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September 01, 2005
Hello, Again

Took a little unannounced vacation, there, didn't I? Sorry about that. After three years of fairly incessant blogging, I was a little burned out.

Like most of us, I've spent a lot of time this past week watching the story of Hurricane Katrina and I'm watching the story of the disintegration of social behavior in the aftermath with at least as much interest.

I've visited New Orleans a couple of times (on business) and have to say I don't share the love most people seem to have for the city (I was sick, okay? Temperature of 100+ and a raging sinus infection aren't ideal conditions under which to try and complete a five-day business trip) but I vividly remember the heart-breaking poverty of most of the city. These were people who had almost nothing...and now they don't have that.

Please give generously...your local Red Cross chapter may be in need of volunteers to help pack food or medical supplies for shipment to the area, or to answer phones. And dig into your wallets, of course. We watched the specials on TV last night. Anyone not touched by the sight of people who had lost everything reaching out to try and offer aid to their fellow sufferers....

I notice that few of the major USofA radio and television news outlets I've tuned into have been mentioning the offers of aid from around the world. A casual mention on one of last night's television specials highlighted the previous omission.

They say it may cost $25B to rebuild the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. I don't know where we're going to get the money. I mean, that's six months of killing people in Iraq.

I don't know how we can mobilize enough trained and useful people to help rescue the survivors and help them start putting their lives back together either. The Louisiana National Guard, the trained personnel familiar with the territory and the people, are mostly in Iraq, aren't they? Along with the trucks and heavy equipment that might have been handy in moving people and materials in the aftermath of a hurricane.

I'm just saying.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:05 AM


I'm like you: my New Orleans Story (in comments) is nothing exotic or fun. But this is a disaster beyond anything we've had in this country in decades, as near as I can figure.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at September 1, 2005 09:16 PM