Fumbling FEMA

Fumbling FEMA

There are 8 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Jun 15, 2008, titled Fumbling FEMA. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

As someone who spent two weeks in April in New Orleans working with the local Habitat group, I must agree with most of the June 9 story ''Katrina victims' support cut in bill.'' Drastic changes must be made, ...

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democrat

Herndon, VA

#1 Jun 16, 2008
In 1991, more than five hundred school districts in Ohio filed suit in the Perry County courts against the state government for failing to provide them with adequate funding to educate the state's students. The case was known as DeRolph v. State of Ohio and was named for Nathan DeRolph, a student in the Sheridan Public School System in 1991. The districts claimed that the state government failed to provide an efficient educational system, as dictated by the Ohio Constitution of 1851, by relying so heavily upon local property taxes to fund schools. The districts contended that school systems in areas with higher property values could much more easily meet the needs of and provide more opportunities for their students, while students in poorer areas suffered.

In 1994, Perry County Court Judge Linton Lewis, Jr., ruled that public education is a fundamental right in the state of Ohio and that the state legislature had to provide a better and more equitable means of financing education. Lewis's decision overturned an earlier Ohio Supreme Court ruling from 1979.

The state government appealed the decision to the Fifth District Court of Appeals, which overturned Lewis's decision, stating that he did not have the power to overturn an Ohio Supreme Court decision. The school districts then filed an appeal with the Ohio Supreme Court, which agreed to consider the case in 1996. The next year, the court ruled that Ohio's current way of funding schools violated the Ohio Constitution. The justices ordered that the state government enact a constitutional school-funding system.

Ted Striclkand ran on a platform of reforming the unconstitutional system. We are still waiting.
Pete Kalgreen

Canton, OH

#2 Jun 16, 2008
In reference to the letter titled: "Drop in housing values
is no shocker"

More evidence that we need a CPA as our County Fiscal Officer.
bobbi

Hillsboro, KS

#3 Jun 16, 2008
I am disgusted with the Katrina story. It has been three years. Do not blame the feds. The state, and most importantly, the LOCAL government is the cause of the woes that last still today. The FEMA trailers needed to go long ago. Last years' American Idol had a SINGLE mom complaining about how awful it is to live in the trailers w/ kids. Especially after having two more well AFTER the storm. You have a class of people expecting handouts. you have a LOCAL government that thought this disaster would not happen, and ignored warnings. Then, afterwards, you have a LOCAL government handing out rebuilding contracts to companies that employed non-US workers (Mexicans, ie). Instead of giving the homeless and jobless families living in the trailers work, you gave it to the Hispanics, who know you are whining about because they won't go home. And the town still hasn't rebuilt.

“Put the Kool-Aid down!!”

Since: Jun 08

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Jun 16, 2008
bobbi wrote:
I am disgusted with the Katrina story. It has been three years. Do not blame the feds. The state, and most importantly, the LOCAL government is the cause of the woes that last still today. The FEMA trailers needed to go long ago. Last years' American Idol had a SINGLE mom complaining about how awful it is to live in the trailers w/ kids. Especially after having two more well AFTER the storm. You have a class of people expecting handouts. you have a LOCAL government that thought this disaster would not happen, and ignored warnings. Then, afterwards, you have a LOCAL government handing out rebuilding contracts to companies that employed non-US workers (Mexicans, ie). Instead of giving the homeless and jobless families living in the trailers work, you gave it to the Hispanics, who know you are whining about because they won't go home. And the town still hasn't rebuilt.
I will call you "grinch".

“Er...Protector of Free Speech?”

Since: Mar 08

The AKR

#5 Jun 16, 2008
Maybe FEMA should ship some of those spare trailers up to Iowa. Assuming they can find it on the map.
bobbi

Hillsboro, KS

#7 Jun 16, 2008
Kansas has lost another town by a tornado. guess what. no looting, no screaming at the feds or FEMA. Greensburg is still being built a year later, some still live in FEMA trailers. The problem has been getting the labor to build homes.And many residents are building 'green homes' for energy efficiency. Now Chapman is nearly gone. The next morning, The mayor had a 'disaster help plan' set up. The first days, only residents allowed in. Then volunteer groups meet at a designated location and are assigned tasks and shuttled into town. All very organized. Maybe the difference is the disaster is unexpected. And disaster plans out here are followed through. If we hear 'tornado warning' we take cover. Not like a 'maybe we need to take cover' like back in Ohio. Katrina was awful. New Orleans was expected to flood, yet the mayor parked buses instead of using them to evacuate residents (many lacking transportation). Warnings were ignored until it was too late. What is more awful is the continued bungling by the New Orleans politicians.

“Put the Kool-Aid down!!”

Since: Jun 08

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jun 16, 2008
bobbi wrote:
Kansas has lost another town by a tornado. guess what. no looting, no screaming at the feds or FEMA. Greensburg is still being built a year later, some still live in FEMA trailers. The problem has been getting the labor to build homes.And many residents are building 'green homes' for energy efficiency. Now Chapman is nearly gone. The next morning, The mayor had a 'disaster help plan' set up. The first days, only residents allowed in. Then volunteer groups meet at a designated location and are assigned tasks and shuttled into town. All very organized. Maybe the difference is the disaster is unexpected. And disaster plans out here are followed through. If we hear 'tornado warning' we take cover. Not like a 'maybe we need to take cover' like back in Ohio. Katrina was awful. New Orleans was expected to flood, yet the mayor parked buses instead of using them to evacuate residents (many lacking transportation). Warnings were ignored until it was too late. What is more awful is the continued bungling by the New Orleans politicians.
Comparing your Wizard of oz twisters to Katrina is like comparing the first Gulf War with World War ll. Get off your high and mighty horse woman.
Sarah

Tulsa, OK

#10 Jun 17, 2008
If everyone were free to love one another, chaos would ensue? Really?

Hmm. It seems yet another individual has forgotten the American Constitutional separation of church and state. The nation cannot control the church; neither can the church control the nation.

The definition of marriage on which you predicate your argument is only one possible definition, delineated by a specific religion. In America, we have a great diversity of belief systems, and those individuals should not be forced to live under principles in which they do not believe.

One last thought -- if marriage between men and women were as sacred as you seem to believe it is, fewer couples would divorce. If America descends into utter chaos, it won't be because gays get to marry. It will be because religious fanatics begin shooting everyone who doesn't see things their way.

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