- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 6, 2006

NEW ORLEANS - One candidate is white, the other is black. But the issues surrounding them in this whirlwind of a New Orleans mayoral election are not black and white.

They are as muddied as the gray waterways that crisscross this land.

From the destruction of the Lower Ninth Ward to the Broadmoor neighborhood, people are going about their daily lives as best they can.

The recovery is on its way to be sure, as a dozen homes can be seen in different stages of rebuilding along Nashville Avenue where floodwaters topped 7 feet.

People went to the polls Saturday, all with the same idea of making their voices heard. Making them count. If voting is that most American of rights, then Saturday was more evidence of this city’s American resiliency. This is democracy at its best. That’s what it’s all about.

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