Blame Bush, not the Louisiana governor
RE: The media blame game ends at the Louisiana governor’s desk (SDN Sept. 9)Please get your facts straight before you start playing the “blame-game.” All you have to do is go to the website for The Office of the Governor of Louisiana to see that on Friday, Aug. 26, there was a statewide state of emergency issued. Then on Saturday, Aug. 27 the Governor asked the President to declare Louisiana a “federal” emergency. If you will notice, J.T., Governor Blanco had, in fact, notified the Bush administration more than 24 hours before the governor of Mississippi had. So, you are unjustly “blaming” her for not doing something that she actually had done, and yet you are complaining about the media “blaming” the Bush administration for their failure, when in fact, as time and the truth will show, they failed miserably. If they would spend as much time actually trying to solve problems as they do working on their talking points and spin, they might actually accomplish something. The true heroes of this tragedy have been the individuals risking their own safety in order to save others or bring them assistance. To quote William Blake, “He who would do good to another must do it in Minute Particulars. General Good is the plea of the scoundrel, hypocrite, and flatterer.”Eric NordBreckenridge Can we not support individuals and organizations?Summit County residents and businesses are among the most generous that we have ever encountered, and we are appreciative of this. However, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we have begun to question some policies of local organizations.We are friends of victims of Katrina. Four generations of our friends (great-grandmother to great-granddaughter) were residents of New Orleans and have lost everything as a result of Katrina. Homes, businesses, belongings are all gone. Our friends’ parents and grandmother survived five days without food or water in a flooded home before being rescued by the Coast Guard.The great-grandmother died after the rescue before she could be transferred to a medical facility. Our friends’ brother and two sets of uncles and aunts also lost everything.We have contacted several local organizations to try to get assistance for our friends and their extended families, but have been told that assistance is given to organizations like the Red Cross or Salvation Army. We can understand this, as we have supported these organizations ourselves. However, can we not also consider supporting individual families or extended families that have lost everything instead of only organizations that distribute to unknown individuals?We have received a promise of clothes from Wal-Mart and a $25 gift card from Target, but no other help from any group or organization in Summit County.We don’t understand why the county and local organizations cannot support solid, working-class families who have lost everything instead of just donating to organizations who distribute the donations to unknown recipients.Can we not help specific families in need in addition to unknowns?Dick and Mary ClarkSilverthornePit bulls are wonderful dogsIt angers me greatly when I read articles or letters written by people who have never owned a pit bull. They are labeled vicious animals to other animals, children and adults. There are many other aggressive breeds out there, so are we going to ban them too? I thank and praise the Summit County Animal Shelter for finding safe and loving homes for these awesome dogs. I wish people would not be influenced by the media, but instead they would learn more about this wonderful breed. I would recommend to any loving and compassionate animal owner to adopt a pit bull. I love mine.Natalie MackBreckenridgeThe Summit Daily News welcomes letters to the editor, preferably by e-mail to email@example.com. Past letters can be read at http://www.summitdaily.com.
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