Thanks for keeping your readers up to speed on this debacle. I'm a native New Orleanian who loves your work. I could not get your link to the Times-Picayune story to work for me. Are you talking about the David Hammer piece at http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/index.ssf?/base/news-0/121705041832710.xml&coll=1 ?
Thanks again for the attention you pay to my beloved hometown.”
“A N.O. native, I moved for job reasons to Europe several momths after Katrina. Europeans usually ask me compassionate questions about N.O. & the state of things. I go home often & it is with a heavy heart that I describe current conditions. I feel progress is being made in La., but there is still so much more to do. I rarely get the sense that Americans I meet here in Europe are genuinely concerned about N.O. I've heard many disparaging comments about N.O. from them when I reveal my hometown. I know that many non residents of La. still do care given the many volunteers from other states who have pitched in to help; I feel they're the exception to the rule. I feel that Americans have Katrina fatigue as well as FEMA fatigue. I doubt that problem will go away any time soon. I sense that many Americans are far too complacent in general and seldom are interested in the plight of others.”