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Letter: Restoring Gulf Coast is best outcome from BP disaster

Tracking the trials and legal decisions in the aftermath of the 2010 BP disaster has been a long, sometimes frustrating and complicated process. The lawsuit to hold BP accountable for the destruction in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the largest oil spill in U.S. history began in 2013. This lawsuit deals with violation of… Continue reading →

Letter: Too many struggle for basic needs in Louisiana

As we recently celebrated the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., many working individuals and families found themselves struggling to afford health care in Louisiana. Furthermore, Louisiana’s health care system has seen the effects of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s policy-making. Most disturbing is the governor’s decision not to accept federal Affordable… Continue reading →

Letter: Muslims should denounce terrorism

Philosophical discussions about people devoted to an ideology are seldom as effective in describing reality as is behavioral observation of those people. When applied to devotees of Islam, philosophical discussions have seemingly created three categories into which Muslims can be placed — radical extremist, moderate and peaceful. Philosophically defining these categories can lead to quite a… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: No good news expected from revenue panel

The depth of Louisiana’s budget problems gets a firmer number Monday, with lawmakers bracing for even worse news than the gaping $1.4 billion hole that already has them spooked. The state’s income forecasting panel will take a look at the continued downward spiral of oil prices and adjust Louisiana’s revenue forecast to account for the drop. Little… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Jan. 25, 2015

Here is the latest from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. Continue reading →

James Gill: A small lesson in investment deals

High finance make your head swim? Relax. If you’re not smart enough to understand how institutional investors plan their deals, I am here to explain. To accomplish this public service, we will need an example. Fortunately, one is at hand right here in Louisiana, where the Teachers’ Retirement System is about to make… Continue reading →

Our Views: Jindal’s take on culture

Of the crop of potential presidential candidates in 2016, few can speak more directly to the twin issues of immigration and assimilation than Gov. Bobby Jindal. He made headlines last week with an ill-advised endorsement of the notion that European countries are losing control of Muslim-dominated parts of their cities. The urban legend… Continue reading →

Washington Watch: Jindal’s public persona, history inspired strategy

If you didn’t know Gov. Bobby Jindal, you might think he was the sort of reactionary, know-nothing, anti-intellectual demagogue who gives knuckle-draggers a bad name. He’s scheduled to speak this month in Florida before a Catholic business organization whose anti-gay attitudes are so controversial that several other invitees have dropped out of the… Continue reading →

Our Views: A warning on new law

There are few things more vexing in schools than special education. A new state law is intended to help more students get to a high school diploma, but the U.S. government is signaling that the state’s effort could conflict with federal law. It’s not a case of the feds making trouble for the poor state of Louisiana,… Continue reading →

Letter: Jindal refuses to invest in La.

On Jan. 9, Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley came out like Clint Eastwood in a Western flick, standing up tall to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest plan to cut $370 million from Louisiana higher education. He says he won’t back the budget plan. But let’s be clear-minded. Kleckley is Jindal’s paramour. He has done and will continue… Continue reading →

Ed Pratt: Keeping it off, up to a point

Tuesday night, more than a full year after spending a year losing weight, I stepped on my scale and guess what I saw? Well, you’ll have to wait until later in this column before you get the answer. Please, don’t cheat. Just wait. If you are a regular reader of my column, you know that I… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Jan. 23, 2015

Here is the latest from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: The bigger Bobby Jindal tries to go, the smaller he looks in quest to get attention he craves

Gov. Bobby Jindal may have billed his European swing as an economic development mission on behalf of Louisiana, but his primary agenda has been obvious to anyone who’s turned on a television set, logged onto the Internet or followed his PR operation via email or social media. Far more than state business, Jindal’s trip was all… Continue reading →

Our Views: Happy 10th for the Shaw

It’s a fixture now, the centerpiece to a downtown blossoming socially and economically. At one time, though, the space that is now the Shaw Center was the old brick “auto hotel” and a collection of other mostly abandoned buildings and parking lots — a problem that could almost come out of a textbook of urban… Continue reading →

Letter: Pope’s pilgrimage to Philippines deserves more media coverage

It is sad indeed that coverage of the Pope Francis visitation “pilgrimage” to the Philippines doesn’t get more focus on local TV and newspapers. Here is front-page interest. I think it should be. People have a hunger for historical events. Our children, youth and young adults, all of us, are inspired by news of encouragement,… Continue reading →

Letter: Quarter more perilous than most realize

I am a 58-year-old New Orleans resident. I grew up at the Lakefront, Lakewood South and at my grandmother’s home on Audubon Place until raising my children in a safe Metairie. I’ve also graduated from Tulane. The point is, I understand New Orleans from the core and from many perspectives. My wife and I became empty… Continue reading →

Letter: Governor’s attack on Obama hypocrisy

I watched in amazement the other night as Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana’s biggest hypocrite, blasted President Barack Obama’s plan to give two free years of community college to students. How does Louisiana’s biggest liar have the nerve to blast anyone? He sent children from Louisiana public schools to private/Catholic schools on Louisiana taxpayers’ dime,… Continue reading →

Letter: Miss Manners needs a lesson in etiquette

Please, please, please can we get a different etiquette column besides Miss Manners? The columnist is becoming increasingly snappish with her responses, and it makes me angry and indignant. Am I the only one who has complained? Heather Betz homemaker Baton Rouge… Continue reading →

Guest commentary: Data should drive school reform

New Orleans has always done things differently from the rest of the country, and nowhere is that more true today than in public education. City schools were failing even before Hurricane Katrina destroyed critical infrastructure, drove out residents and decimated the tax base. Neighborhood schools no longer held the same logic with entire neighborhoods washed away. Under… Continue reading →

James Gill: Bobby Jindal evidently figured making a fool of himself with 'no-go zone' comments a price worth paying

In this Sept. 26, 2014, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

A Christian convert from a Hindu family in the U.S. would need a good reason to go all the way to London in order to dilate on Islam to a think tank named in honor of a U.S. Senator. That said senator was a Democrat from Washington state, and the transatlantic orator, a… Continue reading →

Our Views: Edward Brooke: An icon of the old Senate

Associated Press file photo -- Edward Brooke

For much of its existence, the Democratic Party undeniably earned a racist reputation. The Solid South was its base in national elections, with whites-only electorates voting always for the Democrats because of resentment from the Civil War. President Woodrow Wilson was a Southern-raised segregationist; one of the young officials carrying out his orders was assistant… Continue reading →

Letter: Slogan showing solidarity has divine inspiration

Did you catch the last line of George Clooney’s speech at the Golden Globes? Movie stars are saying it. World leaders are saying it. It is in the headlines of every major newspaper and small town newspaper across the globe. It has quickly become one of the most popular hashtags in twitter history. It’s on T-shirts and websites… Continue reading →

Letter: Democrats show desperation in attempts to smear Scalise

After the voters slammed the door on the Democrats, progressives, etc., instead of trying to correct the mistakes that threw them out of office, some continue to reach for “pie in the sky” by trying to fabricate a story involving one of the most “ethical” elected officials in Washington. For those who, without complete knowledge of his… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman: White House is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's 'real' no go zone

Here is the latest from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. Continue reading →

Our Views: Bobby Jindal shows nation what Louisiana knows with 'no-go zone' comments: He shoots first, checks facts later, if at all

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana addresses activists from America's political right at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington in this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

We don’t know for a fact that there are “no-go” zones in Britain or elsewhere in Europe where radical Muslim immigrants seek to keep police out. Nor does Gov. Bobby Jindal know anything like that for a fact, but based on a story he heard about in a sensationalist British newspaper, he made “no-go” zones into… Continue reading →

Letter: ‘State of the Forest’ for La. outlined near Arbor Day

As we celebrate Arbor Day in Louisiana, we think it’s a good time to catch up on the “State of the Forest.” Trees cover half of our state, and forests are the single greatest land use in Louisiana. It is still the most valuable agricultural crop, although tree farmers certainly don’t have a harvest every year. Figures… Continue reading →

Letter: Number of clergy would rise if priests, nuns allowed to marry

Recently, The Advocate published an article concerning a claim a highly placed cardinal made that the shortage of priests was due to the proliferation of female altar girls. This seems to be the latest in the church’s opposition to clerical marriage. The cardinal in question has been demoted to a lower position. The claim smells strongly of… Continue reading →

Lanny Keller: Kip Holden not seeking October tax is petulant, political, likely related to run for lieutenant governor

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Advocate Columnist Lanny Keller.

In case we haven’t learned by now, Kip Holden does not take rejection well. While his term in office ends in January 2017, as mayor-president he will need Metro Council votes for a couple of years, unless the voters statewide elevate him to lieutenant governor in the fall elections. The latter is hardly a sure thing, but… Continue reading →

Guest Commentary: State should learn from charters

Caroline Roemer Shirley

As 2015 enters full swing, it is no surprise that one of the top issues that has carried over into the new year in Louisiana is public education. The list of topics under this heading seems endless as well as detailed: From Common Core to data privacy, to charter schools and course choice, to MFP… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Jan. 20, 2015

Here is the latest from two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and animator Walt Handelsman. Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Here's the gameplan Jay Dardenne, Scott Angelle, John Bel Edwards might use against David Vitter in race for Louisiana governor

When U.S. Sen. David Vitter used the opening forum of the 2015 gubernatorial campaign season to tout his leadership on a bipartisan congressional highway bill and vow to press ahead on a follow-up, one of his rivals seized on the opening. “This is precisely why we want to you stay,” Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne quipped,… Continue reading →

Our Views: Drumbeat against trade; stakes are high for Louisiana

Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --   A combine harvester cuts and loads tall sugar cane, grown by Plaquemine's Aucoin Farms, onto a wagon last season.

Despite an interval of cordiality in the White House meeting with Republican leaders, it’s still a fractious environment on Capitol Hill between the GOP and President Barack Obama. But we like the notion that the president can make common ground with the Republican majorities in the House and Senate on trade policy.… Continue reading →

Letter: Scalise should prove anti-bigotry with action

Regarding U.S. Rep Steve Scalise saying he “rejects bigotry in all forms”: It’s good to hear that Rep. Scalise has embraced diversity and inclusion. In 2004, when he sponsored the constitutional amendment enshrining discrimination against the LGBT community by banning same-sex marriage, civil unions or anything that purports to give benefits of marriage… Continue reading →

Letter: Stop continuing the idea of man changing climate

Please stop printing this tripe — inaccurate letters loaded with bad information about the man-caused global climate change fraud. Poor misinformed Marilyn MacNguyen, bless her, whose mind has been filled with mush at Penn State, apparently, has nothing factual in her letter. And the editors at The Advocate know that — but you… Continue reading →

Letter: Obama fixed problems without help from Republicans

The election of Barack Obama reminds me of a movie I saw in the ’70s called “Putney Swope.” Putney was a janitor at a large corporation. The CEO of that corporation was white, and he died. The board had to vote for a new CEO, but they could not vote for themselves. Putney, who was black,… Continue reading →

In Toon with Walt contest: Fill up our inbox with your funny captions

See if you can come up with the funniest punch line to our latest 'toon challenge. Deadline is Jan. 22. Continue reading →

Our Views: King knew love is hard

As another observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday arrives, a new movie, “Selma,” is renewing attention on a pivotal moment in King’s long struggle for civil rights. Critics have pointed out that “Selma” indulges some poetic license, a common practice when Hollywood distills complicated history into a feature-length… Continue reading →

Letter: Excuses don’t hold up for Scalise in race issue

Steve Scalise has risen to power very fast. But when the news broke that in 2002 he spoke to a white supremacist group founded by David Duke, his damage-control machine went into full swing, with lots of fun excuses. First, Scalise’s office claimed he couldn’t remember if he had spoken at… Continue reading →

Letter: Motorcycle laws, safety standards need changing in Louisiana

I read about the fatal crash of motorcycle Officer James Foster. There are three things we should learn from this tragic accident from this hero. 1. The motorist failed to yield and made an illegal left turn into his motorcycle. She got a $150 ticket for careless operation. The MSF Basic Rider manual states that 60 percent… Continue reading →