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Construction Moves Slowly

By Remy Benoit

From CNN Report raps poor planning for Iraq reconstruction.

From the AP and MSNBC Counties hit by Katrina slow to repopulate
Some Gulf Coast areas have less than half as many people as before.

From the AP, The Houston Chronicle and Janet McConnaughey Army Corps of Engineers blamed for Katrina flooding.
What "response" could the Corps possibly give to what has happened to lives here?

Perhaps there are wide ranging lessons in both these situations for us.

Perhaps diplomacy needs more considerations before the sabers are drawn.

Perhaps we need to accept what war does.

Perhaps we need to tend to our infrastructure better to prevent catastrophes; especially when those who are paid to know know there are problems that will cause calamity, and they are aware that those problems are not being tended to.

Perhaps as individuals we need to play more of a part in all of it - even starting at the very bottom of the base of a democracy, the thing that holds it together - the getting out and voting, followed by communications, frequent, with those we have elected to represent us.

Just some things to think about this Spring morning.

Here are a few more:

From the AP and MSNBC Democrats set Iraq deadline in spending bill
Senate proposal would set goal of pulling out troops by March 31, 2008.
At the rate of the current dying and injury of our troops, do the math for yet another year and talk with your representatives about that.(Please see VIPS Statement below.) We are talking about real people here, not just uniforms, not just buildings in Iraq - real people - really hurting. That is the main verity of war.

From MSNBC Gore takes warming warning to Congress
Call for curbs on coal power, carbon emissions met with GOP skepticism.
Perhaps our children would learn better manners if some our Senators would exhibit them to guests in the Senate. Thank you, Senator Boxer, for pointing that out common courtesy has not gone out of fashion when that became necessary.

From the LA Times, Bill McKibben, and Common Dreams Global Warming Can't Buy Happiness.

And from Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) Denouement on Iraq: First Stop the Bleeding.


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