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Saturday, September 03, 2005

More on Hurricane Katrina

A sad article in the Washington Post explaining why many could not flee from Hurricane Katrina, click here to read the article. While it is clear that aid has not reached those in need fast enough and many still await help, elected officials at all levels of government have begun blaming each other for the slow response. The White House is blaming state and local officials, while many blame the federal government, the President, and FEMA's response. It seems to me that they should all share the blame and I hope that the bickering doesn't continue to hinder already delayed relief efforts. New Orleans City Council President Oliver Thomas may have summed it up best when he said, "Everybody shares the blame here. But when you talk about the mightiest government in the world, that's a ludicrous and lame excuse. You're FEMA, and you're the big dog. And you weren't prepared either." I read a recent op-ed in the New York Times in which a contributing editor to Scientific American magazine writes many warnings existed long before the hurricane hit, click here to read the article.

--Tom Hayes


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