Skip to comments.Katherine Kersten: Gratitude, not anger, comes from Astrodome
Posted on 09/16/2005 5:34:51 AM PDT by slowhandluke
Jim Lodoen shakes his head at some of the news reports out of Houston. They feature angry Hurricane Katrina victims lodged at the Astrodome who insist they are receiving insufficient assistance. Lodoen, a Minneapolis attorney with the Lindquist & Vennum law firm, just got back from a week as a volunteer at the Astrodome complex.
"That's not what I saw," he says.
Lodoen didn't plan his Houston trip with hurricane victims in mind. He went to visit his sick mother. But before he left, he mentioned to two colleagues that he would be staying at the Holiday Inn, temporary home to dozens of victims. "I told them I planned to make contact with a few families, take them to Target or to a restaurant," he says.
The two eagerly asked to contribute, and pressed cash donations on him. The next day, as others at the firm heard about Lodoen's plans, donations poured in. An amazed Lodoen left on Sunday with $3,700, which swelled to almost $8,000 as the week wore on. He used the money to buy $50 and $100 Target gift cards to distribute to displaced families.
Lodoen circulated among residents' cots, striking up conversations. "Everyone has lost their possessions, their jobs, many friends and perhaps some family. No one knows what tomorrow holds."
But to his surprise, he saw no resentment. People were eager to talk, he says -- not about grievance, but about hope and gratitude.
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A great read and post. Thank you.
Her comment about the President's speech.
All this rebuilding is too late, he should have brought us food and water.
There are those who find themselves in dire straits....through every fault of their own.
For them I have no sympathy at all.
If I had the goose that laid the golden egg and were getting a free home, free land I wouldn't complain either would you?
We poor working slobs will pick up the bill for all this for generations to come so you people in the astrodome don't worry a bit and just keep thanking all the fools out there working to support you.
Heck, what was I thinking on second thought maybe we all should quit our jobs and go on welfare too, this administration is very very generous when it comes to welfare.
Okay flame away!
Channel 13 used to have half-way decent news. Now they have the stupid sound effects and even more stupid news people. It's just all tabliod television now.
I'll be glad to flame away. You're a self-centered jerk who doesn't have a clue how good he/she has it.
Thanks for this article
We don't usually get to hear nice news from the media these days
What makes you think ALL the evacuees were on welfare? There were some that actually had jobs, you know. Ever heard of the WORKING POOR. They acutally exist. Lets hope that these folk will learn to become self sufficient. Teach a man to fish........ you know the rest.
It is SO good to see views that are contrary to the MSM template making their way into local newpapers and broadcasts.
As far as the people who lost their homes being 'not worthy of our help', I'd like for you to tell that to two of my siblings, both in their 60's, who happened to lose their homes to the 35' storm surge on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. They are not looking to be 'taken care of' but I'm sure they'd appreciate the loan of a FEMA trailer so they can have a place to live while they build back what the storm took away. No one needs to give them any land; they own theirs. They never expected to have to start over with nothing at this age, but they're not planning for anyone to give them anything.
I guess you must live in an area of the country in which there is no possible threat from the vagaries of nature. Aren't you lucky?
Posted by Peach to saveliberty; Tony Snow
On News/Activism 09/16/2005 9:32:53 AM EDT · 105 of 105
For those interested, this is the most comprehensive analysis of what happened in New Orleans and a timeline.
I've been close attention to this matter, as a lot of us have, and there is a lot of information in here that I did not know.
It also explains, specifically, why the feds were PROHIBITED by law, from acting in New Orleans, until the Governor signed a specific request for help.
No flame from me! But I do think we will be spending more money on building roads,factories,bridges,sewers,that type of stuff for commerce. I think most people will find their way to a home,work,school.
There will be a low fraction of population that we will continue to support no matter what.
I think the next election will show how much (little?) people actually think of these race-baiters. I work in the food industry and our business boomed over the past 2 weeks. It NEVER let up.
America is full of hope and people making decisions. If our fed money goes to rebuilding factories it will be returned in renuewed tax base. (i very seriously hope anyway).
Did you read my comment in full?
And it's people like your siblings, who have worked all their lives and at age 60+ lost their homes in MS definitely deserve help, I have absolutely no quarrel with that at all.
In fact thruout many threads I have mentioned that it was a disgrace that the MSM have totally ignored the good people of MS. So I apologize to you and your siblings, this was definitely not meant at folks in MS, they are being ignored,
I am praying for folks like you and yours at age 60 having to pick up the pieces. Lets hope all this good stuff promised to what appears to be just NO will be given to you and yours in MS. God Bless. It's people like you all who don't demand they be taken care of and are grateful for help when they absolutely need it. And have not been on welfare all their lives.
I can relate to that, I too have worked all my life and still am working to get what little I may have and have given to my family, but I still believe that taxpayers money is not to be spent as if it were a charitable donation, our generation and generations to come will have to pay for the government wasting money or being overly generous with taxpayers money.
We all live in areas where we are at the mercy of nature, we live in an area where there are tornadoes. We are all at risk, and we like you have never looked for a handout we are those few that work and work, pay taxes and believe in less government, stop government waste, and are fiscally conservative Republicans. And what the President proposed is wasteful spending pure and simple!
Thank you, great post!
ABC "uncovered" the same by accident.
When your tears flood up to your knees, evacuate!
After reading most of your comments I can see you are an equal opportunity insult-er
I believe I read one of your responses where you say something to the effect that "free-cheese brings out rats"???Sound familiar?
My aren't you and the other 2 sarcastic people feeling all grown up today?
It will not be wasteful if it renews an area of the country that is VITAL to our economy. New Orleans is an important port and it's infrastructure has been ignored for decades by political corruption. If you notice in the 'fine print' of this proposal, the money will not be given without oversight. Granted, bureaucrazies will be managing it, but it won't be a gift to the Democrat Machine in Louisiana as the levee monies have been for so long.
South Mississippi is also has a vibrant economy separate from the gambling. The casinos will re-build because they made goo-gobs of money, and they know they will again. It is the small family owned businesses that will need help getting started again. I have absolutely NO problem helping them because they are not contributing tax revenues to the government while they are idle. See, it's not solely altruism; it's also economics that's driving the President to offer to help re-build the region.
Good post, I like people who debate with logic and another point of view, I respect that!You make some good points.
Please, don't hold back!
Did you mean to ping me? These comments were not mine.
Try Coop. These comments weren't mine.
Sorry, clicked on the wrong post.
" Okay flame away!"
Your post isn't worth the effort.
I pray that my faith will remain as strong if I am ever faced with similar hardships.
This is a terrific article..Thanks..
Are you seriously trying to pick a quarrel?
They probably hunted desperately for the woman in Atlanta, and they'll play those sound bites for days. :) I'm so glad my local AM station switched from ABC News to Fox News radio. Of course, the station's motto is "part of the vast right wing conspiracy and proud of it", which doesn't ever hurt to hear, lol.
The refugees were having none of it.