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Stephanie Grace: Bobby Jindal takes it too far with harsh 'sermon' over Umpqua shootings

Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at the Defending the American Dream summit hosted by Americans for Prosperity at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Aug. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Are there some lines that a presidential candidate, even one unlucky enough to run in an era when outrageousness reaps only reward, simply can’t cross? Let’s hope so. And let’s hope that Gov. Bobby Jindal, a candidate so blinded by his quest for attention, has finally stumbled across it. Jindal, who long ago abandoned… Continue reading →

Letters: Stick to the facts in front-page reporting

On Sept. 17, the large headline on page 1A above the fold read “Policy issues stump Trump.” The news that was reported in this article was the second Republican presidential debate. Whether or not anyone was “stumped” or not is a matter of opinion. There is a place for opinion in your newspaper. It is well-written and is… Continue reading →

Letters: Kentucky clerk violates laws

There has been a lot of chit-chat about this county clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects everyone’s (including gay folks’) right to marry. Her opposition is supposedly based upon her religious convictions. This, in spite of the fact… Continue reading →

Letters: Teachers, politicians need education

Holy classroom, Batman! What is the real problem with our educational system? A brilliant child is handcuffed because he wanted to show the clock he made and a 7-year-old booted for his mohawk haircut! And the Democrats’ best friend, Sarah Palin, on the wrong side again! How are we supposed to improve the educational process… Continue reading →

Letters: Displacing controversy doesn’t eliminate it

Regarding the controversy over Confederate monuments, I think renaming streets named for, and/or removing Confederate monuments is an attempt to change history. I thought the idea was to move forward in a different way. To me, it’s like bringing a cancer victim back to life without destroying the cancer. What is the point? Emile… Continue reading →

Our Views: French Quarter tax vital to protecting entire city

Amid heightened public concern about crime throughout the city of New Orleans, every positive step toward enforcement deserves the support of the public. That is why we encourage voters in the French Quarter to back a city-proposed sales tax for increased police protection. The 0.2495 percent sales tax would raise about $2… Continue reading →

Letters: It is time to start thinking beyond widening Interstate 10 and look to adding a commuter rail in the Baton Rouge-New Orleans corridor

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Looking from the Perkins Road Overpass, up Perkins Road where traffic flows across on the I-10 overpass. The state is toying with idea of widening I-10 from bridge to I-10/12 split.

Regarding “Widening Interstate 10 just part of process, officials say”: Commuter rail in Louisiana is a foreign concept. Like anything that is unfamiliar, not only do we Louisianians have a difficult time understanding the value of commuter rail, we also hesitate promoting the idea because we fear the unknown. What is known, however, is the… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: So far U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s gubernatorial campaign has been sadly lacking in substance

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Sen. David Vitter, R-La., talks before the gubernatorial candidates debate at WDSU in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

The frenetic end to this year’s governor’s race has gotten me pining, strangely enough, for its beginning. Months before the airwaves filled to the brim with nasty attack ads, the four major candidates spoke to an industry gathering of engineers and contractors about how Louisiana government works and doesn’t. Here was my take at the… Continue reading →

Our Views: Nothing 'heartless' about pairing work with food stamps

Formally called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, food stamps are a huge success in this country, where malnutrition amid wealth was commonplace little more than a generation ago. But what is the rationale for food stamps for a healthy working-age adult without children? We don’t know that there is one, although the U.S.… Continue reading →

Letters: A yes vote on two Louisiana constitutional amendments on the Oct. 24 ballot can improve transportation

Do we need transportation issues solved with common sense and money we already have? I say yes. You asked your Legislature for innovative transportation financing solutions to make improvements without impacting your bottom line. You also asked that we re-establish your trust and spend transportation dollars only on transportation infrastructure. We… Continue reading →

Letters: It’s crucial that Louisiana candidates, citizens invest in the future of the state’s children

Your editorial “The Future in Children” (Sept. 30) directs our attention to the right place as we consider candidates for elective office — our children’s future. The Louisiana Platform for Children, recently released by the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families, shows that almost 70 percent of births in our state are paid by Medicaid, one-third… Continue reading →

Political consultant James Carville: WDSU gubernatorial debate can only be described as 'disgraceful'

James Carville

The first time I ever watched TV as a young boy, it was WDSU. I was sitting in my grandmother’s house, watching a snowy picture on a small round screen. The first time I appeared on national television, I was sitting in WDSU’s historic studio on Royal Street in the French Quarter, as the signal beamed from New… Continue reading →

Letters: Sept. 14 is an important day in Louisiana history

Sept. 14, 1874, was an important day in Louisiana history. On this day, 5,000 disgruntled members of the Crescent League, a paramilitary organization of the Democratic Party that was unhappy with Reconstruction, charged New Orleans. Their intent was to overthrow Gov. William Pitt Kellogg and Lt. Gov. C.C. Antoine from the state capital (during the Reconstruction… Continue reading →

Letters: Louisiana can have clean air and a growing economy by supporting the Clean Power Plan

On Sept. 9, Philip Joffrion, from the group Americans for Prosperity, wrote a commentary published in The Advocate that claimed new clean air safeguards from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were going to result in “higher utility bills for years to come.” Mr. Joffrion cites dubious statistics implying that electric bills are going to go up,… Continue reading →

Stephanie Grace: Louisiana voters strong, negative feelings about Bobby Jindal could be a factor in the upcoming Louisiana governor’s race

Republican presidential candidate Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal  speaks during the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, in Washington. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Looking for one statistic to explain how this year’s governor’s race is shaping up? The new Advocate/WWL-TV poll, rolled out all last week, offers a choice of them, from primary and runoff matchups to favorability ratings to questions on whether voters care if a candidate once voted to raise taxes (not so much) or has been… Continue reading →

Our Views: Related to roads, transportation on Oct. 24 ballot: We say ‘no’ to Amendment 1 and ‘yes’ to Amendment 2

s the outgoing chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, Robert Adley understands how Moses felt when Pharoah told the Israelites to make bricks without straw. Building new roads without new taxes is just about as impossible. And hostility to raising taxes resulted in little progress on infrastructure in the 2015 Legislature. Adley, R-Benton,… Continue reading →