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Re: Katrina cont > today

Seems to me if the buses had been available, we would have has a different outcome. How different is up for grabs. As for what would have happened if Katrina had swallowed her tail--there would have been hoots of derision, of course, which would be more acceptable to most people than the needless loss of thousands of lives.

On Sep 2, 2005, at 12:56 PM, Cathy Carpenter wrote:

You are correct, of course, but it seems as if people expect 100%
guarantees these days that nothing bad will ever happen. Levees are
strengthened to resist a Cat. 4 hurricane, and a Cat.5 occurs, or
something else happens in conjunction with the Cat. 4 that causes a
levee break. (During the 1993 flooding here in Quincy, the levee on
the Missouri side was holding until some idiot who wanted to get back
at his girlfriend broke it.) Another solution would be an enforced,
absolute evacuation (with buses for all, to pre designated and
supplied centers) in the face of such storms. How many people would
obey? Would the authorities have to enforce it at gunpoint? And what
would be public response should said storm suddenly lose power,
change course, etc after such an evacuation? Sigh...

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Sep 2, 2005, at 10:53 AM, Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing
Center wrote:

Cathy, no one is disparaging the troops that are helping and we all
knew it
might come someday.  The anger is directed at the deliberate
refusal to
provide preventative assistance that might have made this less
serious and
the poor planning with full knowledge of what they'd be facing.

People choose where they will live, work, and

Yes, they do, to a certain extent.  But if you and generations
before you
were "born on the bayou"or in a tenament in NOLA, attained a 6th grade
education, and lived a life of barely getting by, you'd have
trouble seeing
the big picture and difficulty getting out even if you did.  People
where the work is and that was at the mouth of the Mississippi.

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Southwest Florida
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Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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