Commentary: Saving 'net neutrality' — what you can do

Surfing the internet could become a lot like paying for cable TV
This week, the U.S. government seems poised to roll back the Open Internet Order, a 2015 policy approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as part of a strategy to ensure what is broadly called "net neutrality." Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) to be "neutral" pipelines, neither favoring one site over another nor getting in the way of what consumers want to see.

Commentary: Giving thanks and giving back

After hurricane season, the journey back has just begun
After Thanksgiving and Giving Tuesday, we had another reason to be thankful last week: The nerve-wracking and destructive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season — 10 named hurricanes in 10 weeks, which may end up being costlier than the 2005 season that brought us Hurricane Katrina — finally came to an end, and New Orleans was spared for another year. Whew!

Commentary: Good morning, Madame Mayor-elect

The new mayor has a lot of work to do to hit the ground running, which is what voters will rightly expect of her
The new mayor has a lot of work to do to hit the ground running, which is what voters will rightly expect of her. Congratulations to LaToya Cantrell, who will become New Orleans' mayor in May 2018.

Commentary: New Orleans prepares for 300

Reflecting the city’s entire history — the good and the bad — will be the challenge
As 2017 comes to an end — and with the mayor's race finally over and the New Orleans Saints ascendant again — you'll soon be hearing about a major citywide initiative that will encompass much of the city's cultural life in 2018: the tricentennial of the founding of New Orleans, or what city leaders are calling NOLA 300.   Last week, WYES-TV premiered New Orleans: The First 300 Years, a two-hour documentary narrated by John Goodman exploring the city's history (the program repeats at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Commentary: Our endorsements in Nov. 18 elections

The news that Louisiana Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera has requested years of city credit card records from all members of the New Orleans City Council may or may not make a difference in this Saturday's runoff elections, but it clearly represents a needed step toward accountability and transparency. Purpera wants the records by Friday, Nov. 17 — election eve — but already there are media reports that other council members shared District B Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell's spendthrift habits with their city-issued cards.

Commentary: Mayor's race a mud pit

Neither candidate inspires confidence in her ability to manage City Hall or its annual budget of more than $600 million
The final weeks of the 2017 mayoral election appear to be less a race to the finish line than a long, uncontrolled slide into a mud pit. LaToya Cantrell and Desiree Charbonnet are exchanging accusations of poor money management and even poorer judgment.

Commentary: Maybe...

What it will take for things to be different
You remember that you live in a state that elected a governor (four times) who said the motto of his administration was "Up with skirts, down with pants." Maybe you had heard things before you took that job, but now it's become real: a vulgar comment, an unwanted hug or touch.

Commentary: Every vote really does count

If you live in New Orleans, your vote will determine the city's next steps
As Election Day dawned Oct. 14, many worried — and Secretary of State Tom Schedler predicted — that turnout would be abysmally low. Schedler even offered to eat crow, literally, if statewide turnout hit just 15 percent.

Commentary: Smart and honest on crime

Reducing crime requires more than hiring more cops and paying them more
By any metric, there are too many nonviolent people in Louisiana jails — and putting them there has not reduced our state's violent crime rate in any measurable way. We have roughly the same rate of violence as our neighboring states; we just incarcerate more nonviolent offenders.

Commentary: The Gambit ballot

Gambit's recommendations in the Oct. 14 elections
New Orleans is about to elect its first new mayor in eight years, along with at least three new City Council members and two judges. Also on ballots are Orleans Parish School Board millage renewals, a new council member for Jefferson Parish District 4, two transportation millage renewals in Jefferson, a statewide treasurer's race and three statewide constitutional amendments.

Commentary: To Sen. Cassidy — physician, heal thyself

After seven years of toting 'repeal and replace,' congressional Republicans delivered neither
As the latest rushed attempt to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA) collapsed last week, it took with it another casualty: U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's reputation. Cassidy, a mild-mannered physician, had insisted for months that he would hold President Donald Trump to his campaign promise that any health care replacement would have to be affordable, cover pre-existing conditions and insure more people.

Commentary: Our endorsements in fall 2017 elections

Early voting starts Sept. 30
Early voting starts Saturday, Sept. 30, across Louisiana — but nowhere is that date more important than in metro New Orleans. Voters in New Orleans will elect a new mayor, at least three new City Council members and two judges.


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