I seldom agree with Mr. James Varney of the Times Picayune, but I must say that his NOLA column Saturday, July 14, 2013 concerning the post-Hurricane Katrina effect on New Orleans is very good. Those of us who live and work in the City appreciate the positive portrayal of our struggle, as a community and as a people, to bring New Orleans back from the brink of destruction, to a city that offers hope and employment opportunities as well as a creative forum for the young people who choose to call New Orleans Home.
Those of us who returned home after Katrina to find that our homes had flooded and that our businesses were paralyzed remember what Katrina was like. But we also remember the spirit of the city rising to meet the challenge.
Mr. Varney’s article contains a great quote: “Necessity, some genius once quipped, is the mother of invention. Necessity in New Orleans can be spelled “Hurricane Katrina.” We agree.
Let us see how much further we can stretch our love for this city and work hard to create an environment that encourages young entrepreneurs to settle here among us and to bring with them new ideas and ventures. I for one welcome them.
We are not just a great party town, we are also a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Let the word go out about New Orleans. We are open for business and we want you here!
Just as Mr. Varney, I am proud of the work Mayor Landrieu has done on behalf of New Orleans, but unlike him, I am happy to include what Mr. Varney calls the Mayor’s liberal ideas. We need those liberal ideas which the Mayor balances so well with business, practical and sensible common sense ideas to unite all of under the City banner. We need the Mayor’s continued leadership as well as his obvious love and hope for New Orleans at this critical junction.
Let us continue to celebrate the Idea Village, the increased tourism, the new golf course, the building cranes and the amazing construction happening on Tulane Avenue. I am convinced that the best is yet to come.
I close with another great line from Mr. Varney’s article: “Taken as a whole, New Orleans today would seem to offer living proof of the famous notion of one of its adopted sons, William Faulkner, who said mankind will not just endure, but will prevail.”
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