Commentary: Gretna police and sewer millages

Our recommendations for two important millage propositions in Gretna
Gretna police and sewer millages: YES Among the items on the ballot Saturday, April 28, are two important millage propositions in the City of Gretna.

Commentary: An ugly bill

Lawmakers have run out of budget gimmicks. We hope voters remember who's keeping Louisiana in this mess
The Louisiana House passed the annual spending bill last week, but it was no occasion to cheer. The measure calls for $650 million in devastating cuts to health care, higher education and the popular TOPS scholarship program.

Commentary: West Jefferson flood millage

We recommend voting 'yes' on this proposition
Early voting began this week and continues through Saturday, April 21, in several parts of metro New Orleans. Voters on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish will decide the fate of a critical millage proposition for flood protection.

Commentary: A letter to our readers

For the past 27-plus years, we had the great honor of owning Gambit. Throughout that time, we strived always to keep Gambit true to its original mission of speaking truth to power while highlighting New Orleans' unique arts, entertainment, cultural and political scenes.

Commentary: The real 'fake news' is Sinclair Broadcast Group

Sinclair’s approach smacks of state-run TV — and that’s the most dangerous “fake news” of all
By now you've probably seen the video of dozens of local news anchors around the country robotically reciting the same canned script warning viewers against "fake news." The script was a diktat from the stations' owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

Commentary: Holding Entergy accountable

Two motions represent the regulatory equivalent of a nuclear option
In the past month, New Orleans City Council members took several critically important steps as regulators of Entergy New Orleans (ENO), the utility that provides electricity across the city. Each of those steps will impact ratepayers' long-term ability to get reliable, affordable power.

Commentary: Time to revisit short-term rentals

Hospitality workers, musicians and artists deserve to have a place to live in their own city
Are short-term rentals (STRs) like Airbnb making it harder for New Orleanians to live in the city where they work? The STR industry says it's just the opposite.

Commentary: Gridlock as a political cudgel

Voters should keep tabs on who's grandstanding in Baton Rouge
Last week, addressing state legislators' recent failure to renew or replace an expiring "temporary" sales tax, Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said, "I hope the Legislature doesn't morph into the Professional Can-Kickers Association."   Too late.

Commentary: Our endorsements in March 24 elections

Endorsements for Jefferson Parish sheriff, Kenner mayor and state representative
Early voting for the March 24 primary in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish has already begun and will continue through Saturday, March 17. Turnout is projected to be low, even though some very important elections are on the ballot.

Commentary: The best of states, the worst of states

The special legislative session has been marked by sniping, finger-pointing, talking points and impasses
Louisiana is accustomed to finishing at or near the bottom of "Best States" lists, but to come in dead last — for the second year in a row — in U.S. News & World Report's rankings clearly rankled Gov. John Bel Edwards. Edwards' communications director, Shauna Sanford, characterized the data gathered as "grossly outdated information that in no way accurately reflects the current gains being made throughout our state, especially in the areas of health care and education."

Commentary: Listen to the survivors

Our elected leaders should stop listening to the NRA and start listening to the survivors
The murders of 17 people during a school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 has renewed America's national debate over gun laws. After similar tragedies in recent years, that debate yielded nothing of substance, but this time things are different.

Commentary: New Orleans needs local power

The City Council must make sure the city has access to a local source of power at peak times
The New Orleans City Council soon will decide whether to allow the local Entergy affiliate to build a new electric power plant in New Orleans East. The proposed "peaking plant" would provide New Orleanians with immediate power during periods of greatest demand — on the hottest days of summer, during hard freezes and after severe weather events such as hurricanes.

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