Monday, November 06, 2017
Sunday, November 05, 2017

Here is my take on the 2016 election and its aftermath. By the end of President Barack Obama's second term, it had become evident to a big chunk of the electorate that the corruption in Washington, D.C., had reached a fever pitch. It responded by …

Sunday, November 05, 2017
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Saturday, November 04, 2017
Saturday, November 04, 2017

Not everyone is a sports fan, and a great many people in Houston have been focused on their own household woes because of the dramatic impact of Hurricane Harvey. We know how long such a flooding disaster can haunt a community.

Friday, November 03, 2017

The president’s chief of staff, retired general John Kelly, was right: the American Civil War resulted because of an inability of both sides to reach a compromise regarding the abolition of slavery. The knee-jerk reaction of some of those who have…

Friday, November 03, 2017
Thursday, November 02, 2017

I am a crime survivor. When I was 15 years old, a man tried to kidnap me. My first husband was murdered 20 days before I gave birth to our twins. My sister-in-law was killed by her domestic partner. When sheriffs, district attorneys and other oppo…

No one likes to be lied to. The truth, in its rarest form, does hurt; yet, thorough examination must always be associated with discovering the purest form of truth. In the recent unveiling of the new school grading standards required for Louisiana…

With a legal whimper, the most controversial and much-ballyhooed lawsuit against the oil and gas industry in Louisiana, a cause of much agitation over four years, has died at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

In response to Cedric Richmond’s letter on gun control legislation, I would like to offer some thoughts for consideration without getting into the debate about the necessity or possible effectiveness of any legislation.

The recent announcement of bipartisan legislation to help stabilize the health insurance markets, while also providing protection for pre-existing conditions, is an important step forward in the ongoing health care debate. We applaud U.S. Sens. La…

I can’t help wondering about what the 418,500 American soldiers and civilians who gave their lives "punching Nazis" would have thought about the Mallard Fillmore comic strip this past Sunday?— and how to apologize to them.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A recent Advocate article reported about the propensity of public schools to quickly "toss students with behavior problems," and that "most students fail to get the help they need when they are assigned to alternative schools." The article noted t…

In a political culture too often marked by rancor, it’s nice to see so many people gather each autumn at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol to have some fun.

In a year filled with so much real danger?— the horror of hurricanes, mass shootings and nuclear saber-rattling?— the fanciful frights of Halloween might seem a little off-key.

Monday, October 30, 2017

More than 223,000 Louisiana students have graduated with the help of TOPS, which awards funds based on high school GPA and ACT scores. In addition to providing lower-income students with the opportunity to attend college, TOPS is one of the bigges…

One week ago, Edward Patterson was booked on one count of second-degree murder in the slaying of 20-year-old Kendrick Ussin, who was gunned down in September 2016, in the Woodmere section of Harvey. According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopint…

Sunday, October 29, 2017

I write in response to my New Orleans constituent Tracy Ball’s passionate letter demanding action from her representatives in Congress to prevent further gun violence. I thank her for drawing attention to this important issue and for calling upon …

Our president recently said that the government’s relief efforts in Puerto Rico rated a 10. I have a wonderful proposition for the 80 percent of Puerto Ricans who still have neither electricity nor clean drinking water: Move to the U.S. mainland.