• 911 is for emergencies only

    Our local firefighters battle a combination of hardships that make saving lives even more difficult than it needs to be. Obviously, each fire department has a limited number of volunteer or professional firefighters.

  • Observe Memorial Day

    This is more than the third day of a three-day weekend. This is more than a day when families and friends draw together for cookouts. This is more than the opening weekend of many public pools.

  • Patchwork financing doesn’t work

    Once again, it appears, Louisiana has solved its budget crisis for the year by putting it off.

  • Cheers and Jeers: May 24, 2015

    Cheers -- In the open
    Cheers -- Getting to work
    Cheers -- Sensible questions

  • Troubling signs in the Gulf

    BP is fond of telling Gulf Coast residents how the Gulf of Mexico has largely recovered from its 2010 oil spill. But we keep getting evidence to the contrary.

  • Preparing tomorrow's workforce today

    The oil and gas industry is on the verge of what could be a troublesome change. Baby boomers account for about 50 percent of the current workforce. And those people are nearing retirement age.

  • Wishing the best for our shrimpers

    Our shrimpers have had more than their share of trials and tribulations. Through a convergence of forces, they have faced hardships aplenty. Low shrimp prices have combined with high fuel costs to make the bottom line tougher.

Letters to the editor

  • Troops needed in Afghanistan

    The Obama administration finally listened to our military leaders, and they are now planning on leaving 9800 troops in Afghanistan through 2016 and probably beyond. Originally they were going to draw down to 5500 troops.

  • Tax would help Louisiana

    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, it will put us at a 68-cent tobacco tax, equal to our neighbors. That 68-cent...

  • Courtroom needs a full jury box

    Each year millions of Americans get a sinking feeling when they receive a summons for jury duty.

  • Columnist got it wrong

    It's hard to tell if Editorial Page Editor Michael Gorman is only anti-Jindal or anti-Christian in general. After all, he recently called the Christian organization American Family Association "a really nice name for a really nasty bunch of people."

  • Egg industry uses cruelty

    Remember that salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,900 people in 2010?

  • Animals have to suffer

    I find the article in your May 1 edition concerning the eviction of My Heart's Desire animal rescue group to be very sad news.

  • Women deserve equal pay

    On Mother's Day and throughout the year, mothers in Louisiana deserve better treatment than they are getting.