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Sen. Mary Landrieu on the business of health care reform

2009-09-17T00:04:19Z

Charlie Kurzweg owns a paper supply business, Diamond Paper Co., in east Destrehan. He generally covers 80 percent of his employees' health care costs, but for Charlie and his 33 employees, premiums have gone up 9 percent to 15 percent... Charlie Kurzweg owns a paper supply business, Diamond Paper Co., in east Destrehan. He generally covers 80 percent of his employees' health care costs, but for Charlie and his 33 employees, premiums have gone up 9 percent to 15 percent...



Huey P. Long's legacy outshines tall tales

2009-09-12T00:20:57Z

This week marks the 74th anniversary of Huey Long's death, and with the passage of time -- and some shoddy storytelling -- we know less about Huey's remarkable life and times than ever. Since most of us don't have first-hand... This week marks the 74th anniversary of Huey Long's death, and with the passage of time -- and some shoddy storytelling -- we know less about Huey's remarkable life and times than ever. Since most of us don't have first-hand...



House thieves, on a grand scale

2009-09-21T19:05:29Z

By Tom Piazza, Guest Columnist, The Times-Picayune My house was finally broken into, after 15 years of waiting for it to happen. It used to happen to other people. Now it has happened to me. Luckily, I own more or... By Tom Piazza, Guest Columnist, The Times-Picayune My house was finally broken into, after 15 years of waiting for it to happen. It used to happen to other people. Now it has happened to me. Luckily, I own more or...



Children wait for disaster planning

2009-09-05T00:49:38Z

It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Remarkably, we have barely learned some crucial lessons from this tragedy, particularly its effects on children. Following Katrina, 37 percent of displaced Louisiana children experienced clinically... It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Remarkably, we have barely learned some crucial lessons from this tragedy, particularly its effects on children. Following Katrina, 37 percent of displaced Louisiana children experienced clinically...



Sadly, 'no-kill' shelters aren't enough

2009-09-05T00:48:40Z

Recent troubles at the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter have gotten the public's attention. Some people, outraged by the number of pets being euthanized, have demanded that the shelter adopt a "no-kill" policy, instead housing each and every animal until a... Recent troubles at the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter have gotten the public's attention. Some people, outraged by the number of pets being euthanized, have demanded that the shelter adopt a "no-kill" policy, instead housing each and every animal until a...



Beggars' banquette

2009-09-02T23:14:35Z

Earlier this summer while I was leaving the Target parking lot, two men in an SUV slammed their brakes in front of my car. The driver hung out the window to ask if I wanted to buy a sound system.... Earlier this summer while I was leaving the Target parking lot, two men in an SUV slammed their brakes in front of my car. The driver hung out the window to ask if I wanted to buy a sound system....



A stronger, more resilient future

2009-08-29T00:03:36Z

Four years have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The storm pummeled Southern University, and the subsequent levee failures swamped all 11 of its buildings with water. Recently Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano together with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate... Four years have passed since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The storm pummeled Southern University, and the subsequent levee failures swamped all 11 of its buildings with water. Recently Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano together with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate...



Public spirit revives great cities

2009-08-29T00:02:20Z

Nearly 100 years ago, after a catastrophic flood of the Seine in January 1910, residents of Paris faced a dilemma similar to that in New Orleans after the levee breaks of Hurricane Katrina. As we try to learn Katrina's lessons... Nearly 100 years ago, after a catastrophic flood of the Seine in January 1910, residents of Paris faced a dilemma similar to that in New Orleans after the levee breaks of Hurricane Katrina. As we try to learn Katrina's lessons...



Insurance woes still frustrate Mississippi Gulf Coast

2009-08-31T17:29:42Z

Four years after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Mississippi Gulf Coast, rebuilding homes and communities continues at a snail's pace. The protection we thought was there to ensure our speedy recovery is the obstacle that stands in our way: homeowner... Four years after Hurricane Katrina tore through the Mississippi Gulf Coast, rebuilding homes and communities continues at a snail's pace. The protection we thought was there to ensure our speedy recovery is the obstacle that stands in our way: homeowner...



Where y'at in New Orleans is shifting around post-Katrina

2009-08-27T08:19:32Z

Next year's federal census will solve many of the population mysteries of post-Katrina New Orleans. Until then, we look to households receiving mail as an indicator of our emerging human geography.... Next year's federal census will solve many of the population mysteries of post-Katrina New Orleans. Until then, we look to households receiving mail as an indicator of our emerging human geography....



Katrina's sea change

2009-08-19T21:07:21Z

My granddaughters, six and five years of age, have no memory of Hurricane Katrina even though they barely escaped with their lives, losing nearly everything else to the great storm.... My granddaughters, six and five years of age, have no memory of Hurricane Katrina even though they barely escaped with their lives, losing nearly everything else to the great storm....



Learning from Cuba on hurricanes

2009-08-14T23:32:58Z

The Gulf Coast has always faced hurricanes, but over the past 14 years, from 1995 until the present, there have been twice as many as in any other period in history, and many have been of a force not previously... The Gulf Coast has always faced hurricanes, but over the past 14 years, from 1995 until the present, there have been twice as many as in any other period in history, and many have been of a force not previously...



Point of View: Justice elusive in post-Katrina contractor fraud

2009-07-31T23:41:02Z

A recent survey by LSU, LouisianaREBUILDS.info and PolicyLink found that approximately 9,000 households in the greater New Orleans area were affected by contractor fraud over the past three years. As a case manager for a New Orleans neighborhood association, I... A recent survey by LSU, LouisianaREBUILDS.info and PolicyLink found that approximately 9,000 households in the greater New Orleans area were affected by contractor fraud over the past three years. As a case manager for a New Orleans neighborhood association, I...



Point of View: Pumping options work as a system

2009-07-27T23:18:42Z

When considering the replacement of perimeter pumps to provide a 100-year level of hurricane protection for New Orleans, it's vital to look at the work from the perspective of a system. The Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System is... When considering the replacement of perimeter pumps to provide a 100-year level of hurricane protection for New Orleans, it's vital to look at the work from the perspective of a system. The Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System is...



Point of View: Defense Secretary Robert McNamara didn't flinch from his record

2009-07-17T23:44:38Z

Robert McNamara, who passed away July 6 at age 93, was one of the most distinguished and controversial American public servants in the 20th century. He was the longest serving secretary of defense and World Bank president. He came to... Robert McNamara, who passed away July 6 at age 93, was one of the most distinguished and controversial American public servants in the 20th century. He was the longest serving secretary of defense and World Bank president. He came to...



"About New Orleans," an opinion roundup compiled by The Times-Picayune's editorial writers

2009-07-16T00:18:00Z

Haraz N. Ghanbari / The Associated PressPresident Barack Obama nominates Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General. This is the inaugural entry in an occasional roundup of opinion and commentary about metro New Orleans issues, people and culture compiled by The Times-Picayune's... Haraz N. Ghanbari / The Associated PressPresident Barack Obama nominates Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General. This is the inaugural entry in an occasional roundup of opinion and commentary about metro New Orleans issues, people and culture compiled by The Times-Picayune's...



Barack Obama's health nominee believes in science and God

2009-07-15T17:43:50Z

According to one survey, just 7 percent of elite American scientists believe in a personal god -- the kind to whom you pray. About 8 percent, however, affirm their belief in personal immortality -- indicating that some egos are... According to one survey, just 7 percent of elite American scientists believe in a personal god -- the kind to whom you pray. About 8 percent, however, affirm their belief in personal immortality -- indicating that some egos are...



Point of View: Louisiana a poster child for health care reform

2009-07-03T00:18:33Z

This week I learned of a medical school applicant who could not get health insurance because two years ago he had a mole on his neck that was thought to be a melanoma. Though the lesion proved to be benign,... This week I learned of a medical school applicant who could not get health insurance because two years ago he had a mole on his neck that was thought to be a melanoma. Though the lesion proved to be benign,...



Ray Nagin: City Hall deserves functional building

2009-07-02T15:54:23Z

Mayor Ray Nagin This is a guest editorial authored by C. Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans. It's been said that a City Hall reflects the aspirations of the citizenry. When I look at New Orleans City Hall, I see... Mayor Ray Nagin This is a guest editorial authored by C. Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans. It's been said that a City Hall reflects the aspirations of the citizenry. When I look at New Orleans City Hall, I see...



Point of View: Jindal slashes mental health

2009-07-01T23:31:01Z

Officers Nicola Cotton and Latoya Johnson apparently died in vain. The death of these two New Orleans police officers, who were gunned down by mentally ill people, highlighted the fact that we don't have sufficient mental health care in this... Officers Nicola Cotton and Latoya Johnson apparently died in vain. The death of these two New Orleans police officers, who were gunned down by mentally ill people, highlighted the fact that we don't have sufficient mental health care in this...