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Storm victims praise churches - want federal not local government to control rebuilding funds
Washington Times ^ | December 2, 2005 | Audrey Hudson

Posted on 12/02/2005 2:30:34 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Louisiana residents gave churches higher marks than government agencies in responding to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and most prefer that the federal government control rebuilding funds rather than local officials, according to a Louisiana State University study.

On a scale of one (not effective) to 10 (very effective), residents gave churches the highest mark of 8.1, and New Orleans city agencies and state agencies received the lowest rating of 4.6.

"Louisiana residents were not particularly charitable when it came to evaluating government response ... but were considerably more favorable of the efforts of faith-based organizations and nonprofits, including local community foundations and the Red Cross," according to the study.

Hundreds of churches and synagogues stepped up to help when municipal, state and federal governments faltered in their early responses to the devastation wrought by the hurricanes. They fed, clothed and sheltered survivors and raised more than $100 million to do so.

...... The majority of Louisianans, 54 percent, said the federal government should pick up the tab for rebuilding, and a 40 percent plurality said they trusted the federal government to have primary control over how funds are spent.

Only 23 percent said local governments should control the purse strings, and 27 percent favored the state as the watchdog.

(Excerpt) Read more at washtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: charity; churches; disaster; faithbased; flood; hurricane; katrina; katrinarelief; praise; relief; rita

1 posted on 12/02/2005 2:30:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

My brother and his wife just got back from 3 weeks of helping out at the Mississippi coast. They worked out of a church. The government wasn't involved at all, nor the Red Cross.


2 posted on 12/02/2005 2:44:33 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The churches have been wonderful. I had 10 large trees down in my backyard. A team of Christian men affiliated with the Assembly of God Church who had come down from Michigan with a trailer filled with chain saws and other equipment spent an entire day in my back yard cutting trees and hauling them to the curbside. They didn't want a dime. Another church put me on a waiting list for the same service. They told me it might be as long as a three-month wait, but within a couple of weeks they called me to set up an appointment for that week. By then the other team had done the work so I thanked them and told them to go ahead to the next family who needed the help.

There were church parking lots full of relief supplies: food, water, bleach, toilet paper, anything you can think of that people might need. They were serving hot meals. They had trailers set up where people could take showers.


3 posted on 12/02/2005 3:17:07 AM PST by alnick
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To: alnick

Oh, the churches also had medical tents set up where people could see doctors. The churches really rose to the occasion.


4 posted on 12/02/2005 3:18:57 AM PST by alnick
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Bless all the churches that helped these people.
5 posted on 12/02/2005 3:28:26 AM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man.)
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To: WasDougsLamb; alnick; Past Your Eyes

God's good work lift us all up.


6 posted on 12/02/2005 3:43:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Past Your Eyes
Such a shame the people don't think they can trust the people they've voted into local office. :(

The locals are directly accountable to the people...the feds are not as tied in to the neighborhoods. I wish the folks had trust in their OWN ability to make these local officials responsible.

7 posted on 12/02/2005 3:48:36 AM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Guess the fema chief shoudla waited it out...


8 posted on 12/02/2005 3:52:42 AM PST by sit-rep (If you acquire, hit it again to verify...)
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To: sit-rep
Maybe his new consulting firm can make a deal with them.

L

9 posted on 12/02/2005 3:54:41 AM PST by Lurker ("Son, there's only two things you need in this world; love and a .45.")
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Bush's fault! Thankfully!

The state and local government of Louisiana ought to be hauled off to prison.

10 posted on 12/02/2005 4:21:46 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
...want federal not local government to control rebuilding funds

Then why in tarnation did you all elect these incompetents?!

11 posted on 12/02/2005 4:23:59 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla
Note to LA: You get what you vote for.

Sheesh.

12 posted on 12/02/2005 4:24:52 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mewzilla
Then why in tarnation did you all elect these incompetents?!

With such corruption, it's hard to know how they were "elected."

13 posted on 12/02/2005 4:43:14 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: OldFriend

Bump!


14 posted on 12/02/2005 4:43:35 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: mewzilla

the people most responsible for electing them are now gone and committing their crimes and drawing their welfare in other states. most will never return and good riddance. although immediately painful, this hurricane will turn out to be the best thing that happened to louisiana in a long time.


15 posted on 12/02/2005 5:42:42 AM PST by fatrat
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To: mewzilla

The only good reason I can think of for electing the incompetents/crooks is that they either have no opponents or the opponents are even worse. Where are all the good candidates is perhaps the better question.


16 posted on 12/02/2005 5:49:36 AM PST by MSSC6644
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

That's great news, but not really a surprise to me. Before Thanksgiving, I returned from a church trip the MS coast. We gutted houses, tore down sheds, and cleaned up yards. It was very rewarding. We saw church groups all over the place doing the same work. The Red Cross and Salvation Army hand out hot meals and run shelters (VERY necessary work down there), but it was the churches that were doing the "dirty work."


17 posted on 12/02/2005 6:32:25 AM PST by conservatrice
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; WildTurkey

I wonder where all the atheism-based organizations were during this time?


18 posted on 12/02/2005 9:23:37 AM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: alnick; Motherbear; caryatid; Ellesu; LA Woman3; goldensky; abb; Roux; Bogey780; pbrown; ...
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19 posted on 12/02/2005 12:20:12 PM PST by CajunConservative
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To: FormerLib

I didn't see any Muslim organizations, either. I suppose that doesn't mean they weren't there, but they weren't visible if they were.


20 posted on 12/02/2005 12:26:09 PM PST by conservatrice
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To: conservatrice

Spent a day at God's Katrina Kitchen in Pass Christian Ms just before Thanksgiving. We fed about 1000 that day for lunch. It was very rewarding. There were people from all over the country.

I'm still sore from moving 50lb sacks of rice, beans, sugar, etc....


21 posted on 12/02/2005 1:28:41 PM PST by Roux
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To: Roux

That sounds great! Were the people in good spirits? I know that Thanksgiving wasn't even mentioned when I was down there... and that was less than a week before Thanksgiving. It just wasn't on their radar (although I had heard some groups were coming to do T-day dinners for people, which was encouraging). I wish I could go back.


22 posted on 12/02/2005 1:35:35 PM PST by conservatrice
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