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Our Views: The House and Senate come through in key votes on trade that benefit Louisiana and the nation

Senator David Vitter

By two critical votes in the House and Senate, Congress has advanced the cause of more robust trade. That’s good for America and good for Louisiana. The issue was divisive among Democrats in both chambers. President Barack Obama sought what is called trade promotion authority, to negotiate a treaty with Asian and European partners that would… Continue reading →

Letters: Federal inventory tax idea would be bad for Louisiana business

Taxing business inventory was a major issue during this year’s legislative session. Louisiana’s archaic local inventory tax and the problematic Band-Aid of a state tax credit to offset it both came under fire. But there is another fight over inventory taxation that is currently taking place in Washington, D.C., and its outcome will just as significantly impact Louisiana… Continue reading →

Guest column: A bad sequel: Return of the Zombie Tax

Thirty years ago, Louisiana was enmeshed in a smothering economic downturn. The collapse of oil and gas prices devoured prosperity in the Bayou State. I worked at the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce when the crash hit. Almost overnight, the energy investments that fueled the boom dried up and precipitated the bust that followed. Lafayette in the boom… Continue reading →

Letters: Marriage is between a man and a woman

I don’t bow to the U.S. Supreme Court, but only to the supreme triune God: Marriage is ordained by God between a man and a woman. The sacrament of marriage is a holy sacrifice and a mystery, but it is crystal clear what it is not: the union of two of the same gender! As noted… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: When it comes to the Confederate flag issue, I’m with Mitt Romney

Associated Press file photo Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Republican presidental candidate

Here’s something I’m not sure I’ve ever heard myself say, at least until about 10 days ago: I’m with Mitt. That’s former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, of course, who came out of retirement after the racially motivated murders at a historically black Charleston church to basically challenge politicians who either supported flying the… Continue reading →

Letters: Commissioners of the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission, past and present, defend Maury Drummond

We are present and former commissioners of the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission (USS Kidd) who have known and worked with Maury Drummond for years. We know of his many accomplishments as executive director for the commission, causing the USS Kidd to become a landmark in Baton Rouge, bringing many tourists to our city. Maury, during his… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: Bobby Jindal touting his record as governor could get him in trouble on campaign trail

The strategy for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is partly based on a “tell them what you’ve done” approach. But touting his achievements back home could get him into muddy water quickly if anyone decides to look too deeply at the list. Campaign aides made it clear as Jindal launched his campaign that… Continue reading →

Letter from Louisiana war veteran: ‘Sickens me to read and listen to garbage about ‘help is right around the corner’”

It sickens me to read and listen to garbage about “help is right around the corner” for the veterans of this nation. Let’s realize that nothing will be accomplished until a new administration and more pro-veteran persons are elected to Congress. One month before the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald as the new Veterans… Continue reading →

Our Views: Milking the students at state colleges

One of the worst policy decisions of the past few years: the state Board of Regents watering down admissions requirements in state universities. The regents and the governor should reconsider an ill-judged initiative allowing colleges to admit students who require a remedial course. “The goal is to get more graduates,” said Regents Chairman Roy Martin,… Continue reading →

James Gill: Removing flags? Why not focus on the guns?

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- With the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee behind them, Malcolm Suber, left,  and Rev. Raymond Brown along with other protesters burn the Confederate battle flag at Lee Circle during a rally to remove the symbol, along with statues like the one of General Robert E. Lee at Lee circle, from public places in New Orleans, La. Friday, June 26, 2015.

The threat posed by armed lunatics draped in Confederate flags is one that will spur any prudent society to action. Fortunately, this country has risen to the challenge as a consensus builds about what should be done. The answer is obvious. Get rid of the flags that fly over statehouses in several parts of the old South,… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: The unhappy warrior of a lost cause

Gov. Bobby Jindal, a perpetual cellar-dweller in Republican presidential polls, finally managed to best his rivals at something on Friday. The governor was the first GOP candidate to pounce on the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring same-sex marriage legal across the land. Needless to say, Jindal didn’t take the opportunity to congratulate all… Continue reading →

Our Views: Debate over Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage should remain respectful

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--People rally during the "Decision Day Rally for Marriage Equality" in Jackson Square in New Orleans, La. Friday, June 26, 2015. The rally was called after today's U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling allowing same sex marriage across the country, though Louisiana same sex couples may have to wait 25 days to acquire licenses.

In America, from the beginning, there has been the tension between the democratic process and the courts’ role in protecting the constitutional rights that are “inalienable,” in the words of the Declaration of Independence. The rule of the majority was at once celebrated and feared by the Founding Fathers of this country. The gay marriage ruling… Continue reading →

Guest column: Marriage equality comes to Louisiana... now what?

Across Louisiana Saturday, local and state officials will begin scrambling to comply with Friday’s sweeping Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry. With this decision, many of the legal obstacles that have long prevented gays and lesbians from being treated as equal partners under the law will need to be changed. In one fell swoop,… Continue reading →

Letters: Congregation lives out Christ’s admonition

Probably the most important verse in the Bible (King James version) is “But I say unto you that ye resist not evil …” (Matthew 5:39), what most people know as the verse that concerns turning the other cheek. Nietzsche thought it the single most important verse in sacred literature. Tolstoy wrote an entire book — “The… Continue reading →

Letters: Donald Trump speech on immigrants hateful, harmful

If you think that Donald Trump’s hateful speech about Mexicans on Tuesday was harmless, think again. As a Mexican-American living in the U.S. for most of my life, I’m normally thick-skinned about racist comments. Thus I dismissed Trump’s hate-mongering about Mexican immigrant rapists. Then I learned that the killer in South Carolina echoed Trumps’ phrase about… Continue reading →

Letters: Let pro teams pay for college athletes’ early exits

LSU loses key student-athletes to the pros before these students complete four years of eligibility (not counting redshirt status). Have prospective recruits sign a pledge to give four full years to the Tigers in exchange for their publicly funded scholarships — stating that if they go pro before playing four full years for LSU, they must reimburse these… Continue reading →

Letters: Stop giving murder suspects publicity they desire

Well, there’s been another mass murder, this time in a Charleston, South Carolina, church. When are we going to wise up about how we deal with these people? The Colorado movie theater shooter is in the national news during his trial and — big surprise — another jerk does something similar. One of the prime… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: How Bobby Jindal's camp hopes to overcome low poll rankings, dismal approval ratings on campaign trail

Republican presidential candidate, Lousiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to students and area business leaders at Saint Anselm College Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

For months now, Gov. Bobby Jindal has been going about the business of planning a presidential campaign, even as he insisted he was still praying over whether he’d actually run. And for just as many months, I’ve been hearing the same question: What on Earth is he thinking? Well, now that Jindal has finally announcedContinue reading →

Letters: It’s time to do something about gun control

How many more shootings do we have to have before we admit to a serious problem with gun control in this country? Please don’t respond by giving me that tired old “people kill, not guns” logic. We are allowing a minority of people, the National Rifle Association, to dictate to the majority on how… Continue reading →

Letters: The Pope was right - climate change exists

Kudos to Pope Francis for his recent statement on climate change. Some people who deny mankind’s influence on our changing climate use the fact that a few scientists fudged data in order to obtain grants. But there is no denying the fact that the 10 hottest years on record (since 1880) have occurred since 1999, with 2014 being… Continue reading →

Edward Pratt: Discuss Confederate flag issue, but vote, too

For many years, my wife and I would take the drive to her mother’s house in Delhi, a small town in rural northeast Louisiana. On the route, there were three houses side by side on La. 28 in a little town called Crowville that also would catch our attention. The houses, shrouded by trees, sat just a… Continue reading →

Guest column: Don't remove Confederate symbols in New Orleans; instead, try this...

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Lee Circle, New Orleans.   File photos of aerials of New Orleans area and landmarks shot July 23, 2013.

In the aftermath of the Charleston massacre, symbols of the Confederacy have suddenly, belatedly, become the subject of national debate. Unlike the Confederate flag, however, monuments are fixtures on the landscape of our cities and their fate should be part of a communitywide discussion. According to The Advocate, there is already a growing initiative in New Orleans to… Continue reading →

Our Views: Bobby Jindal's presidential address 'short on substance,' 'devoid of specifics'

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Governor Bobby Jindal is greeted by his wife Supriya as he arrives at the at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

For a man who rose to Louisiana’s highest office based on his credentials as a policy wonk, Gov. Bobby Jindal formally launched his campaign for the White House Wednesday with a speech that was surprisingly devoid of specifics. Jindal suggested that his critics can’t believe leaders can be both conservative and smart. We don’t ascribe… Continue reading →

Guest column: Contributions can wreck scales of justice

Every August in Louisiana, hundreds of first-year law students gather in classrooms to hear local attorneys hold forth on the ethics of the legal profession. The panelists inform the students that they’ve acquired, by virtue of enrollment, a duty to uphold the legal profession’s largely self-imposed standards: Don’t lie, cheat, plagiarize, fudge résumés or share client confidences. Tread… Continue reading →

Letters: Louisiana Senate President John Alario abuses his power in order to kill a major grass-roots initiative

The recent anniversary of the Magna Carta was a reminder that the law is higher than the king — that rules matter. Rules are particularly important when they limit the discretion of those in power. Unfortunately, Louisiana Senate President John Alario appears to have played fast and loose with the Senate’s “Rules of Order” last month… Continue reading →