Rarely, I get cogent, courteous e-mails from people whose views differ markedly from my own. My comments policy is to allow comments via e-mail, and to publish any I think worthwhile, no matter whether I agree with them or not. Here's a recent one, from reader Brandon Freels :
The city transit system was being used for evacuation because
those busses could transport more people and had air conditioning.
Also, commercial transport stopped entering and leaving the city as
of the Saturday before. That means no plane or train or bus would
take you out of the city. After the flood, those school busses were of
little use since they and the roads were mostly underwater, just as
the food in submerged groceries was ruined.
AND it being the end of the month, many of the poor were living
from paycheck to paycheck, and many of those people wanted to
leave and their employers said "If you leave, you will not come back
to a job." Having lived in areas of the USA where you can get
tornadoes and earthquakes, if you ran away every time they
announced a disaster, you would never spend any time at home. If
they left and this didn't happen, there goes their security.
As a quick reminder, this flooding occurred not because of Katrina
itself. There were even reports that New Orleans had survived the
hurricane. However, Katrina caused the underfunded levees to
break and that is where the real disaster lies. The Bush Crime
Family with their Homeland Security and Patriot Act have gutted
many of the civil programs to help the American people for their
illegal war in Iraq.
Everything that they do can be summed up as follows: The Bush
Crime Family and Republicans care more about things and
possessions than they do people.