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Re: “Clancy DuBos: S&WB needs accountability and transparency

Privatization would be a mistake for many reasons, including cost, loss of control, and transparency. Bringing the S&WB under the purview of the city seems a no-brainer. No matter how this situation shakes out, I suggest establishment of an independent and empowered oversight group of appropriately qualified, concerned retired residents, who have no affiliations with local and state governments and business entities, that would publicly report to the mayor and council on a quarterly or biannual basis. This could be an appropriate utilization of professional skills that are available in the retired community.

Those who would so serve should be screened by a transparent, non-governmental committee of volunteers having appropriate, relevant training and experience. I suggest that this screening group could be appointed by the Mayor or Council, but only after multiple public fora or hearings. [Seems to go on forever, doesn't it!] Oversight group members would have to: be minimally funded; have no staff; be provided only with meeting space and appropriate access to the S&WB,; and serve 2-3-year appointments. I suppose that appointments would have to be made be by the mayor or council.

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Posted by bsorcs on 08/15/2017 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Gambit’s 2017 winter restaurant guide: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern

Yo missed Lebanon's Cafe, the best and most authentic ME food in town! Whassup!?!

Posted by bsorcs on 02/08/2017 at 8:54 AM

Re: “John Bel Edwards and David Vitter: Now the contest begins

Vitter is "...a brilliant strategist..." perhaps, but, to paraphrase Bob Dylan, the john ain't got no culture.

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Posted by bsorcs on 11/03/2015 at 9:10 PM

Re: “The Louisiana governor runoff: no holds barred between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter

1-Two to one the john will run against the President.
2-A win by the john will indicate that supporters'moral compasses point in the same direction as the john's.
3-Even money most folks will be distressed, but not particularly surprised, if the john wins.

Posted by bsorcs on 10/27/2015 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Who will be your choice in the Louisiana gubernatorial runoff Nov. 21?

Vote for John, not the john.

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Posted by bsorcs on 10/27/2015 at 4:10 PM

Re: “What to do with New Orleans’ Confederate monuments

The Mayor's pronouncement regarding the monuments was, unfortunately, a galvanic and perhaps self-serving response to the mindless killings in Charleston. While his statement has evoked a range of comments and criticisms, I suggest that both the opposing and supportive views that have been presented since the Mayor started this affair are somewhat exagerated, and that 'cooler heads' should be sought to provide the best guidance. Unfortunately I am not confidant that "...comments for various sity agencies...' is what is needed. It would seem that, short of a substantial citizens' effort to provide coherent guidance, we are essentially stuck with what comes out of the Council. There, too, I have coubts regarding balance and a sense of, and good understanding of, history. I think that Clancy has done the City a service in this most recent piece, and I am in hopes that his cogent, and evolving, perspective provides a starting point for rational considerations by the powers that be.

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Posted by bsorcs on 07/29/2015 at 1:23 PM

Re: “General Robert E. Lee statue in New Orleans may be replaced

Lee was an aristocratic Virginian who, at the start of the Civil War, was one of the most highly regarded generals in the US Army. While he had misgivings about slavery as the focus of the Civil War, he did decline command of the Union army to lead Northern Army of Virginia. He did well early on at Richmond and Second Manassas, but suffered huge losses at Antietam and Gettysburg, losing most of his army. He paid for his Confederate service by losing his [wife's father's] plantation, which ultimately was designated for burial of many of the numerous Civil War casualties and, later, dead from the American revolution through the present.

My guess is the 1884 Lee circle statue was a manifestation of post-war sentiments [raise your Dixie cups!], and that such sentiment is substantially less significant today. That being said, my money is on the general disappearing from the circle relatively soon, based on his honor the Mayor's recent statements. This will certainly lead to a multitude of nominations for a replacement monument, so I'll put my thoughts in early.

The circle was called Tivoli before erection of the Lee monument. I have no idea what was there before the Tivoli carousel, but it would be worth investigating. Perhaps it would be of value to dedicate the site to, and name it for, something or someone else of historical significance not linked to the Civil War...Robert Cavalier de la Salle, Chep Morrison, Mel Ott, Marie Laveau, Henry Byrd, etc. The history could be recent or from the relic past, one pays one's money and takes one's choice! Let the table thumping begin for the new dedication, but let's find a spot is a dusty museum for the general, and let's not waste the beautiful column!

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Posted by bsorcs on 07/01/2015 at 6:01 PM

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