To make the threat of climate change clear to her customers, [business owner Sandy] Bridges joined a campaign last week to mark where the high tide in 2100 would be if the worst of those scenarios comes true. A strip of sky-blue tape near the handle of her door indicates the spot. ‘Where I’m standing right now, the water would be up to my chest,’ she says.

If you wanted to hand-select a dream team of committed professionals to oversee the levees that protect the east bank of New Orleans, this is the team you would pick. They didn’t undertake this action lightly. It was considered, researched, and deliberated upon for months, exactly as it should have been.

One disappointment of the legislature this year was their failure to even consider a bill filed by Rep. Austin Badon which would have tempered Louisiana’s draconian penalties for possession of marijuana.  …

While lawbreakers should be punished, there is a growing consensus that overly harsh sentences are destroying families, causing children to grow up without fathers in their lives (which often results in those children being incarcerated themselves), and condemning ex-offenders to a lifetime of unemployment and poverty.

Government & Politics

Indeed, political pundit Robert Mann is disappointed that so few public officials in Louisiana have condemned the operation.

It’s vaguely unsettling that the moment a major American city goes belly-up , a major New Orleans official feels compelled to come out and say: “Don’t worry! We aren’t next!”  It’s disconcerting because [Deputy Mayor Andy] Kopplin senses that we have grounds to be worried.

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...