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By Remy Benoit

From the AP and CNN Gulf Coast libraries get nearly $18 million.

This is one book that everyone in an area subject to natural disaster should read. But then, where is there an area that does not know flooding, tornados, hurricanes, blizzards, etc.? It is critical that one knows what to do in a critical situation. This book will show you that you need to depend on you! Douglas Brinkley: The Great Deluge : Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

This is a highly readable preliminary history of what happened in the New Orleans area and on the coast. Bravo to Douglas Brinkley.

Reading this book, passing some time with Brinkley as he tells this story, will both explain what happens when what needs doing is neglected, and how humans respond in a catastrophic upheaval.

And a special note of thanks to Garland Robinette of WWL Radio for not not holding back; for saying: "...the birds are gone. Get out of town...." I don't think I have to explain that here.

You know, the impact of Katrina was seen across the country. For many of us here, for weeks, there were no visuals, no power, no tv. It was the voices of people like Garland, on portable radios, that let us know what was happening in the city, in our areas when all we could see where the uprooted trunks of trees and destruction all around. Blessings to all of them for being there for us.

From the AP and the mix of emotions that flow when coming home Iraq: A Minute-By-Minute Battle.

As the troops come home, make it your personal business in your town to see that there is a welcome; that there are jobs; that there is health care.

When it comes down to it, all we have is each other. Be there for the Veterans as they were there when you called.


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