Phanat Xanamane is more than the Citizen of the Year. He is a gift to his hometown and those who have the pleasure of knowing and loving him. And if I know him at all, this is only the beginning-- not only for himself, but for New Iberia as well.
It is our choice whether we take the side of the victim or the criminal in choosing to bring the perpetrators of violence to responsibility. I humbly suggest that the answer is NOT to pretend nothing happened.
I believe in New Iberia. I truly believe that great things will happen here again, and I am excited to be a part of it. And I’m going to (humbly) suggest some things that would make it better.