Speaking Out

Giving Credit to the Corps

Ever since its creation in 1775, the Army Corps of Engineers has been vulnerable to criticism. By nature, the Corps deals with some of the most demanding construction projects in the nation, those that are necessary for places to survive…

HOW RESIDENCY RULES FAILED THE POLICE

We remember the moment: Former New Orleans Police Chief Eddie Compass was on the now-defunct talk radio station WGSO-830AM. In-studio was businessman John Casbon who headed the police foundation, a support group for the department; Compass was on the phone.Casbon,…

COMING TO TERMS WITH THE CIVIL WAR

Maybe it’s just the people we talk to, but we detect yawning (sometimes internalized, sometimes not) when the subject is that this year is the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Except for active historians and…

What to Do About UNO And SUNO

There are two proposals out for public discussion regarding the future of the University of New Orleans. One would have the university moved from the administration of Louisiana State University to the University of Louisiana system; the other would merge…

What To Do About Le Petit Théâtre

During its long existence Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré has experienced many personal plot twists; unfortunately they’ve been all drama and few laughs.Once again the theater, whose facility is one of the best community stages in the country, is…

Lundi Gras at 25

Twenty-five years ago this Carnival season, a new phrase became part of the common language of the celebration, “Lundi Gras.” Meaning “Fat Monday,” the phrase had popped up occasionally in various, mostly aged, publications – especially in reference to Creole…

Change the Railroad, but Keep the Train

Acontemporary local variation of the expression “don’t throw out the baby with the bath water” might be “don’t throw out the train cars with the railroad board.”Revelations of misspending and abuse of authority at the New Orleans Public Belt railway…

WELCOME BACK, HORNETS

As the New Orleans Hornets begin a new season, there’s a new coach, a new general manager and the possibility of a new owner. Fortunately, there are the same point guard and forward in the persons of all-stars Chris Paul…

A MESSAGE FROM NEAR GROUND ZERO

Since this magazine began offering editorials in 1989 we have always provided our own commentary. On this, the occasion of the Katrina disaster’s fifth anniversary, we break from practice and present these dramatic words as seen from the street. This…

A Tricentennial Proposal

We are only eight years away from New Orleans celebrating the tricentennial of its founding. In preparation for the festivities we have a suggestion: Let’s use the anniversary as an occasion to focus on the lakefront.In 1718, Jean Baptists LeMoyne…

THERE’S A CULTURAL SIDE to THE GULF

Since the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico we have heard much about the Gulf’s importance as an ecological system. If anything good can come out of the catastrophe it might be that it will bring more appreciation for…

Yes, for Outlawing Traffic Enforcement Cameras

A bill before the legislature this spring, introduced by Algiers State Representative Jeff Arnold, would outlaw the use of traffic enforcement cameras in Louisiana. We strongly support the bill and urge its passage.Defenders of the traffic cameras usually argue that…

New Orleans’ BEST WEEKEND EVER

Since the founding of New Orleans by Jean Baptiste La Moyne Sieur de Bienville in 1718, the city has experienced approximately 15,184 weekends. Of those, the weekend of Feb. 6-7, 2010 was surely the best. During a 48-hour period, New…

SAVE UNO SPORTS

When the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors voted to allow the University of New Orleans to pursue dropping from Division I to Division III sports, the vote, with only one dissent, must have been delightful for the supervisors. The…

SOME ARRESTING NUMBERS

A study released by the local Metropolitan Crime Commission contained this startling figure: Within the city of New Orleans during the first half of 2009 there were 29,172 arrests. “What!” we exclaimed while re-reading the numbers to make sure we…

Yes for the VA/LSU Plan

This publication restates its strong support for the VA/LSU hospital project proposed for the area that borders the downtown business district. We do so with the hope that the arguing will soon end and the construction will begin so that…

When the Bishop is Wrong

Carnival season usually begins with festive Twelfth Night celebrations. This year there was also something else: a raid by police, initiated by the archdiocese, of people praying in their church.What happened on Twelfth Night as the archdiocese moved to squelch…

Executive Order

For the Bush family, New Orleans has represented highs and lows in their presidencies. Dad became his party’s candidate here; son would be haunted by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.When the histories of the Clinton administrations are written, they will…

A Christmas with Fewer Churches

We know that Catholic archdioceses throughout the country have had to close churches within their jurisdiction.We know that the reasons for the closings are related to shifting population patterns, financial troubles and a shortage of priests.We know that since Hurricane…