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Be it resolved: 2016 edition 

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It's our habit at year's end to make New Year's resolutions — for others. Here are our suggested resolutions for New Year's 2016:

Mitch Landrieu

  • I, Mitch Landrieu, recognize that my true legacy is not special events or tourism, but the safety of all New Orleanians and the integrity of their neighborhoods. I therefore resolve to hire — and retain — more New Orleans cops until the NOPD is fully staffed. I further resolve to augment our police force in the interim with any and all other available and qualified law enforcement personnel in order to keep my city safe.

John Bel Edwards

  • I, John Bel Edwards, resolve to put the recent election behind me by reaching out at every opportunity to my fellow elected officials who happen to belong to another political party in order to meet our shared, overriding challenge of turning Louisiana around after eight years of benighted neglect.

Republican members of the Louisiana Legislature

  • We, the Republican members of the Louisiana Legislature, resolve to recognize that Louisiana voters overwhelmingly elected John Bel Edwards to do what his predecessor would not do: make tough decisions and find long-term solutions to our state's chronic problems. We further acknowledge that the people of Louisiana are in no mood for Washington D.C.-style gridlock and partisanship.

Jeff Landry

  • I, Jeff Landry, realize that I was elected Attorney General to serve the citizens of Louisiana as their chief legal officer. I therefore resolve not to grandstand, take cheap political shots, or attempt to impose my views on social issues on the people of Lou- isiana by misusing my authority or harping on partisan non-issues.

Uptown residents

  • We, Uptown residents, vow to be patient for just a while longer while every street in our neighborhood is ripped up for drainage construction. Then again, we have no choice but to be patient, do we?

Residents of high-crime neighborhoods

  • We, residents of high-crime neighborhoods, resolve not to be patient with city officials while our neighbors live in fear. We will remind City Hall at every opportunity that our families and friends deserve protection from violent crime — and they deserve answers when they don't get it.

Supporters of New Orleans' Confederate

  • We, supporters of New Orleans' Confederate monuments, resolve to accept the fact that the Civil War ended a century and a half ago — and that our side lost. We further resolve to accept that the City Council has voted to remove the monuments, not to rewrite history but to acknowledge our city's history in a fuller and more accurate context. To that end, we pledge to help devise workable solutions to keep the monuments on public display elsewhere in New Orleans, alongside monuments and markers commemorating all who fought in the cause of freedom, regardless of which side they were on.

Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni and members of the Jefferson Parish Council

  • We, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni and members of the Jefferson Parish Council, resolve to communicate better and work more closely in the future than the past council and president so we can all serve our constituents better.

New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans

  • We, the New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans, resolve to give our faithful fans reasons to cheer again.


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