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New Orleans Attorney Profiles 2015
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Our Views: Ash Wednesdayreminds usof our limits

To get a “black mark,” we understand from the common lexicon, isn’t a good thing — except on Ash Wednesday, when many Christians observe the beginning of Lent with a smudge of ash on their foreheads as a reminder of their mortality. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” as the Ash Wednesday admonition… Continue reading →

Letters: In defense of Shaq’s Saban comment

In a recent staff report, Shaquille O’Neal, a Louisiana native and ardent LSU football fan, expressed his desire to have Alabama coach Nick Saban back in Baton Rouge. Although an open declaration of admiration for the man who is the very antipathy of Tiger fans across the state may seem borderline blasphemous, I admit that I stand in… Continue reading →

Letters: An early focus on dyslexia diagnosis, treatment

I am writing in response to the editorial on Friday regarding expanding readers in Louisiana. This issue is important because reading is part of the foundation to reaching one’s full potential in life. We know from Louisiana’s NAEP (nation’s report card) scores in reading in the fourth and eighth grade that too many of our children are reading… Continue reading →

Letters: A lame idea from a lame-duck leader

Merriam-Webster defines “lame duck” as “one that falls behind in ability or achievement.” This came to mind after President Barack Obama’s recent proposal was met with a thud on the doorsteps of Congress. His desire to impose a $10 fee on oil and gas companies for every barrel of oil produced would be laughable if the… Continue reading →

Our Views: Forget New Hampshire; it’s Mardi Gras

While the rest of America has its eyes on the New Hampshire primary, something much more thrilling is happening here in Louisiana. It’s Mardi Gras! Louisiana famously goes its own way in many things. So while everyone else votes on Tuesday and parties on Saturday, we’re partying on Tuesday and we’ll vote… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: From Confederate monuments to police response times, New Orleans gave Carnival krewes plenty to mock this year

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- The Knights of Chaos parade uptown with 225 members including the captain and his lieutenants of horseback along with 16 floats to the theme "Chaos Theory"  in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.  The club members tossed float-specific and lighted throws.

Some news stories practically exist to be lampooned. So as this election-year Carnival season approached, the burning question was whether any target of ridicule could possibly trump Trump. Amazingly enough, the answer was yes. So give it up, ladies and gentlemen, for Gen. Robert E. Lee and his long-dead Confederate compadres, who made the job of… Continue reading →

Letters: End the narrow vision with a new governor

The Advocate series on higher education is certainly timely, and its articles thus far have been somewhat informative and revealing, but the one published on Jan. 25 has elements of a disingenuous, overly limited analysis. Even errant people can do good things, and Bobby Jindal’s keeping TOPS scholarships available to the middle class is certainly… Continue reading →

Letters: No audience until there’s diversity

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, Jada Pinkett Smith arrives at the world premiere of "Focus" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. Pinkett Smith says the backlash to the all-white acting nominees for the Academy Awards isnt really about the Oscars. Pinkett Smith on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, said she wouldnt attend or watch the Feb. 28 ceremony in a video that helped prompt calls for a boycott of the Academy Awards.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

“Creed.” “Straight Outta Compton.” “Concussion.” Where are these movies, movies with racially mixed casts and superb acting? For the second year in a row, the Academy has bungled it again, leaving minorities laughably underrepresented at the Oscars. It’s not like there were limited options for great movies (such as the ones I named above).… Continue reading →

Letters: Columns filled with talking points, not facts

Recently, The Advocate has printed a number of letters identifying fallacies and falsehoods in columns written by Jeff Shadow, a professor and Advocate columnist. As a retired professor myself, who also provided local media with commentary (in Indiana), I am critical of both The Advocate and Professor Sadow. While he certainly has the right to have… Continue reading →

Letters: Like Michigan, Louisiana could also have a water crisis

The water quality disaster in Flint, Michigan, is deplorable. Many Louisiana residents, however, are unaware of the shameful situation in our own backyard in St. Joseph, in Tensas Parish. Tensas is the poorest parish in the state. Nearly 40 percent of the population is below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate is likewise staggering.… Continue reading →

Letters: Don't blame Common Core for past failures of education

As a one-liner in a sitcom, the statement, “When you have two teachers and a dad who has four college degrees all struggling to help out with elementary school homework, something is wrong” would be followed by explosive canned laughter. On the front page of The Advocate in an article about Common Core, it is testimony to the… Continue reading →

Our Views: This political shot was real

If you thought last year’s gubernatorial race between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter was nasty, or if you think the presidential campaign has reached new lows in political animosity, then John Sedgwick is here to offer some perspective. Sedgwick has authored a new book, “War of Two,” that recounts how a couple… Continue reading →

Our Views: Edwards ends Jindal’s courtroom politicking

Win or lose, and former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s favored lawyers lost a lot, it was never good government for the late administration to gin up lawsuits over policy issues. Maybe it was good for news releases, given that Jindal was playing to national political audiences, but it’s not good business for the state,… Continue reading →

James Gill: With same old problems persisting, is federal receivership the answer for Orleans Parish prison?

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Sheriff Marlin Gusman checks his watch for the start of press conference before the first Orleans Parish Prison buses transport prisoners to the new $150 million parish prison built in part with FEMA money in New Orleans, La. Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

An army of public officials and attorneys has been beavering away under court supervision for four years without making any discernible progress. If taxpayers knew how much it is costing them, there’d be riots in the streets of New Orleans. At issue is the consent decree under which Sheriff Marlin Gusman was supposed to alleviate hellish… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Enjoying presidential free-for-all? It'll soon end, but you'll always have Louisiana

Now that the voting has started, the presidential field is finally starting to winnow itself. Since Monday’s Iowa caucuses, one Democrat and three Republicans have suspended their campaigns, and more could follow after next week’s New Hampshire primary. Meanwhile, Louisiana’s U.S. Senate primary, on the ballot for the same day the nation elects its next president, is… Continue reading →

Political Horizons: Local bailouts lead to state deficits

Regardless of whatever his day job happened to be at any given time, Jay Dardenne always had an entertaining sideline, giving talks to various groups about Louisiana history. So it wasn’t surprising to hear him, now the Edwards administration’s chief budget architect, sprinkle Huey Long in an otherwise depressing lecture about the need to renovate… Continue reading →

Letters: Marathon runner’s disqualification is justified

Mandy West was rightfully disqualified from the Louisiana Marathon. She had no right to break the rules just because she was “trying to qualify for the Olympic trials.” It is similar to a situation of bringing notes into the SAT or ACT. Just because you are trying to get into a good school doesn’t change the… Continue reading →

Letters: Former warden is a hero to ministry group

Burl Cain is my hero! He came to Chicago in October 2003 with a request: “Come talk to the men of Angola State Penitentiary. They have a question for you and for Awana.” So, my wife and I went to Angola. A large inmate stood up in a room filled with other men. He addressed… Continue reading →

Letters: Expansion should occur after fixing oil damages

On January 20, 2015, Taylor Energy Co., the company responsible for a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico held a public meeting to disclose details of the chronic spill. Taylor Energy was required to host this public, day-long hearing as a result of a court settlement with environmental groups. The leak began in 2004, when… Continue reading →

Our Views: Expanding circle of readers key to La.

Perhaps it’s not news when a textbook company comes out in favor of reading, as a major educational publisher recently did in a new campaign called Right2Read. Even so, it was striking to pick up the latest copy of Education Week, a national journal for educators, and see the words “Reading… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Making nice not getting Gov. John Bel Edwards very far ... yet

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Governor John Bel Edwards speaks during a forum hosted by Louisiana Association of Educators -- teachers and other public school employees sounding off on their education needs.

Gov. John Bel Edwards had clearly hoped that things would go differently. That the state’s politicians would give one another’s ideas a fair, open-minded hearing. That the Republican-dominated Legislature and Democratic administration — both of which can fairly claim popular support — would cling to Louisiana’s historically nonpartisan ways, rather than fall into a Washington-style war. That somehow,… Continue reading →

Letters: Stronger background checks not the issue in gun control

The cold hard fact is that background checks already work. The problem is not that the guns fall into the wrong hands legally; the problem is guns fall into the wrong hands illegally. To propose that “stronger” background checks would make this fact any different would be misinformed at best, perverse at worst. The… Continue reading →

Letters: Recreational anglers need fair representation

The headline of a Jan. 20 guest column in The Advocate asks “Why shouldn’t recreational anglers have a say in red snapper quotas?” The column’s writer, fishing guide Bryan Carter, makes the case that the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council should convene a panel of recreational fishermen to ensure their voice is heard in the contentious and… Continue reading →

James Gill: Who runs these streets? Sidney Torres does -- so don't mess with him

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Sidney Torres arrives at City Hall for a meeting Friday, January 16, 2015.

New Orleans needs more people like Sidney Torres IV. When he has a beef, he takes out a full-page newspaper ad. Other citizens should be encouraged to conduct their public debates in such a civilized fashion. If Torres does not wish for more people like him, it can only be because he does not think the… Continue reading →

Letters: State’s needs matter more than party rivalry

Dr. Jeff Sadow has become a reliably wrong commentator for The Advocate, and his Jan. 17 column on Medicaid expansion is no exception. Leaving aside the benefits of having a healthier workforce with more access to health insurance and care, Sadow ignores three key fiscal impacts: billions of federal dollars coming to Louisiana, millions saved by hospitals from… Continue reading →