Saturday, September 01, 2007

It's Time To Get Over Katrina Already

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It's Time To Get Over Katrina Already
By John Hawkins

Two years after Katrina, everywhere you turn, there are people carping, whining, and kvetching. Just why hasn't the pity party for the citizens of New Orleans run out of booze and chips yet?

It's not as if hurricanes are a once a millennium event in the United States. In fact, residents of Florida have so many of them that they don't even cancel a barbecue for anything under a Category 3.

Moreover, people lose their homes in this country every day of the year. If it isn't a hurricane, it's an earthquake. If it isn't an earthquake, it's a tornado. If it isn't a tornado, it's a fire. If it isn't a fire, it's a flood. Yet nobody sits and frets about John Doe, age 58, who lost his house in a flash flood two years ago or Jane Doe, age 60, who had her house blown away by a twister back in 2005.

But, we're all supposed to eternally sit around and weep tiny little tears of sadness for the people who really took it on the chin in a hurricane because they chose to live in a city shaped like a soup bowl on the coast. Let me tell all the citizens of New Orleans something that should have been told to them 18 months ago: it's time to stop playing the sympathy card and get over it.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous z said...

Say it ain't so. Somebody with the guts to talk like this? While everyone sheds tears for those who lost so much, perhaps it's big government's promising we'll take care of them forever and rebuild and give more and more money which we need to stop in this country before people start getting to feeling self reliant again, feeling the high of "I DID THIS MYSELF" instead of the high of crack cocaine? Just a thought.

Give them a fishing pole and the bait, not the fish. Huge difference. The difference in the kick of landing a fish all by yourself, fighting the line while it flaps and fights you till you win, and finding a bucket of dead fish at your front door.

9:27 AM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

The n'awlins folks are so dependent they wouldn't know what to do with themselves!
Actually, Katrina did a lot of them a favor, which is why they haven't flocked back. There is one woman and her son in Apopka, THEY LOVE IT THERE! She works for the city parks department, she has a nice apartment and her son had no problems in school. They, like many feel they have escaped a trap and they like where they are!

tmw
In other words, I agree with this column! Healthy lives were restored by leaving!

1:53 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I know gals. I was thinking hard about teaching the people how to fish rather than just giving them loaves--though He did both when needed... So did we with Katrina.

Now the people need to bait their own hooks a little more!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

Big Yes...back at Zinla and Merry Widow and Verityink!

There are people who lose their homes all the time from fires, floods, and mud slide, etc. The devastation in New Orleans gave a lot of people an opportunity to do better and live better. I'm ready to hear some positive, inspirational stories!

2:21 PM  
Anonymous z said...

catfleas....what a great point. We should be hearing success stories, shouldn't we. I did hear that some from New Orleans were relocated to Idaho or Utah and loving their new lives...jobs, homes. I found that interesting.
It's very sad; we've created a kind of subset of people who really honestly believe they're owed a living. How wonderful it would have been had we heard great stories about people overcoming, surely there must be lots of stories like that. I hope so.
I think, too, that that blame game the media and politicians played incessantly isn't healthy and plays into the victimology, don't you?

4:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Lord helps those who help themselves'' "Nuff said. J'Mac.

8:19 AM  

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