Category Archives: Politics

Louisiana never had a governor who cared for children more than Kathleen Blanco

By Robert Mann You can tell a lot about people — especially public officials — by how they behave around children. I’m thinking about the baby-kissing politicians who pretend to care but lose all concern for the kids when the … Continue reading

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Judge James Brady: A Man Apart

By Robert Mann “Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” ―Shannon L. Alder U.S. District Judge James Brady, who died on Saturday after a … Continue reading

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What if Donald Trump loses (or is impeached) and won’t leave? | Robert Mann

By Robert Mann In the annals of sore losers, few presidents stand out like John Adams after his loss to Thomas Jefferson in 1800. On Inauguration Day, the testy Adams passed up his successor’s swearing-in. He left the White House, … Continue reading

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What Louisiana’s Nicholls State University and Harvard have in common

By Robert Mann In Thibodaux, some residents call Nicholls State University “Harvard on the Bayou.” Nicholls is a fine school, but it’s not in Harvard’s (Ivy) league, except in one respect: both are private institutions. Harvard has been private for centuries. Nicholls, … Continue reading

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Why did being poor become a serious sin? (or, How poverty is the new pedophilia)

By Robert Mann How did poverty, once an unfortunate economic circumstance, become a moral failing? Among conservative leaders — many who claim to be Christians — it’s often portrayed as a transgression against God and society. The Bible may be … Continue reading

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Don’t call me ‘Christian’ any longer

By Robert Mann When an angry reader emailed recently to ask how I justified calling myself a Christian, given my beliefs on social issues like marriage equality, I told him my relationship with God was none of his business. My … Continue reading

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Republicans worry about debt and deficits only when a Democrat is in the White House | Robert Mann

By Robert Mann Have you noticed Republicans say they hate deficits? Have you heard their passionate rhetoric about the evils of the national debt? Maybe, like me, you thought when Republicans finally controlled Congress and the White House, they’d do … Continue reading

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