Newell: NOLA city seal should not be Mayor Cantrell’s priority

Newell Normand
September 25, 2018 - 8:41 am

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell displayed the revamped seal of New Orleans last week, asking people on Twitter, “Notice anything different?”

Newell Normand had a lot to say about it, and here are some of his HOT TAKES:

  • Let me go on the record:  I don't care.  If we're worried about the city's seal and the color scheme of New Orleans city seal, our priorities are not in place. With all the potholes, the issues with Sewerage & Water Board, with the fiscal mess, the fact that we are undermanned in the New Orleans Police Department…with the problems we face every day, we're worried about the color scheme of the seal? 
  • Civil District Court is a joke.  Have you ever been to City Hall?  That's a bigger joke.  An innocent bystander was shot on Canal Street near Palace Cafe.  We have a power grid that lets squirrels and cats knock out power for thousands of people.  And we're worried about the color scheme of the seal? 
  • I don't know about you, but we don't seem to focus on the things that truly matter.  What is the message you're trying to send?  That you have the power to do this?  That this is what you're focused on?
  • Forget about whether we're violating the public meetings laws, because a vote wasn't taken. Maybe it's because we have taken out our coloring book and our stack of colors, and we're worrying about whether the alligator should be a lighter shade with a different shade for the background? 
  • I'm not sure the messaging coming out of the Cantrell administration is raising folks' confidence level one way or the other.  This one completely baffles me.  I can't figure out the message here. And I don't know about you, but I just don't care.  At the end of the day, that city seal doesn't matter.

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