When it’s cold outside, it doesn’t have to be cold inside

BY: - February 19, 2021

Our country seems to love nothing so much as a distracting and ill-timed debate, and so it was that during this week’s dangerously cold weather, a new battle in the energy culture war was heating up. Specifically, Big Oil partisans were claiming — incorrectly — that the week’s failures of the power grid proved the […]


Donald Trump’s cult condemns Republicans who aren’t sufficiently obedient

BY: - February 16, 2021

“Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” –   Job, circa 6th Century B.C.E., referring to the Almighty –   Republicans, Saturday, referring to Donald Trump By dispatching his violent cultists to the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, President Donald Trump could have gotten U.S. Sen Bill Cassidy killed. It wouldn’t be farfetched […]


As Trump’s mob ransacked the Capitol, a Confederate flag was the least surprising sight

BY: - February 12, 2021

Once you moved past the initial shock of seeing former President Donald Trump’s murderous goons marauding the U.S. Capitol, were you even one bit surprised to see that one guy parading inside with a Confederate battle flag? Of course you weren’t. You know that the people who’d erect a gallows outside the U.S. Capitol and […]


By objecting to the term ‘Cancer Alley,’ Sen. Bill Cassidy is defending polluters, not Louisiana

BY: - February 5, 2021

“He call himself a doctor?” a fuming Sharon Lavigne said of U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy Thursday morning. “What kind of doctor is he?! A doctor to just let people die?” For the record, the senior senator from Louisiana is a gastroenterologist, a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the digestive system, but Lavigne, a […]


We don’t have the data to show racial inequity in vaccine distribution, but we do know Louisiana

BY: - January 29, 2021

Public health professionals in Louisiana have cautioned that spotty data collection makes it impossible to know if the COVID-19 vaccine has been equitably distributed. As of last week, the state only had racial data on 44 percent of people who’d received at least one dose of the vaccine, and it didn’t have ethnic data at […]


Even as COVID-19 still rages, it’s important that we remember those we’ve lost

BY: - January 22, 2021

The 8,442 people who’ve died of COVID-19 in Louisiana puts us in the neighborhood of eight Hurricane Katrinas. That doesn’t mean we’re at 8 times the number of folks killed by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. That means we’re at 8 times the number of folks killed by Hurricane Katrina in the U.S. It seemed inconceivable then, […]


Republican praise of Martin Luther King will sound even more hollow and hypocritical now

BY: - January 15, 2021

There’s a long list of Republicans who ought not part their lips this holiday weekend to praise Martin Luther King Jr., to quote from his most famous speech or suggest in any way that they know anything about content of character.  That list includes the 138 Republicans in the U.S. House and the six Republicans […]


Republicans refusing to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory must own the insurrectionist attack on the U.S. Capitol

BY: - January 7, 2021

Rep. Steve Scalise professed to be outraged in August when Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, during an on-camera interview with MSNBC, used the phrase “domestic enemies” to describe Republicans she said were plotting to suppress the vote during the Nov. 3 presidential election.   “Disgusting,” Scalise, the House Republican Whip, wrote on Twitter. “Nancy […]

Read Jarvis DeBerry’s best Illuminator columns of 2020

BY: - December 30, 2020

The June 23, 2020 launch of the Louisiana Illuminator also marked Editor Jarvis DeBerry’s second act as an opinion writer in Louisiana.  DeBerry wrote opinions for 20 years at The Times-Picayune, and after almost a year writing columns for helped launch the Illuminator. His column appears weekly on the website.  Six months into publication, […]

Lake Charles and all of Southwest Louisiana deserve your Christmas generosity

BY: - December 25, 2020

KD Minor’s memories of Christmastime in Calcasieu Parish begin with the smell. “Lots of bonfires,” she said Wednesday. “That smell of burning wood and the Christmas lights down Lakeshore Drive.”  Christmas in Lake Charles, she said, “is when all the kids who left come back.” This Christmas, though, many families in Southwest Louisiana have nothing […]


Louisiana’s Republican officials continue seeking praise from one-term, lame-duck president

BY: - December 18, 2020

In the run up to this year’s presidential election, instead of revealing a platform explaining what Republicans stand for, the Republican National Committee stated its support for Donald Trump. That decision confirmed what was already apparent: Trump does not belong to the Republican Party. The Republican Party belongs to Trump. It’s no surprise, then, that […]


In the case of Ka’Mauri Harrison, it’s the Jefferson Parish School Board versus everybody with sense

BY: - December 11, 2020

The most powerful elected officials in Louisiana rushed to defend 9-year-old Ka’Mauri Harrison when the Jefferson Parish School System suspended him for inadvertently making a BB gun visible as he virtually took a test assigned by his 4th-grade teacher. Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and every Louisiana lawmaker who voted on […]