Not for the first time, the U.S. Congress is showing itself ill-equipped to deal with the complex and financially challenging issues around flooding and the National Flood Insurance Program.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Sunday, September 23, 2018
When Louisiana prepares its budgets for the coming fiscal year, starting every July 1, there is always an element of uncertainty because the 12 months ahead might bring surprises.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
Thursday, September 20, 2018
In the wake of a sexual abuse scandal that’s rocked the Catholic Church around the world, including horrifying incidents in Louisiana, church leaders have promised to champion reforms to help prevent such abuses in the future.
On the police shows of television, complicated crimes get neatly resolved in an hour. In the real world, justice can take much longer, as residents of south Louisiana were reminded this month with the arrest of Oscar A. Lozada for the murder of hi…
While the debate is focused in Baton Rouge, a pending decision about a tax exemption for a new half-billion-dollar industrial project has statewide implications.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Louisiana’s Cajun Navy has been at it again, rescuing stranded homeowners in the flood-ravaged Carolinas as residents there cope with the aftermath of what was once Hurricane Florence.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, movie star Brad Pitt formed the nonprofit Make It Right Foundation to help build 150 affordable homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, ground zero for devastating flooding after the city’s levees broke. More …
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Every year, as insurers tally up the good or bad news about policy costs on the insurance exchanges, we cannot help but reflect on the chaotic origins of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, passed by Congress in 2010.
Friday, September 14, 2018
The phrase used over a generation about Louisiana drilling on shore was "played out," which was striking for a state with early and big oil exploration ventures going back to the earliest years of the 20th Century.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Sometimes in south Louisiana, we might have the attitude that there’s not a good time for a road trip to greater Shreveport, but there are three special reasons for driving to north Louisiana this fall and they involve family: our family of great apes.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
For Americans — and our friends and supporters around the world, who grieved with us and fought back with us — today's anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks ought to be remembered and reflected upon.
Monday, September 10, 2018
A settlement between the state and federal agencies over housing the mentally ill in nursing homes is forcing change in the health care industry in Louisiana.
Saturday, September 08, 2018
Louisiana top transportation official is a regular commuter, so Shawn Wilson's a consumer of his product. These days, the head of the Department of Transportation and Development can also see the result of his agency's work almost all the way into…
Soon, bookstore patrons here and across the country will be greeted by the image of Ulysses S. Grant, whose likeness isn’t often seen in public spaces in Louisiana.
Friday, September 07, 2018
A generation has elapsed since the bruising battles were fought over higher admissions requirements for Louisiana universities. The lessons of those debates may be forgotten if LSU weakens its requirements for freshman admissions.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
The "silos" of organizations, the parts that focus on their own tasks and miss opportunities for collaboration, are a commonplace buzzword of management these days.
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Louisiana residents are really good at celebrating holidays, as folks here and our friends around the rest of the world well know. But since Labor Day coincides with the peak of hurricane season, Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate to let Louis…
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Sunday, September 02, 2018
Saturday, September 01, 2018
Let's hear it for growth, as the nation now records its longest economic expansion on record — 9½ years and counting, as of August. But in Louisiana, we also have another milestone from a decade ago.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
A lawsuit involving the internal politics of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office can sometimes sound like a family squabble, but the dispute involves a public agency supported by taxpayers.
The controversy over a planned drag queen story time at the Lafayette Public Library has us wishing for a simpler era when libraries didn’t inspire such fuss over their offerings. Even so, we know our nostalgia is misplaced. Truth be told, public …
Sometimes when public figures address one another as "my good friend," when they rarely agree if at all, it sounds like at best a pleasantry and at worst a political hypocrisy.
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
It’s been a difficult summer across America, with erupting volcanoes in Hawaii, continuing wildfires in California and flooding in the Northeast. Those natural disasters are testing the resolve of thousands of Americans in ways that the people of …
When U.S. Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, ran for president in 2008 as the Republican nominee, he got 59 percent of the vote in reliably red Louisiana. He probably would have carried the state without a single visit to Louisiana during the campaign.
Sunday, August 26, 2018
With so many folks in Louisiana working hard in low-wage jobs, the decision of the state under Gov. Bobby Jindal to refuse Medicaid insurance coverage for struggling families just slightly above the poverty line never made sense.
Saturday, August 25, 2018
The thought of a convicted felon being asked to help keep used car dealers honest sounds like the premise of a comedy sketch, but this idea wasn’t cooked by professional jokesters.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Louisiana’s local and parish taxing authorities — whether they like it or not — are going to have to forfeit revenue on the sales of guns and hunting equipment as part of a sales tax holiday approved — imperfectly — by the geniuses at the Legislature.
Bishop Michael Duca has much work to do as he’s formally installed today to lead the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge, replacing outgoing Bishop Robert Muench.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
It’s been sobering to pick up the newspaper these past few days and notice how the sports news and crime news have converged.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Some key federal support, though it doesn't involve full funding, is a big step toward a long-sought deepening of the Mississippi River.
Monday, August 20, 2018
The Lake Wobegon Association of Louisiana school superintendents is in full cry. It appears — based on a scale that reflects real progress of students — not every Louisiana public school is really above average. The superintendents are worried bec…
Sunday, August 19, 2018
The prospect of a cyberattack on the computers that control Mississippi River ports’ loading and unloading process is a threat not only to Louisiana, but the nation that depends on river commerce to sustain the American economy.
Saturday, August 18, 2018
When President Donald Trump irresponsibly claims that members of the media who report unpleasant things about his administration are “enemies of the people,” he probably has in mind the big national newspapers and major TV networks that have a lar…
The political grandstanding at the State Capitol dove to a new low this week as State Treasurer John Schroder led an effort to inject gun rights debates into a mundane decision of the State Bond Commission.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
While it is a bit of a post-Katrina milestone, the opening of the last of the six libraries destroyed in the city of New Orleans in 2005 reflects more than just a comeback story.
During his address to the Baton Rouge Rotary earlier this month, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron boasted that he had hired more analysts to review film of the Tigers’ rivals. Just to keep up with other coaches, like the guy in Tuscaloosa, Orgeron sa…
After the 2016 floods ruined thousands of homes and businesses in the Baton Rouge area, residents worked long and hard to restore their lives to the way they were before the waters rose.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
With a letter denouncing prison reform as it is being carried out in Louisiana, John N. Kennedy tried to crash a White House party on the issue, where Gov. John Bel Edwards was invited and the junior senator from the Bayou State was not.
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Sunday, August 12, 2018
An officer of the law should not have to put up with threats to his job when he arrests somebody. But two men from Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes won a lawsuit, on constitutional grounds, after they were accused of public intimidation.