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Common Ground: Thankful for some time to catch up

If your children are not in a holiday camp, chances are they are doing what my children are doing today — watching Netflix movies, snacking and asking questions about which relatives homes they’ll visit tomorrow. Holiday and winter break periods… Continue reading →

Smiley Anders

Smiley: Don’t forget Newton!

Val Garon says, “When I was younger I hunted wood ducks in the ponds behind Belle Rose. “I had a 15-foot canoe that I used to glide among the oak trees and brush where the ducks fed.… Continue reading →

Mark Ballard

Political Horizons: Attacks on immigrants a political land-mine

In a 1755 essay, Benjamin Franklin worried that newly arrived Germans threatened to become “a colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them.” Even back in the day, says Stanford University professor… Continue reading →

James Gill

James Gill: Former juror still makes no difference

It’s supposed to be a runoff, but it looks more and more like a retrial as Victor Durand, former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ recalcitrant juror, attaches himself to the campaign. Make that the recalcitrant juror from the trial Edwards lost. There was one… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace

Stephanie Grace: Democrats will have to regroup

There was a time, not so long ago, when national Democrats looked at Louisiana as at least somewhat friendly country. Really, they did. As recently as 2004, most of the state’s top politicians were still Democrats, a fact that led outsiders… Continue reading →

Gregory Roberts

Washington Watch: Joy in the fight, bruise in the result

— Mary Landrieu’s Keystone pipeline gambit pretty much played out, as the headline writers put it, as a “hail Mary” pass — a desperate attempt, with the clock running out and the score against her, to change the outcome of… Continue reading →

Scott Rabalais

Rabalais: Worst or first? Saints remain stuck in NFC South limbo

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette (93) and New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94), top right, watch the final seconds tick away as the Saints lose 34-27 to the Baltimore Ravens in a NFL football game in the Superdome in New Orleans, La. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.

The New Orleans Saints find themselves trapped in some sort of football limbo from which there seems to be no end. Not quite bad enough to be condemned to the kind of hell reserved for the truly dreadful teams — I’m thinking… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon

Patricia Gannon: ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

Kathleen Blanco, Steve Oubre

Blanche Dubois famously said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Make no mistake, in society, like everywhere else, deceit and duplicity run their crooked courses, and every year I’m forever grateful for angels who step forward out of nowhere.… Continue reading →

Chante Warren: Common Ground

Common Ground: Thankful for some time to catch up

If your children are not in a holiday camp, chances are they are doing what my children are doing today — watching Netflix movies, snacking and asking questions about which relatives homes they’ll visit tomorrow. Holiday and winter break periods… Continue reading →

Danny Heitman: At Random

Danny Heitman’s “At Random”: Adventures in going nowhere

I first connected with Pico Iyer in 1992, through the pages of “The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto,” a book of his that was making a splash that year. A copy arrived in the newsroom and somehow landed on my… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer

Quin Hillyer: In union cross-hairs: charters, lab schools, and NOCCA

A union-led lawsuit against charter schools is not only misguided in its stated aims, but also threatens serious collateral damage to the LSU and Southern Lab schools; to the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts; to the New Orleans Center for… Continue reading →

Pat Shingleton

Pat Shingleton’s Weather News for Nov. 26, 2014

As noted in a previous column, the crossing for the Pilgrims was difficult. The winter of 1620 was “a calm winter, such as was never seen here” wrote Thomas Dudley of Massachusetts Bay. Details as to subsequent winters at Plymouth are sketchy. Journals… Continue reading →