Opinion

The headlines are filled with positive economic news for Louisiana, boasting record-low unemployment rates and impressive job growth. But digging deeper into the data reveals a more nuanced and …

Clark Robertson: Exceptionally Dry

October is typically our driest month of the year. Unfortunately, this year did not disappoint. The Livingston area received around 0.80 inches of rain for October. Since May 2023, our rainfall is …

Last year, personal income growth was 0.0%, the lowest in the country. And Louisiana had the third highest net out-migration in the country. Louisiana is in desperate need of a comeback. Current …

Five years ago, The Heartland Institute set out to correct some misperceptions about the hydraulic fracturing process (commonly known as “fracking”) that had gained traction in the opinions of a …

This past week I was fortunate to enjoy a quick getaway to the mountains of north Georgia. The timing was perfect too. Highs in the upper 60s and lows in the 40s, beautiful bright blue skies with …

OPINION | Just the facts on ‘geofencing'

As worshippers gathered at the Calvary Chapel in 2020, they were being watched from above. Satellites were locking in on cell phones owned by members of the nondenominational Protestant church in …

Republicans’ search for a new speaker of the House has gone back to square one. After Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) fell short of the votes he needed on the House floor a third time, House Republicans …

Clark Robertson: Waiting out citrus woes

It’s not been an easy year for citrus trees in southeast Louisiana. Count yourself blessed if you have a few satsumas hidden away on your tree. Normally this time of year our backyard trees would …

WASHINGTON — With the Capitol in chaos and the speaker’s position going on its third week of vacancy, Rep. Matt Gaetz surveyed the consequences of his actions and declared he had no …

OPINION | Turn off the reruns of bad policy

Americans have been watching bad reruns for the last few months, and I don't mean just on television. They're seeing tired old policy ideas continue to emerge from the Washington, D.C. swamp, as …

Clark Robertson: Give Goldenrod a chance

Recently, I was gifted two plants of wrinkle-leaf or rough-leaf goldenrod. I know many people think you’re crazy if you plant goldenrod. At best, many consider it a common weed, and at worst, many …

Think the federal government’s plan to add extra residency slots for health professional shortage areas will alleviate the growing rural physician shortage? Think again. The Journal of the American …

Clark Robertson: You are my sunshine

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey. You’ll never know dear how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.” Those are the opening lyrics …

Americans count on Social Security as a crucial part of their retirement plans. Unfortunately, Social Security is on track to becoming insolvent in 9 years, guaranteeing a 24 percent benefit cut for …

Is the U.S. Supreme Court posed to slam the door shut on efforts by some to impose wealth taxes across the country? We may soon find out. Multiple states, Idaho and Montana included, along with …

Dear Editor: Readers of your newspaper should find extra value in reading your paper on October 5, 2023 when the State Treasurer’s Office will publish the names of individuals for whom we …

Clark Robertson: Grow your own sponges

Have you ever considered growing a vegetable plant for a utilitarian purpose? This is done all the time with other plants: trees for lumber, bamboo for fiber, and cotton and linen for fabric, but …

Oct. 2 marks the start of Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week, observed by Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch and other grassroots organizations across the country that support civil justice reform. This week is …

OPINION | It's time to stop backing Ukraine

Last February, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its second year, President Biden visited Poland and pledged the United States’ eternal support for the Ukrainian military. “Our support …

Clark Robertson: A native option

Well, the first day of fall arrived over the weekend. I can’t say I’m sorry to see summer go. Unfortunately, it didn’t take the 90-degree high temperatures when it left. The hot dry pattern …

The United States Congress should swiftly approve additional military and economic aid to Ukraine at a critical time when the country is on the offensive. Failing to pass assistance would "pull the …

Clark Robertson: Drought damage

We’ve made it to the end of one of the most brutal summers on record. Saturday marks the autumnal equinox, and while we may be moving into autumn, summer heat is still lingering in the air. …

OPINION | House GOP grows skeptical on Ukraine

Skepticism is growing among House Republicans on the approval of more Ukraine funding as Congress faces its first test on America’s role in the war against Russia. The House could face a vote as …

Following a significant train derailment in Ohio in February, railroad labor unions and their allies in Congress have been seeking to expand their reach and membership in the name of “safety.” …

For those Iowans who depend upon Social Security, little should be more worrisome than the GOP’s first debate among its contenders for president. The troubling part of the debate was not what …

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