I go from despondent to overly thrilled

Yeah it’s been a rough nine months for all of us. But the last two days for me anyway have been somewhat, I’m scared to say it, encouraging.

The radio station (First shameless plug ever- AM 690 WIST) has had the following folks on the air since Monday: Rob Couhig, Virginia Boulet, Shelly Midura, Stacy Head, Arnie Fielkow and James Carter, along with the usual Jindel, Vitter and Landrieu (Mary, not Mitch)- All either newly elected officials or “mayoral advisors”. I can temper my giddiness somewhat but maybe, just maybe we can get out of this mess with the help of some of these folks.

They are all a wide variety of people. Staunch conservatives to flaming liberals. But in the first 5 days after the election, they are all either reading off of the same script or they actually might be able to work together to fix the city we all love.

According to both Couhig and Boulet, Mayor Nagin has actually agreed to listen to suggestions, to look at all sides of an issue and then decide. They aren’t getting boatloads of cash. They are actually doing it as volunteers. When is the last time anyone heard of someone offering his or her services in this city for free? They are both fantastic people who want nothing more than to get this city straightened out. I was doing the “snoopy” dance inside after talking to both of them, and trust me they are on opposite ends of the political spectrum, which I think is a great thing.

The City Council is really where I think we are going to get some traction. If everyone remembers, Mayor Nagin was elected as a “reformer” four years ago. One of the main problems with that though was the City Council wasn’t a “reformed” city council. 4 years of that were brutal, as we all know. This time though, this is a reform city council. Yeah we still got 3 of the old guard but frankly I see those three actually getting with the program now.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel…maybe. Yeah it’s a 4 year long tunnel at least (more like 10 really) but just a little dot of light at the end is a whole lot better than what we’ve been seeing for the last nine months.

4 Comments so far

  1. Laurie (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 2:04 pm

    Talking of tunnels, did the dolphin’s on top of the Harvey tunnel do o.k.?

    I’m waitin’ for the two party system to get walked behind the barn.

    Why can’t candidates run as themselves.

    All the parties do is create bloques of divisiveness.

    Its time to scrap the two party system.


  2. Paul Murphy (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    I had a chance to listen to some of these folks on WIST this week, and I have to agree – there is some good potential for the city.

  3. Laurie (unregistered) on May 26th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    The carpenter ants are trying to build a colony

    in my bathtub the rain’s not far away.


  4. Bob Dobbs (unregistered) on May 28th, 2006 @ 8:16 am

    A shit sandwich with chow chow is still a shit sandwich.

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