Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy has been a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly since November 2014. Before then, she wrote at her own blog, Horizons, for almost a decade.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Social Studies/Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Theology/Marriage and Family Therapy. She provided counseling and therapy in various settings before becoming the executive director of a nonprofit organization whose mission focused on juvenile crime prevention.

The Color Blind Lie

I grew up mostly in East Texas. To give you an idea of the politics of the area, I lived in the district that is currently represented by Louie Gohmert. During that time, I knew all of two black people – my grandmothers’ maids. When I was about 10 years old, a group of black… Read more »

Daylight Video

When I was in high school in the 1970’s, it was not “cool” to like the music of the Carpenters. But I wasn’t very cool, so… Lately, due to someone named Pedro Andrade on youtube, a whole new generation is getting exposed to Karen Carpenter. He’s removed all of the instrumentation in her recordings except… Read more »

Odds & Ends

The big story of the day is that American Luke Somers – who was being held hostage by al Qaeda in Yemen – was killed during a U.S. special forces rescue attempt. Here’s President Obama’s statement on that. Michael Cohen does a good job of debunking conservatives who suggest that President Obama’s foreign policy is… Read more »

Competition Works. Who Knew?

A lot of liberals (like Paul Krugman) doubted that competition among insurers in the marketplaces created by Obamacare would work to control the cost of premiums. But here’s the news from Kaiser this week. A surge in health insurer competition appears to be helping restrain premium increases in hundreds of counties next year, with prices… Read more »

Senator Harkin Was Wrong

Sarah Kliff is right. Just as Obamacare is showing itself to be a great success, it is coming under fire from some unlikely quarters…often Democrats. A lot of people have spoken out against Sen. Schumer’s criticism – including Paul Krugman. But not as many have challenged what Sen. Tom Harkin said. “We had the power… Read more »