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FEMA - still

By Remy Benoit

Katrina slammed into New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast in late August of 2005. In many areas you would think that it hit in August of this year because of the lack of progress.

We welcome you, indeed, we encourage you to come to the French Quarter, to dine, to dance, to party, but we ask you also to be aware, to spread the word. The Gulf Coast is coming back, and it takes proper funding to do that. Revenues from the Gulf must go to the people who work for them.

The people of this area love it here. They have waged an incredible attempt to bring order to their lives. But they cannot do it, any more than anyone else, anywhere else, could, without sufficient backup.

The Gulf Coast provides so much to the rest of the nation. And yet FEMA still can't seem to get it right.

From The Washington Post, Spencer S. Hsu, and MSNBC Judge's order reveals FEMA aid shortcomings
Fraction of households to reach limit; bureaucracy is faulted.

From The Times Picayune and Bruce Alpert House to vote on offshore royalties Louisiana would get millions for coast.

From The Times Picayune and Steve Ritea Teacher shortage looms in N.O.
11 schools to reopen for next semester.

From AlterNet, Will Bunch, and Attytood Why the Levee Broke.

From David Pictures of the Ninth Ward, January 2006.

From Wikimedia Category:Hurricane Katrina aftermath in Lakeview, New Orleans.

It would be great if we could give Congress a required reading list. It would include these two books by Mike Tidwell Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast. and The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities.

And if you are somewhere else, saying it can't happen here, well, find a way to check out what the Weather Channel had to say about It_Could_Happen_Tomorrow . in your area.

Sometimes we need to rethink our thinking, even though perhaps previously we have decided other things. That refers to the prosperity and safety of our cities and towns, and to our war efforts too. From Reuters and MSNBC Rumsfeld's pre-quitting memo urged Iraq shift
Document, confirmed by Pentagon, offered no specific recommendations.

It is a very special time of year for many of us.
Perhaps the miracles we should pray for are clarity of thought, compassion, and just down right common sense.

Second Harvest Food Bank.

Miz' Remy


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