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Random Thoughts About The National Disaster

I have been thinking about the national disaster that we have endured and the aftermath that we will be living with for years and years. The following are some random thoughts in no particular order.

Why should we rebuild a city like New Orleans that is below sea-level and is bound to be hit again and again by hurricanes?

If people are bound and determined to rebuild New Orleans, at least rebuild the oil refineries in a less precarious area.

Why did so many people not leave the city when they were told a giant hurricane was headed right at them?

I don't buy the excuse that 100,000 people in New Orleans didn't have enough resources to travel 30 miles to the north.

I have seen pictures of the flooded parking lot full of school buses in New Orleans. Why weren't the school buses, transit buses and trains used to evacuate the people who didn't have enough money to leave?

It is being reported that over 2,000 school buses were eventually damaged/destroyed by the flooding. If nothing else, they should have been moved! At $50,000 per bus, that's $100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars) in community assets that did not have to be lost.

If people in the Katrina's path knew they weren't going to leave their homes during the hurricane, why didn't they fill up containers of water to help them in the inevitable aftermath?

Regardless of the fact that all these people refused to leave the city of New Orleans, America would still have to deal with the fact that over a million people are now homeless because of the damage the level 4 hurricane force winds, the storm surge, and the flooding caused.

The American military is a marvelous organization capable of responding to virtually every situation in heroic fashion.

A job corps manned by the displaced citizens should be set up that would aid in rebuilding the disaster areas. Food and temporary housing could be provided, a stipend paid to live on, and a savings account that would accumulate a percentage of their over-all earnings would be paid to those that remained in the program until the affected areas were rebuilt or a specific time commitment was fulfilled. When the areas were ready to be reoccupied, the money in the savings accounts could then be used to obtain housing, buy new furniture, automobiles, and household goods. The job corps would train many of the poor and unskilled to be carpenters, masons, tile setters, equipment operators, even bookkeepers, and teachers. The benefits to the communities would be returned many times.

I am glad that the mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, who did such a wonderful job preparing his community for a natural disaster, will be overseeing FEMA's work in his community in the coming weeks and months, or so he claims.

New Orleans' Mayor Ray Nagin should resign!

The police chief says they ran out of ammunition. What were they shooting at? They weren't shooting the looters and roving bands of gun-toting thugs. Barney Fife got one bullet, but never used it either.

The police chief of New Orleans, Superintendent Eddie Compass, should resign.

It is being reported that the Louisiana Department of Homeland Security would not let the Red Cross bring food and water into the Superdome and the New Orleans Convention Center in the three or four days immediately following the flooding because it would encourage the people to stay and officials wanted them to suffer so they would be motivated to leave.

The governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, should resign.

The former director of FEMA under Bill Clinton, James Lee Witt, who was just hired by LA Governor Kathleen Blanco, seems to think that by taking cheap political shots at the Bush administration and the Department of Homeland Security he will speed FEMA's relief effort in Louisiana.

Does everything have to be a racial issue? The fact is that, black or white, if you didn't leave New Orleans before the storm, any suffering you endured after the storm was your own fault. How many of the people now complaining about the slow response to the crisis called the mayor, or police chief, or governor before the storm and said you wanted to leave and needed help to do so?

There are still many people in New Orleans who refuse to leave their flooded homes. Why do these people continue to make bad decisions?

Citizens of Louisiana, please do not reelect the public officials who should have had an emergency plan in place to take care of this disaster and failed you.

I heard that a news report that said New Orleans had three emergency rescue boats and two were out of commission at the time of the flood.

Posted by Rick | September 4, 2005 11:33 PM

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