Thursday, February 14, 2008

Novak on New Orleans

Posted on Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 3:42 PM

by Sam Winston

Famed conservative Washington D.C. journalist and columnist Robert Novak weighs in on the Recovery in New Orleans. He praises Inspector General Cerasoli, Warren Riley, and Keva Landrum in addition to charter schools, Donald Powell, and less government. Ray Nagin doesn't get as favorable a mention. Some interesting quotes...

"Physical reconstruction is slow, and the city never will regain its former size or appearance. But civic leaders I met here agreed that law enforcement, criminal justice, education and health all are better than they were before Katrina."

Do they really?

And I've went over the quote below a couple of times and I'm still not exactly sure what this is supposed to mean. If it sounds out of context read the whole thing and it'll read the same way...

"I visited the Langston Hughes Charter Academy, whose principal and founder, John Alford, is a recent Harvard MBA graduate who has sacrificed making big money. He and the school's students are African-Americans, as are nearly all the city's public school students. The children in their red uniforms were orderly as they followed Alford's strict instructions against jostling and fighting in the corridors.

This spirit of reform seems to have eluded re-elected Mayor Ray Nagin." - Robert Novak.

Either he's writing in conservative insider speak that will allow us to assume the points he's trying to make or this was a very sloppy column from someone who is supposed to carry a lot of journalistic clout. It's a shame that his mentions of the positives in New Orleans recovery, mainly the practical and symbolic impact of Cerasoli, are so casually mushed together with things that are much less certain (criminal justice and schools) because it would have otherwise been good press for New Orleans.

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