Sunday, September 04, 2005

Kind of a Hiatus

I'm not going to stop blogging, but my posts may be less profound and witty than usual. I'm going to be spending most of my time working and every other minute will be spend sorting clothes at the church. They have so many donations, but no one to sort through and organize them. Just so you know, if you wish to donate clothes, if you could take a few extra minutes and seperate out boys/girls/ladies/mens and put them into size categories. I can't tell you how much easier this would make everyone's lives. Everyone has been so generous already. If you are leery of giving money, you can give formula and diapers and wipes. They are always in need of that and the need is constant.

I just want to say that it is simple to blame the feds for the chaos in the aftermath of this hurricane. But the feds did everything in their power. The local government of New Orleans, corrupt since its very beginning, is to blame for not getting people out. Emergency funds were made available by the Bush administration before the storm even hit. And today we are seeing pictures of buses and cars vehicles under water that could have been used to evacuate the city and get them north or east. I believe blame will go to the Bush administration for cutting off funding to rebuild the levies. And it is deserved. It was a dangerous situation that was ignored. But the responsibility for the chaotic aftermath of the hurricane should be laid squarely on the local governments of Louisianna from the governor's office to city council and the mayor of New Orleans. They failed catastrophically at the one job they had to do - keeping people safe. And it isn't like a terrorist attack where there is little to no advance warning. They knew of this almost a week in advance. Utter and complete failure as far as I'm concerned.

New Orleans has a chance now, for the first time in its history, to make the city safer from hurricanes, and to toss out the corrupt government. It will be the only good to come out of this disaster. It's very convenient to blame the Bush administration since everything is always their fault, but if they and our mainstream media overlook the staggering incompetence of the local officials, they will deserve whatever happens in the future.


kel said...

My hubby was saying I was being too compulsive organizing on my donations, but I read him your post and said see it helps. I took and labeled what sizes and what was in each box, put videos in one box and so on and so forth. The military near us on the Arkansas border received 4000 refuges last night so far everyone seems to be really donating good. I hope it continues.

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Kristin said...

I totally agree. I heard someone say on TV, "If you rely on the federal government for your well being you will be disappointed time and time again." Very true. Someone locally needs to take responsibility for not having some sort of plan in place.

Ebriel said...

N.O. has been in a vulnerable position since it was first built - it's as prone to waterlogged disasters as Venice. That's why graves were built on top of, not in, those muggy swamps!

It's been terrible to read of all this from a distance. Glad you're doing something concrete there, Z.