Dec 022016
 
Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, describes the need for voters to approve a property-tax renewal that funds drainage operations in the city before the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Thursday, Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Joe Becker, general superintendent of the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, describes the need for voters to approve a property-tax renewal that funds drainage operations in the city before the Audubon-Riverside Neighborhood Association on Thursday, Dec. 1. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

With barely more than a week before the Dec. 10 election, officials with the Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans are making their final effort to spread the word about voting to renew a tax that provides the agency with a third of its budget for draining the city. Continue reading »

Dec 012016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Criminals are stalking the streets of America and killing innocent victims at unprecedented rates. “Police have to gain control of this tremendous crime wave that’s hitting the U.S.,” said President-Elect Donald Trump on “Meet The Press” recently. “Cities need strong police protection.”

There is no question that crime is out of control in New Orleans too. Yesterday’s four shootings with a two-hour period, including one fatality, brought the 2016 number of homicides to 164, equal to last year. Who knows how many homicides will take place in December? Continue reading »

Nov 282016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

“It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

Vietnam War Correspondent Peter Arnett claimed to have overheard this quote from an unnamed American major regarding the shelling of of Bến Tre city in early 1968. Its veracity is questionable, and in any event, Bến Tre was largely rubble due to attacks from the north before US artillery began its assault to rout the Vietcong.

However, that dubious quote has lingered as a paradigmatic example of a peculiar brand of cognitive dissonance: the notion that you can intentionally eradicate something in the midst of preserving it. Obviously, you can’t have it both ways, but a similar idea has come to mind in the wake of the shooting on Bourbon Street this past weekend in which one person was killed and nine others were wounded. Continue reading »

Nov 282016
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell — long considered one of the most likely top contenders as a candidate for New Orleans’ next mayor — announced to supporters last week that she is indeed considering a run for the position. Continue reading »

Nov 242016
 
Local musicians entertain Bayou Classic visitors in New Orleans. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Local musicians entertain Bayou Classic visitors in New Orleans. (photo by Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Whether thrilled with the election of Donald Trump or still mourning Hillary Clinton’s dramatic loss, there is much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Since its founding in New England, Thanksgiving has always been a great American festival of domestic and moral influence that has brought citizens together around common goals and promoted our national spirit. Continue reading »

Nov 212016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

The owners of the erstwhile New Orleans Zephyrs have earned our gratitude. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, which pitted friends and family against each other, New Orleanians needed a common enemy – a foil so blatantly awful that it would distract from divisive partisan politics and give time to heal the wounds.

The “New Orleans Baby Cakes” will serve that role. Continue reading »

Nov 172016
 
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University's new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Speaking Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program, Lt. Governor Billy Nungessser said that President-Elect Donald Trump will create jobs and economic opportunities in Louisiana, especially in the oil and gas industry. “President Trump is going to be good for business in Louisiana,” said Nungesser. Continue reading »

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Nov 162016
 
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd speaks at Tulane University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd speaks at Tulane University on Wednesday, Nov. 16. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The entire life of Donald J. Trump has been a study in shifting character — from the New York playboy and brash investor who rose to fame in the 1980s, to the wizened, demanding businessman who dominated The Apprentice, to the rabble-rousing ideologue who captured the Republican nomination.

Now that Trump has been elected President, said New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd to a packed audience at Tulane on Wednesday night, no one really has any idea what kind of character he will assume next. Continue reading »

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Nov 152016
 
Maureen Dowd (via Tulane University)

Maureen Dowd (via Tulane University)

Maureen Dowd — the New York Times columnist known for sharp criticism of both Republicans and the Clinton camp alike — will speak Wednesday at Tulane University as part of a tour for her new book, “The Year of Voting Dangerously.” Continue reading »

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Nov 142016
 
An employee of the City of New Orleans begins erasing the "Black Power" slogan from the monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Nov. 10, following protests over the election of Donald J. Trump. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

An employee of the City of New Orleans begins erasing the “Black Power” slogan from the monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Thursday, Nov. 10, following protests over the election of Donald J. Trump. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

It’s probably an understatement to say that the results of last Tuesday’s presidential election were a shock to many. I personally stayed out on election night and was treated to many dejected laments. Some drowned their sorrows, while others engaged in angry diatribes.

Here in Uptown, Donald Trump only won a few precincts around State Street and St. Charles Avenue. The wider New Orleans metropolitan area was divided. Elsewhere, in the sea of red that surrounds New Orleans, Trump won by a whopping 20 points. Continue reading »

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Nov 102016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

After unexpected numbers of America’s voters placed their trust for the future in Donald Trump, the national Democratic Party must do some serious soul searching to better understand how they veered so far from the heart and soul of America. Clearly voters were sick and tired of politics as usual and yearned for a restoration of America’s traditional values. Continue reading »

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Nov 092016
 
Blue precincts voted for Clinton, red for Trump. Lighter shades indicate margins of less than 10 points. (map by UptownMessenger.com, data source: sos.la.gov)

Blue precincts voted for Clinton, red for Trump. Lighter shades indicate margins of less than 10 points. (map by UptownMessenger.com, data source: sos.la.gov)

Despite Donald J. Trump’s shocking Electoral College victory on Tuesday night, voters in every Uptown New Orleans ward and all but three individual voting precincts sided with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — most by large double-digit margins, results show. Continue reading »

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Nov 082016
 
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With today’s election being such a spectacle for the past few months, and a race that is reportedly very close, America’s next four years will be decided and revealed tonight. With such angst and uncertainty across the nation, local businesses and others are coming together to watch the election results, mostly over drinks and more drinks. Here’s a quick list of places having Election Watch Parties in Uptown. Continue reading »

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Nov 072016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Election Day is tomorrow, and presumably all of us have decided which awful candidates we will hold our noses and vote for this round. If we can avoid retching while we push the buttons for those races, we will be faced with six constitutional amendments that are on the ballot as well. Continue reading »

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Nov 032016
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Rampant voter frustration, anger, and resentment is all around us — from the Dillard University students and others who tried to crash last night’s televised debate to the local and national candidates who have shown a definite lack of civility — and these sentiments unfortunately could be the hallmark of all future elections. Continue reading »

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Oct 272016
 
Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka speaks Thursday afternoon at First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Party vice presidential nominee Ajamu Baraka speaks Thursday afternoon at First Unitarian Universalist Church in New Orleans. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is on track to earn more votes than Ralph Nader did in 2000 — posting the party’s best-ever showing in a national election and building toward a future away from the two-party system, her running mate Ajamu Baraka said in an appearance Thursday at an Uptown church. Continue reading »

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Oct 242016
 
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Mayor Landrieu’s 2017 budget has been released, and true to form, Landrieu proposes to nickel and dime the citizens of New Orleans for scraps of revenue. In order to generate an additional $5 million, Landrieu plans to double the number of red light and speed cameras, adding a whopping 56 cameras around the city. Continue reading »

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Oct 202016
 
Moderator  Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Moderator Jeff Thomas (left), Council on Aging leader Howard Rodgers, Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson and Assessor Errol Williams pose for a photo at the recent senior caucus. (Danae Columbus for UptownMessenger.com)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

There are not too many legislative initiatives that Congressman Cedric Richmond and all seven members of the City Council agree on, but the opportunity for the Office of the Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson to become more independent is one of them. Continue reading »

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