What is Going on in New Orleans?
Is this really the United States of America?
If that is the case why is a 105-year-old woman roaming the streets of New Orleans holding the hand of a five-year-old grand daughter?
That's nearly a week after Hurricane Katrina hit this gulf coast town. It is several days after President Bush said help is on the way. New Orleans is no more. It is a memory and Katrina showed how vulnerable our country is.
Officials and troops say help came too little and too late because we have so many resources in this failed war in Iraq. We are spread too thin and cannot help our own.
Now about 40,000 National Guard are in New Orleans and another 10,000 are on their way. They've cut down on the lawlessness but we still hear reports of murder and rape. We hear there are thousands of bodies in New Orleans floating in water and many are on the street wrapped in blankets.
I understand why we cannot get the ones under water, but what about people laying dead on the streets?
This whole thing has been sickening. Our government dropped the ball on this by responding too slow. And it began years ago when local officials asked for $72 million to strengthen the levees that gave away. That seems like a small price to pay for a city that was as vulnerable to storm as New Orleans.
There are thousands of stories of hardship we don't even know about. I read this morning about people in Mississippi who said they are in worst shape. But the world does not know.
I do encourage everybody to do their small part and donate to the American Red Cross or Salvation Army. These are our people and we must do as much as we can for them