AhContraire, I see you still have not found another hobby. All that negativity is bad for the soul. Oh, wait. You don't have one.
I'm no fan of JP, myself. But I can't imagine spending all my time obsessing and complaining about it. I'm perfectly content to let those who want to live there do so. I don't generally read their news stories, much less troll them, but I do have to wonder why their schools are so bad with all that spare revenue floating around.
It would be fair to say what got everyone so "cranked up" about this issue was the proposal of a law that was so bad that 90% of the readings taken at 4PM on a cold Wednesday afternoon (with no events in town) were in violation. The only people who see this as rhetoric are the ones who cannot be bothered to understand the science of what they propose, and just pick numbers out of a hat.
Jackie has never been known for being responsive to her constituents. Her own staff finds her so insufferable that they staged a walk out. I'm not sure who is ringing her phone, but you can be certain they do not have the best interest of the citizens at heart.
Hijack much? If you don't have anything of value to contribute, troll elsewhere.
We seem to have two options here.
1. We can let 18 year olds in all venues without gaming, as provided by law.
2. We can develop a patchwork list of venues that cannot let 18 year olds through the door.
Enforcement for the first is the responsibility of the venues and is punishable by defined laws. Who enforces the second? The ABO Board, where falsified evidence has been proven to be presented?
Or maybe we can just count on NOPD to know which venues are under specific covenants. They cannot even keep the laws on the books straight, much less these silly backroom deals or the numerous times legal precedent voids the code.
I think some of the commenters are missing the point. Nobody is suggesting 18 year olds be allowed to drink at Jimmy's. What Jimmy's is requesting is simply that the city follow the already existing law. Currently, 18 year olds can enter an establishment, but not consume alcohol.
There has been a push by the Council to eliminate this permission, and since they know the political blowback would be enormous if they did so via statute, they are attempting to strong arm venues through the neighborhood associations.
I am the parent of an 18 year old straight edge son. He is carrying a 4.0 GPA at UNO. He chose to go to college here because he had access to some of the world's best entertainment in intimate venues. He regularly attends shows at Siberia, Tipitina's, the Howlin' Wolf and numerous other venues in the city and has been looking forward to Jimmy's reopening.
My heart goes out to those families with problem children. But punishing those who are well behaved and law abiding in order to control the problem young adults is really scary business and is setting the younger generation up for unprecedented government interference in their lives. Enforce the laws we have about serving minors, and the majority of the problems will vanish.
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