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Viewpoint: Who will take the lead in addressing the city’s crime epidemic?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Watching yesterday’s special City Council meeting on crime was very painful. It put a spotlight on the fear, frustration and anger of thousands of New Orleanians who recognize that the city has probably never been so unsafe. Voters also realize that New Orleans political, business, civic and grassroots leaders are Read More…

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Viewpoint: Has gun retaliation become a part of New Orleans culture?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Why are so many New Orleanians and visitors getting shot and even killed recently? The answer is fairly simple. People, especially our young people, are turning to guns to resolve the disputes that used to be handled less dramatically by cooler heads. Over the past few years, retaliatory violence has Read More…

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Viewpoint: Campaign season starts again with House District 93 race

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist 2023 will be a busy election year in Louisiana. A new governor, other statewide officials, and multiple judges will be selected. Yet the first race of the new year will fill a vacancy in Orleans Parish’s legislative delegation. Qualifying begins Wednesday (Jan. 11) for a candidate to represent the Louisiana Read More…

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Three people, including 14-year-old girl, found dead inside Fairgrounds Triangle home

First District police officers responding to a call for a wellness check on Gentilly Boulevard near the Fair Grounds on Tuesday morning (Jan. 3) made a gruesome discovery. They found three bodies inside the home. The victims included a 14-year-girl. The Coroner’s Office identified the victims as E’vonna Jackson, 14; her father, Wilmon Jackson, 43; and Read More…

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Viewpoint: Will Interim Superintendent Michelle Woodfork be able to make a difference?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist The citizens of New Orleans are shell-shocked, no pun intended, by the highest homicide rate in more than 25 years. Armed robberies have also skyrocketed. Numbed by the ongoing crime wave, residents are no longer surprised when they hear gunshots. After multiple shots rang out last Friday afternoon (Dec. 23) Read More…