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Letter: Jefferson ‘business interests’ are local

The pending election for the Jefferson Parish School Board has been publicized as “business interests” opposing the union, particularly with respect to the five East Bank candidates. Those candidates formed the majority which introduced reform to the system, which at the time was ranked as one of the worst in the state and was running a $30 million… Continue reading →

Letter: Insurance commissioner has little power to regulate cost

As Louisiana’s insurance commissioner, I wanted to take a moment to share my concerns about the rising cost of health insurance facing individuals, families, and businesses in our state. I take very seriously my role to regulate a market for insurance that is affordable, accessible and reliable. Our team at the Louisiana Department of Insurance works hard… Continue reading →

Letter: Children, not misconstrued comment, are what counts

I have been in education for 43 years, championing for children of all socioeconomic backgrounds and races. During my tenure in Lafayette, I have paid particular attention to poor minority students and championed for equity in their education. So to be characterized as a racist is particularly concerning to me and unfair as it does not reflect my… Continue reading →

Letter: Insurance commissioner has little power to regulate cost

As Louisiana’s insurance commissioner, I wanted to take a moment to share my concerns about the rising cost of health insurance facing individuals, families, and businesses in our state. I take very seriously my role to regulate a market for insurance that is affordable, accessible and reliable. Our team at the Louisiana Department of Insurance works hard… Continue reading →

Our Views: New plan for growth

A special meeting of the New Orleans City Council on Friday will consider the final adoption of the long-discussed new zoning ordinance. We hope that it is approved, as a further step toward growing a better post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. After a slew of public meetings, hearings and frequent revisions of the… Continue reading →

Letter: Landrieu fights for students

Scarcely noticed amid the exultations over gains in student achievement in Louisiana is perhaps a more significant development in school reform. At long last, our state is inching ever closer to that elusive goal of providing a high-quality school in every neighborhood and access to good schools regardless of family ZIP code. Also… Continue reading →

Letter: Strong economy requires action on climate change

Climate change supercharges risks to our health and economy, and it is taxpayers and businesses that pay the price. We can turn our climate challenge into an opportunity to modernize our power sector, form a low-carbon economy and fuel growth. EPA’s fuel efficiency standards are an example of what’s possible. They’re… Continue reading →

Letter: Hong Kong leader should do the right thing and resign

Regarding “Hong Kong leader won’t quit, offers talks instead”: Hong Kong is having too many issues with their people protesting. The leader of the country should do the right thing and resign. No one in the country stands behind him; he has lost all respect for what he has done. Leung Chun-ying is… Continue reading →

Letter: Support the Wildlife and Fisheries Dept. with a yes vote

I take exception to the Advocate’s opposition to Constitutional Amendment 8. The Artificial Reef Fund is administered by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a state agency, which is totally self-funded and receives no monies from the state general fund. In previous years, the current administration raided this fund to the tune of $44.5 million… Continue reading →

Lanny Keller: Old friends, a few million apart

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Advocate Columnist Lanny Keller.

Editor’s note: Today The Advocate’s Commentary page begins a column by Lanny Keller that will appear on Wednesdays. Keller’s column will focus on politics and public policy in the Baton Rouge area, with occasional commentary on issues in the wider region and state government. Keller has been an award-winning editorial writer for The Advocate since 1998. Over… Continue reading →

Our Views: A voice of the young

We have the first lady’s word for it, that a New Orleans high school senior has a fan for her poetry: The president himself read the work of Madeleine LeCesne, and liked it. That’s what Michelle Obama told LeCesne and four other National Student Poets honored at the White… Continue reading →

Our Views: Helping small business

With major expansions of Veterans Affairs operations in Louisiana, it would seem the worst time for the state to drop a program that enables small businesses to be a part of purchasing and contracting with the VA. But that appears to be a possibility, with a state match for a federal grant having… Continue reading →

Letter: Columnist Gill ignores the facts with imaginary quotes

Baton Rouge editorialist and knee-jerk contrarian James Gill has trotted out a fiction about my restaurant, Bergeron’s. It is a sick, tired fantasy in which armed citizens create violence and havoc rather than making the world a safer place. In the absence of a thoughtful critique of my policy of offering a 10… Continue reading →

Letter: Empower the disabled through employment

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The goal of this national campaign is to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” My agency recently hosted two Young African Leaders Initiative… Continue reading →

2014 vote: Your handy voting guide to upcoming elections

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As a handy guide for voting in the Nov. 4 election, here’s a recap of The Advocate’s positions on various proposals on the ballot in the New Orleans area. Tuesday through Oct. 28 (except Sunday) is the early voting period for the Nov. 4 primary. Early voting hours are 8:30 a.m.… Continue reading →

Our Views: Big shout-out for New Orleans

A June 29 shooting in the French Quarter injured nine people and left one woman dead. The tragedy drew national attention to New Orleans and raised concerns about public safety in the Quarter, an especially big problem in a city that relies so heavily on tourism. We’re grateful for the steps taken… Continue reading →

Letter: Schools, roads and police need crucial new taxes

This is going to be the most unpopular letter to the editor I have ever submitted, but I believe it is time someone addressed the issues. I realize no one likes to pay taxes and it is obvious that none of our legislators want to address the need for new taxes. However, our school systems are… Continue reading →

Letter: Opinion of coastal lawsuit is invalid

Quin Hillyer’s latest editorial opposing the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East lawsuit against the oil and gas companies for wetland destruction conveniently fails to mention that those companies were legally required under their state permits to restore the affected wetlands. He and the oil and gas companies admit responsibility for said damage and express a willingness to help… Continue reading →

Letter: Benson earned statue through contributions

In response to the letter published titled “Tom Benson not deserving of statue” by Katrhryne Delcarpio: Thank you, Mr. Benson. Before condemning Benson and the statue, take another look around the city and see the lasting imprint this man has made on the New Orleans area. Yes, he’s an extremely successful businessman but one who… Continue reading →

Letter: Fictional gun story outlines problems

In James Gill’s piece (“Bullets and biscuits: A Port Allen lunch story” Oct. 5), diners’ responding to the accidental firing of a pistol “figured the place was being robbed. … Forks were cast aside, while furious customers reached for their pieces. Rat-a-tat-tat!” A police spokesman said casualty figures would be released as soon as local hospitals could provide… Continue reading →

Letter: Gill way off target with his opinion

If Mr. Gill wishes to provoke a meaningful debate about gun control in Louisiana and the country in general, he grossly missed his mark with the rambling nonsensical garbage published in The Advocate on Oct. 5. The fictional narrative not only presented no logical arguments for responsible gun control, it was… Continue reading →

Louisiana Spotlight: Few options to stop insurance changes

Besieged with complaints, Louisiana lawmakers have responded with a mix of loud criticism and worry about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s sweeping changes to the health insurance program for state workers, teachers and retirees. But for now, that’s about all they can do. Until they return for a legislative session in April,… Continue reading →