I live in Baton Rouge and I am a frequent visitor to New Orleans. To the people who think that we should not rebuild......are you crazy??? How can you not rebuild....how can you tell 500,000 people that their homes...their lives... are not worth the money and effort it is going to take? These are people whose family have been in New Orleans for generations. These people did not ask for this to happen...even the people who did not evacuate for whatever reason. I have spent time with numerous evacuees...and the one thing they all have in common is a joyous spirit and hope. These people have lost everything yet they still know that keeping their spirit alive is the most important thing. Yes, it will take enormous amounts of money, hope, courage, faith and effort to rebuild but the people of New Orleans and Louisiana have the last 4 in spades so I say that we are ahead of the rest! Our City (I call it our City because if you live in Louisiana you claim New Orleans as your own) will not be forgotten or forsaken because some think it is not worth it.
You know what?????? Who cares how much money???? This is America and if we can't spend every single dollar in this country to help our own people then this is not the country I thought it was.
How sad that some people can only think about how much money it would cost .....and these are the people with houses, electric, food and anything else they could want or need.
The city of New Orleans WILL be rebuilt and hopefully people who do not want it rebuilt will stay out of our city.
And why shouldn't we use federal money......what do we pay taxes for? So that when we need we can be abandoned by the federal government. I think everybody in goverment can take a pay cut to come up with the money to rebuild our city.
***Edited By: LilBitsMom on 9/7/2005 6:33:14 PM*** Reason: add
GeeZ… ever think If we Break Our Governments Bank… what would happen to our
wonderful, Caring and Giving County??
So Yep I do Care…
Break the bank and we MAY have Another “Great -er” Depression …
It will Raise Prices Of everything … from Bread , rice … to heating Oil…
And those that can barley Eat or live now….
____________________--- AND ----___________
I NEVER EVER SAID ** NOT ** TO REBUILD IT!!!!!!!
I was POINTING OUT a Important Issue !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that WILL Effect our nation as a whole ~~
__________________ -----------------__________________ And why shouldn't we use federal money......what do we pay taxes for? So that when we need we can be abandoned by the federal government. I think everybody in government can take a pay cut to come up with the money to rebuild our city. __________________-------------------__________________
Um, AGAIN... * I * never said NOT to use TAX or Federal Money...
and ...Yes a pay cut... Or even a DONATION of Salaries to Katrina Victims would be a great Move on behalf of the Members Of congress... Considering They ARE paid by our TAX money and ARE supposed to serve ALL of the people in the USA.
For That matter how about Private Sector Trillion-airs ... Donating ... even a fraction OF their Income...
How sad that some people can only think about how much money it would cost .....and these are the people with houses, electric, food and anything else they could want or need. __________________----------------______________________
If you mean "these people " as if I am one....
Just SO YOU KNOW .... I was HOMELESS for a year... living on the street ... IN the "COMBAT ZONE" In Mass.
So I understand NOT having a home, a warm place to sleep, Food , shower..... or Money! ________________________________________________ End!
***Edited By: IVYdragonn on 9/8/2005 3:48:43 PM*** Reason: add
ivy you brought up a bunch of really good points and i have to agree with what you have said.
is the EPA behind the dumping of the contaminated water into the gulf ? i have not read anything on that.
lilbitsmom i am one of the ones who would vote not to rebuild. i am also not crazy, thank you. i still dont believe that particular spot should be rebuilt. why not locate land elsewhere and build there for these people ? it just doesnt make sense to me to rebuild somewhere that is not safe for these people. i am sure that they would not want to ever experience something like this again, and who is to say it wont happen again ? the fact that they are below sea level sets them up for another disaster.
and sorry but money is a big factor. some of us are struggling day to day now. for instance my gas bill has just increaased 60 dollars a month if i go by what the difference in cost is between filling my tank up before the gas prices went thru the roof to what it just cost me to fill it up afterwards. and the prices here are still going up.
we havent even gone into winter yet. it makes me sick to think of what i may be paying in oil prices this winter. it is already several hundred dollars a month to heat the house. i honestly cannot afford anymore money for it. so yeah if my money is going to be spent in a big way to do something that i view as ridiculous then yeah i am going to be a tad upset about it.
it comes down to survival. mine, my sons and my husbands. they comes first before anything or anybody else. it may be a sucky way to think but it is what is happening in this country. the more they keep taking out the less we are left with and the harder life becomes.
i am not saying ditch these people in this time. but be smart about planning for the future.
to rebuild new orleans in it's current geographical location would be crazy. this will happen again.it is like putting your hand on a hot stove and say owww! that's hot.....AND THEN DO IT AGAIN. but it would not suprise me coming from a country who bans toy guns and keeps the real ones. no i am american, and the city should be rebuilt....ON HIGHER GROUND.
I think that rebuilding is the only option. These people need their lives back. I know they will never be the same, but we can't just say, "OK now it's time to go somewhere else, for good."
They need their city, and America needs it's past time.
We can't let mother nature win. That is what makes America the most powerful nation in the world, we never let anyone or anything beat us with out a fight. This should be no different. The only thing that will be different is next time we will be ready to fight even harder.
And the money that is necessary to Spend on TEMPORARY Housing [ Trailers, and such]
That will end up “” NOT”” Being Permanent Homes for 500,000+/- Displaced Families
So it’s a Double Cost there. [ One for TEMP and again for PERM. ]
PLUS…. FEMA is in Control Of the Main MONEY Distribution
… AND they Could Not Even Arrive In time With FOOD and WATER… Because Government HAS SO much RED TAPE !!
(( Government has passed SO many LAWs and sub LAWs … WE THE PEOPLE … have No Clue OF......Red tape IS supposed to protect US…. but it ends up Protecting the Government and we are left… with “ STANDING ON A BRIDGE FOR DAYS “ !! ))
So What is FEMA Going to DO with Our TAX Dollars …. AND How Is It going to Be wasted or Wrongfully Distributed?? ______________________________________________
Plus Plus The Money that It is going to take To Clean UP the TOXIC materials AND ALL THAT water…..
And the Future Cost Of all that TOXIC stuff On the Entire GULF ECO System... _________________________________________________
IT ALL ENDS up Effecting ALL OF the US Criticizes....
Companies Will Be recouping what they Lost OR worse Price Gouge Us… The Government Will Recoup By Taxes…
Those Of Us that can barely Eat and pay our Rent… NOW.. Are you Feeling the Effects already ... the GAS PRICES????
And that is Just the Start!!
***Edited By: IVYdragonn on 9/8/2005 10:43:14 AM*** Reason: crt
I used to live in this really small town, in Ill. that sits practically on the Ohio river. There are pictures in my chruch, that looks alot like New Orleans does right now. People are rowin boats up to the front of the chruch, where the water level was to the steeple. but people still rebuilt and continue to live there. Not to mention when the town was built way back when, there was alot of coal mining done and most of the 3 towns there are built over cola mines. People always say that if an earthquake happens the towns could fall into those mines, but people love that area and continue to live there, its abosultely beautiful there. It's there home. So I think they should rebuild New Orleans, it has amazing history and people have made their homes there and though many of them will probably leave and make homes elsewhere, there are those that will not want to leave, it's their home.
Just want to clarify that I was not speaking directly to you. I am sorry that you disagree with me. I am also sorry that this seems to offend you very much. And I am sorry but I can't seem to worry about the price of bread, rice, oil, gas or anything else going up when there are people out there that do not even have access to these things now. (And I am one of those who can barely afford it now.) Like I said, I am sorry I offended you but these are my beliefs. I am also sorry that you were homeless for a year - but by God's grace you are obviously ok now or you would not be on the internet. If you can barely eat and pay rent let me know where I can get a free internet connection like you!!!!
I am sorry that you were offended by my statements. We live in America......ridiculous spending is our middle name. ______________________
You know what it weird....all I hear about is gas prices going up but here in Baton Rouge the gas prices were $2.50 before the storm and although they did go up at some stores to $2.99 a lot of stores stayed the same. And now the gas is down to $2.45 almost everywhere.
I know that God's plan will be played out no matter everybody's different thoughts are about it.
lilbitsmom - you didnt offend me in the least. everyone is entitled to feel how they feel on all subjects.
you are lucky with your gas prices........here i see the same gas station have different prices posted depending on the time of day it is. anywhere from 3.05 to 3.25 for regular. they also happen to be the cheapest station in my area =(
***Edited By: Scout1 on 9/8/2005 12:50:42 PM*** Reason: add
The infamous "they" say that california will be gone, most of the east coast will be gone, and the mississippi river will be so wide and wild no one will be able to cross it without taking their life into their own hands.
"they" say that the ocean will rise up on the east coast all the way to the mountains (blue ridge mountains...)
Florida will be under water
most of the east and west coasts will be under water
but this shift will also reveal lost worlds (atlantis, lemuria, etc...) "they" say
i feel like "they" know what they're talking about sometimes, especially recently, what with all the natural disasters all over the world lately....
but then again it could just be that i'm only now starting to pay attention....
but should New Orleans rebuild? Most definately. Perhaps to withstand 30 feet of water tho....
I'll be as brief as possible, New Orleans should be rebuilt much stronger and safer. It's the only home to thousands of people and part of our landscape.
For those who worry about the cost, please think that if the money is not spent rebuilding New Orleans, it will be spent elswhere on other government projects, third world countries or the endless war in Iraq where we've spent billions if not trillions by now.
I am fortunate to work at a company that allows employees access to the internet.
AND I WAS NOT TRYING TO INSULT YOU-----just making a comment same as you were. Try not to take these things personally as they are not meant to be!
Here in BR there are some gas station that have prices that high. You could tell through this whole ordeal who was price gouging and who wasn't. It is such a shame. My family and I have agreed to only go to the gas stations that we saw keep their prices the same.
Everybody affected by this is in my prayers every night.
***Edited By: LilBitsMom on 9/8/2005 2:18:11 PM*** Reason: add