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Our Views: Memorial Day: Remembering our American warriors

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Volunteers, including Greg Vice, left, make good time putting the flags on display in an orderly fashion for the Memorial Day weekend festivities. Blue Star Mothers of Louisiana Chapter 1 sponsored planting the 11,000 American flags at the State Capitol.

The writer William Zinsser left many good things behind when he died earlier this month at age 92, and one of them is a clearer understanding of the sacrifices we honor with today’s observance of Memorial Day. Zinsser is best known for a small book, “On Writing Well,” that’s sold millions of… Continue reading →

Letter: Quality Blue yields results

Years ago, health insurance companies and physicians had conflicting priorities. Some say the quality of patient care suffered. The issue, of course, was money. Today, a new model is emerging. Insurers are beginning to invest in patient-care partnerships with doctors, and the early results are staggeringly positive. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has… Continue reading →

Letter: Harmful proposed trade agreement needs to be stopped

The Trans Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement is a bill that threatens the livelihood of some of the most hardworking people in New Orleans. The president says this is the most socially just trade bill ever. But New Orleans knows better. Under similar circumstances, we watched as Congress rammed the North American Free Trade Agreement, a trade… Continue reading →

James Gill: Bobby Jindal-bashing has got to stop (a sarcastic take, of course)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City on Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Time has come to stop the constant Jindal-bashing on the editorial pages. Readers must be growing weary of all the attacks on our esteemed governor’s record, and the pooh-poohing of his presidential prospects. There is a long way to go yet, and we can’t keep sounding the same note. And we can’t just ignore Jindal,… Continue reading →

Quin Hillyer: Jindal is right on religious rights — and also astute

Gov. Bobby Jindal may be a long shot for president, but his new campaign commercial is a supremely savvy political move. It also has the virtue of expressing a vitally important truth. The ad continues Jindal’s resolute focus on issues of religious liberty. It’s the right message — and if it’s still possible for him… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Jindal trying to squeeze in the clown car

My first professional brush with presidential politics came in the year of the seven dwarfs. It was 1987. I was a new college grad who’d landed at CBS News’ election unit just as the 1988 primaries were gearing up. And then, as now, the impending end of a two-term presidency had set up a… Continue reading →

Letter: Tax bill aims to protect developers unfairly

When properties are taken off the tax rolls or when their valuations are reduced, the rest of the taxpayers pay more. This is because property tax calculations are simple math: the gross, citywide valuation multiplied by the millage rate. Thus, fewer properties or less property value to tax equals higher taxes for those who pay. Rep. Chuck Kleckley,… Continue reading →

Letters: Legislature helps colleges

It is hard to imagine a more critical time in Louisiana’s history, with so much hanging in the balance. This week, with the passage of House Bill 1, the House of Representatives showed all of Louisiana what real leadership looks like. Speaker Chuck Kleckley and chairmen Jim Fannin and Joel Robideaux navigated a solution that was… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Gov. Bobby Jindal’s 'marriage and conscience' executive order makes him look mean-spirited — and weak

The verdict on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “marriage and conscience” executive order is in, and it’s a two-parter. Legally speaking, the order — which Jindal issued hours after a state legislative committee had shelved a controversial bill aimed at protecting businesses that refuse to serve same-sex couples — does very little. In terms of… Continue reading →

LSU president, chancellor F. King Alexander: Thursday a big day in legislature; tensions are high, 'threat to higher education is still very real'

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  LSU President and Chancellor Dr. F. King Alexander answers a question at a public forum hosted by Geaux Vote LSU on the past and present cuts on Louisianaƕs colleges and universities in the Manship School of Mass Communications building Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  Other panelists were University of Louisiana System President Dr. Sandra Woodley and Jan Moller with the Louisiana Budget Project.

With only three weeks left in this important 2015 Legislative Session, tensions are high and the threat to higher education is still very real. On Thursday, House Bill 1 is scheduled to be heard by the full House of Representatives, and it holds the key to higher education’s success … or failure. Our legislators have so… Continue reading →

James Gill: Why U.S. Sen. David Vitter's colleagues dislike him 'more than ever'

Senator David Vitter (The Advocate)

His fellow U.S. senators dislike David Vitter more than ever as he continues to denounce them for giving themselves benefits denied to regular citizens. Vitter evidently doesn’t mind being unpopular on Capitol Hill, as, indeed, he was in the corridors of the State Capitol at the start of his political career. He presumably… Continue reading →

Letter: Awareness, vigilance can help to prevent tragedies

The staggering killing of a father and son in the comfort of their Metairie home is a call to action for all of us. We know that the police cannot be everywhere all the time. As citizens, we must do our part to help the police in their difficult job of protecting our lives and property. We can… Continue reading →

Raising tobacco tax saves lives, helps budget

We are Louisiana. We do not want to be Mississippi. And, right now our Louisiana legislature is trying to do just that. With only a 32-cent increase in the tobacco tax that puts us at a 68-cent tobacco tax equal to our neighbors. That 68-cent tobacco tax has showed that it is not enough of a deterrent to… Continue reading →

Letter: Abortion incompatible with peace

Recently, more than 600 people from across New Orleans packed into St. Stephen’s Church for one purpose: to stand for peace, not more abortion, in New Orleans. Two years ago, we held a similar gathering on Claiborne Avenue. At that time, we knew Planned Parenthood intended to sell abortions at the facility it is attempting to… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace quick take: With executive order, Bobby Jindal 'did just what he often criticizes President Barack Obama for doing'

FILE - In this May 9, 2015, file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Freedom Summit in Greenville, S.C. Jindal has formed an exploratory committee to consider running for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrh

A few quick thoughts on the House Civil Law committee’s decision to shelve a controversial “religious liberty” bill aimed at allowing businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples without government penalty, and on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s subsequent executive order to accomplish the same goal: 1) Tuesday morning’s hearing was something of… Continue reading →

Our Views: Don’t skip prison reforms

For the first time in years, Louisiana’s prison population decreased last year. A drop of about 3,000 state inmates since 2012 has been one of the few bright spots in budget deliberations at the State Capitol, because feeding and housing prisoners is costly. The state projects an inmate population of 38,000 in the fiscal year… Continue reading →

Lanny Keller: How Bobby Jindal can become president

In his hometown, there remain the true believers, those who have followed Bobby Jindal from the near-miss of the 2003 governor’s race to the Governor’s Mansion in 2008 and what many consider his foolish pursuit of the presidency in 2016. Of course, now we’re down to those who are stickin’, as James Carville… Continue reading →

Letter: Abortion bill a veiled attack on women

Louisiana lawmakers are venturing into increasingly absurd territory when it comes to abortion. Last week, members of the Louisiana House advanced dangerous legislation that chips away at women’s access to health care — apparently based on a fear of “sex selective abortions” among Asian Americans. House Bill 701 is a “sex-selective abortion ban” that penalizes doctors for providing… Continue reading →