Fox and Broom

A mom's adventures in keeping healthy, keeping her sanity, and making stuff.

Katrina

Yeah, 2 blogs in one day.
 
I just felt that I should put my comments about this in its own place. I have heard and read so many opinions about how the people in New Orleans are acting. I don’t generally support looting. Stealing a TV when you have no power is stupid and greedy. However, it was pointed out to me that almost everyone who did the looting took clothing, shoes, food… These people are desperate and need help. A week ago. I am ashamed of how our government has treated this whole situation. When the tsunami hit Asia last December, the US Navy had helicoptors sending in supplies TWO days later. Why is it taking so much longer to get supplies to our own people who aren’t oceans away from us???? Why did it take our government a whole week to pass a bill agreeing on a set amount for relief efforts? I don’t expect answers to these and if I do get answers, I know I will not be satisfied. I do not have money to send, but I will be donating blood and some non-perishable supplies.  I know that money and blood are wanted more than items (people tend to try to send stupid items, so I can understand), but I can hope that someone will be able to use the formula that I have in my cupboard that we will never open, or some of the huge stockpile of dried beans that we have managed to acquire. I know that it is ironic that these items require water for use, and I do not have any stockpiled away to give. Oh well. I guess if the hurricane relief people do not want these, I can give them to the poorer people in my town.
 
 
9/7/05 update
I had forgotten to add this in when I wrote my little rant above. I know that there are "people" – I am wondering if they are deserving of the title – who are using this disaster as some sort of excuse to create more chaos. I am astounded by reports of shots fired at the people who are trying to help, reports of rape and murder. I just do not see the point behind making a bad thing worse.
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