Commentary: A tale of two protests

Kudos both to NOPD and the protesters for keeping it real — and respectful. Last week's protests in New Orleans and Baton Rouge over the death of Alton Sterling, the man who was shot to death by Baton Rouge cops, were a study in contrasts.

Commentary: Stop feds from reading your email

Most people probably believe that when they "trash" an email, that's the end of it. They're wrong.

Commentary: Both sides now

At the end of the day, lawmakers did little more than kick the can down the road yet again. Now that Louisiana lawmakers have adjourned for the year, it's a good time to take stock of where we are and where we need to go from here.

Commentary: Gusman’s break from reality

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman continues to live in an alternate reality when it comes to facing facts about his failure to properly run the city's jail. After being in denial for months, if not years, Gusman last week maintained that he was still in control of the troubled facility, even though a federal judge stated in open court that Gusman is "relinquishing operational control and final authority for jail operations."

Commentary: On Orlando, and the Upstairs Lounge

America's deadliest mass shooting. The worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

Commentary: “Gang of No” fiddles while Louisiana burns

Like Nero fiddling while Rome burned, the leadership of the Louisiana House of Representatives has played childish political games as the state descends further into fiscal chaos. Evidence of this is overwhelming.

Commentary: Get a game plan

A slow-moving tropical storm or major rain can be as catastrophic as a fast-moving hurricane
Hurricane season officially began June 1, but tropical storms don't pay attention to the calendar. Hurricane Alex formed in January of this year — an extremely rare occurrence — and Tropical Storm Bonnie brought a lot of rain to the Carolinas for Memorial Day weekend.

Commentary: A month of bad insults

May was a bad month for the men of the Louisiana legislature — but it was a worse month for Louisiana women. That has to change.
A number of Louisiana state representatives embarrassed themselves and their constituents when state Rep. Kenneth Havard, R-Jackson, introduced a "joke" amendment to Senate Bill 468 by Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Lake Charles, two weeks ago. Johns' bill, which since has become law, raises the age to perform in strip clubs from 18 to 21.

Commentary: “not getting much worse”

The most recent news from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) touts a reduction in crime, which is bound to puzzle crime-weary citizens. "MURDER DOWN MORE THAN 30 PERCENT IN FIRST QUARTER OF 2016" was the headline on an NOPD press release.

Commentary: 'Yet another shell game'

The only thing worse than bad news is news that offers false hope. That's what the state House Appropriations Committee offered Louisiana citizens last week.

Commentary: “Reefer madness” in Baton Rouge

Medical marijuana legislation is a benign and necessary step for getting people the medicine they need
Medical marijuana won't become legally available in Louisiana for years, even though the state has legalized it in some form since 1991. That should reassure the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association and the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, both  of which oppose even medical uses for cannabis.

Commentary: Short-term rentals, big-time problems

The city lists exactly 214 legal short-term rentals in New Orleans. Inside Airbnb found 3,621 active short-term rentals in the city as of last week.

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