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Viewpoint: On Holocaust Remembrance Day, proud the U.S. is standing up to evil and autocracy

By Arnie Fielkow, guest columnist I have never been so proud of my country and my president, Joe Biden. I write these words after returning from a whirlwind trip to central Europe in order to lead an initiative helping Ukrainian youth, to try to get one of my daughters’ sisters out of Ukraine, and to Read More…

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Viewpoint: Six candidates qualify for School Board and judicial races

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist A half dozen candidates, including two current officeholders, paid their filing fees on Wednesday (Jan. 25) for one School Board and two judicial races. Qualifying continues through Friday, Jan. 27. Early voting will take place March 11 to 18. The election will be held on March 25.   The recent retirement Read More…

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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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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…

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Viewpoint: All I want for Christmas is a safer New Orleans

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist It’s hard to turn on the news these days. There are far too many stories about innocent people who have been assaulted, murdered or carjacked. Also, I am not so naïve to believe that all the crimes committed end up in police reports.  The results of the NOPD Recruitment and Read More…

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Viewpoint: New Orleans voters need a voice in who runs the NOPD

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist For perhaps the first time since Mayor LaToya Cantrell appointed Shaun Ferguson as chief of police almost four years ago, Ferguson spoke candidly in public. “I want to encourage our city leaders to have better communication lines. This isn’t able personal agendas. It’s about the safety of the people of Read More…

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Viewpoint: Relationship between Mayor Cantrell and City Council reaches new low

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist This week’s drama that pitted Mayor LaToya Cantrell against City Council President Helena Moreno and the majority of council members is just another example of the deep rift between the two branches of city government. Don’t expect it to heal anytime soon. The council was quick to call out Cantrell Read More…

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Viewpoint: As we give thanks today, remember those who are less fortunate

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Why is Thanksgiving special? After all, the early Pilgrims weren’t such great folk. They muscled their way onto this continent and used weapons not available to its indigenous population to seize land, food and people while eliminating anyone who got in the way. They brought diseases that tribes had no Read More…