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New Year resolutions for one and for all: An editorial

Resolutions may be more important in South Louisiana than other places. After all, we are constantly tempted by the food and fun for which this region is famous.

Other people come to visit for a few days, overindulge, then go back home and start following their diets again.

You have to decide for yourself, of course, whether you need to cut back on calories, exercise more, or both. But people in the public sphere open themselves up to critique — and we can all think of things we’d like for them to do or change.

With that in mind, here is The Times-Picayune editorial page’s annual list of resolutions for public officials and personalities.

I, Gov. Bobby Jindal, pledge to devote my full attention to the state’s pressing needs and to cut services judiciously.

We, the Louisiana Legislature, promise to resist filing fiscally irresponsible legislation and not to get bogged down in trivial matters like changing the state gemstone or declaring the official state fishing bait. And, since we didn’t do it last year or the year before that — or the year before that — we resolve to finally get rid of duplication in higher education so that budget cuts don’t drag down every school.

We, President Barack Obama and the 535 members of Congress, promise to back the RESTORE the Gulf Act and funnel the bulk of fines from the BP oil spill to the Gulf Coast. We also pledge to keep in mind that Louisiana’s coast bore the brunt of the environmental damage from the spill.

We, the members of the Louisiana congressional delegation, pledge to work with each other to make sure that the rest of Congress understands the importance of our coast to the economic and cultural vitality of this nation.

I, oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg, pledge to continue to work to make sure that every fisher and shrimper and oyster harvester gets fairly compensated for the damage done by the oil spill.

We, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, resolve to make sure that new levees being built aren’t full of junk and that the clay is good quality. We understand that the strength of the flood control system is vital to residents’ safety and peace of mind. And we understand that the huge logs, chunks of concrete, shopping cart and other junk found in a levee being built south of Marrero make residents uneasy.

I, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, promise to stay focused on improving the quality of life for all New Orleanians. That includes working to reduce blight, to shore up crumbling streets and, above all, to find solutions to the violence gripping some of our neighborhoods.
We, the New Orleans City Council, promise to work together for the good of every citizen and to be collegial and professional even when we disagree.

We, the prosecutors and judges at Tulane and Broad pledge to stop blaming each other for everything that goes wrong and all work to make the justice system function effectively, efficiently and fairly.
I, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas, pledge to do the same. I also pledge to ensure that the city’s entire police force is well trained and highly ethical.

We, the citizens of New Orleans, promise to do everything we can as witnesses and jurors to provide the criminal justice system what it needs to curb crime. We also will serve as mentors and tutors and in any other capacity that will make the city a peaceful and kind place to live.

I, Jefferson Parish President John Young, pledge to continue to try to get parish residents the best deal on contracts. The days of automatically rolling over contracts without checking for the best price are over.

We, the Jefferson Parish Council, promise to work with the parish president to make contracting more cost effective and transparent. And we will not interfere to try to get work for our buddies.

We, the Jefferson Parish School Board, pledge to refresh our understanding of the state’s open meetings law and to stop excluding the public from board gatherings.

We, the members of every board and council, elected and appointed, promise to swear off credit cards. No more pricey steak dinners and absolutely no cocktails. We now understand that it’s not right to run up extravagant bills that the public has to pay — and that buying alcohol with tax dollars is against state law.

I, incoming St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister, pledge to put my extensive experience in government and business to work for the betterment of the parish and the good of residents.
We, the St. Tammany Parish Council, promise to do the same.

Ditto for the governments in St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes.

We, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, New Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux, FBI agents and other anti-corruption forces, swear to continue to root out illegal and unethical behavior by public officials.

We, the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the Bureau of Governmental Research, Citizens for One Greater New Orleans, Women of the Storm, and other citizen advocacy groups, promise to continue to hold government officials at all levels accountable for their actions. We will push for our coast to be restored, our levees to be built to the highest standards and our schools to provide a top-notch education to every child.

We, the New Orleans Saints, resolve to beat the Panthers today and keep our undefeated streak going in the Superdome. And we promise to do everything in our power to vanquish every foe in the playoffs and bring another Lombardi Trophy home in February
We, Saints management, promise to work out a new contract that keeps Drew Brees quarterbacking the team for years to come.

We, the Who Dat Nation, swear to keep making the Superdome the loudest stadium in the NFL and do everything possible to disrupt the opposition’s offense. Nothing makes us happier than forcing the visiting team to take a timeout.

We, the New Orleans Hornets, promise that the last-minute trades and late start to the season won’t keep us out of the playoffs.

We, the citizens of this fascinating region, resolve to mask for Mardi Gras, dance at Jazzfest and savor every day here.

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