Louisiana editorial roundup
Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers:
The Houma Courier on Louisiana State University’s win over Alabama in football:
No. 1 LSU’s 46-41 road victory Saturday over No. 2 Alabama will go down as one of the biggest wins in Tiger history.
With three regular-season games remaining and a possible berth in the SEC title game Dec. 7, the win over the Crimson Tide puts LSU in a great position to qualify for the four-team College Football Playoffs.
But the victory had an even more profound impact on the program, its players and its fans.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak to Alabama and coach Nick Saban, the man who led LSU back to national prominence in the early 2000s before taking over the Crimson Tide in 2007. And it gave a much-needed morale boost to Tigers fans who have long suffered at the hands of Alabama.
The victory also puts the Tigers back atop the college football world, where LSU should be being it is the flagship university of a state considered one of the richest in the country when it comes to high school talent.
It also lends plenty of coaching credibility to the man who now calls the shots for the Tigers -- Ed Orgeron.
There were many in the LSU fan base that were not happy when Orgeron, a Larose native and a graduate of South Lafourche High School, was named the full-time head coach Nov. 26, 2016.
Orgeron, a former defensive line coach known for his stellar recruiting, had his first head coaching stint from 2005 to 2007 at Ole Miss, and things did not go well. He posted a 10-25 overall record before being fired after the 2007 season. He later landed at USC from 2010-12 and was the interim head coach in 2013, where he had some success.
But when he was not granted the full-time job, he resigned and came to LSU as its defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator under Les Miles. After Miles was fired, Orgeron was named interim coach before getting the head coaching job, one that no one is now questioning whether he deserves.
With the help of offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing game coordinator Joe Grady, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Joe Burrow and a talented roster, the Tigers are again No. 1 in the nation.
If Orgeron and LSU can stay there or near there for years to come remains a question. But Saturday’s win over Alabama, which has five national titles under Saban, had to happen for that process to even begin. It was simply time for the Tigers to turn the Tide.
The Advocate on STEM careers for women:
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has been busy leading a recovery and review of the Hard Rock Hotel construction site on Canal Street since its tragic partial collapse on Oct. 12. She’s seen a lot of people, talked with a lot of city officials and asked questions of architects, engineers and others who have construction expertise. The mayor seems comfortable that the people she’s been dealing with appear to know what they’re talking about.
During the recent Girl Scouts Louisiana East Juliette Gordon Low Leadership Luncheon at the Audubon Tea Room in Audubon Park, the mayor noted her meetings with these STEM experts made her realize that something was missing: women. “The majority of them were absolutely men,” she said. Cantrell added while that’s OK, “there’s a great need to make sure that our women, our girls, are being groomed to take their rightful positions in the area of STEM, in the city of New Orleans and in the state of Louisiana.” She said young girls are deserving of everything that can be poured into them to best prepare them for future opportunities like these.
According to the latest Society of Women Engineers research, only 13% of engineers are women, and 26% of computer scientists are women. No one gets to be an engineer without a college degree. Some good news: There’s been a 58% increase in bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science awarded to women between 2012 and 2017. Unfortunately, only six percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering were awarded to women of color. The American Institute of Architects has pushed to include architecture in science, technology, engineering and math curriculums and efforts. Louise Blanchard Bethune is recognized as the first American woman who worked as an architect. Maybe there’s a Bethune among our young girls in the Crescent City, Baton Rouge, Lafayette or elsewhere in the state.
We applaud the mayor for keeping the future careers of girls and young ladies in mind as she deals with what may be the most consequential matter of her term as mayor. Leaders bring up important issues and challenge us to rise to meet them. It’s up to others to step up and clear paths for the next Bethune.
The (Lake Charles) American Press on Veteran’s Day:
Veterans Day is set aside to remember veterans of all wars who have sacrificed so much for our nation’s freedom. It is also a day to show your appreciation for veterans.
But why is it important to remember veterans on this special day?
It is important because all Americans who enjoy their freedoms, their safety and their prosperity need to thank a veteran.
That “freedom is not free” may be a much over-used expression, nevertheless it is true and requires people in times of both war and peace who are willing to step up at the risk of their very lives to defend their nation.
We who appreciate the sacrifice of those men and women who serve in the armed forces, need to see that the active duty servicemen and servicewomen have the best training, equipment and support possible.
We also need to make sure that those who served, and now are veterans, receive the benefits that a grateful society has promised — be it education, vocational training, health care and other services.
Keeping faith with our active duty military and our veterans is a duty for our government, and every citizen should make sure every promise is fully kept.
The United States military system is a volunteer service, and if we want to make sure it succeeds we must continue to fully support and appreciate those of us who do serve, either as a career or as a patriotic duty for one enlistment.
To fully appreciate our veterans, you need to know our nation’s history and the many wars and conflicts it has taken to keep us free in a very dangerous world.
Read about the wars of American history, watch documentary histories and the many movies that have been made about our past. Check out history websites on the Internet. The resources for learning are enormous.