COVID-19 opinion

Viewpoint: New wave of Covid infections to hit New Orleans soon

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist While New Orleanians are currently enjoying glorious fall weather and the loosening of mask mandates, don’t think for one minute that the next wave of the virus won’t be heading this way with the cooler temperatures and the influx of tourists during the holiday season.   Stubborn unvaccinated people continue to Read More…

elections opinion

Viewpoint: Will incumbents rule the day in Saturday’s election?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s re-election became even more of a certainty after her announcement Tuesday (Nov. 9) that she is abandoning the idea of relocating City Hall to the Municipal Auditorium in Armstrong Park. Even with the anti-Cantrell vote and the personal support her 13 opponents have garnered, Cantrell is still Read More…

elections opinion

Viewpoint: Soft early-voting numbers portend low election turnout

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist With Covid-19 and Hurricane Ida, plus Jamie Winston’s torn ACL and Michael Thomas’ ankle injury, New Orleans voters are burned out. Although we are in the process of electing a mayor, City Council members and other municipal officials, many New Orleanians don’t even know or care about what’s on the Read More…

elections opinion

Viewpoint: How will election apathy affect the statewide constitutional amendments?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist With the unusual level of apathy that has pervaded this year’s election cycle, supporters of the four constitutional amendments on the ballot are naturally worried that the few citizens who plan on voting will just skip over them. “Voters tend to ignore ballot measures that they know nothing about,” said Read More…

opinion recovery

Viewpoint: Time is running out to file for increased property tax reductions due to Hurricane Ida

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Thousands of New Orleans homeowners are currently reeling from the high costs of repairing roofs, gutters, sheetrock and other physical casualties of Hurricane Ida. With a higher insurance deductible because Hurricane Ida was a “named” storm, some are turning to low-interest loans to help fund repairs.  Reducing expenses is another Read More…

elections opinion politics

Viewpoint: Challengers grapple with incumbents’ fundraising and media advantages

  By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Republican mayoral candidate Vina Nguyen was excited for the opportunity to address a group of supporters Wednesday night (Sept. 29) at a fundraiser in the French Quarter. “I promise to be a different leader — one who comes from a long road of obstacles that has taught me to Read More…

COVID-19 opinion public safety recovery

Viewpoint: Don’t rush to hire a lawyer to help with your insurance claim

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist Many members of the legal community are aggressively marketing their services in the wake of Hurricane Ida to assist businesses or homeowners and renters with getting the money they deserve from insurance companies. After all, most of us pay thousands of dollars annually for coverage and should be compensated whenever Read More…

film and television opinion

Viewpoint: New WYES leadership team has deep local roots

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist With the recent retirement of WYES president Allan Pizzato, two native New Orleanians who are driven to broadcast excellence, Robin Cooper and Dominic Massa, have taken the helm to bring new ideas to the Crescent City’s iconic public television station.  Leading the station since 2013, Pizzato oversaw the station’s tricentennial Read More…

city government elections land use opinion

Viewpoint: If not the Municipal Auditorium, what could become the next City Hall?

By Danae Columbus, opinion columnist While Mayor LaToya Cantrell told members of the Save Our Soul (SOS) coalition Tuesday that she was “good” with the Municipal Auditorium not becoming the next City Hall, the historic structure remains her first choice probably because of the $38 million allocation from FEMA that comes with it.  Cantrell has Read More…