Skip to comments.(Vanity) Katrina & Rita - 1 year later
Posted on 08/13/2006 2:13:29 AM PDT by Liberty911
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I am in Virginia, and have not been as close to what happened in LA last year as you have. But we have had our own disasters here too, so I have an idea....
I am still not sure what you and I are supposed to do about it now. We have a pretty lousy local political situation here, but several of the crooks (and I do mean FELONS) were just voted out.
Why cant LA vote the crooks out?
You say the local government is unable to do the right thing, so you ask the nation's help to convince the federal government to take over control of LA.
It is clear that you are on a severe pity jag. As another poster stated earlier, you need to stop, take a deep breath, wait a day or two to organize and formulate your thoughts, then try again. Because right now, your whole thread is incoherent and just plan silly.
Well, thanks all...
I hope that our discussion may have helped to crystalize your concerns. I know that there are many problems in your area. We want to help. Please feel free to ping me when you would like to talk some more.
From East Texas here.
Part of the problem you haven't had help is 2 fold. First of all, your name isn't New Orleans. Seems New Orleans was the only ones who suffered during Katrina and Rita.
Second, our politicians were in such a hurry to try to point fingers and blame the President and Mr. Brown and everyone else involved for something "mother nature" did to us. You want to know why you haven't had help, the media has forgotten you. The government has forgotten you. Because your name is not New Orleans. The politicians sitting in their DC homes have no idea what you've been through and frankly are thankful it wasn't their state that got hit.
Here in East Texas we have had our fair share of disaster from Hurricane Rita but to see the news, you'd never know. Thankfully for us in Texas, we have a great governor, senators and congressmen/women who helped us out.
Sad to say but whoever said your politicians locally are to blame, they are right.
One last thing, its hard to rebuild and cleanup when 1/2 of the residents (in Louisiana) have not returned to their homes and communities.
When New Orleans focused on Mardi Gras and it was pulled off in the fairly undamaged French Quarter most of the country thought "I guess they have it all back together down there"
New Orleans was the focus after Katrina and getting Jazz Fest running and Bourbon Street flowing was the focus of the media. It's and lot more fun to do a story with a bunch of drunks in the Quarter than with bunch of devastated fishermen (or the entire oil and gas industry in Plaquemines Parish)
WWL radio broadcasting on 50,000 watts and the internet spent a whole bunch of time discussing parade routes and who was unhappy that their "krewe" did not get to "roll" at the same schedule as in the past
You see most of the country does not understand the "culture" of New Orleans. Generally most work and complete the job before they play.
When the parties started most decided all was well
The focus of Lousiana's rebuilding should have been forced on the MSM to be oil and gas and shipping, and the commercial, economic significance of New Orleans, and the region.
The nation can understand the importance of Louisiana in shipping and oil. It has difficulty however understanding why the oil industry also needs Jazz Fest in order to pump petroleum.
On another note:
I've lived in the South for a long time and thought that Louisiana considered Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida as neighbors that they would welcome to assist in the rebuilding. What many of your Southern state neighbors discovered when they showed up to help is a local and state government that fleeced the helpers. We also experienced a bunch of Louisiana residents who had the ability to pay for help but stiffed the rebuilders. There is a limit to how much free labor and materials one can provide to the destitute. Even a more severe limit you can provide those same items to the wealthy
I worked in Mississippi and Texas after Katrina and Rita and felt welcomed and appreciated. In Louisana an out of state license of a car (from Alabama even, a state that got whacked by Katrina too) is a notice that locals should screw over the occupants.
By the way my business was and still is in demand in Louisiana but I won't be going back. Attitude is everything and Louisiana has a bad one.
I wish you well, not everyone in Louisiana can possibly be like everyone I ran across while there.
Move somewhere else.
It is you that chooses to live where you live.
Your quote is appropriate...the first part, at least.
Mississippi Coast is rebuilding so fast that there is a labor shortage. Restaurants and businesses have to close early because they do not have enough workers.
Meanwhile, N.O. is talking about rebuilding.
You are outrageous, judgmental, condemnatory, irresponsible, and ungrateful.
Many here have sacrificed greatly for Louisiana -- and for other places. But you condemn us for not jumping to give more when you ask. You are a living example of how Federal assistance corrupts people and makes the improvident, self-indulgent beggar consider himself morally superior to the person who plans ahead, saves, and then gives what he can and more. Do you have any idea of how many charitable and tax dollars Louisiana has received from the rest of us? Can you reckon up the value of days and weeks of volunteer labor?
We have given, and despite the incredible effrontery of people like you telling us that we should do more, we WILL do more. As treacherous as the one who bites the hand that feeds him, is the one who looks down on his benefactor for not giving even more.
Grand Isle rebuilt before New Orleans. I bet Plaqumines and St Bernard will rebuild before New orleans.
Thanks, I really needed that
If you had been anywhere near a hurricane you would know what a jerk your "yawning" makes you appear.
Katrina and Rita?! Don't remind me of those two. Ugh! Oh wait... you're talking about hurricanes.
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