"I'm tired of Bush/FEMA/Katrina"

"I'm tired of Bush/FEMA/Katrina"

Posted in the West Carrollton Forum

Leon Harrison

Newtown, PA

#1 May 1, 2011
Leon Harrison
621 Upland Drive
West Carrollton, Ohio
Sunday, May 1, 2011

To: The Editor

Subject: New York Times/Dayton Daily editorial quotes from folks

“I’m tired of Bush/FEMA/Katrina”

If I wanted to read The New York Times, I would buy The New York Times. Unfortunately for me, the Dayton Daily News with NYT news and views will have to do. During the past six years, since 2005, I have been bored by and tired of hearing and reading about Bush/FEMA/Katrina. I have also had more than my fill concerning the current comparisons between Bush’s bad and Obama’s favorable federal FEMA response, to the BP oil spill and these recent tornados. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, how many public servants were fired because of their poor job performance? How many of them are still on the job?
“It ain’t like Katrina,” said Darius Rutley, 21,“we’re getting help.” Once again, we see and read quotes from folks, being misused to make editorial (headline) statements; an old tired-but-true technique that we expect to see. NYT reporters, Kevin Sack and Timothy Williams, failed, forgot or neglected to ask Mr. Rutley about how Hurricane Katrina had affected him and Alberta, Alabama, six years ago, when he was fifteen years old. Was his house previously flooded or blown away, before that recent tornado blew through town?
So far, reporters/columnists/commentat ors have failed to compare these disaster differences: between the flooding and isolation of a big city, with a large poor dependent [Welfare State/Democrat-dominated] population; and scattered spread out cities and rural communities that are easier to get into with help…that could and should include some local folks.
Like most of us, President Obama and his fellow and female officials, do not have to drive or fly there to show us that they really care. They and their fans and friends can forego these expected, but expensive, intrusive inconvenient drive-ins and fly-ins and stay out of the way. Instead, they can read about it, hear about it, and see it on TV, just like me. They can give up the glory of competing in compassion/media contests, by delegating authority to the proper public servants, at any or many affected disaster areas, instead. They can also expose, demote or fire those public servants and private contractors who are dishonest, inefficient or ineffective failures. They can likewise use The New York Times and TV news to do this.

Leon Harrison
West Carrollton, Ohio

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