Really well done piece, hats off for all of your hard work, it made your talent shine.
I am opposed to passing laws that can't be or aren't routinely enforced. Laws that can't or aren't enforced become counter productive, courts look at past practice, is the law used or just on the books for those special arrests?
Enforcing a curfew in the Quarter seemed near impossible at best, citywide? Then how did race get involved? Who invents this stuff.
I am sure there is a clearly defined problem for which a city wide curfew is the solution, however, like the the street entertainer enforcement, the solution is worse than the perceived crime.
If we were serious about curfew violations, does the term profiling come to mind? we would issue citations to parents, not minors. Then the law would quickly be rescinded and cops could get back with dealing with individuals who commit crimes.
Who ever drafted this law and those elected officials who supported this law should be unelected, next election.
They were trying to manage individuals by sorting them into groups, when in fact they were just trying to pass the buck.
Beating up one of their selected groups is a crime, but to prove the crime the victim must be proven to be a selected group member.
Now, current law says beating up anyone is a crime.
We first must understand the problem and that new laws are not a solution. Almost everyone has been, is being or will be a victim of some form of bias and unless we treat the problem, sorting us into "special groups" will only make matters worse.
First, thank you for all those hours of entertainment, Mr. Pierce. I enjoy watching your work.
However, I am not sure I share your feelings about a rich, poor double standard. If I were shot and killed in the Quarter, the media would focus on the act, with little, if any attention directed to me. If, on the other hand, you were the gunned downee, a great deal of attention would be spent on your passing. You are a person who has touched millions, making the recognition understandable.
But to be fair, the local media has done a commendable job in their coverage of victims and that is never an easy task, rich or poor.
The parents, not government, are keys to a solution. Until we stop offering excuses for aberrant behavior, things are only going to get worse.
Just so were are clear, a curfew for minors in the French Quarter after 8PM on the weekends, really?
These minors must all be drug dealers, robbers and murders to attract so much attention.
No? well then why direct so much attention away from those really serious problems?
It is illegal for law enforcement to stop anyone for the sole purpose of questioning their age, race or gender.
If minors are causing a problem, then arrest them for the problem, don't create a new one.
Who dreams this stuff up? Deflecting attention from the existing, real, problems should be a resignation letter from those proffering them.
A curfew on politicians would be a much better idea.
To those who's complaint is street performers over street criminals, I can suggest several cities where the latter far exceed the former.
Street performers and the crowds they draw are in themselves crime deterrents and for those, including the elected, who don't understand that, try getting out a little more often.
Street performers are a part of the golden egg that funds New Orleans.
Pretty much a valid reason for electing someone to replace Rep. Badon.
The second scariest thought is that a person who offers this as a solution is voting on other important issues.
The first scariest thought is that we elected him in the first place.
Tourism, Humvees, automatic weapons and Bourbon Street doesn't sound like a solution.
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