Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Eddie Compass resigns...is that enough?

Today we witnessed the departure of the City's #1 police officer (see: story). Never Again asks, will Mayor Nagin do the honorable thing and follow Compass' example? Not likely, but we can hope.

In the meantime, I would like to say that I am sorry to see Chief Compass leave. My humble opinion is that the greatest faults that led to most of the problems within the NOPD were mostly not his fault. But he resigned we assume because that's what he felt leaders in such a situation must do. Good luck, Chief.

Uncle Speed


At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mayor Nagin, did not do a very good job in responding to Hurricane warnings. He should of ordered a mandatory evacuation long before Sunday. He could of spared a lot of suffering and lives if he would of ordered the mandatory evacuation and had a better job of getting the poor people out of the city.

At 11:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The problem with Ray Nagin isn't Ray Nagin. The problem lies in Louisiana's Senate and House. Those are the people who leave New Orleans to become what it has become. They want all of the money that New Orleans brings to the State, but then that money is moved to other parts of the state. The people in northern LA would rather see New Orleans float off into the Gulf then make sure that it thrives. What they do not understand is that without New Orleans there would be no Alaxandria, Shreveport, and every small town in between. New Orleans was left for economic death by the greased pockets of the LA legislature. That means New Orleans has no economic base. with no economic base, there is no big business. With no big business, there is wide spread poverty. With wide spread poverty there are people who vote for the "quick fix" or the "hand out." This is not mayor Nagins fault. This would have happened to Marc Morial, this would have happened to Dutch Morial, this would have happened to Gov. Foster. Forgive my age and not knowing my NO and LA history as well as I should, but this would have happened to any mayor in the past 20 years. The only person that could have handled this crisis and handled it well in the history of LA would be Huey P. Long. He would have told the federal Gov. to shove it and handled this the way it should have been handled. Blanco told the Feds that she could handle the situation, but she is soooooooooooooooo inept as a govenor that even if there would have been one third of the disaster she would have needed help. She is another result of the LA legislature and Northern LA , and Lafayette in this case, voting in a person that will not bring new life to the state of Louisiana. She is just there to keep everything the same and to fill space.

I am not saying that your blog is wrong, or not needed. I really do think the mayor could have done a better job. But we must look at all of the contributing factors. One might also say that the Federal Government is to blame for not helping with the coastal erosion problem. That is a US border as well as LA border. Then all that money that LA had spent on trying to save the coast could be spent further developing the levee sysyem. That would have saved everyone a Bardge load of money. Hine sight is always 20/20.

The city will be build bigger, stronger and better then any of us could have ever imagined. Our future does not hold leaders like Nagin and Blanco. Our future hold leaders like Giulianni and Bush (take your pick). We will be New Orleans again you will see.


At 12:47 PM, Blogger Peter Fenerk said...

Eddie Compass was a good cop and a good chief, but was in over his head from the beginning. He publicly didn't like the residency rule which kept many qualified applicants away from the NOPD but because of being a political appointee would not speak out to pressure the city into abolishing it. The rule was a poorly veiled device to lock taxpayers (cops) in the city who would otherwise choose to live in better communities.

At 4:41 PM, Blogger Modern Day Estella said...

Blanco needs to resign. Nagin needs to resign. New Orleans (and all of Louisiana) needs new, effective, competent-in-a-crisis leadership.


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