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Mailbag: ProjectNOLA Demands City Support


ProjectNOLA founder, Bryan Lagarde is angry with City Hall. Today, he writes an open letter to the Mayor demanding that the City help maintain the ProjectNOLA camera system by assisting in the search for private funding as well as supplying volunteers to screen crime footage. 


Mailbag: No More Golf Courses in City Park


There is a new golf course coming to City Park. However, not everyone is polishing their clubs. Some NoDef readers think that the public park should stay open to the public for free. They have written a letter urging a better use of the land.


Opinion: Afro"man"


Violence against women is at the forefront of the news in 2015, but the problems persist. Last week, hip-hop artist Afroman was arrested after assaulting a woman onstage. Author, attorney, and advocate Arita Bohannan weighs in on the attack.


Of Waves And Rallies

Opinion: Crime Hits Home



A wave is something that leaves as easily as it came. It’s something you ride out, or simply ride. When a big wave passes, you rebuild your sand castle, maybe a little further from the shore, and go back about your day at the beach. I’m not sure we can call the violent crime in New Orleans a “wave” anymore.


Mailbag: Captain Black Writes That Mayor Mitch is Micro Managing Chief Harrison


NoDef Reader Nadra Enzi, better known as Captain Black, "the Hood Conservative," is angry about NOPD Chief Harrison. Cap Black writes that Harrison is micromanaged by the Mayor and believes that reasons why are rooted in race. Read the full letter below. 


OpEd: Today's Battle of New Orleans

Public Defender Weighs In On The City's Legal Fights



Two hundred years ago, Andrew Jackson led a poorly equipped and badly outnumbered force of American volunteer soldiers to defeat British troops in the last major battle of the War of 1812. Today, a different battle continues in New Orleans’ courtrooms. The Orleans Public Defenders (OPD) fight for New Orleans every day, representing the majority of the city’s residents charged with felonies and misdemeanors.


Op-Ed: Let It Glow

Positive Christmas Cards for Louisiana



Tiny Daiquiri is busy running errands and fixing things this week, so his mom has taken over his column Rather than get all the-sky-falling and democracy-is-failing, she has decided to put a positive spin on things and write Christmas cards to some of Tiny’s favorite targets.


Mailbag: #ShopLocal in Lakeview


Tis' the season where many Americans flock to big box stores, but there are other options here in the Crescent City. Readers Jennifer and Will Samuels write to NoDef to talk about the importance of shopping local in Lakeview and offer up some options. As the owners of PizzaNOLA, the cause is close to their  heart.


Op-Ed: The Runoff Runs Out

The Low Turnout Diet And Its Discontents



Have you voted yet? Did you show up for early voting with a smile on your face, eager to perform your civic duty? Of course not. 


Mailbag: Seniority in the Senate


The Senate election is just days away. Readers, Warren and Mary Perrin write to NOLA Defender to weigh in on the race. In their opinion, the decision comes to down to empowering Louisiana in the chamber.


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