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Promotin’ the General Welfare



Well, we may have just gone and done it, finally. 

 

Not that the city hasn’t been up for sale before, but this time it’s a wholesale takeover.  These folks have come here and turned some of the most sacred N’Awlins traditions into a common cavalcade of quirky Americana.


Letter to the Editor: Meter Hike Will Have Local Biz Working for Dimes


The City recently announced plans to raise rates and increase hours for parking meters in the Quarter. Business owner, William Kahn thinks the change is going to hurt local business and push more consumers to chains and big box store. In the following letter to NoDef, Kahn lays out his case against the hike.


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.


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.


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.


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.


OpEd: #LaSen's Walk of Shame

Election's Morning After is 'Shite' for All 3 Candidates



Let’s face it. That sucked. 

I don’t care who you are. It’s pretty much impossible to feel good about the Louisiana Senate election that hobbled to its shaggy-dog ending last night. It was literally a contest with no winners, and no happy endings for the people, candidates, or pundits of Louisiana. To quote Trainspotting, a film from Mary Landrieu’s first term, “It's a shite state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won't make any fucking difference!”


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