Commentary: A closer walk with Pete

Pete Fountain, who died Aug. 6 at 86, wasn't just a New Orleans musician. He was one of the city's greatest cultural ambassadors of the 20th century, in a league with Louis Armstrong and Paul Prudhomme.

Commentary: It’s no joke

By virtually any yardstick, Louisiana women are second-class citizens
Our cover stories this week complete a multi-part series that brings into sharp focus the precarious status of women in Louisiana. By any yardstick — financial, legal, medical or other quality of life indicators — Louisiana women are treated as second-class citizens.

Commentary: In America, unity rises

"The hopes and dreams that unite us are greater than the fears that drive us apart." Anyone watching the Republican National Convention two weeks ago could easily get the impression that America is coming apart at the seams, particularly if one happened to catch Donald Trump's acceptance speech on July 21.

Commentary: Pay attention to local races

While the presidential race and Louisiana's contest for the U.S. Senate will dominate local political news cycles between now and Nov. 8, there are plenty of other important elections on the ballot — in fact, there are hundreds of them spread among the state's 64 parishes. All six congressional seats in Louisiana are contested, and two of them are "open" because the incumbents in those districts are running for the Senate seat that will be vacated by two-term U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Metairie, early next year.

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.


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