Archive for Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Be prepared

September 6, 2006


To the editor:

As President Bush tours the nation commemorating the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (Aug. 29, 2005), I think it's important that we also take a moment to remember Sept. 2, 2005, the day the federal government finally responded to the Katrina disaster.

The nearer we get to the November elections, the more rhetoric we hear from the White House about how this administration is protecting our country against further attacks, and how the Republican Party is more suited to leading in times of crisis.

The Katrina anniversary underscores the fallacy of these claims.

The first national disaster we suffered under the Bush administration was Sept. 11, 2001. The Bush White House had four years to improve disaster preparedness before the national disaster of Katrina, and yet there was a five-day lag between landfall and governmental response. Even if one tries to argue that Katrina couldn't have been predicted, the mantra of this administration has long been that disaster is imminent. Shouldn't the belief that terrorists could at any moment attack America have led to a federal plan of relief that would have provided a swift and competent response to Katrina?

When there is a blizzard warning issued for our area, I prepare for that. If we then get an ice storm instead of snow, I still have the provisions I need to ride out the ice storm because I was already prepared for bad weather. We should expect at least as much foresight from our government.

Angela Richmond,



bisky1 11 years, 6 months ago

what does the federal government have to do with you preparing for winter storms? sounds like personal responsibility to me.

bisky1 11 years, 6 months ago

i got the point just fine defender, this is just another in a long line of "sienfield" scandals, scandals about nothing. (think valerie plame) other cities and states have experienced disasters in the same time frame and have taken the proper precautions and then been able to take advantage of the help available from the federal government. does angela think the feds should bring her the provisions for her winter storm? that is what she seems to be saying about the people of new orleans.

Tychoman 11 years, 6 months ago

Bisky nothing that cities and towns had to prepare for in between 8/29/05 and now even approaches the scale of chaos that was Katrina. The city wasn't ready, the government wasn't ready and now somebody has to take responsibility even though it's blindingly obvious that nobody wants to.

New Orleans is 700 police officers short. I just heard on NPR that its murder rate per month now equals the murder rate per month pre-Katrina, except that there's less than half the number of people living there. The city needs help and the federal government can't help but look away.

bisky1 11 years, 6 months ago

certainly katrina was the worst storm for a long time, angela takes responsibility for herself and then excuses the govenor, the mayor, and the citizens of new orleans and blames only the bush administration. as i said this is less about fixing problems and more about blaming bush.

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