My wife and I spent two nights in New Orleans.

We go to New Orleans two or three times a year just to relax, shop, dine and, most of all, walk the beautiful areas and neighborhoods.

However, this trip we were extremely uncomfortable most of the time.

Everywhere, particularly in the French Quarter, we were approached continuously by vagrants or homeless people wanting handouts.

In the late evening and early morning hours, you couldn’t go one block without seeing one or more people sleeping in doorways or other areas.

I must also point out that there were three reported shootings within six to eight blocks of our hotel during our stay. I have no idea what can be done legally to correct these situations, but I suggest solutions be found. Otherwise tourism, including convention business, will suffer greatly.

Bob Draper

retired insurance agent

West Monroe