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Our Views: No reason to ditch Core

When around 800 folks show up at a public meeting, the politicos tend to sit up and take notice. They did recently when that kind of turnout occurred in Moss Bluff, a suburb of Lake Charles, where state Rep. Brett Geymann has been agitating against Common Core school standards. He has… Continue reading →

Our Views: Vote early, but wisely

Today is not Election Day, at least with capital letters. That will be Dec. 6, when the runoffs for U.S. Senate and other offices around the state are held. Today, however, is the start of early voting. That means that it is already Election Day for the thousands of voters who opt to get ahead and cast… Continue reading →

Letters: The big fail on Keystone

Rarely will you see a politician so obviously try to save their own skin — and fail so publicly. On Nov. 12, Sen. Mary Landrieu walked onto the floor of the U.S. Senate and demanded that Congress approve a bill green-lighting the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Her transparent… Continue reading →

Letter: Golf course/parking lot swap makes no sense

I recently read an article in The Advocate that TAF/LSU might destroy the LSU Golf Course and convert it into a parking lot. Really? Let’s think about this idea. In exchange for a beautiful oasis on the increasingly cluttered campus, the source of recreation for hundreds of students and area residents, a second home for a number of… Continue reading →

Letter: Cassidy needs to address his own image

Although Mary Landrieu’s support of “Obamacare” has proven not to be very successful and a waste of taxpayer dollars, she is correct in challenging Bill Cassidy. She has much more experience in office, and Cassidy seems to do a better job at dodging his own criticism than formulating a logical argument in debates. The people… Continue reading →

Ed Pratt: The cold ‘cold case’ at Southern

I was very busy last week, so I didn’t get to write about an injustice that I have written about several times. But I have made time this week. Forty-two years ago last Sunday, on Nov. 16, 1972, two unarmed, innocent Southern University students were shot to death by Baton Rouge law enforcement officers on Southern University’s… Continue reading →

A Thanksgiving to the people of Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Superintendent Pat Cooper answers questions from Dennis Blunt, the attorney hired by the school board to investigate Cooper, during Wednesday's hearing at board offices. The investigation resulted in five charges being brought against Cooper.

I want very much to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the past three years as your school superintendent. I make this my home now and will continue to be engaged with the community and especially with education of our children and youth. Lafayette is a community with… Continue reading →

Our Views: Long list for voters

In a year when voters were confronted with no less than 14 proposed amendments to the Louisiana Constitution on Nov. 4, now it is Jefferson Parish’s turn to make the Dec. 6 runoff ballot quite a bit longer than it otherwise would be. There are 11 propositions that would amend the parish… Continue reading →

Letter: Frustrations at polling place

The recent election was the first time I was voting at a new polling place. My polling place is now located in Lafreniere Park. While I did receive a voter card in the mail, it contained the name of a building in the park that I was not familiar with and the address of the park… Continue reading →

Letter: Three minutes in the voting booth isn’t long enough

I am outraged by the Louisiana statute that limits voters to three minutes in the voting booth. The recent New Orleans ballot contained two national races, seven judgeships, 14 constitutional amendments and several other items depending on a voter’s precinct. That leaves a voter, at most, 7.8 seconds to consider each item.… Continue reading →

Letter: Education putting Louisiana on the map once again

The fact that a charter school advocacy group ranked Louisiana second nationally in growth, performance and innovation is putting our state back on the map when it comes to education. Usually, when people hear about New Orleans or Louisiana, the first thing that comes to mind is crime. Although, Louisiana’s future is brightening… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Nov. 20, 2014

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

James Gill: Officials waving a big unconstitutional stick

JFK was still alive, so New Orleans DA Jim Garrison had not yet had a chance to earn his global reputation as a crackpot. He did, however, come across as a bit of a wildman when he called a news conference in 1962 to denounce the city’s criminal court judges as lazy, incompetent and… Continue reading →

Our Views: Back tax for schools

If there is one thing that New Orleans teachers and students got used to before 2005, it was the dismal condition of schools. Roofs leaked, walls molded, pipes were broken — the catalog of facility disrepair was an outward and visible sign of the disarray of the old Orleans Parish School Board. After the disastrous storms… Continue reading →

Our Views: A millage for levees

As St. Bernard Parish continues to recover from the 2005 devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of levees, the good news is that the U.S. government has funded major improvements to levees, pump stations and floodgates protecting the parish and its neighbors. If Uncle Sam pays for the construction, though, local government is responsible for… Continue reading →

Letter: U.S. should help fight Ebola

High fever, excruciating headache, diarrhea, vomiting and finally hemorrhaging: symptoms describing the Ebola virus, which has killed thousands of people in West Africa since March. Americans all over read the headlines, rolled their eyes and proceeded with the rest of their day, appreciative that the virus affected “them” and not “us.” I mean, why should we… Continue reading →

Letter: Gill snooty, ill-informed on concealed carry

James Gill’s “Bullets & Biscuits” column is not even thinly disguised propaganda, and it reminds me why I rarely read The Advocate anymore except to follow LSU football. Gill’s preachy opinion piece garners nary a laugh, but then again, it wasn’t intended to be funny. It was designed to malign us “ignorant rednecks” using the typical… Continue reading →

Letter: Negative ads fuel unreasoned opinions

I have to express my disappointment over the turn your Letters segment has taken. On Saturday, you published a letter by Marilyn Oufnac, of Ventress, who was responding to an earlier letter from LSU student Leslie Lacoste. Her letter, almost word for word, reflected every negative advertisement against Sen. Mary Landrieu, including charging her with voting as the… Continue reading →

Bonus Walt Handelsman for Nov. 19, 2014

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

Walt Handelsman for Nov. 19, 2014

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

Our Views: A bike path to progress

A portion of the Tammany Trace is shown in this undated Advocate file photo.

After 20 years, most people on the north shore take it for granted. At the time, though, the 31 miles of the Tammany Trace was a major project, involving the complexities of taking over an abandoned rail line, and the original but unsuccessful notion of running a tourist train between Covington and Slidell.… Continue reading →

Letter: Lawsuit against LA Key funding must be dropped

My husband and I are grandparents of a child with dyslexia. She attended kindergarten and first grade at a local school. Struggling to grasp concepts that would enable her to read, she was diagnosed with dyslexia. Her mother was told the school had no resources to teach her. At mid-year of first grade, she enrolled at LA Key… Continue reading →

Letter: America first, party affiliation is second

I don’t think I am alone in wishing Republican politicians would stand with President Barack Obama during times of national crisis. While most crises are 24/7 news media generated, some are truly critical to the safety, well-being and security of our nation. It seems the knee-jerk reaction of the entire Republican political establishment is geared to… Continue reading →

Letter: Begging for support but receiving none

Have you ever thought that you may one day know the homeless man you’re about to pass on the side of the road? Why should you care? You kept your life together. He’s not your problem, right? Every day, we pass a homeless person begging for our support, yet we never stop and help. Looking those moneyless… Continue reading →