Recent headlines and articles in The Advocate have given cause to be increasingly fearful of the future of New Orleans. Increased crime, decreased money for local police protection, unpaid debts to firefighters and infrastructure neglect are apparent to everyone and should be preferentially addressed.

Yet, our City Council and mayor seem to direct their attention to matters such as the expensive removal of monuments and proposals to use taxpayer dollars for “increased outreach services” aimed at noncitizens. The mayor and City Council appear to make policy and allocate funds independent of pressing needs and public opinion.

We must remind our “leaders” that they were elected by New Orleans citizens who provide the tax money for needed projects. When the citizenry is no longer represented by its government, there is reason to fear the future.

Patricia Boswell

retired nurse

New Orleans