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We need stronger leadership

Rep. Gary LindstromColorado House District 56Breckenridge

RE: How do we fix what’s broken with our response systemGeorge – great letter. Lots of good thought went into writing it. You are a very caring and sensitive person and I appreciate that. I agree with your comments about plans and their purpose. They are a guide. A direction to go. Things change during the event and the plan sometimes does not work. That is where strong leadership comes to play. If you can picture this: Katrina comes and goes and President Bush goes to New Orleans and sets up a command post in the middle of the chaos. He mans it himself and takes control and leadership. He commands resources to be put in place immediately and directs the police and military to take control of the entire area. He stays in place until the event is over. If he had done that, he would have gone down in history as one of the greatest presidents ever. We know what really happened, and it is a shame on the president and all of us for that matter. I know that we will have more bad events in the future. The wisdom we gain from this will hold us in good stead in the future. The issue is not money. When we can find $300 billion for Iraq and $60 billion for New Orleans, the money is there. I think that you and I need to demand stronger leadership in the future and not allow our high-priced leaders to sit on their hands and do nothing but point fingers at others.

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