If many of us contribute to our communities and particularly to charitable activities throughout the year, often at every paycheck through United Way support, we do live in an age of branding, so it was perhaps inevitable that something like Givin…
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
As an outlier politically in many ways, Louisiana has a tradition of nonpartisan politics in its Legislature, if less so in recent years in the delegation in Congress. Even long-serving U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu was rejected in 2014 because of a nat…
Monday, November 27, 2017
Matthew Chialastri was an avid student of history at Baton Rouge's Woodlawn High School and a cadet in the Junior ROTC program. Friends weren't surprised when Chialastri went on to serve his country in the U.S. Navy.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
A grassroots group, Fair Districts Louisiana, is helping to host a conference at LSU in January on the problem of politically gerrymandered district lines for Congress, the Legislature and other bodies.
It's high season for budget-making in city halls, including Baton Rouge and New Orleans, but it's almost always budget season at the State Capitol, even if Louisiana's fiscal year does not begin until July 1. The cities work on a more normal calen…
Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
In the wake of Saturday’s election, Louisiana residents have two new names to follow in state politics. Republican John Schroder, a former state representative from Covington, easily won election as state treasurer, while New Orleans City Council …
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Education is about changing lives, but the hardest challenges are very hard for teachers, students with deep social problems or learning disabilities that compound, year by year.
Friday, November 17, 2017
There are several issues and races on the ballot throughout south Louisiana for Saturday's election, including a statewide contest to pick the next state treasurer. We urge everyone to go to the polls and vote. Concerning a proposed increase to th…
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Given the circumstances that led to a change in leadership at Louisiana State Police, the new colonel in charge is right to move quickly to investigate any evidence of misconduct.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
A young man is dead, an officer on administrative leave after the shooting. It is another troubling incident, but Louisiana State Police have promptly taken charge of the investigation.
Monday, November 13, 2017
The expansion into New Orleans of a big national technology company is welcome news anytime, as Louisiana continues to grow its national footprint in the knowledge economy.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Back when Gov. Bobby Jindal wanted to save money on the big Medicaid program, he turned to managed care companies to run most of the health insurance program for the poor. He was backed by most Republicans, and Democrats?— and many elements of the…
Saturday, November 11, 2017
In a nation plagued by political division, it is right and good that Americans continue to find common cause in two holidays remembering those who’ve served in the country’s armed forces: Memorial Day, which commemorates fallen warriors, and Veter…
Thursday, November 09, 2017
For those of us who had other things on the mind than schoolwork back in the day, grading "on the curve" was a gift. More generous scoring than perhaps we'd earned was a good thing then, but with the wisdom of hindsight was it really good for us?
The governor of Louisiana is somewhat higher up the food chain than state legislators, so perhaps John Bel Edwards had better luck in his meetings with a general in the Army Corps of Engineers than legislators who grilled a mere colonel.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
The cross that stands at the heart of Christianity is a potent reminder that humanity is vulnerable to violence – cruelty so fierce that it can end an earthly life.
Monday, November 06, 2017
As a native of Louisiana, Donna Brazile is surely no stranger to the notion of politics as a blood sport. Even so, Brazile is making headlines by suggesting her shock at the possibility that Hillary Clinton might have engineered her party’s nomina…
Saturday, November 04, 2017
While a political battle over the?direction of Lafayette Parish public schools led to the ouster of its reform-minded superintendent, his subsequent court victory is a blow to not only the Acadiana board but school boards across the state, who hav…
Two veteran prosecutors, both experienced in the federal courts, are headed to key positions in Baton Rouge and New Orleans in the new Trump administration.
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.
Thursday, November 02, 2017
We join Visit Baton Rouge, the region’s chief tourism agency, to urge voters to approve a small increase in the local hotel room tax. It is on the Nov. 18 ballot in much of East Baton Rouge Parish. Early voting begins today and continues through S…
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.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
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
After more than 25 years of legal gaming in Louisiana, the casino industry is well-established, and there is a reasonable case to be made for updating the laws that govern the mostly permanently docked "riverboat" gambling facilities.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
A much-anticipated closed-door meeting of Louisiana House members, from both parties, was intended to help move along discussion of troubled state finances.
Saturday, October 28, 2017
The disastrous 2016 law on drug abuse was inspired by conservative Republicans loyal to businesses, but the bill was endorsed by Democratic politicians, passed by Congress unanimously and signed by President Barack Obama. As thousands died of drug…
Thursday, October 26, 2017
It was an impressive lineup against higher standards in public schools: the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents, Louisiana School Boards Association and Louisiana Association of Principals.
While he might be counting the revenue chickens before they hatch, U.S. Sen. John N. Kennedy is right to suggest the best ways to use the potential — as yet, only potential — billions in one-time revenue that might become available to the federal …
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
They lowered the flag and played Fats Domino records all day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where the legendary musician was in the first 10 honorees.
While the vast majority of Americans get their health insurance through employer-sponsored plans, those on the individual market have seen both the good and bad in the marketplaces set up by the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Timing is everything, but once again Louisiana government is out of sync with the rest of the planet.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
A ritual of spring and summer is a series of meetings held in regions of the state, looking at the pressing needs for new highways and bridges, and repair of the ones we have.
For football fans in south Louisiana, whether they follow LSU or Southern, the Saints or Tulane, the season so far has been one of high hopes sometimes tempered by disappointment.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
If Louisiana is not alone, it is still far from a great distinction to have children spending nights at a social worker’s office, because there is no place for a child in state supervision to go.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
In Louisiana, we have traditionally not had a strong partisan tilt in politics, with Republicans and Democrats acting as blocs in the state Legislature. That has been changing in recent years but it is still nowhere near as controlling a factor as…
Monday, October 16, 2017
If you can’t have trustys on hand to change the oil in your cars, or cook meals, how is a poor sheriff’s office going to carry on?
Sunday, October 15, 2017
At age 86, after decades of being celebrated as one of the best nonfiction writers in America, John McPhee has just published a new book, “Draft No. 4” that shows how he works. It includes lots of behind-the-scenes insights into McPhee’s job as a …
Saturday, October 14, 2017
In times of war, Americans have scanned the news with interest to see the latest tallies of those who have died in defense of this country.
In the city of New Orleans, there are the visible signs of Election Day today: Posters and ads for candidates, activity at polling places and streetcorner canvassing. That's because voters will vote in a primary election, with runoffs if needed in…
Friday, October 13, 2017
Although it’s less than an hour’s drive from Baton Rouge, the Avondale Scout Reservation in Clinton can seem a world away from the cares of the city and, indeed, the worries of the rest of the planet. Its more than 1,600 acres of forest, fields, t…