A letter in today’s Bloomington Herald-Times:
Stop funds to New Orleans
To the editor:
The mayor of New Orleans will have to wait until the 22nd or 23rd century to reconstruct his city. If he expects his constituency to clean up the mess and rebuild their city, it may take a century or two to get the job done.
I have watched the continuous media coverage of the disaster and its aftermath. So-called victims show off their free new apartments and trailers, their new furniture and new possessions. They talk about all the help they have received from all around the country. Some are appreciative of the help, most are not. In none of the interviews, do they talk about their new jobs or their newly established self-sufficiency. Work does not seem to be part of their vocabularies. The politicians in that part of the country seem to think that they have a blank check from the U.S. Treasury to do with as they please.
It is time for a reality check. New Orleans was a stinking cesspool before Hurricane Katrina. It will remain so, no matter how much money the federal government or private charities spend on reconstruction. We should withhold all funds until we see if the locals do anything to help themselves.
David E. Carson, Bloomington
This is so wrong on so many levels that I hardly know what to say. But I think it’s important not to dismiss people like Mr. Carson out of hand, no matter how wrong he may be, no matter if he’s in an extreme minority. Instead, I think we should learn from stuff like this. We have an image problem. This is the mindset we’re up against.