Louisiana Supreme Court justices are considering the residual and likely unintend­ed effects of the constitutional amendment that voters over­whelmingly approved last year to make gun ownership a “fun­damental” right. The question is whether the amended Constitu­tion lets convicted felons possess firearms, an act that is forbidden by the state criminal code.

What initially was a film about the role and importance of marching bands in New Orleans unwittingly became Roots of Music’s origin story. Roots of Music’s first class began in June 2008. …

[Roots of Music founder Derrick] Tabb, who was named one of CNN’s “Heroes” in 2009, co-founded the free after-school program that provides band instruction, tutoring, transportation and meals to at-risk elementary and middle-school students. At its heart, the program is anti-crime and focuses on education.

While Lassen said he regretted having to make the decision to close the center, he said he had no choice, given the declining state support for higher education. “Four years ago, we were getting about $54 million from the state,” he said. “Now it’s about $32 million. We’re receiving significantly less funding, so we have to make some pretty tough decisions.”

Besides their economic investments, people and organizations have all sorts of sunk costs in local communities. “Retreat”—and even more modest alternatives—arouses significant resistance.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...