Sunday, September 18, 2005

Feds try to slow return of people to city

NOLA.com reports Maj. John Thomas, a spokesman for the federal government’s Hurricane Katrina recovery effort, said federal officials are concerned with the timeline proposed by Mayor Ray Nagin to repopulate the city...

“What’s important to understand is that conditions are, in many cases, inhospitable,” he said. “It’s not like it used to be. People need to be aware of the safety and health hazards.”

Apparently the federal government believes the people in New Orleans are unaqainted with what occured in recent weeks, that local officials in the city are not as well informed about conditions as FEMA and other officials comfortably ensconced in Baton Rouge.

There is no better place to house the survivors than in their own homes. There is no better employment for them than rebuilding their lives. If FEMA finds it inconvenient to help people to do these things, they should stop pretending to care or to help.

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