In the same week that New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced her new violence reduction strategy, The Advocate published another story about efforts to boost access to child care in the city.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Friday, October 19, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
While he would come to the job from private practice, as a partner in the New Orleans-based firm Jones Walker, Donald Washington of Lafayette has amply merited his nomination by President Donald Trump as head of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Monday, October 15, 2018
Sending a student off to college is at once the wisest investment a family can make but it is also an expensive one, particularly in Louisiana, where average incomes are low and college tuition has skyrocketed over the past decade.
Sunday, October 14, 2018
In today's politically divided nation, it's good to see that Republicans and Democrats can still respond to what many ordinary consumers see as an abuse: "gag clauses" in contracts for pharmacies.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Among the bad lists, one stands out for Louisiana's future: higher costs for college educations for tomorrow's workers and leaders.
Friday, October 12, 2018
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell built her political career by being a disruptor, and she won election with 60 percent of the vote, so clearly that’s a quality her constituents wanted in their new leader. Her disruptive side was on display recent…
The leaders of the Catholic Church in Louisiana, one of the most socially conservative institutions in public life, are urging voters to change state law concerning how juries decide the fate of those accused of serious crimes.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
When Rachel Carson warned about the dangers of DDT in a book called “Silent Spring” in 1962, industry leaders dismissed her worries about the popular pesticide as alarmist and unsubstantiated.
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
When Drew Brees came to the Saints in 2006, his shoulder was so torn up that nobody else wanted him. A wounded quarterback for a wounded city.
Monday, October 08, 2018
Sunday, October 07, 2018
After a tough legislative battle, Louisiana members of Congress have delivered a vital patch to a federal regulation that hurt families flooded out by violent storms around the state in 2016.
Friday, October 05, 2018
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards has returned from a brief trip to California with the news that the folks in Hollywood like us — they really like us — and might be willing to shoot more movies in the state.
Louisiana’s U.S. Sen. John Kennedy has done the right thing in calling for the public release of the results of an FBI investigation of sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Kennedy is bucking both his fell…
Wednesday, October 03, 2018
While it's good news that Louisiana's often-struggling state coffers apparently have done well during the last fiscal year, it's important to recognize that this is not an unalloyed blessing.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
As a member of the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Louisiana’s John Kennedy has often taken an active and welcome role in screening the Trump administration’s nominees for the federal bench.
Monday, October 01, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018
As the state’s flagship institution for higher education, LSU’s abandonment of a minimum college board test score for admissions might have consequences beyond the main campus in Baton Rouge. Further, by acting without apparent notification to its…
Why did a star basketball player, LSU’s Wayde Sims, have to die in a street fight outside an eatery in north Baton Rouge? Why did the other young man pull the trigger? Above all, why are young black men killing each other at such a dreadful rate, …
Friday, September 28, 2018
As the longtime spouse of Democratic political consultant James Carville, conservative Mary Matalin, who's also a veteran of the campaign trail, is accustomed to odd-couple pairings.
In Louisiana, where political theater is a civic custom, maybe we’re not as easily shocked by cynical gamesmanship in the halls of power. But by anyone’s measure, Thursday’s hearing by the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee on accusations against S…
Thursday, September 27, 2018
If there are two cities in the world, not just the Gulf Coast, where the challenges of water management and climate change should be top priorities, it is New Orleans and Houston.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
It is characteristic of Kathleen Blanco that the former governor, battling a terminal illness, does not want tributes or statues in her honor, but is thinking about the longer future.
When F. King Alexander arrived at LSU from California, the new president could not expect that he would be embroiled in a long series of meetings and legal depositions over a set of public hospitals in north Louisiana.
Monday, September 24, 2018
In the aftermath of catastrophic flooding in Louisiana in 2016, thousands of residents borrowed money through the U.S. Small Business Administration to rebuild. Unfortunately, federal regulations then barred them from rebuilding grants later made …
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.
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.
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…