Hungry Haitians Storm Presidential Pa...

Hungry Haitians Storm Presidential Palace, Loot Businesses

There are 7 comments on the NBC 6 South Florida story from Apr 8, 2008, titled Hungry Haitians Storm Presidential Palace, Loot Businesses. In it, NBC 6 South Florida reports that:

U.N. peacekeepers used rubber bullets and tear gas to chase away hungry Haitians who stormed the presidential palace Tuesday demanding the resignation of President Rene Preval.

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francois jean

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Apr 8, 2008
Preval most reduce taxes on the food ,the business people can sell the products less to the people.
francois jean

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#2 Apr 8, 2008
preval most reduce the taxes on the food such as oil ,rice ,bean ,corn ,
business man or woman can low price tothe people

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Since: May 07

Gilroy, CA

#3 Apr 8, 2008
Don't feed Haitians or leave food for them to find. Haitians fed by Americans come to regard Americans as a food source and will become pests by stealing our food. Feeding can lead to unnaturally high population growth in areas where it occurs often. People's hearts go out to them when their cupboards are bare, and nobody wants to see them starve, but Haitians should still be able to survive on their own. The number of Haitians that can live in an area is dictated by the amount of food that's available. We change that equation and we change the dynamics of a whole bunch of things, and usually it's to the Haitians detriment.
Focus

Miami, FL

#4 Apr 9, 2008
You seem to be ignorant of the facts. In Haiti, about 80% of the people are poor -and not "oh, i can't afford a big screen tv" poor, but poor like most americans will never know. About 54% of them are destitute, living on less than $2 a day. Over the past year, the price of staple foods like rice, beans, and flour has gone up about 50%-making a bad situation worse. If you can't find a moral reason to help them survive, perhaps it would make sense to you to help them for this reason -if we make Haiti a place where people want to live and stay, they won't want to come to the USA. It's cheaper to help them now than later. PS: For the cost of your computer, you could feed more than 50 Haitian families for a month. How's that for perspective?
Toadal wrote:
Don't feed Haitians or leave food for them to find. Haitians fed by Americans come to regard Americans as a food source and will become pests by stealing our food. Feeding can lead to unnaturally high population growth in areas where it occurs often. People's hearts go out to them when their cupboards are bare, and nobody wants to see them starve, but Haitians should still be able to survive on their own. The number of Haitians that can live in an area is dictated by the amount of food that's available. We change that equation and we change the dynamics of a whole bunch of things, and usually it's to the Haitians detriment.
Annonymous

Ann Arbor, MI

#5 Apr 9, 2008
How could you say that a country where $300 is the ANNUAL income per person should be required to sustain itself, while the US is one of the primary reasons for the recessions causing the price jumps. In regard to the comment on feeding them will create an overpopulation, this just shows you are not an educated person. Poverty is what causes countries that are underdeveloped to have overpopulation - families need more children to work at the home. Plus with the high mortality rate, the more children a family has, the more likely one or two will survive to take care of their parents when they are no longer able to care for themselves. Where is this food source you expect them use to sustain themselves? The country is 90% deforested and the land has been overused for agriculture, that it no longer produces anything. If our governement would stop paying the farmers to not farm, this wouldn't be such a problem.
Toadal wrote:
Don't feed Haitians or leave food for them to find. Haitians fed by Americans come to regard Americans as a food source and will become pests by stealing our food. Feeding can lead to unnaturally high population growth in areas where it occurs often. People's hearts go out to them when their cupboards are bare, and nobody wants to see them starve, but Haitians should still be able to survive on their own. The number of Haitians that can live in an area is dictated by the amount of food that's available. We change that equation and we change the dynamics of a whole bunch of things, and usually it's to the Haitians detriment.
Gerard

Miami, FL

#6 Apr 9, 2008
I would like to express my sincere disrespect for Toadal whom I feel is a special kind of idiot.

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Since: May 07

Gilroy, CA

#7 Apr 9, 2008
Gerard wrote:
I would like to express my sincere disrespect for Toadal whom I feel is a special kind of idiot.
The Haitian population has skyrocketed as a result of decades of subsidized food, oil, and clothing provided by wealthy nations. The civil authorities and the UN should have made the people understand years ago that these subsidies could not last and permitting the most destitute to have children was not an option.

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