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Grace Notes: Likely handover of RSD schools to Orleans Parish School Board stunning, yet inevitable

The apparently impending handover of state-run schools to the long-troubled local school board is a huge development in the closely watched saga of post-Katrina education in New Orleans. It’s also an inevitable one. Emergency measures are needed some times — look no further than the likely federal takeover of the Orleans Parish jail — but… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Donald Trump’s big-name critics are in the GOP

The big-name Republicans who populate the first major ad of Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presumed general election campaign have two things in common. One, they’ve shared some choice words about Clinton’s all-but-official opponent, reality TV mogul Donald Trump, on camera. Clinton’s web-only video takes more than a minute to let Trump’s former primary foes —-… Continue reading →

Guest column: Public defenders’ claims sound like Chicken Little

E. Pete Adams

The Louisiana Public Defender Board and its supporters have done an excellent job of using Louisiana’s budget woes to make a case for more money. They say the right of indigent criminal defendants to receive free legal counsel will disappear unless they are provided massive increases in their budget. These “Chicken Little” claims have been… Continue reading →

Letters: Changes afoot in Pediatric Day Health Care program

I want to thank The Advocate for the recent editorial about the Pediatric Day Health Care program. As noted in the editorial, the program offers specialized medical services for medically fragile children, but it is growing at an unsustainable rate. As the editorial correctly pointed out, in only a few years, the cost of the program has… Continue reading →

Letters: No harm in having direct access to physical therapists when needed

To anyone who questions that direct access to physical therapy would result in physical therapists “practicing medicine” or that patients would suffer from a dangerous internal illness going undiagnosed, I simply ask: How many people have been encouraged/referred to a physician by coaches, family members, masseuses, dentists, counselors, etc., because they recognized signs that something was in need… Continue reading →

Grace Notes: Ad showing Republicans ripping Donald Trump might sound familiar in Louisiana

Hillary Clinton’s first web video from this new, Trump-as-actual-GOP-candidate phase of the presidential race is absolutely brutal. For Louisiana television viewers, it should also be strangely familiar. For over a minute, the Clinton ad plays clips of Donald Trump’s fellow Republicans, including his vanquished opponents, telling the world just what they think of the garish… Continue reading →

Guest column: Some names to remember when it comes to picking presidential running mates

Ron Faucheux

It’s that time again –– to start thinking about vice presidential selections. Already, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is floating names of prospects, and top Republicans are wondering about Donald Trump’s pick now that he’s the presumptive GOP nominee. Running mate selection is based on a range of strategies. One is ticket balance –– John Kennedy did… Continue reading →

James Gill: Corrections scandals a Cain family saga

The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections won’t say whether Nate Cain and his wife, Tonia, are getting paid while on enforced leave. Thus, there is no doubt in the public’s mind that the Cains continue to draw their salaries. If they weren’t, the department would shout it from the rooftops and enjoy, for once, the… Continue reading →

Former Jefferson Parish coroner: Donald Trump might have Cluster B Personality Disorder

Donald Trump’s campaign mantra, “Make America Great Again,” suggests that there is something wrong with America. Trump’s arrogance, narcissism, histrionic behavior, compounded by antisocial and borderline personality features, misogyny, homophobia, grandiosity and paranoia fairly closely define “Cluster B Personality Disorder,” according to the DSM-5, all complicated by a serious problem with insomnia. Trump’s supporters, on… Continue reading →

Letters: Student speaks out on sex education bill

Regarding the proposed bill that would improve sex education in school, I strongly feel as though it should be passed. The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act would provide money for sex education training and will make sure all the information taught is accurate. It also would give grants for sex education programs to include information… Continue reading →

Letters: Give seniors the TOPS awards they were promised

In reference to how to equitably divide the funds available for 2016-2017, may I suggest a slight change? Our family currently has one student planning to graduate from LSU in May 2017 and another who will graduate from Benjamin Franklin High School next month. It seems it would be easier for the youngest to… Continue reading →

Grace Notes: He called Donald Trump shallow, weak, unstable; now Bobby Jindal favors him for president

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the National Press Club in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Jindal said GOP front-runner Donald Trump is an egomaniacal madman who has no principles and who risks costing the party its chance to regain the White House.  (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Donald Trump is shallow, insecure and weak. He’s an unserious and unstable narcissist. Has no understanding of policy. He’s full of bluster but has no substance. He lacks the intellectual curiosity to even learn. He clearly hasn’t read the Bible, because he’s not in it. That’s not my take on the now-presumed Republican presidential nominee, although… Continue reading →

Our Views: Some kick in the race for better public education

If Louisiana seems far back in the pack, the race for bettering public education is one where the state is showing some kick in its stride. And if this race is a marathon, not a sprint, the recent successes in Louisiana’s high school graduation rates should be applauded as building toward better results… Continue reading →

Guest column: Louisiana is contributing in the mission to Mars

Todd May

Getting humans to Mars and back will be one of the most difficult undertakings humanity has ever taken. But we are up to the challenge. Louisiana plays a critical part and has made human space exploration possible since the beginning of the space program. Fifty-five years ago this week, the first American to fly in space was… Continue reading →

Letters: Public defense budget woes aren’t new

Public defenders handle well over 85 percent of the cases handled by district attorneys. In 2014, district attorneys expended $140,000,000, compared to public defense which expended less than $70,000,000 for all defense services. This inequity, combined with over-criminalization, has made Louisiana the incarceration capital of the world. Capital defense is expensive. An independent study by Frank Baumgartner… Continue reading →

Letters: Sanitation issues out of control at Jazz Fest

I have attended Jazz Fest for the last time. Beautiful weather, great food, fabulous entertainment. If you can get near any of it. Lines for beer, water, etc., are out of control. It takes 30 minutes to get anything. By 2 p.m. Saturday, the portolets are almost full to the top. Urinals are full… Continue reading →

Letters: No humor found in Bizarro cartoon

I enjoy working the puzzles in The Advocate and usually look at the comics to the side. I was appalled at Bizarro in the paper on April 22. It shows a drawing of “God” on his throne in the clouds as an ape. He is speaking to a human dressed in a robe saying, “I created you… Continue reading →

Lanny Keller: A new commuter line makes sense for Baton Rouge to Crescent City

The above headline is wrong, if you talk to people in the transportation funding world. The “commuter” part that is, not the making-sense part. That’s because cobbling together funding for the passenger train service between Baton Rouge and New Orleans is dependent on the rules of various federal programs. Intercity rail is a different category, apparently, than… Continue reading →

Grace Notes: Jurors found former St. Tammany District Attorney Walter Reed clearly crossed fuzzy line on use of political donations

Big-time prosecutor turned federal defendant Walter Reed spent nearly six hours on the witness stand Friday, explaining to the jury how a vast array of personal items and events he’d charged to his campaign fund, in some cases to funnel money to his co-defendant grown son through inflated bills, were all proper under a broad state ethics law… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Perhaps hard to believe, but there's one set of ex-Gov. Bobby Jindal’s ideas still in play in Louisiana

If there’s one thing that seems to unite the warring factions that make up the state’s political class, it’s the firm belief that many of former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s policies should be undone. Legislators, Republican and Democratic alike, are in the process of enthusiastically passing bills that can be read as direct rebukes to the former… Continue reading →

Our Views: On 70th anniversary of 'All the King’s Men,' a reminder of Huey Long's continued influence on Louisiana politics

All The King's Men

Even if a statue of Huey Pierce Long didn’t tower over the State Capitol, his continuing presence in Louisiana’s political culture would be vivid enough. Long centralized power in state government, meaning that local communities still come to Baton Rouge to fight for resources rather than raising them for themselves. That’s sharpened… Continue reading →