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Dear Editor, BESE is proposing a change to the High School accountability system solely to reduce the number of High Schools rated A or B, not to make the accountability system a better reflection …

Clark Robertson: Lemon with a twist

I don’t know many people who enjoyed a lemon meringue pie as much as my Pawpaw Richard. Of course, he liked all things sweet. He seemed to particularly love sour foods including lemon-flavored …

In August, the inflation rate came in at 8.3 percent, well above expectations in financial markets, triggering a sharp selloff in securities. Investors hoped that lower inflation would prompt the Fed …

To the extent he thinks about it, President Joe Biden is probably expecting to be canonized by millennials whose student-loan debt he’s paring down. Depending on how the question is asked, …

Just over one-third of Louisiana students attending public high schools perform on grade level, yet we’re told 70 percent of their schools are rated “A” or “B.” I can’t help but react as …

There are certain badges of pride I think most south Louisiana gardeners strive to earn. One of those is seeing how many satsumas our trees can produce. Like those anonymous bags of zucchini that …

OPINION | Boost election integrity now

With the selection of candidates mostly complete, Labor Day marks the traditional start of the 2022 fall mid-term election season. With the nation facing historic economic, social, and geo-political …

Union bosses and their apologists often grossly understate, or forget about altogether, regional cost-of-living differences when they are debating living standards in Right to Work states versus in …

When the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system replaced paper medical charts, critics worried about personal data privacy. A dozen years later, doctors and nurses are recording non-medical social …

Clark Robertson: The Other Orange Fruit

I never knew my great-uncle Vallie Clark, but he left behind the fruits of his labor. Years ago, he grafted a few persimmon and pecan trees for my grandfather, Richard. It was one of his hobbies. …

For most Americans, depositing mail at the post office doesn’t put too many miles on the odometer. In fact, there are more than 30,000 post offices across the country, and 95% of the population …

Proponents of the Inflation Reduction Act are ecstatic about the massive bill's pro-climate provisions, including tax credits for clean energy and electric vehicles. But the real work to make clean …

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), which represents 100,000 nurses, has an admirable goal of improving the quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer. The relationship between smoking …

Clark Robertson: Falling for mums

This week marks the first day of autumn. It’s no secret this is my favorite season. What’s not love about fall in south Louisiana? Daytime highs drop below 90 degrees, and if we are lucky, the …

In 2017, Scott Gottlieb, then-commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), conceptualized a “Comprehensive Approach to Nicotine and Tobacco.” This was an approach in which the …

Inflation accelerated once again last month to a 40-year high as the Consumer Price Index rose 9.1% from one year ago, forcing poor, elderly and middle-class Americans to confront harsh realities to …

By now, millions of Americans have heard the good news that hearing aids will soon be available over the counter and will likely hit the shelves by the end of 2022. The newly finalized rule by the …

Clark Robertson: Cute as a button?

“Virginia is for Lovers” has been the tourism slogan for Virginia since 1969. I’ve toured the state many times, and it is full of natural beauty and history. The phrase “cute as a …

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a new initiative designed to tackle “the growing spread of rumors, misinformation and disinformation about science, medicine, and the …

The corporate media has effusively praised the grossly misnamed Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). As history attests, and the past two years of profligate federal spending confirmed once again, runaway …

The growing influence and power of China should be a concern for all policymakers. China is growing more aggressive militarily and they are attempting to control resources across the globe, including …

Brisk mornings, brightly colored leaves, the sweet aroma of fresh apple pie, the warm taste of pumpkin spice everything – sure signs it’s September. Well, I guess for us lucky Louisianians, …

No one knows the future direction of the American economy, but several danger signs are ahead. One is continued inflation at 40-year highs or worse – a cruel hidden tax that eats away wages and …

While a stagnating economy with high inflation is what economists usually call stagflation, the current situation is worse, as the real economy is declining. So there’s much less to go around for …

Clark Robertson: A Louisiana Giant

College football is here. If you’ve ever attended an LSU football game or university event, then I’m sure you are familiar with the line, “Where stately oaks and broad magnolias shade …

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