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…
Monday, August 20, 2018
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…
Saturday, August 18, 2018
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…
Thursday, August 16, 2018
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.
As the Louisiana’s top law enforcement official, Attorney General Jeff Landry has a duty to help advance justice for all of the state’s citizens.
Friday, August 10, 2018
America’s relations with Germany have soured lately because of tensions between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Thursday, August 09, 2018
A generation ago, as casinos blossomed in Mississippi under its laissez-faire policies on gaming, Louisiana's restrictive laws on granting licenses were often considered a hindrance to growth in the new industry.
The seemingly endless parade of indigent defendants through Criminal District Court in New Orleans means that asking users to pay is not going to work. Meanwhile, the federal courts are taking notice.
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
The death at 75 of Bryan Wagner, one of the integral players in the GOP of Louisiana since phone-booth days, came just as he could look back 30 years on one of his triumphs, the 1988 Republican National Convention.
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
It's still peak air-conditioning season in Louisiana, so there can be little more welcome than another drop in monthly electricity bills.
Sunday, August 05, 2018
While there’s good news about taking better care of Louisiana children, it’s bound to provoke some concern that the positive development is temporary.
In rejecting an attempt to consolidate some 40 lawsuits against the energy industry for damages to Louisiana’s coast, a panel of federal judges has advanced the latest chapter in what promises to be a long legal saga concerning the state’s fragile…
Friday, August 03, 2018
The dramatic experiment in school management undertaken in New Orleans is one of the most closely watched events in public education in America.
Gov. Bobby Jindal did the taxpayers a service when he pushed through a reluctant Legislature and officialdom a new approach to managing care in Medicaid, the state-local program for health care for poor families.
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Five days after a weekend mass shooting in New Orleans that killed three people and injured seven others, residents of the city remain in shock and grief about what happened.
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
In approving a four-month extension of the National Flood Insurance Program on Tuesday, the U.S. Senate did a good thing for the people of Louisiana who depend on the program to sustain homes and businesses in the region. We commend the members of…
Monday, July 30, 2018
Louisiana has a death penalty in principle but not in practice, as a recent spat between Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has served to remind everyone.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
On a farm tour in Louisiana, the diversity of products grown for the world is vividly demonstrated: sugar cane in the south, soybeans and corn and cotton farther north, yams and strawberries and timber, as well.
Saturday, July 28, 2018
While requiring a two-thirds majority in the state House of Representatives for tax increases has been in the state constitution for decades, it has grown into a more contentious issue over the past couple of years.
Friday, July 27, 2018
In the next century, Louisiana is one of the most vulnerable states in the nation, not just because of hurricanes and tropical storms but the additional problems of sea-level rise and subsiding land along the coast.
Even if it’s barely more than a truce in President Trump's trade wars, we welcome the "agreement in principle" with the European Union to tamp down tensions between the administration and foreign trade partners.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
At one time or another, many drivers in Louisiana has been stuck at the Interstate 10 bottleneck in downtown Baton Rouge — and that's not counting the millions of others who drive there from elsewhere, and find that the coast-to-coast freeway narr…
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
There’s been a win for the little guy, courtesy of the Institute for Justice, the libertarian nonprofit that has targeted some of the onerous regulations on small business in Louisiana.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Louisiana residents got some good news recently when weather experts announced a revised forecast for this year’s hurricane season that predicts it will be less active than normal.
Monday, July 23, 2018
In an era of short-term thinking at the State Capitol, one of the best ideas for long-term reform was shelved in the chaos of the 2017 legislative sessions.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Perhaps it is unfair to the Wall Street analysts, but quite often they make us think of the old football movie line, "show me the money."
One of the sad rituals of spring is the day of public testimony before the Legislature's budget committees, when parents of the disabled come to plead for more support for programs for their children.
Friday, July 20, 2018
Among the controversial shootings involving police and criminal suspects in recent years, the case of Victor White III attracted special attention. While in the custody of Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies in 2014 after an arrest for alleged…
Thursday, July 19, 2018
It’s not possible to say that reform happened with the stroke of the pen, since more than a year of negotiations among industries and state bodies were involved, but a dramatic level of new financial support for local services and schools has ensu…
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Louisiana’s U.S. Sen. John Kennedy got it right, we think, in his assessment of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s government after the senator visited Russia this month.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
The late Italian novelist Umberto Eco once lamented the way we often sentimentalize wild animals, regarding them as warm and fuzzy creatures when they are, in reality, rather efficient killing machines.
Social media over the weekend brought the news of watch parties across south Louisiana for the final game of this year’s World Cup, professional soccer’s biggest trophy.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Among the books that summer readers might choose to throw in their beach bags, we’re not sure that “Energy,” Richard Rhodes’ new history of the global energy industry, will make the cut.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
To call it a mixed bag is an understatement, if you want to find out where Louisiana stacks up with other states in business.
Friday, July 13, 2018
Counting the things that the recently adjourned Louisiana Legislature failed to do can be a long list, but even where the financial crisis over the last 2½ years forced changes, lawmakers were reluctant to take on the political powers-that-be.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Louisiana is now in second place in the nation’s incarceration sweepstakes, just behind Oklahoma by last count, and that has already translated into some savings for the state’s taxpayers: $12.2 million.
In downtown Baton Rouge, there has just been an orgy of partisan politics, with getting things done ranking in the minds of the participants far less than the R or D behind the names of the members.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Monday, July 09, 2018
President Donald Trump advanced Monday night’s announcement of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, with more than a week of calculated suspense, a reminder of how much the president learned about stagecraft in his…
Sunday, July 08, 2018
Even before the nation’s birthday, the Fourth of July of 242 years ago, America’s newspapers were serving the cause of liberty for citizens and accountability of the King’s officials for their actions.
Saturday, July 07, 2018
The rains came and would not stop, and rising water struck particularly hard in flooded suburban neighborhoods along the Amite River near Baton Rouge.
The headlines are full of trade wars and border wars but one that is closer to home is the Mosquito War, and one of the front-line combatants says it is heating up with the summer.
Friday, July 06, 2018
The death of Dr. John Ochsner at 91 is deeply regretted by those whom he treated over the years, but as a member of one of medicine’s most-honored families, his loss is more widely felt.