Dear Mr. Kalb and Fellow Readers,
If anyone has any questions about the storm, what happened after, and what is going on in the greater New Orleans area, just ask. That is my home. I rode out the storm and spent 15 days in the area afterwards. I am temporarily in Houston because of my job. I was not flooded even though I live only two blocks (as the crow flies) from the infamous 17th Street Canal. Using my main street, it is about four blocks.
I am going to send the White House this little anecdote that the president can use to add a little humor to the uproar over the slow federal, state, and local government response.
I was a little boy during the previous direct hit from a major hurricane. Mayor Vic Schiro was riding through the flood in a DUKW (or “DUCK”), a large amphibious army road vehicle. There were the now familiar charges made about the government and the body count, but the charges seemed aimed at only the local government. Many people still believe the ridiculous idea that the mayor (one of the nicest and best ever) “blew the levees” in working class neighborhoods to save the “rich” neighborhoods. Instead of the working class people complaining about class discrimination, we now have the blacks complaining about racial discrimination.
The mayor made the memorable, comical remark, “Don’t believe any rumors unless you hear them from me.” He was not trying to be funny. So we still laugh about it here.
My responses will be delayed because the only computer I now have use of is at my office. I’ll try to get to a local library computer. I had to evacuate fast and could not take much of anything.