MORE TRUTH FROM A LOUISIANA EYE-WITNESS
From: Lowell J Mix [email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2005 2:09 PM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; TRVLFROG@AOL.COM
Subject: MORE TRUTH FROM A LOUISIANA EYE-WITNESS
** We have had a battery operated TV so we've been getting local channels focusing on the situation there and here. I'm just getting the "national perspective" and its (ticking) me off!
First, this is not a racial thing. I'm sorry if all the reporters are seeing are black faces but if they would take their cameras to places like Slidell, Mandeville, Metairie and CHALMETTE! they would see a several thousand white faces being affected by this. Most of the tip of the boot that is Louisiana south and east of Baton Rouge is under water. Those people are stuck, too, waiting for help, dying, but all the news people can focus on is the Superdome.
Another misconception. The violence going on there is not the reaction of desperate people. Its typical New Orleans on any given Tuesday!!! Its a dangerous, dirty, drug infested place where the city police and city government is corrupt and useless. Volunteers are getting shot at and their cars vandalized. Helicopters are being shot at. Just another day in the city.
Another misconception. These poor people couldn't get out because they don't have cars. If the cameras show the city once the waters recede, you'll notice all the flooded out cars littering the streets. They couldn't all have been broken down before the storm hit . Yes, there are always people who do not have transportation. Part of making the call for a MANDATORY evacuation is that the city has to provide for transportation and/or shelter in the city. People stayed for the same reasons they always stay. They think the storm will turn and go in another direction. They think they can "ride it out." Or, they're just too (darn) lazy to pack up and leave.
Another misconception. The federal government was
slow to respond. The president issued a state of
emergency BEFORE the storm ever hit, unprecedented. This
means that the full access of the federal government, be
it military or civil, were at our governors' disposal.
The levee broke early Monday afternoon. She did not call
evacuation until Tuesday morning. You cannot call up
National Guard units in 20 minutes. It takes time. The
governor and mayor are in high CYA mode at the moment.
The situation is bad here. Crime is becoming a
problem in Gonzales and Baton Rouge where the evacuees
are being housed. We live between the two cities and
there is (a) pistol on my desk shelf as I type (yes, I
know how to use it). Helicopters flying overhead all
day, gas is running out, stores shelves becoming empty.
Its like a war zone. Our kids are both here and are
staying here until the crime situation gets in control
and I fear it
will get worse before it gets better. Pray for us. **
SO, that's all I'm asking. SEND this to your friends and right now say a prayer for the people going through this whole catastrophe.