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Walt Handelsman for Jan. 27, 2015

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

Stephanie Grace: Bobby Jindal can't do a thing about same-sex marriage possibly becoming law; that's the way it should be

If the U.S. Supreme Court wraps up this year’s session by declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right — a scenario far more probable than not, most knowledgeable observers predict — tourism officials in New Orleans will be ready. According to a recent Gambit story, the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Jan. 27, 2015

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

Our Views: John Kasich, GOP leader on Medicaid

Associated Press file photo by JAMES NORD -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich

The leader among Republican governors favoring Medicaid expansion is John Kasich, of Ohio, and he’s not backing down on the need to provide insurance for the working poor. Kasich defended the policy in a meeting with Republican legislators in Montana, where the GOP-led bodies had opposed expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The mini-debate over… Continue reading →

Letter: Parents don’t want failure as an option for their kids

According to Caroline Roemer Shirley, executive director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (guest commentary Jan. 21) failure is necessary. It is what drives the wheels of charter law in Louisiana. A child and her parents are not burdened when a charter experiment fails two years into elementary school and that child’s educational future is turned… Continue reading →

Letter: Atlas Foundation condemns the attack in France

We sadly came to learn about the incident that took place in Paris, France recently. Killing innocent people at their work, on the streets, on their duties cannot be explained by any teaching, any philosophy and any ideology regardless of its location. However, we witnessed it once again with a great sadness. We hope and pray that no… Continue reading →

Letter: Wood pellets shipped overseas from South destroying forests

I am concerned about our Southern forests being devastated to provide wood pellets to be burned for fuel in Europe. Our trees store carbon dioxide and release oxygen, which we need to breathe. We need our trees to keep our air as clean as possible. Why should we clear cut our hardwood forests to export this natural resource… Continue reading →

In Toon With Walt: We have a winner!

Wow, Folks! Every time we hold one of these contests I say how much I enjoy reading your entries but this time I was literally laughing out loud! All of your punch lines about the joy of falling gas prices were smart, witty and just flat out funny. This time we had 213 entries with… Continue reading →

Letter: Restoring Gulf Coast is best outcome from BP disaster

Tracking the trials and legal decisions in the aftermath of the 2010 BP disaster has been a long, sometimes frustrating and complicated process. The lawsuit to hold BP accountable for the destruction in the Gulf of Mexico resulting from the largest oil spill in U.S. history began in 2013. This lawsuit deals with violation of… Continue reading →

Letter: Too many struggle for basic needs in Louisiana

As we recently celebrated the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., many working individuals and families found themselves struggling to afford health care in Louisiana. Furthermore, Louisiana’s health care system has seen the effects of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s policy-making. Most disturbing is the governor’s decision not to accept federal Affordable… Continue reading →

Letter: Muslims should denounce terrorism

Philosophical discussions about people devoted to an ideology are seldom as effective in describing reality as is behavioral observation of those people. When applied to devotees of Islam, philosophical discussions have seemingly created three categories into which Muslims can be placed — radical extremist, moderate and peaceful. Philosophically defining these categories can lead to quite a… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: No good news expected from revenue panel

The depth of Louisiana’s budget problems gets a firmer number Monday, with lawmakers bracing for even worse news than the gaping $1.4 billion hole that already has them spooked. The state’s income forecasting panel will take a look at the continued downward spiral of oil prices and adjust Louisiana’s revenue forecast to account for the drop. Little… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Jan. 25, 2015

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

Quin Hillyer: In defense of Bobby Jindal, his 'no-go zone' comments are an inconvenient truth based on ton of facts

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks to a crowd, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. Gov. Jindal continued to court Christian conservatives for a possible presidential campaign with a headlining appearance at an all-day prayer rally hosted by the American Family Association. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

What is wrong with you people? I mean, really, what is your problem? You people, you media jackals, are having crazy attacks because Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal dared say there are areas in Europe, heavily populated by Muslims, which effectively are “no-go zones” because police and other non-Muslims are largely unwelcome.… Continue reading →

James Gill: A small lesson in investment deals

High finance make your head swim? Relax. If you’re not smart enough to understand how institutional investors plan their deals, I am here to explain. To accomplish this public service, we will need an example. Fortunately, one is at hand right here in Louisiana, where the Teachers’ Retirement System is about to make… Continue reading →

Our Views: Jindal’s take on culture

Of the crop of potential presidential candidates in 2016, few can speak more directly to the twin issues of immigration and assimilation than Gov. Bobby Jindal. He made headlines last week with an ill-advised endorsement of the notion that European countries are losing control of Muslim-dominated parts of their cities. The urban legend… Continue reading →

Washington Watch: Jindal’s public persona, history inspired strategy

If you didn’t know Gov. Bobby Jindal, you might think he was the sort of reactionary, know-nothing, anti-intellectual demagogue who gives knuckle-draggers a bad name. He’s scheduled to speak this month in Florida before a Catholic business organization whose anti-gay attitudes are so controversial that several other invitees have dropped out of the… Continue reading →

Our Views: A warning on new law

There are few things more vexing in schools than special education. A new state law is intended to help more students get to a high school diploma, but the U.S. government is signaling that the state’s effort could conflict with federal law. It’s not a case of the feds making trouble for the poor state of Louisiana,… Continue reading →

Letter: Jindal refuses to invest in La.

On Jan. 9, Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley came out like Clint Eastwood in a Western flick, standing up tall to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s latest plan to cut $370 million from Louisiana higher education. He says he won’t back the budget plan. But let’s be clear-minded. Kleckley is Jindal’s paramour. He has done and will continue… Continue reading →

Ed Pratt: Keeping it off, up to a point

Tuesday night, more than a full year after spending a year losing weight, I stepped on my scale and guess what I saw? Well, you’ll have to wait until later in this column before you get the answer. Please, don’t cheat. Just wait. If you are a regular reader of my column, you know that I… Continue reading →

Walt Handelsman for Jan. 23, 2015

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

Stephanie Grace: The bigger Bobby Jindal tries to go, the smaller he looks in quest to get attention he craves

Gov. Bobby Jindal may have billed his European swing as an economic development mission on behalf of Louisiana, but his primary agenda has been obvious to anyone who’s turned on a television set, logged onto the Internet or followed his PR operation via email or social media. Far more than state business, Jindal’s trip was all… Continue reading →

Our Views: Two steps for recruits

Michael Harrison

If you’ve had a relatively minor problem and called for an NOPD officer, you’re not happy if nobody comes. And if the relatively minor problem isn’t that minor, such as theft or other property crime, you’re not going to be happy at all — and to some extent, the New Orleans Police Department and its… Continue reading →

Letter: Pope’s pilgrimage to Philippines deserves more media coverage

It is sad indeed that coverage of the Pope Francis visitation “pilgrimage” to the Philippines doesn’t get more focus on local TV and newspapers. Here is front-page interest. I think it should be. People have a hunger for historical events. Our children, youth and young adults, all of us, are inspired by news of encouragement,… Continue reading →