Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Letters to the editor

The Times-Picayune 4/28

A name in the spirit of fun

I've enjoyed reading all of the suggestions for the new name of the New Orleans Hornets, but think my friend came up with the best one: New Orleans Spirits.

Think of all the different kinds of spirits we have in this city! We have team spirit to the max, expressed in the way we love our Hornets, Saints and Tigers! The Holy Spirit is certainly here, as are the kind we imbibe in (cocktails even have a festival here). And don't forget the spirits seen and sometimes heard in those old mansions and buildings in the French Quarter:

Just ask those haunted tour guides about those.

The fans would have a ball dressing as spirits of many kinds. Our team colors could be black and white, lettering modeled after our iconic French Quarter street signs, and banded in stripes of purple, green and gold.

We could put a litter gris gris on opponents and even bring voodoo dolls to games, etc. What fun!

Wanda Gee, New Orleans

A name to capture our essence

I think that the new name for the Hornets should be the New Orleans Spirits. While that may seem like a strange choice at first, considering that sports teams are often named after fearsome animals, one must realize that the naming tradition was broken when the choice of Saints was taken for the city's football team.

In the eyes of Saints fans, it is a name to be proud of and is completely representative of new Orleans, Similarly, I think that the name Spirits has all sorts of connotations that bring our great city to mind. Who could deny that there is a very special spirit to this city? That spirit is evident in exciting activities that abound every year.

It is evident in the recovery effort that we have been experiencing from the Katrina disaster. It is evident in the smiles and gaiety of all of our people in spite of the enormous hardships we have endured.

In fact, I believe that it is the one thing that visitors look forward to the most when they come and the most memorable thing they take with them when they leave.

It should also be recognized that visitors and revelers often enhance the experience of the spirit of New Orleans by the consumption of spirits in New Orleans. Finally, New Orleans has a tradition of haunted houses and graveyard spirits.

What better choice of a name that represents New Orleans than the Spirits?

Jim Courville, Belle Chasse

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