Category Archives: poverty

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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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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Louisiana’s people can handle the truth about their state and its future

By Robert Mann “How dare you!” a reader scolded me by email after reading my previous column, in which I argue “Louisiana is sick and dying.” She added: “If you have such disdain for this state and this city then … Continue reading

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Let’s face facts: Louisiana is sick and dying

By Robert Mann Two questions have dogged me lately: If I could go back 18 years, would I raise my children in Louisiana? Would I still view this as a place that would nurture and educate them, offer opportunities for … Continue reading

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Donald Trump is taking us into the heart of darkness

By Robert Mann “Ten percent of any population is cruel, no matter what, and 10 percent is merciful, no matter what, and the remaining 80 percent can be moved in either direction.” ―Susan Sontag With his profanity and crude insults, … Continue reading

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Sen. Bill Cassidy betrays sick kids, fails the ‘Jimmy Kimmel test’

By Robert Mann I was a sucker. Like the parents of sick children I’ve seen on TV in recent weeks, I had faith in U.S. Sen. Billy Cassidy’s goodwill when he told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel he would protect sick … Continue reading

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Alton Sterling case is just further proof that our justice system is not colorblind

By Robert Mann Was there any doubt the U.S. Justice Department would absolve the Baton Rouge police officers who killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling last July? I never expected federal prosecutors would vindicate Sterling’s death by charging one or both of … Continue reading

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