Smiley Anders

Smiley: Marriage insurance

Gary W. Cross, of Prairieville, says, “My father-in-law, Herbert Isaminger, who is in LSU football heaven now, was a very smart man. “ ‘Mr. I’ was a tennis player on LSU’s first tennis team in 1935. He also was an LSU football season ticket holder, starting in 1935. “Mr. I came to me a few years … Continue reading →

Mark Ballard
James Gill

James Gill: Metro Council shows its lack of guts

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Metro Councilman John Delgado, right, speaks in favor of a fairness ordinance as time expires after lengthy debate from proponents and opponents in the regularly-scheduled Metro Council meeting Wednesday night. Listening left are Councilwoman Tara Wicker, left and Councilman Ryan Heck, center.

Time ran out Wednesday before the Baton Rouge Metro Council could tell gay people to go to hell, but that is clearly what is going to happen at the next meeting in a couple of weeks. We can only hope the council will content itself with a display of honest bigotry and move on to a different … Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: Reedcare, for the whole family

A hospital’s primary mission is to take care of people, and I’ll give St. Tammany Parish Hospital this: For years, it sure took care of Walter Reed. The details remain somewhat muddled, but the picture of an inappropriately cozy relationship between the public hospital and the controversial district attorney is growing clearer … Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: Landrieu, Cassidy compare campaign finances

Tuesday was a red-letter day for the political number crunchers: The deadline for U.S. House and Senate candidates to file their campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission for the April-June reporting period, when campaigns for the fall elections are gaining momentum. And it’s all available online, for ready conversion to … Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais
Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: It’s a matter of class

Nicole Lopez, Karen Fontenot, Rachel Sudul

You either have it or you don’t. And if you don’t, it can’t be bought. Wealth and power confer privileges and status, but class is not a perk included in the package. Class is different and has no price tag. Not the sort as in social class, a group of people who possess the same income, … Continue reading →

Chante Warren

Common Ground: July focuses on minority mental health

I was shocked to learn that mental illness is a leading cause of disability in the United States. The illness affects about one in four adults and one in 10 children. And although the figures are the same among minorities and multicultural groups, there are some differences. I have relatives and friends who live … Continue reading →

Danny Heitman
Quin Hillyer
Joe Macaluso

High water changes bite everywhere

This week is filled with mixed messages, like reports from the Atchafalaya Spillway that show catches are down and the next day when bass and sac-a-lait inhale just about everything cast their way. And like word from Central Coast waters that speckled trout are few and far between followed by a report that … Continue reading →

Cheramie Sonnier
Ed Pratt

Edward Pratt: Facing challenge of social media world

Earlier this week, I got “straightened out” by some folks at a meeting of a group I lead. For those who don’t know the jargon, “straightened out” means someone corrected me and told me the right thing to do. I head a group that basically serves in an advisory position for another entity. There have been some … Continue reading →

Pam Bordelon

Pam's Party Line for July 27, 2014

It’s summer time and the partying is easy, especially when three of my favorite events take place in one week. So let’s get going. Celebrity Waiters The Children’s Advocacy Center’s eighth annual Celebrity Waiters’ Event & Silent Auction kicked things off by crowing a new champion at this year’s event, which took place July 15 at a jam-packed Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar … Continue reading →

Leila Pitchford-English

Facets of Faith: What about hell?

What do you think of hell? Is it a real place — perhaps a fiery pit or lake? Are there levels of hell? Is it eternal separation from God? Is purgatory real? Can one work his or her way from hell to heaven? All of these views can be found … Continue reading →

Terry Robinson
Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for July 29, 2014

We recently noted how turkey vultures avoid overheating. The black-tailed jackrabbit also has a built-in cooling apparatus. Due to its oversize ears, these trademark appendages increase the hare’s audio range to avoid predators. Due to the abundance of blood vessels, its 7-inch ears are also a cooling mechanism that dissipate heat and regulate body temperature. The black-tailed jackrabbit … Continue reading →

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