A volunteer bugler wearing a period World War I U.S. Army uniform arrives at the National World War I Memorial to play "Taps."

On Veterans Day, a 24-note bugle tune serves as a powerful reminder

BY: - November 10, 2023

Promptly at 5 p.m., every day, rain or shine, blizzard or heat, a volunteer bugler wearing a period World War I U.S. Army uniform stands at attention near the flagpole at the National World War I Memorial not far from the White House in Washington, D.C. On a brilliant autumn day, I watched as a […]

A sign marks a polling site with multiple precincts at a fire station in New Orleans' Garden District

Dark money, infighting could change Louisiana governor’s race

BY: - August 18, 2023

Qualifying for the Louisiana governor’s election closed Aug. 10 without any last-minute surprise candidates entering the race. The major Republican candidates in the running include state Sen. Sharon Hewitt, the only prominent woman candidate, state Attorney General Jeff Landry, state Rep. Richard Nelson, State Treasurer John Schroeder, and former president of the Louisiana Association of […]

Am illustration of a magnifying glass placed over construction plans

Cleco energy plan calls for tougher scrutiny from Louisiana regulators

BY: - July 30, 2023

The long-range energy plan that Cleco submitted to the Louisiana Public Service Commission (PSC) this year is incredibly flawed and needs to be fixed. Every scenario in the utility’s energy plan assumes that expensive carbon capture and sequestration is needed at its Madison coal plant. Meanwhile, Cleco’s energy plan fails to use industry-standard, competitive bids […]

A student at Ben Franklin High School in New Orleans wears a mask with the transgender Pride flag painted on it Friday, March 31, 2023.

Readers React: Louisiana’s queer and trans youth, you are loved

BY: - June 26, 2023

You are loved, you are valued, and you are a sacred part of your community. You also represent the potential and beauty of this state. The people who have come together to write this letter are adults who are overwhelmingly queer and/or trans. We’re writing to queer and trans youth across Louisiana because you are […]

Doctors from across the U.S. march to the U.S. Capitol to protect abortion access and demand an end to the current and future criminalization of providers who perform lifesaving abortion care on Nov. 3, 2022, in Washington, D.C.

Dobbs decision spurs moral injury to abortion patients, providers alike

BY: and - June 21, 2023

On June 24, 2022, the landscape of reproductive healthcare in this country took a frightening turn for the worst. The Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization that overturned what had previously been a constitutional right to abortion set off a whirlwind of changes in healthcare – not only as related to […]

Nurses and other staff care for a COVID patient at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland

Louisiana leaders must help recruit — and retain — more nurses and nursing students

BY: - June 8, 2023

As a long-time nurse, nurse practitioner, and native Louisianan, I am deeply concerned about the nursing shortage that is affecting communities across our state. According to estimates by the Louisiana Board of Regents, there will be a shortfall of approximately 6,000 registered nurses (or 40% of the current workforce) by 2030. This shortage is already profoundly impacting patient […]

Members of the Supreme Court in the Justices’ Conference Room prior to the investiture ceremony.

U.S. Supreme Court justices take lavish gifts — then raise the bar for bribery prosecutions

BY: - April 27, 2023

Justice Clarence Thomas might be the most egregious when it comes to taking gifts and not disclosing them, but he’s not alone. His colleagues on the U.S. Supreme Court also haven’t been shy about taking fancy freebies from rich people — many of whom have an interest in the actions of the court. The justices […]

A person hands a stack of cash with a $100 bill on top to another person. Only their hands are shown

I tried to pay my taxes in cash — here’s what happened, and why the IRS should make it easier

BY: - April 16, 2023

About two-thirds of all U.S. residents who file federal income taxes typically get a refund. Unfortunately, this year I am among the other third who owe the Internal Revenue Service money. So I tried something I’ve never done before and few people do: I wanted to pay my tax bill in cash — that is, with real […]

Bridge City Center for Youth damage

Gov. Edwards, lawmakers must commit to true youth justice reform

BY: - April 10, 2023

On the heels of multiple civil rights groups — including one I am a part of — banding together to demand the U.S. Department of Education look into the confinement of youth in Angola, it’s my duty as a pastor to speak out about the nightmare these children and their families are facing.  Last year, […]

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell

Failed Cantrell recall effort could lead to changes in Louisiana law

BY: - March 30, 2023

The action-packed recall attempt against New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell failed in explosive fashion. The registrar of voters, who tossed out almost 60% of the signatures, noting some sheets were filled with cartoon names and many were reportedly copies. There have been plenty of recall attempts across the country that flamed out, but few have […]

A drone photo of the Norfolk Southern chemical train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio,

How dangerous was the Ohio chemical train derailment? An environmental engineer assesses the risks

BY: - February 19, 2023

Headaches and lingering chemical smells from a fiery train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio, have left residents worried about their air and water – and misinformation on social media hasn’t helped. State officials offered more details of the cleanup process and a timeline of the environmental disaster during a news conference on Feb. 14, 2023. […]

Rapides Library Board of Control member James Morgan.

Readers React: Extremist views on libraries are ‘delusional’

BY: - January 22, 2023

With regards to “AG Jeff Landry asked to weigh in on Rapides library policy,” by Frances Madeson, Jan. 19, 2023 I am writing in response to the long-awaited public comments from James Morgan on the merits of his proposed amendment to the Rapides Parish Library Collection Policy as mentioned in the recent Louisiana Illuminator article.  It is […]