Commentary: Peaceful effort to honor those slain at Danziger Bridge a fitting tribute

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Posted on September 27, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 27 at 7:07 PM

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

It’s understandable that people would want to memorialize Ronald Madison and James Brissette — the two men who were killed by New Orleans cops on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina. The most talked-about proposal for doing that is renaming the bridge for Madison and Brissette.

It’s equally understandable that the family of Alfred Danziger, the civic leader for whom the bridge is named, would like to keep his name on the bridge. Danziger’s family likewise wants to honor Madison and Brissette.

What’s encouraging in all this is that no one is letting this honest disagreement escalate into an ugly public dispute. The truth is, this issue is not about renaming the bridge — it’s about remembering Ronald Madison and James Brissette.

In that regard, it’s significant that the Madison and Brissette families are not pushing the idea of renaming the bridge. They welcome any appropriate memorial.

Ernest Jones, a local attorney and a leader in the movement to rename the bridge, put it best when he said that people of good will could find an appropriate solution that satisfies everyone involved.

Indeed, that approach is a great way to start honoring Ronald Madison and James Brissette.

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