THURSDAY’S LETTERS: Hurricane Katrina Debate Continues

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By: E&P Staff

Today’s letters look at the disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina, what could have been done to minimize the damage, and how the Bush administration is handling relief efforts. Many of the letters came in response to Will Bunch’s provocative article, Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen?.

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Once again, “The White House”, a.k.a. George W. Bush, has pinched far too many pennies to “save” money he should have spent. This “savings plan” is now going to cost us, the American People, much, much more to make major repairs to what should have been fixed before hurricane Katrina hit, re: the 17th Street Canal in New Orleans. Just as the “war” in Iraq is being under funded, and therefore in dire straits, the city of New Orleans was sacrificed by the irresponsible behavior of those in the White House. The levee system in New Orleans is now in ruins and will take gazillions of dollars to fix. If not fixed, a major historical landmark in America — and a once-beautiful city — will lay in ruins for who knows how many years to come. You Mardi Gras lovers out there better find something else to do for the next Fat Tuesday. I don’t think the 2006 celebration is going to happen. Thank George W. Bush. And remember, the government is still buying $600.00 toilet seats and $300.00 hammers. Maybe we should all go into the hardware business and set up shop on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C.

Bonnie G. Knight
OSP Math Specialist
University of South Carolina Salkehatchie

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Why is this Bush’s Fault?

Its absurd to blame this on Bush and budgets cuts. If you believe that…you have to believe that New Orleans is incapable of handling itself. Apparently, they are incapable of a lot of things including long term planning. To your point, I guess nothing works without federal money. Louisiana has no state revenue… New Orleans has no city revenue…the county has no county revenue… Its been known for a long time…and your article points this out, that the levees were a problem.

John Burling
Springs Creative Products

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Chicago Tribune Views New Orleans From Another Planet

“Taking swift and personal responsibility for federal relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, President Bush on Wednesday made a somber appeal for patience and a pledge to deploy vast resources, from the military to public health agencies, to a lengthy and daunting task.” — Chicago Tribune article from Aug. 31

Meanwhile, the blogs are screaming — where is the coordinated federal control and aid? How could Bush fly west for stump speeches, and wait two days to even speak seriously about dealing with the damage? And what a lame effort at spin for him The Chicago Tribune offers!

Please note this garbage well, and flag it to the attention of the trade and readers. That is unconscionable, to print such stuff at a time like this.

And then please do what you can to get every editor and publisher in America to unite on one priority — saving the citizenry of the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina, before more unnecessary death and destruction follows the first.

Thank you for the great work you do — I always find meaning in your online pages, and like it when Google News takes me there.

Warren Hoskins

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Re: Bush’s Flyover

Lets not make too big a deal over it. It’s on the way back to D.C.

As on 9/11, he was in no hurry to get back to D.C.

Instead of heading right back, he was in San Diego spinning a new rationale for the Iraq war: the terrorists would take over the oil fields and use the revenues for financing terrorism and terrorist training. As implausible a scenario as I’ve ever heard. Luckily we got to Saddam before OBL did?

This man is unfeeling and inhumane.

Bob Reynolds
Orange Park, Fla.

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Re: Biloxi Newspaper Rips Relief Effort, Begs for Help

Why aren’t those soldiers combing the area helping people in need? During disasters like Katrina, all of our troops at home should be out in shifts helping 24/7. I don’t care if they are army, navy, air force, national guard, or marines. Any young able-bodied man and woman should be helping. And it doesn’t take any training to help transport people, bring them water and food, help them move a handful of necessities, and merely to make a presence to help deter vandalism. Man, do we have a corrupt federal government.

Vic Connor

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How utterly disgusting that you use this horrible tragedy and find a way to blame it on the President. Have you no sense of decency? Did you sight one reason why it would have made a difference? Or the misuse of funds in the past related to that project? Or the failure of the state and local government to control the development of the area?

No, of course not. That would implicate the corrupt Democrats that run rampart across that state. Where was the Governor? Oh, you only blame governors when we talk about Florida, New York and California, because they are … republicans. Shame on you for stooping so low. How much more did Bush put into the project than Clinton?

Save your anger for the local officials. Where were the mayors and the Governor? The Newhouse News Service is your source? Did you see who wrote the article?

America has no sympathy for the left wing whiners who have blamed it all on Bush. He has his faults, but this is not one of them.

Karen Mango

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