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Commentary: Here's to 2018

Gambit's annual list of resolutions for others


  I, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, make two resolutions: first, to provide a smooth transfer of power to Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, including not spending a disproportionate amount of the 2018 city budget; and second, to give citizens a specific plan for relocating and placing into proper historical context — as I promised several years ago — the controversial Confederate monuments.

  I, Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, resolve to get my transition team in place before Jan. 7 (which is four months before my inauguration), and I resolve not to make or allow any more questionable purchases on city credit cards.

  We, the incoming New Orleans City Council, heard loud and clear that our constituents are concerned with affordable housing and transportation issues and resolve to work on both. We also acknowledge our role as watchdogs of the Sewerage & Water Board and promise to demand improvements. Last, we resolve to be a prudent check on the new mayor's power.

  I, state Attorney General Jeff Landry, recognize that I was elected 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 Louisiana by misusing my authority. (This was our New Year's resolution for Landry in 2016 and 2017. He did just the opposite. Hope springs eternal.)

  We, U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Neely Kennedy, resolve to get some backbone and stop being a rubber stamp for President Donald Trump and GOP big-government policies that keep Louisiana at the bottom of nearly every "good" list.

  We, Louisiana state lawmakers, recognize that Washington D.C.-style partisan politics has poisoned our Legislature. We therefore resolve to restore working relationships that benefit all our constituents.

  We, the citizens of Louisiana, resolve to keep former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and state Rep. Julie Stokes in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with serious health challenges.

  We, Louisiana's sheriffs and district attorneys, resolve to recognize that criminal justice reforms help not only reduce prison populations but also reduce crime and recidivism. We further resolve to help dispel citizens' fears when they are stoked by demagogic grandstanders who spread alarmist falsehoods about such reforms.

  We, BRG (the former Besh Restaurant Group), resolve to give back Alon Shaya the right to use his own name in future restaurants.

  We, the residents of New Orleans, vow to preserve our local traditions by actively supporting local restaurants, small businesses and the local arts scene before any more of it "ain't dere no more."

  We, the Who Dat Nation, resolve to replicate the joyous spirit of New Orleans Saints home game days by treating all New Orleanians that way all year long.

  We, the New Orleans Saints, vow to give New Orleanians a reason to travel to Minneapolis in February.

  Happy New Year to all.


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