Category Archives: poverty

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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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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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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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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