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LSU has too many Confederates

By Robert Mann Shortly after prosecutors sent then-Gov. Richard Leche to federal prison for mail fraud in 1940, Louisiana State University officials erased his name from campus. The school’s law school building, completed in December 1937, was named “Leche Hall.” A medallion … Continue reading

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If you can’t speak out for sick kids, quit calling yourself ‘pro-life’

By Robert Mann It’s hard to find a government program that does more to save innocent lives than the Children’s Health Insurance Program. CHIP and its Louisiana incarnation, LaCHIP, are shining examples of effective, pro-life government initiatives. Louisiana’s Republican senators … Continue reading

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How Donald Trump poisons American society, weakens our values

By Robert Mann Families don’t usually fall apart suddenly. One day, a husband and wife are inseparable. Two years later, they realize they’ve become strangers, after their relationship gradually fell victim to a hundred minor offenses and omissions. Societies also … Continue reading

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Is Louisiana ignoring its many problems because of institutional racism?

By Robert Mann “It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good … Continue reading

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American can-do vanishes when the NRA check arrives

By Robert Mann The instinct is common; the pattern is clear: When people die in accidents or from defective or faulty products, Americans are quick to assess the problem and work to prevent it from happening again. For instance: Whenever … Continue reading

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Providing the oil industry with billions in corporate welfare is not Louisiana’s patriotic duty | Robert Mann

By Robert Mann Louisiana and its politicians have long embraced some unhealthy myths: Corruption in our politics isn’t so bad. Teachers are the real problem with our schools. Poor people are lazy. Climate change is a hoax. Oil is crucial … Continue reading

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Want to save Louisiana schools? Then let’s do something about poverty

By Robert Mann If there is anything that threatens Louisiana’s future more than the pitiful state of its education system, it’s our unwillingness to talk honestly about what ails our schools and their students. Put another way, little will change … Continue reading

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