Much work still to be done in New Orleans
Thanks for the excellent article by Carol Roshto-Smith on the current situation in New Orleans (“New Orleans still swims in Katrina’s wake,” Jan. 29). As a displaced former 50-year resident of the New Orleans area, I can confirm that Ms. Roshto-Smith is right on target. Many areas are no less devastated today than in September 2005. The only visible progress is being made by volunteer organizations, who doing an incredible job in the face of incompetent and inept local, state and federal government entities. Much good work is being done by volunteer church groups and organizations like Habitat for Humanity in addition to Common Ground. If only there was a volunteer entity that could design and build solid levees. There is precious little evidence that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and their politically connected subcontractors can accomplish that task. And of course, that contributes to people being reluctant to return to the New Orleans area.
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