A smart player in Louisiana education reform is going out on the top of her game. "With each passing year, we are seeing more graduates leave high school better prepared to go forth into the world, and that is an achievement New Orleans can own wi…
Friday, September 22, 2017
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Today brings the last official day of summer, though evidence remains mixed in south Louisiana about whether autumn is really here. A few cool days here and there have hinted at the arrival of fall, and the return of a school year and the start of…
Now that Kenneth James Gleason has been arrested for two Baton Rouge murders and a related shooting that might have been racially motivated, Gleason’s fate is in the hands of the courts, which will determine his guilt or innocence.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The sight of four police officers — two black and two white — escorting Kenneth Gleason after his arrest was a powerful demonstration on Tuesday that race should never define a community, even in these polarized times.
When LSU’s Christ the King Catholic Church hosted a memorial service for 18-year-old student Maxwell Gruver this week, some 700 people, mostly fellow students, showed up. Gruver, a freshman from Georgia, had only been on campus a short time when h…
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
When it comes to being high on the bad lists, and low on the good lists, we have an all-purpose reply in Louisiana: “Thank God for Mississippi!”
Are we as a nation getting better at storm response? It’s far more than an academic question in Louisiana, where disasters have reshaped our world in the most dramatic ways possible since 2005.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Our latest Louisiana disaster had no name. From the beginning, that indicated that the national attention for flood recovery aid would be more of a struggle.The historic flood of 2016 that devastated the state, particularly the metropolitan Baton …
Thursday, September 14, 2017
It was probably unreasonable, given the gridlock in the U.S. Capitol and a tight legislative calendar, that the Congress would meet a Sept. 30 deadline to re-authorize the National Flood Insurance Program.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Although he's criticized Louisiana's practice of poorly conceived giveaways to industry — primarily in the form of lavish tax breaks — Gov. John Bel Edwards has just poured more state money into a dubious deal okayed by his predecessor, Bobby Jind…
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
A cynical view is that doctors are too focused on the bottom line, but in fact, a physician in the U.S. Senate is aware of how well-meaning regulations on health spending affects day-to-day behavior in medicine — as, of course, it would in other fields.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
After terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans didn’t immediately know who had wounded us, how we would fight back, and how long the struggle would be.
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Because of our experience with these matters in Louisiana, we are not surprised at this prediction from President Donald Trump: Recovery in the Gulf Coast is going to be "a long and difficult road."
Saturday, September 09, 2017
Friday, September 08, 2017
In Las Vegas, the city of slot machines and roulette wheels, visitors often depend on good luck to win the day. At least two pilgrims to Vegas, Louisiana state troopers Thurman D. Miller and Alexandr Nezgodinsky, can claim that the Lady Luck was t…
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Imagine a law requiring your doctor to give you misleading information about the health risks of a medical procedure. In Louisiana, this is a reality. State law requires physicians to give women seeking abortions inaccurate information about the d…
The phrase "brother-in-law deal" wasn't intended as a substitute for the Public Bid Law, but try explaining that to the insider-dealers of the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
In opting to end — ever so slowly — a program that helps children of immigrants in the United States illegally, President Donald Trump seems in sync with the nation’s deeply conflicted feelings about immigration policy, an ambivalence alive and we…
Monday, September 04, 2017
After fighting for weeks to hide the details of a probe into possible wrongdoing by one of its faculty members, Southern University has finally released the documents, which call into question the actions of law professor Dorothy Jackson.
For those of us in Louisiana, thoughts of Labor Day can come with mixed feelings. Coinciding with hurricane season, the holiday here has been shadowed at times by storm recovery as well as worries about new weather threats.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
The hurricane gods are capricious, as we know from long and brutal experience, but it was a blessing when Louisiana was so lightly touched by the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Universities are supposed to answer to their root word, “universe,” a name meant to suggest that an institution of higher learning should serve the wider world beyond its campus.
Since he took office in January, President Donald Trump’s public relations gaffes have been widely documented. But in traveling to Texas on Tuesday to show solidarity with victims of Hurricane Harvey, the president demonstrated that he knows the v…
New Orleans gets its power mostly from outside the city limits. That doesn’t include some self-generated power, including a small solar unit that is a positive harbinger of more renewable energy down the road.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
On today’s 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the national nightmare of that devastating storm now has a grim sequel.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
There might be competition for the title of expert in phony numbers at the State Capitol, but a contender would be Jim Fannin, of Jonesboro.
While it is no fault of the New York-born president of the United States that he might not be able to locate the Louisiana city of Jennings on the map, he knows where New Orleans is, and it is worth a visit for him as he or his underlings contempl…
Friday, August 25, 2017
Thursday, August 24, 2017
During his final state of the city address last month, Mayor Mitch Landrieu unveiled a bold initiative to cut New Orleans’ carbon emissions in half by 2030. The mayor rated climate change as an “existential threat” to New Orleans.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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…
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
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.”
When Steve Carter called for a show of hands on the question, "Who likes paying taxes?," the Baton Rouge state representative got no takers.