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Danny Heitman’s “At Random” : Older writers show how to be brief

This month, quite by coincidence, I’ve been reading three books written by men who are all well past retirement age. Experience has taught them to write concisely about big topics, a skill that no writer ever really perfects. In “The Meaning of… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Armed and ready

Dear Smiley: I don’t know just when electric automobile turn signals were invented (of course, half the world still refuses to use them!). But when I was a child, my mom used left arm signals, which meant the driver’s… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

Political Horizons: It’s not the houses, it’s the networks

On the campaign trail last week, the rhetoric was all location, location, location. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, who has received no end to the grief about her $2 million “mansion” in Washington, D.C., took a few minutes during a Bogalusa speech to… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: Don’t fall for it ... Bobby Jindal’s ‘magic touch’ with Louisiana budget is imaginary

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. Bobby Jindal answers questions after signing SB667 concerning legacy law suits into law on the last day of legislative session.

We knew that Gov. Bobby Jindal was a modern Midas, because no sooner had he taken up ethics than we had the “gold standard.” The magic touch has not deserted him. Just when a budget deficit loomed, he turned over a cushion… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: Clinton evokes different time for La. Democrats

Mary Landrieu and Bill Clinton have a history together, at least as far as Louisiana’s concerned. The veteran senator and the former president appeared on the same ballot 18 years ago, when Landrieu won her first term… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: Right to bear arms gets knotty fast

— Not for lack of trying, the issue of gun rights has not played much of a role in the U.S. Senate election in Louisiana this fall. That could be because issues of any description have loomed small in… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: Saturday's Ole Miss at LSU game could be a classic ... for those who stay

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU coach Les Miles

Notes on a golf scorecard from the endangered species that is the LSU Golf Course … … It’s a sad state of affairs when LSU coach Les Miles has to beg LSU football fans to come early and stay late for Saturday’s… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: Women and that age-old question

Judy Kennedy, Kat Movassaghi, Amy Hanks

Sadly, it’s still depressingly popular for women in society to decry their age, to demur and refuse to announce the arrival of Father Time, to hide from him like he’s some kind of bad date come to pick them up in a beat-up… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Southern Law Center to host event to highlight progress made in racial diversity

Civil rights lawyers have litigated for human rights through the decades, resulting in landmark decisions that have changed America for the better. There’s Brown vs. Board of Education, which 50 years ago made it unconstitutional to allow separate public schools for… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman’s “At Random” : Older writers show how to be brief

This month, quite by coincidence, I’ve been reading three books written by men who are all well past retirement age. Experience has taught them to write concisely about big topics, a skill that no writer ever really perfects. In “The Meaning of… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: In New Orleans, the blind suffer as feds take their jobs

The headline in the Oct. 10 Washington Times was stark: “Exclusive: Feds take jobs from disabled Americans, send them to Central Asia.” For Louisiana, the reality is even starker: Many of those disabled Americans work for the Lighthouse for the Blind… Continue reading →

Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton ‘s Weather News for Oct. 26, 2014

Our daily bath or shower is routine, but that was not the case years ago when the “man of the house” enjoyed the privilege of clean water for his bath. As noted in a previous column, Dad’s “scrub-up” was followed by the… Continue reading →