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 Texas : Features : Columns : Letters From North America :
Katrina
by Peary Perry
Peary Perry
Like most of you I am sure we have all seen the pictures of the horrible destruction along the Gulf Coast. I am certain all of us send out our prayers and thoughts to so many who have lost so much in this terrible tragedy. While we can send money and other items as are requested by the various charities, none of this will replace what these people have lost. Estimates concerning repairs are meaningless at this point since no one really knows how long it will take to replace and repair the basic services such as water, electricity and sewage.

I find it difficult to imagine having a business that is under fifteen or twenty feet of water and knowing that you cannot even start to make repairs for at least six to eight weeks. This is stress of the highest order. I hope and pray none of us would ever have to deal with anything such as this.

The blame game and the finger pointing has already begun. Politicians are lining up to proclaim their vast reservoir of knowledge on how this calamity could have been prevented or marginalized. I find this disgusting at a time such as this.

Anyone with half a brain can see that this is a tragedy that could not have been prevented, perhaps they could have been better prepared, but who can predict Mother Nature?

The residents of this part of our country need help, not pontification by a bunch of career politicians whose only desire it is to get reelected. This is the time for every one of us to lay our differences aside and do what we can do to help. There are a number of agencies that are begging for our assistance in any way, shape or form. Look in your paper, watch the news or get on the internet and you can find a multiplicity of ways to help out. This is not going to be a short time deal. This is a long-term effort. Every one can have a chance to participate.

I am disturbed by the pictures I see of the looting in the streets of New Orleans. I donít think this is a good representation of the majority of the citizens of that fair city. I canít imagine what is going on in their heads, but they have to live with themselves, not me. My heart goes out to those who are stranded in shelters across the south with no jobs, no money and no place to go back home to.

Since I am in the middle of remodeling our house, we are living in our guest house with no cable TV, just basic stuff. Perhaps Iíve missed it but Iíve yet to see any other country in the world jumping in to offer us any aid. It must have been announced, and I just overlooked it. Iím certain all those countries who criticized us last year when the tsunami hit have been rushing over here with aid and supplies. I bet ships from France and Germany are already rushing full steam ahead to pitch in and help us. Yeah, right.

As always, we are a day late and a dollar short. We give more and get less than any other country in the world. You mark my words and see how much assistance we get from any other country on this planet. Truth to tell Iíd bet some folks in those areas are actually gleeful and happy that we are having this problem. They just donít like us and we keep trying to make them our friends. When will we ever learn?

But, you know American shine in the middle of crisis and even though the clouds are dark and gloomy, there is a hope of sunshine and we will prevail and survive. We always have and we always will.

In spite of the nay sayers and posturing of our politicians.

Thanks, be grateful and thankful if you do not have to endure this situation. God bless these folks.
© Peary Perry
Comments go to pperry@austin.rr.com
Letters From North America
- September 2, 2005 column
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