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New Orleans 5 years later…

Good morning, Netizens...

If one has been watching over the course of this last weekend, we have had a remarkable set of events unfolding. First, we had the fifth anniversary of the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, which was good given the normal lack of attention it has garnered in the news media the last five years.

I suspect that few people reading this were there, present in the first-person, during the hideously-destructive events of Hurricane Katrina. While we have been inoculated into a type of shell shock from watching the rerun images of families stranded and abandoned at the Convention Center, the mass destruction of the Ninth Ward, still it is vastly different from having been crying out for drinking water, food and medical care but finding the government unable to provide even the most-basic amenities in the aftermath of the disaster.

One might believe that, after five years of supposed federal care and aid to help New Orleans recover from the damages, that the lives of those in Louisiana might have been improved to where they were at least on par with their lives before five years ago. Unfortunately, if the images put forth by the news media are to be given any credibility, people are still living in contaminated FEMA trailers, homes are still destroyed or vacant, and people are still suffering. New Orleans, it seems, has fallen off the radar screens in favor of other disasters, real or perceived.

That is one of the reasons I am consistently annoyed, perhaps even angered at Laura Papetti of KREM-2 news for her role in World Vision, also known as Count on Spokane ( No food, no medicine, no education Papetti somberly states of life in South America. If you browse through the World Vision web site, you see no mention of Louisiana. If you dig a little deeper into the history of World Vision, you will see why they will never receive one thin dime of my money.

There are hundreds of thousands of people still displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Some are still struggling lo these many years later, to obtain the minimal things they need to achieve the “good life”. Unfortunately, New Orleans has faded into non-existence in the news media except for the annual observations that take place.

That is sad, terribly sad.


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