You have a great place (in South Louisiana) for producing methanol and getting our methanol on the market. The natural gas, the workforce, the transportation pipeline, the business climate, the (political) leaders. There’s a lot of reasons we all came together.

Advance argues that it is taking a difficult but bold step into a digital future, in New Orleans and across the country. But its actions make more sense with a close look at the numbers, which suggest something other than its claim of “securing a vital future for our local journalism.”

“Modeled on the work of criminologist David Kennedy, a national authority on inner-city crime prevention, the call-ins are meant to put allegedly violent street gang members on notice, and place them in the front of the line for job training, housing assistance, drug treatment, G.E.D programs and other services. That is, if they choose to get in line.”

“There is something else that [GNO Inc. CEO Michael] Hecht has noticed, a view shared by Allan and Danae. The New Orleans Police Department has turned a corner in the fight against crime and, despite a paucity of numbers, is making a real dent in the volume of violent crime in New Orleans. … Hecht also shares the feeling we have that perhaps because he got off to a stumbling beginning, Police Chief Ronal Serpas and his colleagues have not gotten the kind of positive applause they deserve for their hard work.”

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...