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.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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.
Thursday, July 12, 2018
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.
For generations, educators have stressed the benefits of learning a foreign language. But for many of today’s students, speaking the language of computers is important too.
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Look at the circumstances of American schools during a testing time for the democratic experiment in this country: Horrific school shootings prompting waves of demonstrations, a controversial president and his almost equally controversial secretar…
Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Monday, July 02, 2018
Flags are at half-staff in East Baton Rouge Parish this week as the political world absorbed the shock of the sudden death of Metro Council member Anthony “Buddy” Amoroso IV, struck and killed while biking near St. Francisville on Saturday.
Almost finished, despite legal challenges from environmental groups, the controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline project is a significant economic win for Louisiana and one that we hope is in successful and safe operation for years to come.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
The price of steel is up and soybeans are down: That's not good for Louisiana, in either case, and those are the early consequences of President Donald Trump's erratic and ill-thought out trade policies.
Friday, June 29, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that one day Americans would be treated "not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." On June 22, at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, his dream was realized.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
In your June 4 editorial on Huey Long versus FDR, you didn't mention that the segments of the New Orleans elites which are always smug could barely contain their glee upon Long's assassination. For a reminder of that, see one of Ken Burns' earlies…
American journalists are accustomed to the physical risks of plying their trade in war zones around the world. But the thought that newspaper employees can be shot to death during a workday here in the States, as happened Thursday in suburban Wash…
Here in food-centric Louisiana, where the dinner table is the altar of civic and social life, the thought of turning someone away from a meal seems especially off-key. That’s what happened Friday night when President Donald Trump’s press secretary…
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
There’s a lot to be said for flexibility in a leader, and President Donald Trump has demonstrated the virtue of that principle in reversing his executive order separating children from immigrant parents crossing the U.S. border without authorizati…
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
There was euphoria at the State Capitol at the adjournment of the Legislature, in more or less continuous session since February.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
In Louisiana, one in five public schools are rated D or F, the lowest rungs in the state accountability system, or has a high-school graduation rate lower than 67 percent.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
The haggling at the Capitol last week leading up to a prospective tax deal was grounded in a basic reality of legislative politics in Baton Rouge — namely, that the minority rules.
Waiting for miracles is a sad tradition among timid politicians at Louisiana's State Capitol, where lawmakers often seem willing to grasp at anything to avoid making hard choices about the state's fiscal mess.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
A mini-riot at a Monroe state facility for juvenile offenders underscores the problems that have long troubled the system in Louisiana.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The blockade of revenue measures in the state House of Representatives is not only frustrating to senators across the State Capitol’s main hall but in institutions large and small across the state.
Monday, June 18, 2018
A defining story in Louisiana culture is “Evangeline,” the epic poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about Acadian loved ones far from their native land who must endure the additional agony of being separated from each other during their odyssey.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Oscar Wilde learned a thing or two about corrections as an inmate of Reading jail. He said Queen Victoria treated her prisoners so badly, she didn't deserve to have any.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Maybe a seventh special session of the never-ending Louisiana Legislature will patch the gaping budget hole awaiting the fractious House and the increasingly frustrated members of the Senate.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Louisiana’s Republican Party has done the right thing in endorsing a proposal to end the state’s practice of convicting defendants of serious crimes without a unanimous jury vote.
In a culture defined by Carnival, New Orleans residents are accustomed to seeing kings and queens. But a different kind of royalty is visiting the city Thursday, with the king and queen of Spain scheduled to arrive for a visit that will last until…
With a bipartisan thank-you to President Donald Trump, Louisiana leaders in Congress and the State Capitol have snagged a significant federal grant to build a new bridge at Belle Chasse across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
In 2015, John Bel Edwards was elected governor with just over 56 percent of the total vote. Now, just over halfway into his term, the state’s junior U.S. senator says he wants the governor to quit.
Recent rains across south Louisiana have brought welcome relief from summer heat, and they’ve been a blessing for local yards, gardens and farms, too.
Monday, June 11, 2018
In the highly partisan atmosphere of Louisiana’s State Capitol, it’s hard to get a Democrat and a Republican to agree on anything these days.
Saturday, June 09, 2018
Last month, as another special session of the Louisiana legislature headed toward yet another meltdown, global markets dropped in response to a political shake-up in Italy, where that country’s fiscal fiasco raised worries that the problem could d…
Friday, June 08, 2018
In the wake of the national #MeToo movement, lots of public figures involved in sexual misconduct have lost their jobs.
Rachel Carson, the environmental writer best known for publishing “Silent Spring” in 1962 to warn the world about the dangers of pesticides, had a gift for seeing into the future and grasping the problems mankind was making for itself by neglectin…
Thursday, June 07, 2018
The Louisiana Legislature has had six special sessions in two years to address an ongoing state budget crisis, accomplishing virtually nothing in most of them. A seventh special session is on the way, with taxpayers picking up the estimated $60,00…
With apologies to Charles Dickens, it may be the best of times in the nation, but it is also far from the worst of times in Louisiana. Even if, as some studies show, Louisiana's economy isn't doing as well as that of many other states.
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Partisan divisions have not seeped but flooded into Louisiana's governing processes in a way that few would have predicted only a couple of years ago, as yet another collapse of a special legislative session in Baton Rouge this week made clear. Si…
While the State Capitol might be tied up in partisan politics, we hope that Louisiana can continue if not improve upon its bipartisan and widespread commitment to preserving the state's coastline.