Our Views: Legacies here to stay

 State Rep. John Bel Edwards

Having had almost two full terms now, Bobby Jindal will not be on the ballot when voters elect a new governor next year. But two potential contenders for the job, from different parties, have in different words suggested that they’d like to change things he did. Both will find it difficult, particularly with some of Jindal’s … Continue reading →

Letter: Lawsuit should run course

Quin Hillyer’s latest rant attacking the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s lawsuit against oil companies misses all the important points. First, the companies destroyed much of the coast. That’s undisputed. In some areas they inflicted only minimal damage, but even a study by Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas, the trade association for major oil companies, conceded … Continue reading →

Our Views: A giant pothole in Congress

If there is anything that ought to prompt Congress to get a move on, it is a potential shutdown of thousands of road and bridge repair projects across America. Given the enormous risks, for both safety and convenience, the people of the United States should not be satisfied with business as usual on … Continue reading →

Letter: Approval of St. George proposal hurts children

When we pave a road, we don’t pave only the spot in front of the wealthy home, and then skip the portion in front of the poorer person’s home. If nothing else, the rich guy wouldn’t like what the rough portion of the road did to the undercarriage of his expensive car! Taxes are paid according to income, … Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: A tale of two governors

Gov. Bobby Jindal, left, and former Gov. Edwin Edwards

It’s official. The national media can’t get enough of a certain Louisiana governor. And no, it’s not that governor. The politician who’s captured the imagination of at least some out-of-state junkies is governor-turned-inmate-turned-congressional candidate Edwin Edwards — who, unlike a certain current occupant of the office, has a knack for attracting … Continue reading →

Our Views: New focus on Main Street

My argument is what we are facing today is not just a cyclical downturn in our economy,” U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, recently declared. “We are facing a restructuring of the very nature of our economy. Many of the jobs that were the cornerstone of the 20th … Continue reading →

Letter: Landrieu’s crime statistics slanted

I am very tired of Mayor Landrieu always telling the citizens of New Orleans that his crime-fighting efforts have brought murders in the city to a historic 30-year low. The only reason that has happened is that the shooters have such bad aim. Give us a count on the “injured by gunfire.” That may tell a different story. … Continue reading →

Letter: Jindal wasting money attacking interests

Why is it that for over three years the Jindal administration has squandered over $ 1.5 million on out-of-state lawyers to attack the legal interests of parents? These citizens have requested that schools in Orleans Parish provide services to children with disabilities as mandated in state and federal law. It is well-established that early interventions for … Continue reading →

Letter: La. residents bearing cost of reckless purchases

I received my homeowner’s insurance policy statement today. It states I am required to pay both a regular assessment and an emergency assessment. These assessments are identified as follows: “Every policyholder in Louisiana is charged and the amount is a percentage of your policy premium. ... According to Louisiana law, failure to pay the emergency assessment in full … Continue reading →

In Toon With Walt contest winner for July 21, 2014

You folks really outdid yourselves this time! (Cue the soundtrack from “Jaws”) We received over 200 entries many of them with funny punchlines about lawyers--- some of them from lawyers themselves! You also emailed lots of politician shark jokes---NONE of them from politicians themselves... Go figure! The winner and honorable mentions had some serious competition. They are … Continue reading →

Our Views: A big move for schools

It’s almost a cliché to talk about Louisiana education and the challenges of poverty. That last phrase doesn’t capture the depths of problems of too many of our families, from the inner cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, to the grinding rural deprivation of the Mississippi Delta. Yet Louisiana education is doing … Continue reading →

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 →

Stephanie Grace: Jindal fails leadership test on Common Core

Early in his first term, Gov. Bobby Jindal found himself backed into a corner. Although he quietly opposed legislative efforts to roll back income tax hikes established by the voter-approved Stelly tax swap, Jindal failed to quell a move to repeal them. Then some legislators, eyeing huge but temporary Hurricane-Katrina-and-oil-driven surpluses, started talking about repealing the … Continue reading →

James Gill: As hogs run wild, Lee sorely missed

Photo provided by U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceFeral hogs on the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge have been identified as a nuisance on public and private lands throughout Louisiana. The state Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has authorized the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to develop a set of regulations that would allow private landowners to take feral hogs from helicopters, a move some coastal landowners believe is the best way to control the state's increasing wild hog population.

When Harry Lee was Jefferson Parish sheriff, his SWAT teams shot a lot of nutria. Their efforts were a great blessing to mankind. The destruction of suburban canal banks was arrested, and newspaper reporters quit filing stories in which nutria were invariably and excruciatingly described as “orange-toothed rodents.” The evident success of the nutria purge does … Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Why the wetlands lawsuit is pure poison

Environmental plaintiffs’ attorney Gladstone Jones is taking Louisiana taxpayers for a very bad ride. Author/activist John Barry gave Jones the keys. Even if their intended destination is laudable, their chosen vehicle and operation thereof have both been unconscionably reckless. While serving on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E), Barry led the effort to hire Jones to … Continue reading →

Our Views: A trigger in Kremlin

People pray for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 at a church outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, July 18, 2014. The Boeing 777 was carrying 298 people when it was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday in eastern Ukraine, sending shockwaves around the world from Malaysia to the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

This is truly a tragic incident. The downing in Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet claimed almost 300 innocent lives. But perhaps, because the flight originated in Amsterdam, the governments of Europe will wake up to the need for intensive and urgent sanctions to roll back Russian aggression against Ukraine. More than 170 Dutch passengers … Continue reading →

Letter: Palestinians undermine peace

In 1948, the re-establishment of the nation of Israel within its ancestral borders fulfilled Biblical prophecy. Despite centuries of diaspora, demonization and the unimaginable Eastern European slaughter of two-thirds of the Jewish people, the nation of Israel was reborn! President Truman, a believer in Israel’s God-given right to the land of their ancestors, led the international … Continue reading →

Letter: Palin best thing GOP did for Democrats

Well, Sarah Palin is at it again and the Democrats are smiling. They know that she is the best thing the Republican Party and John McCain ever did for the Democrats. Every time she opens her mouth, it results in another black eye for the Republicans. Woe is us! And every time she runs her mouth, … Continue reading →

Edward Pratt: Unfortunate return to the Old South

I joined many Baton Rouge residents the other night to watch public television’s “Frontline” documentary, “Separate and Unequal,” which focused on the St. George community’s effort to form its own city and school system in East Baton Rouge Parish. It makes no difference whether you are pro- or anti-incorporation, we looked like the old racial South. … Continue reading →

Our Views: Sharp deal for insider

The end of the legislative session is busy and chaotic, but you can get a lot done if you don’t pay attention. That’s what happened to a little provision inserted at the last minute in an otherwise inoffensive bill. It was very inadequately explained by legislators handling the bill, so most members voted for it. Yet there … Continue reading →

Letter: Helis’ plans for St. Tammany safe

We are concerned about the vigorous opposition to the Helis Oil & Gas proposed fracking operation in St. Tammany Parish. As a result, we are writing in support of the efforts by Helis Oil & Gas to drill in St. Tammany Parish on private property. We provide specialized services and equipment … Continue reading →

Letter: Post-Frontline discussion had merit

While we appreciate the excellent coverage that The Advocate has provided on the “Frontline” documentary, “Separate But Unequal” about the effort to incorporate the St. George area and create its own school system, no mention was given of Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s follow-up discussion, “Breaking Away, A Louisiana Public Square” special that aired after the “Frontline” program. … Continue reading →

Letter: Bob Pettit’s legacy should be set in stone

If ever a student athlete deserves a statue on his college campus, Bob Pettit is the guy who probably had the best career of anyone who ever played a sport at LSU, if you combine athletics and academics. Pettit led his high school team to the state championship at Baton Rouge High School, led his team to … Continue reading →

Inside Report: Readers link pardon bid to debate over immigration

A news story about Roberto Hernandez’s quest for a pardon from Gov. Bobby Jindal drew strong reactions from readers. Hernandez accepted $5,000 to transport illegal Valium between Texas and Indiana 15 years ago. Law enforcement pulled him over in Louisiana, found the drugs and arrested him. Hernandez, a first-time offender, spent 45 days in jail. … Continue reading →

Our Views: Slap back against virus

It’s slap season, as in the natural reaction to a blitzkrieg of mosquito bites. And that means another season is on us when we need to take precautions against West Nile virus, the potentially deadly disease that is borne by mosquitoes. Last year was an active one for the disease, as the … Continue reading →

Letter: Enjoy outdoor benefits in July

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital role local parks and recreation, such as the Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across … Continue reading →

Letter: Political party war just goes on

In Iraq, they have the Sunni and the Shiite. In the United States, we have the Democrats and the Republicans. Other than a lot of dead bodies, is there really any difference? In each country, the two opposing factions, at present, make common-sense governance impossible. Earl C. Johnson retired professor … Continue reading →

Letter: Don Bossier graced state with class, dignity

New Orleans recently lost one of his finest athletes. Don Bossier passed away of heart failure. Anyone who was in New Orleans in the late ’50s would remember Don from De La Salle High School. He was the premier running back in New Orleans and was named first team all-state in 1957. Don set several records … Continue reading →

Letter: La. elections should follow nationwide model

Eight Republican candidates are vying for Louisiana’s 6th District congressional seat, plus two Democratic candidates including former Gov. Edwin Edwards and a Libertarian candidate! With that many Republican candidates dividing the Republican vote, it is conceivable that the Dec. 6 runoff election will be between Edwards and a Libertarian candidate. I think it is time to get … Continue reading →

Dennis Persica: Charter school issue divides Democrats

Dennis Persica

Just as Republicans are split over Common Core education standards, Democrats have been divided on the issue of charter schools. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat who took office at the start of the year, has been accused of conducting a war on charter schools. Teachers unions, reliable Democratic strongholds, oppose … Continue reading →

Our Views: Work out compromise on standards

In strong statements about the battle over higher education standards, business lobbyist Stephen Waguespack has been careful not to mention the name of the principal obstacle to the state’s adoption of Common Core standards. Gov. Bobby Jindal should be grateful to his former aide, who is now president of … Continue reading →