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One year since Katrina and we’ve learned this much?

August 24, 2006

Time is a strange thing.  We organize our lives around the earth’s circulation around the sun, and we find ourselves approaching the anniversary of Katrina.  At once the hurricane seems like it just happened while seeming to be far away.

Tonight at a lovely new southern restaurant, Screen Door, I tasted my first New Orleanian microbrew, the Abita Turbodog.  It was dark and yummy  and will be very nice when the clouds roll in for the imminent fall weather.  The meal had me thinking about the hurricane and all that’s happened since in this past year.

I’m not sure about you, but I tend to feel guilty about New Orleans.  As an American, I feel ashamed about how we’ve taken care of of the Gulf, and New Orleans especially.  I also feel guilty for forgetting about New Orleans, for relaxing my concern about the city.  For no longer searching for updates or feeling motivated about making right the unacceptable response.  How do you feel about it?

Folks in New Oreans are pissed:

A year after Hurricane Katrina swept through, killing more than 1,300 along the Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center, and flooding 80 percent of New Orleans, many in the city blame the federal government — and its slow response to the disaster — most of all for their woes.

But there is plenty of frustration to go around, and a Gallup/USA Today poll released this week shows that anger at Nagin’s team is rising. Some 29 percent of those surveyed said that local officials had done a poor job responding to the hurricane. Respondents were slightly more dissatisfied with the state and federal governments’ performance.
Only about half of the city of New Orleans’ residents are back and more than 100,000 families along the Gulf Coast live in government-issued trailers. Meanwhile, many fear the levees will not hold if another monster storm hits.

Only half are back?  That seems terrible.  It all reeks of bad administration, poor planning, and terrible misuse of resources.  Will New Orleans become the City We Left Behind?

Ninth Ward

The Ninth Ward

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  1. August 25, 2006 8:21 pm

    Abita kicks ass. Back in my beer drinking days it was one of my favorites.

    Sadly, the brewery was BADLY damaged in the storm and all the brewing has been farmed out to NJ or somehwere. On NPR, I heard that the brewery was still being looted for copper tubing and such a few months ago. They were talking about being forced to sell the label to a major.

    I know it’s a small thing, but it’s another thing.

    Mike

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