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Letter: Student journalists a crucial voice in future of industry, must drive decisions on LSU Reveille

The Reveille Alumni Association has been flooded with comments about the potential of new revenue streams and the impending reduction of print publication for The Daily Reveille. LSU Student Media alumni worldwide have varying opinions on each one of the difficult issues spelled out in Elizabeth Crisp’s story, but we all agree on one thing: Students,… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Super PACs shaping Louisiana’s governor race; see who's throwing thousands at each candidate

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., watches before an NFL football game between the New Orleans Saints and the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Up in Mount Vernon, Ohio, there’s a guy who’s concerned about Louisiana. Very, very concerned. So concerned that he recently cut a $150,000 check to the Fund for Louisiana’s Future. What Thomas Rastin was really supporting when he made the big donation, of course, wasn’t the state itself but U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s quest to become… Continue reading →

Our Views: Hillary Clinton’s decision to dodge questions about the Keystone XL pipeline makes no sense

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton listens to questions during a campaign stop ,Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

As a former head of the U.S. State Department, there probably are some questions that Hillary Clinton ought not answer as a political candidate, because her opinions could prejudice some operation. Perhaps there could also be legal ramifications for some issue at State that is now in the courts. But does anyone think that the endlessly… Continue reading →

Letters: Columnist Jeff Sadow is wrong to support Bobby Jindal’s decision against Medicaid expansion

Columnist Jeff Sadow makes two basic claims in support of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s decision to turn his back on more than 300,000 working-age Louisiana adults who could benefit from Medicaid expansion: First, he says expansion costs the state too much. Second, he claims that having Medicaid coverage is no better than being uninsured — and that people might… Continue reading →

Our Views: Back-to-school vaccinations are a private and public health issue

FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 file photo, a pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. A new study published in the journal Science suggests the measles vaccine not only prevents measles, but may also help the body ward off other infections. The vaccine was in the spotlight this year after a large measles outbreak linked to Disneyland sickened people in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Despite all the controversy about vaccines, their value in preventing the spread of serious illness is indisputable. That’s why parents in Louisiana should make sure that their school-age children are current in all of their vaccinations as the school year approaches. Some parents have suggested that vaccines can produce autism in youngsters, and that belief has… Continue reading →

Letters: The benefits of maintaining TOPS outweigh the costs

Our lawmakers frequently tell us that the cost of TOPS is increasing so fast that the program cannot be sustained. They don’t tell us that 100 percent of TOPS funding goes from the state general fund, the tobacco trust fund and the tobacco settlement revenues into institutional budgets. In short, TOPS is a modest component of funding… Continue reading →

Dennis Persica: More guns in the hands of good people is just reverting to the wild West

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Sometimes here in South Louisiana we consider ourselves as something apart from modern-day America. We think we have more of a Caribbean feel, and we’re proud of our ties to France and Canada and to Mediterranean nations like Spain and Italy. Our old buildings, the ones the developers haven’t torn down yet, are emanations from… Continue reading →

Our Views: ‘The battle over preserving GOMESA is even more vital for those with a long-term commitment to Louisiana’s coastline’

By any measure, the dimensions of Louisiana’s effort to fight back against coastal erosion are going to be vastly enhanced over the next decade or so by the BP court settlement. That means not only more active projects but bigger ones, engineering the diversions of Mississippi River water and sediments to rebuild land along the state’s… Continue reading →

Letters: Rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina as brought about a state-of-the-art hospital in Chalmette

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --   St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Your story, “From Utter Devastation, St. Bernard Rebuilds” presents a vivid picture of the challenges that our parish faced after Katrina. We had to rebuild our community’s foundation of health care, education, public safety and governmental services. We are proud to be part of the rebuilding of our parish’s basic services. Through community support and a rigorous effort,… Continue reading →

Letters: Lack of re-election doesn’t end the job for state representative Karen Gaudet St. Germain

I read with interest Sunday’s Capitol Buzz column titled “Lawmakers on national conference circuit.” In it, there’s the implication, although not stated outright, that it’s a waste of state money for Louisiana legislators to attend conferences with fellow lawmakers from other states where we participate in discussion panels related to issues we all face. The implication… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders' message finds eager audience even in Louisiana, among reddest of red states

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana, Sunday, July 26, 2015.

When some 4,500 people venture out to a conservative New Orleans suburb on a sweltering Sunday night to cheer on a self-described socialist, it’s safe to say that something’s going on here. Bernie Sanders, the New York born, 73-year-old U.S. senator from Vermont, has emerged as a populist sensation on the Democratic… Continue reading →

Guest Column: Louisiana politicians spend outrageous time, resources blocking abortion under guise of 'protecting women'

Marlo Barrera

Recently, during the National Right to Life Convention in New Orleans, an annual anti-abortion conference, Gov. Bobby Jindal touted Louisiana as the “most pro-life” state. He flaunted the amount of anti-abortion restrictions that he has signed during his two terms in office, using “religious freedom” to justify taking away a woman’s ability to make her own decisions about… Continue reading →

Letters: Removing Confederate symbols won’t erase their history

Wake up, America. Today’s issue about removing Confederate statues is ridiculous. You cannot erase history because the black race thinks you can. That’s why it’s called history. Accept an apology and move on. If you remove the Confederate battle flag and all the Confederate statues because they want it, then I want everything with Martin Luther King’s name… Continue reading →

Letters: It is time to rethink mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent offenses

In response to Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman’s Guest Column “How We Can Achieve True Prison Reform, Reduce Criminal Relapses” — we applaud the district attorney’s agreement that we in Louisiana “incarcerate too many people.” That is the starting point to any conversation. However, Mr. Bowman is wrong to argue the problem is not that we send… Continue reading →

Letters: A recent letter to the editor that was clinging to a ‘lost cause’ battle flag was intellectually lazy

In response to the recent letter by Rebecca Carl, there is a reason KKK cowards hiding behind sheets display the Confederate flag, and it is not to teach civics or history classes. Her argument and that of others that removing public symbols is, as she said, “rewriting Southern history” is simply bogus. The history was already… Continue reading →

Jeff Sadow: Louisiana right to reject Medicaid expansion

Even as the Louisiana Legislature edged closer this year to embracing the folly of Medicaid expansion, the data continue to pile up underscoring how its adoption it would lay waste to future state budgets. As time has passed, states that already unwisely went the expansion route now project nasty surprises on the cost side. It seems practically… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: On finances, Bobby Jindal counts at-bats as home runs

At least one entry in the “Boring But Important” category has to be the Herculean effort the Jindal administration has put into keeping the influential New York credit rating agencies from downgrading Louisiana’s finances. Complex analysis of high finance doesn’t get a lot of clicks, but how Moody’s Investors Services, Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s Financial… Continue reading →

James Gill: For whom the whistle blows, like it or not

It’s the same old story. You try to do someone a favor, but there’s not a word of thanks. Rerouting freight trains from Old Metairie to Hollygrove is an idea that has been kicking around for years, but the feds cannot put off a decision much longer. Jefferson Parish President John Young says… Continue reading →