Sheriffs oppose marijuana legalization because sheriffs profit from marijuana’s prohibition | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 21, 2021

During that embarrassingly brief moment when Louisiana moved from the world’s most prolific incarcerator to the world’s second most prolific incarcerator, the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association went running to the Legislature for more money. While the general public likely interpreted fewer people locked up as a good thing, the sheriffs saw it as a problem that […]


In Louisiana, you’ve got your water bill and your drinking-water bill | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 14, 2021

Do you remember the start of the pandemic when people rushed grocery stores and bought as much water as they could? And how those stores had to impose limits on how much individuals could purchase, lest they leave none on the shelves? Grocers in Tallulah imposed such limits — 3 gallons of water per shopper […]


Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 7, 2021

Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]


Ray Garofalo won’t get to pass his shaky grasp of history down to Louisiana’s students | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - April 30, 2021

If Louisiana Rep. Ray Garofalo, a Chalmette Republican, had been engaged in some noble purpose Tuesday — that is, if he had been putting forward a bill that would have been an actual benefit to anybody — then his statement that the state’s teachers should be made to teach “the good, the bad, the ugly” […]


Supreme Court ruling may doom more Louisiana juveniles to permanent imprisonment | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - April 23, 2021

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile defendants don’t jibe with the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” and be imposed on the rare juvenile who is “permanently incorrigible,” Louisiana has acted as if incorrigibility isn’t rare at all. It has acted as if […]


Losing mothers and their babies remains a big problem in Louisiana | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - April 16, 2021

Motorists in Baton Rouge may have seen a billboard on I-12 depicting a balding White man holding open his shirt to reveal a long surgical scar down his chest.  “THIS IS WHAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE LOOKS LIKE,” the sign reads, as it shows a blood pressure measurement of 145/90. Yes, a scar from open heart […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

The novel coronavirus has no politics, but people threatened by it obviously do | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - April 2, 2021

It is accepted as a truism in the public health world that health information should be communicated to the public by someone other than elected officials — lest that information be rejected by everybody who doesn’t care for those officials or their party. However, people elect mayors, governors and presidents whom they expect to be […]

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Louisiana Republicans need to admit their complaint about Dominion voting machines is based on a big lie | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - March 26, 2021

“[S]ince (Sidney) Powell began her media blitz, state legislators in various states in which Dominion has contracts—including Florida, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Pennsylvania—have stated their intent to review and reassess those contracts.”  — U.S. Dominion, Inc. v. Powell, filed in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, 1/8/2021 In the more than two months […]


Oregon State takes LSU’s scandal more seriously; half the members of OSU’s board are women

BY: - March 19, 2021

The Oregon State University Board of Trustees voted Wednesday to put university President F. King Alexander on probation for the sexual misconduct scandal that happened under his watch while he was president at LSU, and it’s probably not a coincidence that seven of the 14 voting members on OSU’s board are women. LSU’s Board of […]

Women matter more than football. It’s time for LSU to act like it.

BY: - March 12, 2021

For a scandal that happened at LSU, the University of Kansas has fired more people than LSU has. And if it’s left up to interim LSU President Tom Galligan, KU has fired more people than LSU will fire. The multiple offenses that occurred at LSU and the university’s refusal to hold perpetrators and enablers accountable […]


Ruling for the press over Louisiana AG Jeff Landry is sadly unsatisfying

BY: - March 5, 2021

As he was ruling for Advocate | Times-Picayune reporter Andrea Gallo who got sued by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry when she submitted a public records request to the AG’s office, Judge Timothy Kelley of the 19th Judicial District in Baton Rouge rejected an argument that Landry needed to be fined. A ruling that Landry […]


Trying to police a discussion of ‘White Rage’ is white rage itself

BY: - February 26, 2021

After complaining that a proposed discussion about the history of the fight for voting rights wouldn’t give voice to “the other side,” most of the members of the Lafayette Parish Library Board decided last month to reject a grant that would have paid for copies of two books on that history and for a pair […]