcement officers, killing three of them.
Dubious claims about privacy rights are justifying a cover-up by Southern University in Baton Rouge of a faculty member’s possible misdeeds.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Hundreds of miles from Louisiana, at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, a crowd of well-wishers gathers today to mark the bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth. He was born two centuries ago this week, on July 12, 2017.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Overdose deaths across Louisiana — including in Baton Rouge and New Orleans — outnumbered homicides for the first time in 2016, a development that ought is rightly alarming the public and officials, who have watched a new wave of addictions to pre…
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
In all the reviews of the 2017 Legislature, the consensus is that the lawmakers failed to do the one thing they need to do: address the "fiscal cliff."
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
With due respect to the eloquence of Cory Booker, the senator from New Jersey is a little over the top when he explains to Louisiana folks about the dangers of industrial pollution.
Sunday, July 09, 2017
Usually, when a tough political subject is tossed off to a committee that will meet in the interim between Louisiana legislative sessions, the maneuver is at least publicly portrayed as a step toward doing something, eventually, about the problem.
Saturday, July 08, 2017
With so many bad reviews of action, or inaction, by the 2017 Legislature, there is at least some reason to be pleased with the state budget, the main task of lawmakers.
Friday, July 07, 2017
Between Tropical Storm Cindy and just regular Louisiana showers, it's been a wet spring and summer, but for too many households in our state, rains is a reminder of last year's unfinished business.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
When voting fraud as a crime is almost vanishingly rare, but concern about the privacy of databases is rife, Louisiana is right to stand up to a sweeping federal request for personal data about our voters.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Although there have been no charges against officers involved in the shooting of Alton Sterling, who died one year ago today, the U.S. Department of Justice investigation appears to have been sharply critical of the actions of the two Baton Rouge …