Opinion

Andru Volinsky: Calling me a ‘religious bigot’ crosses the line

Andru Volinsky: Calling me a ‘religious bigot’ crosses the line

My votes and comments as an executive councilor representing District Two are motivated by what I think is right and best for my state, nothing more and nothing less. While there...
Editorial: HB 324 isn’t the answer to utility taxation problems

Editorial: HB 324 isn’t the answer to utility taxation problems

A seemingly innocuous bill backed by the state’s Business and Industry Association, House Bill 324, could have a big impact on local taxpayers. It should not become law until much...
Congressional Roll Call: Oct. 20, 2017

Congressional Roll Call: Oct. 20, 2017

Here’s a look at how members of Congress voted over the previous week. The House was not in session this week. SenateVatican Ambassador: The Senate has confirmed the nomination of...
James Gill: Orleans DA Leon Cannizzaro should seek forgiveness, not vindication, for fake subpoenas

James Gill: Orleans DA Leon Cannizzaro should seek forgiveness, not vindication, for fake subpoenas

Having implicitly admitted that he was breaking the law, by making a somewhat halfhearted attempt to clean up his act, New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro says he expects...
Our Views: With a 'wheelbarrow full of needs,' Louisiana is falling behind on roads, bridges improvements

Our Views: With a 'wheelbarrow full of needs,' Louisiana is falling behind on roads, bridges improvements

A ritual of spring and summer is a series of meetings held in regions of the state, looking at the pressing needs for new highways and bridges, and repair of...
Dan Fagan: Landrieu's stubborn defiance on sanctuary cities could cost New Orleans needed aid

Dan Fagan: Landrieu's stubborn defiance on sanctuary cities could cost New Orleans needed aid

Anyone in danger of physical harm, whether they be immigrant or not, should be given sanctuary if at all possible. It's the American way. Any city with the means available...
COMMENTARY: Mandalay Bay security guard being kept out of the spotlight

COMMENTARY: Mandalay Bay security guard being kept out of the spotlight

Anyone with a brain can figure out this is all about the timeline. Billions of dollars in lawsuits and legal liability are on the line....
Addressing fake news issue requires a change in attitudes

Addressing fake news issue requires a change in attitudes

People tend to shore up their sense of “self” with media that align with and validate their personal beliefs, regardless of their basis in fact or fiction....
EDITORIAL: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new unit designed to monitor forfeiture abuses doesn’t go far enough

EDITORIAL: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ new unit designed to monitor forfeiture abuses doesn’t go far enough

Several states have in recent years have implemented safeguards to make it less likely that innocent owners lose their property through forfeiture. Congress must do the same....
EDITORIAL: Planning Commissioner Christina Roush opposes development due to school overcrowding concerns

EDITORIAL: Planning Commissioner Christina Roush opposes development due to school overcrowding concerns

While Ms. Roush’s concerns are understandable, her vow to reflexively oppose all such projects from here on out is misguided....
Murphy's experience, ideas make him the best choice to be NJ's next governor

Murphy's experience, ideas make him the best choice to be NJ's next governor

Committed to being a full-time governor, Democrat Phil Murphy, 59, of Middletown, says he would make the state a leader once again in environmental protection and economic growth....
Finley: Miners school Ann Arbor elites

Finley: Miners school Ann Arbor elites

Appalachian workers toil without scholarships or research grants, but don’t take that as an indictment of America...
Column: Michigan’s middle class deserves tax reform

Column: Michigan’s middle class deserves tax reform

The Republican tax proposal will further the growing levels of inequality in our nation, Dem Congress members say...
Column: How to fight Lake Erie algae blooms

Column: How to fight Lake Erie algae blooms

The problem developed over decades, and bringing the blooms to an end will take time, the author writes...
Giving up GPA rankings, schools create a path to mediocrity

Giving up GPA rankings, schools create a path to mediocrity

Free Press readers sound off on schools dropping GPA rankings, auto insurance, NFL protests and more....
Montini: ‘News’ from a painter, poet, warrior ... icon

Montini: ‘News’ from a painter, poet, warrior ... icon

EJ Montini: T.C. Cannon died nearly 40 years ago. He has things to tell you. Now....
When making people uncomfortable is the point

When making people uncomfortable is the point

It “makes some people uncomfortable.”...
Jeff Sadow: Protect free speech on Louisiana campuses

Jeff Sadow: Protect free speech on Louisiana campuses

A Louisiana university’s attempt to suffocate free speech proved Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wrong. The state does need legislation to help protect free speech on Louisiana...
Stephanie Grace: Political endorsements only get you so far

Stephanie Grace: Political endorsements only get you so far

It's way too soon to say whether John Fortunato, the longtime Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman and retired colonel, will become the parish's next elected sheriff....
Our Views: No matter what team you cheer for, the season's been rough, but it comes with a lesson

Our Views: No matter what team you cheer for, the season's been rough, but it comes with a lesson

For football fans in south Louisiana, whether they follow LSU or Southern, the Saints or Tulane, the season so far has been one of high hopes sometimes tempered by disappointment....
Congratulating The Denver Post on 125 years in print (4 letters)

Congratulating The Denver Post on 125 years in print (4 letters)

Congratulations to The Denver Post on its 125th anniversary in print. There is something more personal in reading newspapers than from some type of device....
Do-nothing legislative leaders threaten to make Alaska no more than a colony

Do-nothing legislative leaders threaten to make Alaska no more than a colony

Bloated budget? If you can't show us what to cut, then all you've got is political propaganda. And that won't take Alaska to prosperity, health and safety....
#Metoo: Meme is a sorry way for some women to get needed sympathy

#Metoo: Meme is a sorry way for some women to get needed sympathy

This hashtag business is stupid. I know I’m not supposed to criticize the #metoo because it’s a 21st-century way for people who don’t even know each other but have suffered similar...
Saying “me too’ isn't enough. Women have to stop excusing men

Saying “me too’ isn't enough. Women have to stop excusing men

I was celebrating my 50th birthday with childhood friends at a long table in a Colorado restaurant when I heard her say it: “Did you see the shorts? Half her ass was hanging out....
Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween prank can scar kids with its casual cruelty

Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween prank can scar kids with its casual cruelty

Every Halloween for the past six years, ABC’s late-night talk show host has encouraged viewers to tell their children, on the morning after the holiday, that they have eaten the...
My Turn: The folly of replacing Rundlett

My Turn: The folly of replacing Rundlett

I read the article concerning the proposed plans for Rundlett Middle School (Monitor front page, Sept. 28). Any news from the deeply flawed autonomous Concord School Board is...
My Turn: What politicians’ votes say about their values

My Turn: What politicians’ votes say about their values

In politics, there are some things that everyone is for – like good schools, low taxes for the middle class and good public services.When politicians vote, we see where their...
Editorial: A simple pitch to Amazon

Editorial: A simple pitch to Amazon

Cities and states throughout the nation are pulling out all the stops to convince Amazon that they offer the best spot for HQ2 – the corporate behemoth’s second headquarters. Some...
Guest column: Despite shortage of manpower, here's how the NOPD is making progress in crime fighting

Guest column: Despite shortage of manpower, here's how the NOPD is making progress in crime fighting

The tragic death of New Orleans police officer Marcus McNeil once again demonstrates the incredible bravery and courage which our officers put forth every day defending our...
Letters: Way too many standardized tests in schools

Letters: Way too many standardized tests in schools

The amount of standardized assessment testing that’s going on in our public schools is getting out of hand....
Letters: Marketplace doesn't guarantee free speech

Letters: Marketplace doesn't guarantee free speech

While I admire the sentiments expressed by student Katie Hennessy in her recent letter, "NFL players have right to protest," it exemplifies and highlights the general ignorance,...
Edward Pratt: What drives me nuts the most as I get older? People who litter

Edward Pratt: What drives me nuts the most as I get older? People who litter

Some folks say that a telltale sign that you are getting old, uh, or more mature, is that you begin to get irritated by more and more things that used...
Letters: We must hold President Trump accountable in declaring the opioid crisis an emergency

Letters: We must hold President Trump accountable in declaring the opioid crisis an emergency

My only child, Halley Borenstein, died of a heroin overdose in January after a period of hard-sought and inspiring sobriety and recovery....
Stephanie Grace: These factors give LaToya Cantrell momentum in New Orleans mayoral runoff

Stephanie Grace: These factors give LaToya Cantrell momentum in New Orleans mayoral runoff

In handicapping New Orleans' upcoming mayoral runoff, let's start with the obvious: 39 percent is a lot closer than 30 percent to the magic number of 50 percent-plus-one. So City...
Letters: Remember law, stop for school buses

Letters: Remember law, stop for school buses

It’s National School Bus Week. The annual campaign by the National Association of Pupil Transportation aims to raise awareness about the importance of school bus safety. This year,...
Grace Notes: New Orleans set for 'new' City Council, although it may feel a bit like déjà vu

Grace Notes: New Orleans set for 'new' City Council, although it may feel a bit like déjà vu

With all the talk of New Orleans electing a new mayor, a related story has flown somewhat under radar: The city is also getting a new city council....
Minorities, police shootings and false narratives

Minorities, police shootings and false narratives

At some point we must learn life is a “do it to yourself project” and that many of the narratives and clichés — some found in the Bible — such as “you will reap w…...
Improving graduation rates in Clark County School District aren’t what they seem

Improving graduation rates in Clark County School District aren’t what they seem

Quite frankly, a student really has to be lazy not to pass classes and gain credits....
COMMENTARY: The left doesn’t have a monopoly on boorish behavior

COMMENTARY: The left doesn’t have a monopoly on boorish behavior

Those afraid to let others air opposing views betray a stunning lack of confidence in their own ideas....