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Our Views: Brain power for the coast

Because coastal erosion is threatening the very existence of Louisiana, we have welcomed the development of not only physical restoration projects but the intellectual infrastructure to combat coastline loss. That is going to be advanced by the development of a permanent research center on the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge. The $22 million Water… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Election ends era of Jindal, Vitter

Advocate reporter Tyler Bridges’ account of Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards’ resounding victory ended with a virtual tour of election night celebrations, from the Monteleone Hotel suite in the French Quarter, where Edwards had gathered with family and close friends, to nearby Galatoire’s, where Republican Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand toasted the rare Democratic triumph in conservative… Continue reading →

Letters: Benghazi witch hunt must be stopped

Since 1998, we have had seven significant terrorists attacks with American injuries or casualties — the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, the attack on the USS Cole, the Khobar Tower bombing, the 9/11 attack and the Benghazi attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his security… Continue reading →

Letters: Services for the disabled costs

Warren Hebert’s letter to the editor regarding a waiting list for people with disabilities fails to mention the one word that is a linchpin to paying for more services — taxes. The state simply can’t afford to provide more of these elective programs without heavily taxing its citizenry. He also stated that Louisiana pays for empty… Continue reading →

Letters: Past doesn’t discredit present

Mr. Hale is pretty accurate on his opinion piece regarding Kim Davis. As a further point against Ms. Davis, it should be noted that she herself isn’t supporting or performing a same sex marriage, she is merely issuing a public document. As such, her religious objection is weak at best. However, I do find very objectionable… Continue reading →

Letters: Pipeline route rhetoric lacked research

The Advocate’s “Our Views” on the Keystone pipeline read like a partisan blog. I suggest you do more research and less propaganda. Having worked in the industry surveying pipeline routes for cultural resources, endangered species, etc., I can say that often a proposed pipeline is rerouted several times for numerous reasons. In… Continue reading →

Our Views: The bills keep coming from Jindal’s budgets

With the investment of a full year or more of campaigning, and millions of dollars in ads, it’s a bit too late for John Bel Edwards to back out. Such is the hubris of politicians, though, that he still wants to be governor — when the state is facing a cascade of past-due… Continue reading →

Letters: Common Core faces bigger problems than a change in name

Regarding the Advocate’s article on Common Core, I believe that fighting over the name “Common Core” does nothing as long as the test still remains the same. The name “Common Core” within Louisiana is such a “poisonous term,” not because the name itself offends people, but because what that name represents offends people. Thus, it is such a… Continue reading →

Letters: Tulane president’s response to racist threats appropriate, commendable

Regarding Jeff Adelson’s article about the alleged racist threats posted by Tulane students on Yik Yak, I wholeheartedly agree with President Fitts’ decision to address the student body and condemn the racist atmosphere on campus. Yes, these posts may have been deemed nothing more than offensive though not inherently dangerous threats; however, I think it’s the… Continue reading →

Letters: Edwards must follow through

During his victory night celebration, John Bel Edwards said something quite profound, instructive and potentially defining for his administration: “I did not start the breeze of hope, but I did catch it. And so did you. That’s why we are here tonight, because we caught that breeze. The people of Louisiana have chosen to believe that we… Continue reading →

Jeff Sadow: Democrat John Bel Edwards won by inspiring populist instincts

When voters would rather throw a tantrum than protect their own interests, you know that a statewide election in Louisiana featured too little conservatism and allowed too much populism. Told they should loathe Sen. David Vitter, enough chronic voters for Republicans tipped the gubernatorial contest to Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards, whose God and guns strategy… Continue reading →

James Gill: Warden Burl Cain playing by a different set of rules

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Warden Burl Cain  ORG XMIT: BAT1411251554468918

You can’t run a prison unless you are a stickler for the rules, and Burl Cain hasn’t survived 20 years as warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola by being an old softie. Keep your nose clean and accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior or Cain can make your life even more of a misery,… Continue reading →

Our Views: After politics, a long life for Common Core

Common Core is dead. Long live Common Core! That was the reality facing both candidates for governor in the runoff, who shared an aversion to the education standards now in place in Louisiana schools. Now, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards has a chance to influence the debate by making three new appointments to the… Continue reading →

Our Views: What’s a political parodist to do when truth is more absurd than fiction?

In a campaign season that’s become a theater of the absurd, how can a political parodist improve on the truth? That’s the predicament facing Christopher Buckley, who’s made much of his living in recent years writing satirical novels about the nation’s ruling class. In “Thank You For Smoking,” for example, Buckley wrote a pitch-perfect spoof… Continue reading →

Letters: Facts about Congress members’ benefits

Concerning John Lynch’s recent letter to the editor, he should do a little research before he accepts bogus email chains as fact. As the spouse of a former member of Congress, I could dispute his claims myself, but I doubt he would accept facts from me. Therefore, I urge him to do his homework, and he will find… Continue reading →

Letters: Considering concerns, LABI should be supporting John Bel Edwards as governor

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) President Stephen Waguespack’s analysis of how to improve education in Louisiana is wrong because their whole premise on reducing poverty, crime and an underdeveloped workforce is wrong. LABI claims to be concerned about decades of poor outcomes, but their armies of lobbyists fight ALL legislative efforts that would improve those outcomes:… Continue reading →

Letters: Common Core fight going in circles

The letter by Chris Cazayoux, (“La. voters uninformed on Common Core”) on November 10, 2015, illustrates again that The Advocate does not seem to care one bit to inform any of its readers on an in-depth review of Common Core, as many of us have asked. We seem to get endless he said, she said,… Continue reading →

Letters: Gun control essential to helping stop crimes

Regarding the recent Uptown New Orleans restaurant armed robberies, my opinion is that all of these crimes dilute down to one common problem: guns. Although there are many immense disputes on this subject, I believe that there should be some limits to who can get their hands on a gun. Some of these requirements should consist of background… Continue reading →

Our Views: Leftovers in the fridge and hopefully more sleep ahead before busiest month of the year

Black Friday has come to Louisiana, perhaps the busiest shopping day of the year. We hope that it’s a fruitful time for the merchants, as well as the bargain hunters who see today’s tsunami of sales as a contact sport worthy of the NFL. If we’re thinking of football, it’s perhaps because Thanksgiving, and the days… Continue reading →

Letters: Taiwan tackles climate change

While most people are focusing on whether the UN’s COP21 meeting, which will be held from November 30th to December 11th, will be able to reach a legally binding 2015 agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol, few people are aware that Taiwan has passed a landmark Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Management Act to cut carbon emissions to 50… Continue reading →

Letters: Spread holiday cheer to troops overseas

I hope everyone takes time to send their support to our troops deployed overseas. You can get names and addresses from websites including:,,, and/or Send letters, Christmas cards, post cards, children’s drawings, and/or care packages directly to them. Our troops wait for mail and a piece of home! Freedom Isn’t free!… Continue reading →

Letters: Pope puts new spin on old thought

Many people believe that when it comes to religious people, everything can be about just religion. Pope Francis spoke to Congress on Sept. 24. His speech benefitted those in Congress, with or without religious background. The most powerful section of the Pope’s speech addressed the “golden rule.” Everyone wants respect, but they… Continue reading →

Our Views: Give thanks for liberty as we Americans aren’t naturally conditioned for gratitude

On this Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for Thanksgiving itself, a welcome stop sign in a national calendar that compels us, on most days of the year, to move relentlessly and ruthlessly forward. Although a people of many strengths, we Americans aren’t naturally conditioned for gratitude, an art best practiced by looking backward, not ahead. We see… Continue reading →

James Gill: New John Bel Edwards administration might make us more civilized, but we’ll still be backward

Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards addresses supporters at his election night watch party in New Orleans, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. Edwards won the runoff election for Louisiana governor Saturday, defeating the once-heavy favorite, Republican David Vitter, and handing the Democrats their first statewide victory since 2008. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

If, as Samuel Johnson averred, “a decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization,” Louisiana might now be ready to enter a less barbarous age. The imminent expansion of Medicaid, fiercely opposed by outgoing Gov. Bobby Jindal, will cover some 400,000 people currently unable to afford health insurance. That… Continue reading →

Letters: Media sees no wrong in Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a rally Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in a high school gymnasium in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The chutzpah of the mainstream media in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s testimony to the Benghazi Committee is nothing less than breathtaking. Evidence was presented that Clinton sent an email to her daughter stating that the attack on the embassy was not prompted by a video but was preplanned by Islamist terrorists. She said essentially the… Continue reading →

Letters: End of the Western world

We are watching the unraveling of the Western world, including our own nation, as we speak. The economies of the United States and the West are imploding because of massive debt and unbridled spending. There are now more people sitting in the wagon than they are pulling it. The wagon’s wheels are about to come off.… Continue reading →

Lanny Keller: Take a closer look at some of John Bel Edwards' supporters -- some there all along, others not so much

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- John Bel Edwards gets hugged by his wife Donna after at the Monteleone Hotel in New Orleans, La. Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 after defeating David Vitter to become governor of Louisiana.

Earl K. Long said his supporters in the first primary were his friends, and the rest get good government. Uncle Earl’s wisdom, if you want to call it that, isn’t much use to one of his Democratic successors, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, even if there is an obvious list of people who were the early friends… Continue reading →

Letters: Keep French heritage alive

Once again, agents of evil have attempted to do what Adolf Hitler could not: destroy Paris. And once again, we awake from a state of shock to get up and stand with France, especially Paris. One can only wonder how much longer this City of Light can keep lit that flickering flame of “enlightenment.” The Council… Continue reading →

Letters: Americans have duty to help refugees

In regard to the 14 Syrian refugees allowed into Louisiana, I strongly believe that, despite the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, it is still our duty as Americans to help them out of an inhumane situation. I know that from these recent attacks and others that were harmful in the past, many Americans have formed a… Continue reading →

Letters: Attacks leading to another war

Current events with the Islamic State and the run-up to World War II are strikingly similar. Adolf Hitler’s stated intention to conquer Europe and eliminate Jews is paralleled by the Islamic State’s aim to conquer all of the Middle East and eliminate Jews and other nonbelievers. Before we entered WWII, there was a strong division of… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: To describe David Vitter's plight, this Allen Toussaint lyric is perfect

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Sen. David Vitter concedes to John Bel Edwards in the runoff for governor Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, during his election-night party at the Airport Hilton in Kenner.

If the past couple of weeks around south Louisiana had a soundtrack, it would be the music of Allen Toussaint, the beloved New Orleans songsmith who died earlier this month, and whose vast catalogue has saturated the airwaves ever since. Maybe it’s fitting then, that one of Toussaint’s most pointed songs could… Continue reading →

Our Views: Here are some tough, early issues John Bel Edwards will face

The appointment of a veteran legislator from the Florida parishes as the next governor’s chief of staff underlines both the opportunities and the steep challenges facing Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards. Edwards, from Amite, asked term-limited state Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, to head his team during the transition and the administration. Nevers served five… Continue reading →

Pollster Ron Faucheux: Why history repeated itself with Louisiana electing John Bel Edwards instead of David Vitter

Ron Faucheaux

History repeats itself––at least in Louisiana gubernatorial elections. When John Bel Edwards defeated David Vitter in Saturday’s runoff, voters once again did what they have been doing for decades––they picked a new governor who offered the clearest contrast to the outgoing governor. A walk down memory lane tells the story of the cycles of change.… Continue reading →

Ex-South Carolina place kicker Bob Marino: Thank you Leonard Fournette, LSU

As a former placekicker with the University of South Carolina, I would like to thank the LSU Tiger Nation for their kindness and help during last month’s flooding in South Carolina. Everyone in the LSU family was very supportive toward USC, and we were greatly appreciative. I would also like to thank Leonard Fournette for… Continue reading →

Our Views: With Bunny Friend Park shooting, more chaos, pain

New Orleans has endured yet another painful episode of young men shooting at each other, for unknown reasons, at Bunny Friend Park. This time, 17 people were wounded on a Sunday evening when the park was a popular community meeting place. But instead, it was a scene of chaos and people scattering for safety. We share… Continue reading →

Letter: With Syrian refugee executive order, Bobby Jindal uses fear to manipulate public

Gov. Bobby Jindal issued an executive order to block the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state. Jindal, a politician who considers himself a Christian, has shown again that he is willing to go to any lengths to pander to the gullible and ignorant with the sole purpose of gaining political support. Jindal’s manipulating tool of choice: fear.… Continue reading →

Letter: Greenhouse effect a myth

As a retired chemist, Raleigh Jenkins should know that carbon dioxide, in its gaseous state, does not trap infrared heat, which makes the greenhouse effect a physical impossibility. Of the three states in which matter exists — solid, liquid and gas — gas is the most porous. When gases are heated, they… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: With weeks remaining in term, Bobby Jindal shows up at home, expecting praise

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. Bobby Jindal answers questions at a press conference in front of the Governor's Mansion about his decision to drop out of the U.S. Presidential race, the state budget deficit, Syrian refugees coming into the state and other topics.

With only weeks remaining in office, Gov. Bobby Jindal has returned home to try to shore up his Louisiana legacy after his presidential campaign ended unsurprisingly with him headed to a new home in Baton Rouge, rather than the White House. A statewide tour and press releases touting his accomplishments might be too little too late… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: With weeks remaining in term, Bobby Jindal shows up at home, expecting praise

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Gov. Bobby Jindal answers questions at a press conference in front of the Governor's Mansion about his decision to drop out of the U.S. Presidential race, the state budget deficit, Syrian refugees coming into the state and other topics.

With only weeks remaining in office, Gov. Bobby Jindal has returned home to try to shore up his Louisiana legacy after his presidential campaign ended unsurprisingly with him headed to a new home in Baton Rouge, rather than the White House. A statewide tour and press releases touting his accomplishments might be too little too late… Continue reading →

Letters: Can we save these Tiger traditions?

There are many well-known traditions that have become synonymous with LSU football. From the great tailgate cuisine to the “Tiger Bait” cheers, there are parts of LSU football that we can’t live without. Some of these traditions will never change: the Tiger band pregame show or our first-, second- and third-down cheers,… Continue reading →