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Why are Louisiana universities so powerless in Baton Rouge?

By Robert Mann How did it come to this sad state in Louisiana higher education? How could venerable institutions with hundreds of thousands of graduates and more than 200,000 students prove so powerless at the state Capitol? Why have these … Continue reading

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My resolutions for 2017 (or, How I plan to survive another year of Donald Trump)

By Robert Mann Although I have never been one for New Year’s resolutions, 2018 feels different: I’ll turn 60 this year. Our son and daughter will graduate high school in May and head off to college in the fall. We’ll … Continue reading

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The Good, Bad and Ugly in Louisiana Politics, 2017

By Robert Mann “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.”  — Jonathan Swift It was a year that shame forgot. Sure, that might describe most years in Louisiana politics, but events … 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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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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