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 …

Friday, November 03, 2017
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…

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…

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…

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…

Monday, October 30, 2017

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
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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017

Whitehead Boulevard in Port Allen and its stately oaks serve as valuable recreational area frequented often by joggers, walkers and cyclists citywide.

In New Orleans recent primary election, two highly qualified women conquered a large field of candidates to make the runoff in the 2017 mayoral race.

A friend and I launched into a conversation few days ago about elections and voting. My friends and I have better and more interesting conversations most times, but I brought up the subject because something about the recent Louisiana elections ha…

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl provides yet another example of why we should be careful about passing judgment before knowing all of the facts. Bergdahl is on trial for walking away from his post during combat operations in Afghanistan —?which on …

Dyslexia affects 20 percent of the population and represents 80 to 90 percent of all learning disabilities. Overwhelming evidence shows dyslexia is a “problem with the language system” and that interventions directed to the problems with the langu…

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017

Dan Fagan posits that since New Orleans has had Democratic mayors since 1870, crime in New Orleans (and Baton Rouge) is a result of Democratic governance (as if they were in bubbles untouched by state or federal policy), and he attempts to insult …

Sunday, October 22, 2017

“They stole my child’s innocence and they stole my rights." These were the words of Cory Johnson upon receiving word from the Alice Harte elementary school that his 9-year-old fourth-grade daughter was required, without prior notice to her parents…

I haven't been a student at LSU in more than 40 years. In 1977, the Greeks were hazing students and it has never stopped. It seems like the only people who didn't know it was going on was the administration at LSU. Now one young man has died and 1…

In response to the NFL football players who are choosing to kneel during the national anthem, I believe that the players should find a better way to protest if they truly care about the cause that they are supporting.

As a proud member of the Louisiana bar who regularly practices in federal court, and as a former president of the Federal Bar Association, I am writing this letter in response to James Gill’s op-ed on Wendy Vitter. I have known Wendy Vitter for ov…

Friday, October 20, 2017

While I admire the sentiments expressed by student Katie Hennessy in her recent letter, "NFL players have right to protest," it exemplifies and highlights the general ignorance, fostered by big media by omission, as to what our First Amendment act…

Thursday, October 19, 2017

David McLemore’s letter is built around his question, “How is the legal drug manufacturer responsible for the misuse of their product?” Before tackling that question, let us begin with the facts.

I need to set the record straight regarding the letter from Jean Spriggs-Brown that says she was setting the record straight on charter school funding. Her letter claims that type-2 charter schools are entirely funded by the state.

It’s National School Bus Week. The annual campaign by the National Association of Pupil Transportation aims to raise awareness about the importance of school bus safety. This year, NAPT is promoting stop arm safety with the theme #StopOnRed!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Controlled Substances Act is the statute establishing federal U.S. drug policy under which the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of certain substances is regulated. It was passed by the 91st United States Congress as T…

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Regarding "Boy Scouts opens to girls," a recent Advocate story, at Girl Scouts Louisiana East, we are passionate about our commitment to girls, ensuring that girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country, and the w…

It is no surprise that, after being called “SOBs” by their own president, more than 100 NFL players chose to kneel, sit or link arms in solidarity during the national anthem over the course of several games.

Guns and gun control are back in the news because of the recent massacre in Las Vegas. I’m almost positive that this tragic occurrence will not move us any closer to lessening gun violence in any meaningful way. After all, we didn’t really do anyt…

Monday, October 16, 2017

I read the The Advocate recently and discovered that high-ranking Louisiana state troopers were demoted for a "side trip" to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and the Hoover Dam at thousands of dollars of taxpayers' expense rather than being arrested a…

In regards to the article “‘Stunned’ that NFL players think kneeling DURING anthem an appropriate, effective protest” by Eleanor Ransburg, I believe the rights of the NFL football players to kneel is being exercised correctly but is used at the mo…

A recent article caught my attention: “State files suit against opioid makers.” It certainly is horrible when a person becomes addicted to any drug, legal or illegal, but how is the legal drug manufacturer responsible for the misuse of their product?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

I just read Walter Williams' column and think it is brilliant. His statistics are clear and important to the problem of black-on-black crime. Black-on-black crime is a topic that demands a solution. A vast number of black murders and crime are com…

As a parent of a child at Iberville Charter Academy, I want to set the record straight regarding the funding of Type 2 charter schools.

The letter from my high school friend Jim Grice exhibited great passion in his opinion on gun control. Unfortunately, like most anti-gun opinions, it had passion, but no facts. In placing blame for the Las Vegas mass shooting, he pilloried Republi…