"We're on day 72, it's been ten weeks, over two months, they're still talking about cutting the red tape. We've been asking them to cut the rep tape since early May. ... There's so much of a disconnect. There needs to be a paradigm shift where the state and locals take over, the federal government gets out of the way, let BP pay for it at the end of the day. I'm ashamed to be an American right now. This is the greatest country in the world, and we have failed to properly respond to this disaster."
It is neither about charity nor sympathy, and, in fact, we very much want you to continue to visit our majestic city and relish in its music, safe seafood and Southern charm. But it is all about a preservation of a way of life, a culture, a special sense of place and a pride of being here. That is something Midwesterners understand just as well as those of us in N'Awlins.
Marjorie Esman, executive director of the group's Louisiana chapter, reminded the sheriffs of the coastal parishes that "members of the public have the right under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to film, record, photograph, and document anything they observe in a public place. No oneneither law enforcement nor a private corporation has the legal right to interfere with public access to public places or the recording of activities that occur there. Nor may law enforcement officials cooperate with private companies in denying such access to the public."