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Mailbag: "Stories That Do Not Belong to You," A Response to Beller's NY'er Piece
Tulane prof Dr. Thomas Beller recently published "Don't Call It Katrina," an essay about the Federal Flood and Katrina in The New Yorker magazine. the essay was received with critical kudos and social media buzz. However, reader Robin McDowell was not impressed. Below she offers a rebuttal arguing that Beller's article continues a dangerous practice of subjugating minorities.
Letter to the Editor: Smoking Ban Extinguishes Tourism
The ashtrays have been removed from bars and in the eyes of the Council, the smoking ban is fait accompli. However, the effects are still trickling down. One reader in Texas writes in to say that he believes the ban is misguided and will not be visiting NOLA as long as crime is high and smokers are unwelcome.
Op-Ed: MaCCNO & the Musical Masses
Cripple Creek's Civillian Theatre Project Series
This Monday at Cafe Istanbul, the Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO) will be hosting their annual Fest Season fundraiser featuring Rebirth Brass Band, James Andrews, and more. This next installment of the Civilian Theatre Project series on Nola Defender was written by Hannah Kreiger-Benson, a musician and organizer for MaCCNO. In this opinion piece, Kreiger-Benson explains the controversial organization's stance and future.
Op-Ed: Escape from the Zoo
by Alex Johnson
As Earth Day (4.22) approaches, a reader recalls a wild sighting of the Great Horned Owl near Audubon Zoo and reminds us to pause for a moment, look up from our smartphones and listen to our natural mother.
Letter to the Editor: Strike Debt NOLA
New Orleanians tend to focus much of their outrage towards FEMA, crime, and Roger Goodell. However, one group of readers believes that we are neglecting another key issue, student debt. The Strike Debt NOLA Collective wrote to NoDef calling upon citizens to join them in their fight for absolution.
Revolt of the Believers
Cripple Creek's Civillian Theatre Project
Recently, Cripple Creek performed The Revolt of the Beavers at Stein’s Deli. Shannon Flaherty did some research on the supposedly innocuous children’s play and the work’s effect on community, then and now.
MailBag: Golfer Tees Off On New Course
The South Course in City Park is being rebuilt, but some citizens would rather that the land remain wild. This week, protestors took to trees in an attempt to block construction. Then reader Chip Patterson wrote in with a counterpoint. Today, Ben Kappel offers the opinion of a golfer against the course in an Open Letter to Bob Becker, CEO of New Orleans City Park.
Cripple Creek Introduces New Series Exploring WPA
Over the next few months, NoDef will partner with Cripple Creek Theatre to feature a series of articles about the history and legacy of the WPA in New Orleans. CCT cofounder introduces the project.
Cripple Creek Theatre Company’s Civilian Theatre Project intends to integrate theatre into the civic fabric of our city by exploring the works and legacy of the Federal Theatre Project. During the Great Depression, the federal government set about putting a large swath of Americans to work for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The Federal Theatre Project was the WPA’s attempt to put over 15,000 theatrical professionals to work plying their trade.
Mailbag: The Argument for More Golf in City Park
There is a new golf course coming to City Park, but not everyone thinks that is a good idea. This week, protestors took to trees in an attempt ot block construction. Reader Chip Patterson disagrees with the activists. Today, he writes to NoDef to explain the benefits of the sport and new facility to different demographics.
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