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Our Views: Louisiana, LSU fans should cheer South Carolina on Saturday, champion state's storm relief efforts

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU student section fans wave as t-shirts are tossed into the crowd during a severe weather delay Sept. 5, 2015, in the first half of the LSU-McNeese State football game at Tiger Stadium.

When the Tiger Band strikes up the South Carolina fight song, we hope that LSU fans will let loose a huge cheer in Tiger Stadium. We know how it feels, South Carolina. Saturday’s big game should have been in Columbia, but the University of South Carolina leadership felt — and we agree… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Bobby Jindal takes it too far with harsh 'sermon' over Umpqua shootings

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Are there some lines that a presidential candidate, even one unlucky enough to run in an era when outrageousness reaps only reward, simply can’t cross? Let’s hope so. And let’s hope that Gov. Bobby Jindal, a candidate so blinded by his quest for attention, has finally stumbled across it. Jindal, who long ago abandoned… Continue reading →

Letters: Stick to the facts in front-page reporting

On Sept. 17, the large headline on page 1A above the fold read “Policy issues stump Trump.” The news that was reported in this article was the second Republican presidential debate. Whether or not anyone was “stumped” or not is a matter of opinion. There is a place for opinion in your newspaper. It is well-written and is… Continue reading →

Letters: Kentucky clerk violates laws

There has been a lot of chit-chat about this county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects everyone’s (including gay folks’) right to marry. Her opposition is supposedly based upon her religious convictions. This, in spite of the fact… Continue reading →

Letters: Teachers, politicians need education

Holy classroom, Batman! What is the real problem with our educational system? A brilliant child is handcuffed because he wanted to show the clock he made and a 7-year-old booted for his mohawk haircut! And the Democrats’ best friend, Sarah Palin, on the wrong side again! How are we supposed to improve the educational process… Continue reading →

Letters: Displacing controversy doesn’t eliminate it

Regarding the controversy over Confederate monuments, I think renaming streets named for, and/or removing Confederate monuments is an attempt to change history. I thought the idea was to move forward in a different way. To me, it’s like bringing a cancer victim back to life without destroying the cancer. What is the point? Emile… Continue reading →

Our Views: Voters in East Baton Rouge should renew the local millages in the Oct. 24 election

East Baton Rouge Parish voters have several tax renewals to consider for the Oct. 24 election, and the proposals deal with basic quality of life issues for the community: education, library service and downtown development. We believe these property tax renewals deserve support. By… Continue reading →

Our Views: French Quarter tax vital to protecting entire city

Amid heightened public concern about crime throughout the city of New Orleans, every positive step toward enforcement deserves the support of the public. That is why we encourage voters in the French Quarter to back a city-proposed sales tax for increased police protection. The 0.2495 percent sales tax would raise about $2… Continue reading →

Letters: Each school should post course offerings on its websites to help with transparency

How difficult would it be for each school, particularly high schools, to post a list of course offerings on the individual school websites? This would accomplish several objectives. It would allow the community to see what sets schools apart by unique course offerings and allow schools to feature strong curricular areas. It would help parents provide guidance to… Continue reading →

Letters: When it comes to eggs there are plenty of good alternatives to end chicken suffering

McDonald’s recent pledge to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds. Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or suffocating them… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: So far U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign has been sadly lacking in substance

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Sen. David Vitter, R-La., talks before the gubernatorial candidates debate at WDSU in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

The frenetic end to this year’s governor’s race has gotten me pining, strangely enough, for its beginning. Months before the airwaves filled to the brim with nasty attack ads, the four major candidates spoke to an industry gathering of engineers and contractors about how Louisiana government works and doesn’t. Here was my take at the… Continue reading →

Our Views: Nothing 'heartless' about pairing work with food stamps

Formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, food stamps are a huge success in this country, where malnutrition amid wealth was commonplace little more than a generation ago. But what is the rationale for food stamps for a healthy working-age adult without children? We don’t know that there is one, although the U.S.… Continue reading →

Letters: A yes vote on two Louisiana constitutional amendments on the Oct. 24 ballot can improve transportation

Do we need transportation issues solved with common sense and money we already have? I say yes. You asked your Legislature for innovative transportation financing solutions to make improvements without impacting your bottom line. You also asked that we re-establish your trust and spend transportation dollars only on transportation infrastructure. We… Continue reading →

Letters: It’s crucial that Louisiana candidates, citizens invest in the future of the state’s children

Your editorial “The Future in Children” (Sept. 30) directs our attention to the right place as we consider candidates for elective office — our children’s future. The Louisiana Platform for Children, recently released by the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, shows that almost 70 percent of births in our state are paid by Medicaid, one-third… Continue reading →

Political consultant James Carville: WDSU gubernatorial debate can only be described as 'disgraceful'

James Carville

The first time I ever watched TV as a young boy, it was WDSU. I was sitting in my grandmother’s house, watching a snowy picture on a small round screen. The first time I appeared on national television, I was sitting in WDSU’s historic studio on Royal Street in the French Quarter, as the signal beamed from New… Continue reading →

Our Views: On proposed amendments to Louisiana Constitution, we say 'yes' to No. 3 and 'no' to No. 4

With two amendments proposed to the Louisiana Constitution, No. 3 and No. 4 on the Oct. 24 ballot, voters are asked to deal with a somewhat obscure technical issue of lawmaking, and an even more obscure legal dispute involving one small parish in northeastern Louisiana. Perhaps these should never have come so far… Continue reading →

Letters: Louisiana can have clean air and a growing economy by supporting the Clean Power Plan

On Sept. 9, Philip Joffrion, from the group Americans for Prosperity, wrote a commentary published in The Advocate that claimed new clean air safeguards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were going to result in “higher utility bills for years to come.” Mr. Joffrion cites dubious statistics implying that electric bills are going to go up,… Continue reading →

Letters: Sept. 14 is an important day in Louisiana history

Sept. 14, 1874, was an important day in Louisiana history. On this day, 5,000 disgruntled members of the Crescent League, a paramilitary organization of the Democratic Party that was unhappy with Reconstruction, charged New Orleans. Their intent was to overthrow Gov. William Pitt Kellogg and Lt. Gov. C.C. Antoine from the state capital (during the Reconstruction… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Louisiana voters strong, negative feelings about Bobby Jindal could be a factor in the upcoming Louisiana governor’s race

Republican presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal  speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Looking for one statistic to explain how this year’s governor’s race is shaping up? The new Advocate/WWL-TV poll, rolled out all last week, offers a choice of them, from primary and runoff matchups to favorability ratings to questions on whether voters care if a candidate once voted to raise taxes (not so much) or has been… Continue reading →

Our Views: Related to roads, transportation on Oct. 24 ballot: We say ‘no’ to Amendment 1 and ‘yes’ to Amendment 2

s the outgoing chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Robert Adley understands how Moses felt when Pharoah told the Israelites to make bricks without straw. Building new roads without new taxes is just about as impossible. And hostility to raising taxes resulted in little progress on infrastructure in the 2015 Legislature. Adley, R-Benton,… Continue reading →

Jeff Sadow: We must follow Pope Francis’ calls against materialism as a basis for society

Pope Francis attends a meeting with members of the Italian Food Bank Network charity organization in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

In the wake of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, a few organizations with Louisiana ties held out the Holy Father’s commentary on climate change as something that state politicians should heed. Indeed, policy-makers should — but not in the way those scolders intended. These groups include Catholic dissidents Pax Christi, the environmental group Louisiana Bucket… Continue reading →

Letters: Chamber, LABI get it wrong regarding law

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, famous for promoting business as a primary source of progress and social prosperity, is also becoming known as the home of hack partisans whose agenda is based upon willful error and lazy research. I refer to the guest commentary of Lisa Rickard and her tagalong, Stephen Waguespack, of LABI, whose critique of Louisiana’s… Continue reading →

Letters: 'Old hearts die young' editorial is extremely important

The opinion in The Advocate dated Sept. 3, “Old Hearts Die Young,” is extremely important. Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas always vie to see who is the worst for health problems. We are the fattest and have the most heart disease in the United States. It is good to see this article, since in our heart study on children… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace quick take: David Vitter the target of subtle and direct shots in Louisiana governor's race debate

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Gubernatorial candidates including Rev. Jeremy Odom, second left, Louisiana Public Service Commissioner, Dist. 2., Scott Angelle, State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Baton Rouge, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, and attorney Cary Deaton, talk before they  take part in a debate at New Orleans NBC affiliate WDSU in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

The first televised debate between the four major gubernatorial candidates was actually a debate between six hopefuls, not just U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and state Rep. John Bel Edwards but also little known Cary Deaton and Jeremy Odom. This was one of several reasons it was frustrating to watch.… Continue reading →

Letters: Religion wrong litmus test for candidates

In every presidential election cycle, we are treated to politicians extolling their own religious beliefs and questioning the religious beliefs of their opponents. Our pandering governor just did this with the cartoon character Donald Trump. Undoubtedly at some point in these debates, candidates will be asked about their belief in the inerrancy… Continue reading →