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Our Views: Balance on taxes

If there is such a thing as “corporate patriotism,” to use a phrase of President Barack Obama’s, it’s surely no longer of the 1950s-style assertion that “what’s good for General Motors is good for America.” With worldwide markets — and shareholders, to whom corporations owe a fiduciary responsibility — the idea of patriotism might seem out of… Continue reading →

Our Views: Deadline to register

The first deadline facing voters, especially people who would like to be voters, is the deadline to register in time for the big Nov. 4 election. That deadline is Oct. 6, and already about 28,000 new voters have signed up at registrars’ offices around the state. Another 52,000 voters have updated their records, presumably having moved since… Continue reading →

Letter: Religious rights reserved for states, citizens

Recently, Bill Sierichs wrote of “Infringing of First Amendment rights through religious bans.” He quotes several practices by school boards, and local and state government that he alleges violate the First Amendment and a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. While he used rather extreme terms in his letter, he did not quote the First Amendment itself:… Continue reading →

Letter: Americans should heed the call of war

The drums are again beating loud and strong. They are saying we should send troops to Iraq. We should attack Syria. We should send our forces to counter any and every hotspot in the world. If we need to be in this perpetual state of “war,” then we need to get the American people fully involved in… Continue reading →

Letter: Lack of lighting makes crossing bridge dicey

Thank you very much for shining some light on the Sunshine Bridge. The article was very informative and attempted to explain the long delays caused by the project; however, it could have included suggestions that could greatly reduce the delays. The first thing that everyone concerned has to acknowledge is that this is a hazardous… Continue reading →

Inside Report: Dysfunction reigns in city council

An odd thing happened the other night at, wouldn’t you know it, a Gonzales City Council meeting. Councilman Gary Lacombe and the two councilmen who vote with him, Terance Irvin and Timothy Vessel, called a special meeting last week. It was pretty special. Two weeks… Continue reading →

Our Views: More than Cooper’s show

It’s pretty rare for a school board election to attract attention beyond the borders of the parish involved, but that’s not the case with this year’s heated contests in Lafayette Parish. Across the state, other school boards are before the voters, but the Lafayette races are important as precedents for how much power… Continue reading →

Letter: Sen. Landrieu has brought jobs to La.

I’ve seen a lot of attacks on Sen. Mary Landrieu’s record recently. But the attacks are designed to distract from the issue that I care about more than anything else — jobs. An LSU study last year found that by 2019, there will be 200,000 new energy-related jobs in Louisiana. Landrieu has always fought for job… Continue reading →

Letter: Israel going to great lengths for citizens

For all of you who are critical of Israel for doing everything necessary to secure the safety of their country and their citizens, for those who call them animals and barbarians and worse, let me drag two names from the dust bowl of history — Hiroshima and Nagasaki! The annihilation of these two Japanese cities ended… Continue reading →

Letter: Mary Landrieu flew too low on news of campaign flights

 U. S. Sen. Mary Landrieu

I’m surprised Sen. Mary Landrieu has not done a better job of getting in front of the story about her campaign flights paid for with our tax dollars. The old-school method would say do what she did recently. If you have bad news, put it out yourself and do it on a Friday hoping to catch the lower-attention… Continue reading →

Letter: Sen. Landrieu’s excuse just ‘sloppy’

Sen. Mary Landrieu saying her illegal use of taxpayer funds for campaign charter flights stemmed from “sloppy bookkeeping” sounds like saying shoplifting stems from “sloppy shopping.” Wonder where else she’s “sloppy”? Sara Lemon retired sales executive Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Our Views: Yardsticks for testing

Much of the discussion about Common Core is about the content and quality of those new academic standards. Yet the goals of the states banded together to develop the higher standards for student learning included more than that one element. Another big issue is comparability of the data once students take the new tests based on… Continue reading →

Letter: LBTC developing business for 26 years

This year marks the 26th year of operations of LSU’s Louisiana Business & Technology Center. In just over a quarter century, this high technology business incubator has been involved in helping to create and/or save nearly 10,000 jobs. Located at the LSU Innovation Park, LBTC has 35 resident companies generating $19 million in revenue, has raised $12 million… Continue reading →

Letter: Don’t have to look far to find atrocities

Perspective, or the lack thereof, is everything. Tom Odula’s recent AP article in The Advocate explored, as per the headline, the forced circumcisions undergone in Kenya. At least 12 men were compelled to be circumcised since the beginning of the month. The article ignores the fact that there were tens of thousands of forced circumcisions of infants here… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: Jindal under fire in La. on health care

Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he’s tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas. But his administration’s handling of health care matters at home could undermine his bonafides in the subject area and threaten his efforts… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Legislative auditor misses Common Core’s problems

The latest in useless Common Core disputes involves whether Louisiana’s legislative auditor indicated that the Core “drives” curriculum (Gov. Bobby Jindal’s version) or merely “guides” it (auditor Daryl Purpera’s own explanation). That’s a sideshow. What is more important, and more frustrating, is how the auditor’s report whitewashes Common Core’s true nature… Continue reading →

James Gill: The Greenstein problem for Jindal

What does he know, and is he gonna squeal on anyone? Those questions will be all the more pointed when an indictment is handed up against a public official. In the case of Bruce Greenstein, who allegedly perjured himself nine times during and after a relatively brief stint as Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Health Department secretary, we have… Continue reading →

Our Views: Road relief in slow lane

It’s been a bumpier ride out there, and Louisiana’s designation of 40th in the nation for road conditions marks a significant deterioration of the roads and the ranking. The highway report by the libertarian Reason Foundation graded roads on 2012 data, the latest available, but Louisiana’s ranking was significantly down by several measures. Pavements on urban… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts: State’s reputation holds true in campaigns

In Louisiana, as every schoolchild knows, the politics are as zesty as a bowl of gumbo. Helping to sustain that cliché in recent days are two members of the state’s congressional delegation, both involved in challenging re-election campaigns: Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Republican U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister. Landrieu’s moment came during the tailgating outside Tiger… Continue reading →

Our Views: Early start for students

There were large turnouts of child care providers and advocates for children at unveilings in Baton Rouge and New Orleans of a new state initiative in early childhood education. That interest is warranted, because giving Louisiana’s next generations a healthier start in education is a major undertaking. The initiative… Continue reading →

Edward Pratt: High school queen handles royal flip

I am a fan of Lauren Williams, and you should be, too. Lauren Williams fits the adage, “It’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.” Last week, the 17-year-old high school senior was all smiles and looking splendid in her beautiful dress as she entered her school’s auditorium. She was Baton Rouge’s Miss McKinley High,… Continue reading →

Letter: Right belongs to individual

Michael Gerson’s recent column was titled “Defining the value of a human life.” In it, he states that human life has a value greater than autonomy and choice. Gerson uses that broad assumption to argue against the right of an individual to terminate his own existence, as is now conferred, with constraints, on the populace of Belgium.… Continue reading →

Letter: N.O. judicial race absurd

In the years that I’ve lived in New Orleans, I’ve been amused and amazed at the waste, redundancy and downright silliness evident in Louisiana politics. However, the current race between Graham Bosworth, Frank Marullo, et al takes the cake. The courts have ruled that Judge Marullo can run but will not decide if he can… Continue reading →

Letter: Math test points out issues

I wondered what the brouhaha was all about concerning Common Core until I saw the recent comparison in The Advocate of the current math and Common Core math and multiplication comparisons. Then I could see why Gov. Bobby Jindal “evolved” from a proponent to an opponent. To further enlighten your readers, I suggest you conduct a test… Continue reading →

Letter: Crisis dealt with in Iberville

I would like to thank the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office for going above and beyond recently to help our clinic and patients. A few weeks ago, I was scheduled to see patients in our Louisiana Cardiology Associates clinic in Plaquemine. Unfortunately, a wreck on the Mississippi River Bridge had traffic snarled for hours and threatened to… Continue reading →

Our Views: New vote on Kemp

In the thought-this-was-settled department, the nominating committee for the main levee board in the New Orleans region is slated to vote again today on its picks for seats on the board. That’s a hotly contested issue, since the makeup of the board for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East could determine the fate of a controversial lawsuit the… Continue reading →

Our Views: After Rita, new boom

The anniversary of the second giant hurricane of 2005, Hurricane Rita, brings back some bad memories, because just a few weeks after the devastation attendant upon landfall of Hurricane Katrina, a similar blow was delivered to southwestern Louisiana. The good news of that event was that after Katrina, the federal government was deeply involved and residents… Continue reading →

Letter: Education needs unified goals

The idea that any successful enterprise, whether it’s a business, a nonprofit, or even a governmental body such as a school system, requires a bedrock of shared core beliefs and commitments is not new. Our country itself was founded on a set of core beliefs, and the preamble to the Constitution also presents a clear statement of purpose:… Continue reading →

James Gill: Edwards nothing if not resilient

In a field of 13 candidates for Congress, only one has “articulated measures relevant” to Louisiana’s sixth district. So says Len Bahr, whose views carry some weight. A former LSU professor, and coastal science adviser to five governors, Bahr is nowadays a dedicated blogger and fan of the Flood Protection Authority lawsuit seeking redress from the… Continue reading →

Our Views: I-49 tolls tough sell?

There are few projects, if any, in Louisiana that could provide more economic benefit than the completion of Interstate 49 all the way to New Orleans. Yet there are also few trickier questions politically than a toll that would pay for the highway between Lafayette and New Orleans. We do not oppose a toll road… Continue reading →

Letter: Join the cause to fight cancer

There are citizens in the Baton Rouge community waiting on a bone marrow transplant to save their lives. Each of us has the potential to give them the gift of more time with their loved ones by becoming a donor. Bone marrow is key to treating a number of deadly cancers and other diseases, and is… Continue reading →

Letter: Parties should come together on college affordability

Why has increasing the accessibility and affordability of college become a partisan issue? In the past, Republicans and Democrats both saw education as the foundation of our society. President Ronald Reagan once said that our educational system will decide whether our “future is enlightened, free and informed, or shrouded in the darkness of ignorance.”… Continue reading →

Letter: Unfounded agenda taking away from recreational fishers in Gulf

American sportsmen have always been proud that our nation’s game animals and fish belong to the public and not a privileged few individuals. However, a move being considered by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council aims to change that time-honored tradition for red snapper. Amendment 40 would separate the charter fishing fleet from the general… Continue reading →