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New Orleans’ jail made him sick. Angola’s medical treatment killed him. 

By: - August 12, 2021

Editor’s note: This commentary contains a graphic description of a person’s suffering and death. By Lois Ratcliff as told to Jamiles Lartey I spent 40 years working in healthcare, mostly as a certified nursing assistant, taking care of elderly and infirmed patients. I watched many people that I had spent years caring for as their health […]


Republicans are just fine with cancel culture when it comes to their own Trump critics | John A. Tures

By: - May 17, 2021

By John A. Tures Earlier this year, the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) held a conference titled “American Uncanceled.” Organizers attempted to showcase how their political opponents are the intolerant, and that conservatives were the true defenders of the ability to speak their minds.  But what would happen when House Republicans would vote on a […]


Going the way of the Whigs: Zachary Taylor and the current political crisis

By: - January 25, 2021

by Keith Edgerton for the Daily Montanan Lost in the avalanche of images that has bombarded us since this month’s Capitol insurrection, was one of a small, blood-smeared, white marble bust of our 12th president, Zachary Taylor.  Perhaps like many Americans you slept through history class when the course breezed through that brief sixteen-month period when […]


Let’s not get fooled again: Fight the lies by learning to recognize the truth

By: - January 12, 2021

by Kathie Obradovich, Iowa Capital Dispatch January 11, 2021 We have a crisis of credulity in this country. We’ve become a nation of dupes. The inability of far too many Americans to separate fact from fantasy, and the people who are eager to take advantage of that failure, are the root of the rot in […]


We’ve got to talk to our children about Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol

By: - January 8, 2021

By Victor Jones My 6-year-old daughter had trouble sleeping Wednesday night, and was unable to say why. Just like me, my daughter is highly sensitive and intuitive to the energies surrounding us. We both can innately tell when something is off.  On Thursday, she gave voice to her intuition. “Daddy, something is wrong,” she said. […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

Monument to segregationist E.D. White should be removed, not placed next to Chief Justice Bernette Johnson’s museum

By: - January 5, 2021

Guest column by Okyeame Haley On Saturday, Jan 2., in true pandemic fashion, admirers of Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson drove around the Louisiana Supreme Court building in New Orleans’ French Quarter to  honor her  retirement as the first African-American woman on the Louisiana Supreme Court and the first African-American chief justice.  I was happy […]


There are good reasons Black people don’t trust health institutions, but I still got the COVID-19 vaccine

By: - December 21, 2020

By Maurice Sholas, M.D., Ph.D.   “To make people trust, you need to become trustworthy….  I think if…communities were engaged in conversation… people would know:  ‘You are hearing me, you are respecting my right to ask questions and get a legitimate answer. So now let me make up my own mind’…. If we approach it […]

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What is a modRNA vaccine and is it safe?

By: - December 17, 2020

by Trish Zornio, Colorado Newsline December 16, 2020 The first COVID-19 vaccine is now authorized for emergency distribution, yet only 58% of Americans are willing to take it. It’s like racing to build Apollo 11, but Neil Armstrong refuses to get on board. Who doesn’t want to go to space? This is where the scientist […]

When can children get the COVID-19 vaccine? 5 questions parents are asking

By: - December 9, 2020

Wesley Kufel, Binghamton University, State University of New York The first U.S. COVID-19 vaccines are expected in clinics in mid-December, and states are drawing up plans for who should get vaccinated first. But one important group is absent: children. While two vaccines are expected to be cleared soon for adult use in the U.S., testing […]


Northeast Louisiana was suffering before the pandemic and is in more dire straits now

By: - December 3, 2020

By Jan Moller and Kristen Lewis Louisiana has had a year unlike any other. The Covid-19 virus has killed more than 6,500 Louisianians, sickened hundreds of thousands more and left people jobless and without the basic resources they need to stay afloat. But while the entire state is facing hardship, parishes in northeast Louisiana that […]


The complicated legacy of the Pilgrims is finally coming to light 400 years after they landed in Plymouth

By: - November 26, 2020

Peter C. Mancall, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences The 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ voyage to Plymouth will be celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic with a “remembrance ceremony” with state and local officials and a museum exhibit in Plymouth, England. An autonomous marine research ship named “The Mayflower” has been […]


Guest Column: LSU has good sexual misconduct policies. It needs to follow them.

By: - November 20, 2020

Caroline Schroeder participated anonymously in a USA Today investigation into how sexual misconduct complaints are handled at LSU. While in school, Schroeder reported another student for sexual misconduct to LSU’s Title IX office. She wrote this column based on her experience with that process.    After the publication of USA Today‘s article detailing LSU administrators’ […]