Forum: Hurricane Katrina

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Check out what FOX Fans are saying:

"I hate all the political trashing that is going on both sides. We need to remember we are Americans first, Dems/Republicans next. Just help those people. There are too many layers of red tape to cut through. God help us if we have another 9/11." — Evelyn (Texas)

"Wow, Bush finally is taking responsibility. A lot of good that does to all the dead and homeless. It's far too little, far too late." — Tamara (formerly of Louisiana, now in Texas)

"Bravo to all Americans who are pitching in. Here in Maine, everywhere you go there are boxes being loaded, trucks being ready to be shipped south, and churches pulling together. There's a common thread to help those who in need. Now, if the our government officials would stop trying to gain political ground, it would be beneficial to those of us who are working towards helping our fellow Americans." — Chris (Hermon, ME)

"I strongly believe it was the local and state government that dropped the ball. Everyone seems to cut Bush down over this. If the local government and state government had done their job, Bush wouldn't have had to come in and clean up their screw-ups. Bush has done a great job at it as well. Do you think anyone would have said, 'Wow, Bush did such a great job handling Katrina!' No, you wouldn't. I just don't understand how the public can blame everything from Mother Nature to the color of the grass on Bush. When things go good, his name never comes up." — Kari

"I have been glued to the news since last Sunday. It was hard to believe what happened in New Orleans, when the floods came in, I was shocked at how the people in charge bungled their job, it just goes to show how cheap words and political promises are in the real world. It’s so sad that people had to die that way. Now it looks like, that if the people in charge throw money on the problem, all will be forgiven. I don’t think that will work." — Gail (Detroit, MI)

"I was saddened to hear the blaming that has been done during this crisis in our state. It is not helping anyone and hurting all. NO ONE knew for sure what would happen. For 25 years, the question has been asked, 'What will happen if a Category 5 hurricane hits New Orleans? What will happen if that levee breaks?' We now, unfortunately, know what happens." — Denise (Louisiana)

"Hurricane Katrina is a national disaster of historic proportions. This is the time for our great nation to unite and care for those who have been displaced. There is equal responsibility (federal, state and local) for the slow response, but the answers to my three questions may just point us in the right direction. May God Bless the survivors of Katrina and please, please don't forget their pets." — Chuck

"This is highly unfortunate for the people and the area affected, but those people who live in an unsecured part of the country that is ravaged by hurricanes...they know that. My house is located east of St. Louis, a part of the country that is ravaged by tornadoes. When given a warning, my family and I take protective measures. Two years ago, my subdivision was hit by a tornado, damaging my house and destroying half the neighboring subdivision. FEMA or the federal government did not visit me or anyone else and I did not expect them to. In this unfortunate instance, the sirens were late to warn us but the news weather was not. We stayed alert, and again, took protective measures. We know where we live and expect the danger. I did not blame the federal government for those late sirens, I blamed the local government and they heard about it. Volcanoes erupt, the earth shakes, and the wind blows but all in all, nature happens and structures will fail no matter how secure they may be." — Rick

"Bush is such a hypocrite. He can never take responsibility. He failed the American people again! He is the one who hired Michael Brown to head FEMA. Brown had NO qualifications for the job, beyond being a college buddy of Bush's. I will never forget his actions, as they speak louder than words. The people of New Orleans will never forget." — Larry (formerly of New Orleans)

"I am very concerned about all the homeless animals that were left after the evacuation. What is being done to help these poor helpless victims? I hope and pray that they are not forgotten." — C.H.

"Stop pointing fingers on BOTH sides. Shut up and help your fellow Americans who are in need. The chips will fall where they need to later. Right now, we need to stop acting like children. The politicians must stop exploiting the tragedy for gain. I want to see Hillary roll over her sleeves and DO something. I want to see Bush actually help people and not distance himself as he has for far too long." — Lydia (Mobile, AL)

"I don't think that people not living in the Gulf area realized that there were so many people below the poverty line living there. I did not realize it was so bad. What have the state and federal government been doing about these citizens all this time? Obviously nothing. Maybe now many of them can have better lives." — Karen (California)

"I am so disgusted. People died. People who had homes are now homeless. People who had lives now have nothing, and all people can do is point fingers and blame Bush. They don't want to hear the truth, that the local government are the first responders to any disaster, NOT the federal government; that the people of New Orleans were let down by their incompetent Democrat leaders, not President Bush; that the so-called evacuation plan was known not to work, but nothing was done to fix it. They just don't care. All they care about is blaming Bush for everything. If Bush pulled Jesus Christ out of a burning building, it still wouldn't be good enough. Nothing this man will ever do will be good enough for these wackos. Let them live with all that hatred, and Republicans will go on winning elections. Works for me!" — Donna (Cranston, RI)

"Please tell me what I'm supposed to tell my grandchildren about a country that allows its people to rot and die while leaders sit on their thrones and applaud each other. God help this country." — A Concerned Grandmother

"Put the blame where it belongs — on the Governor. She was offered help from the president two days before the storm hit and refused the help. FEMA is only able to do what is ordered. She refused the help. What a big mistake." — Annabelle (Indianapolis, IN)

"What has New Orleans been doing for the last 40 years? Why haven't they moved important documents and equipment out of their basements and to higher floors above the floodwaters?" — Wes (Greensboro, NC)

"I live in Alabama and received only mild damage from Katrina. I recently spent the day in Gulfport, MS helping hurricane victims. I am very impressed with Gov. Barbour and the job that he has done in his state to assist these devastated people. I did, however, see that people who live just a few miles north of the main roads where all of the assistance is set up are starving. Their cars were under water so they are unable to travel and many have babies or health problems and cannot walk the three or four miles to the main road to even ask for help. We encountered a young mother with a four-week-old baby that had not had formula in four days. The roads to get to these people were clear. I know there are so many who need help and I love that FOX News is down here on top of things as usual; no one should starve when help is so close.” — Lisa (Fairhope, AL)

"As the days go by and we hear what really happened, it is becoming more and more clear that the Mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana are the ones most to blame. I would also add that the history and culture of New Orleans did not hold it in good stead in that emergency. These two leaders are the closest to the city, and they should have known exactly what to do and when to do it, and who was to do it. They bickered and stalled and were paralyzed into inaction. They were more interested in going by the book and covering their behinds than in getting help where it was needed. All you have to do is look at Florida and see how they handle emergencies. It plainly takes good local leadership, and in New Orleans there was none." — William

"FEMA needs to be renamed 'INEPT.' We can figure out what it means later." — P. (USMC)

"I am extremely proud of our military and all the people and businesses giving time and resources to help during this time. Actions speak louder than words." — R.C.

"I have volunteered at shelters for the evacuees and have listened to some disturbing stories from volunteers and staff as well. Volunteers' personal belongings have been stolen, facilities have been trashed and vandalized and many evacuees have stated that they would not sign up or apply for housing or assistance because they were being taken care of at the shelter. What is wrong with this picture?" — Jerry (Arkansas)

"Why couldn't the Feds house the evacuees in some of the military installations they have closed recently instead of putting them into stadiums and auditoriums?" — Polly

"Typical Louisiana politics! The Mayor was wrong in sending everyone to the Superdome without an exit strategy. The Governor was wrong for not sending her troops in. She had the authority to send the troops in well before the Feds could." — Steven (La.)

"Everyone involved is doing their best. I am really disappointed with the political lynch mob mentality that wants to start punishing folks before a calm, thoughtful, and objective investigation into the matter is completed. Sometimes doing one's best is not good enough. However, rather than skewer, let's see what can be done to help them do their job better." — Ed (Tulsa, OK)

"Mike Brown was a poor choice. For many positions like that, one needs a commander/manager type. Legal experience is not essential. Many military commanders have the right mix of education and experience; the USA would have many qualified persons from those ranks to head up and populate key positions in FEMA. We need a law in this country saying that if you served in a paid position in a campaign for the presidency, you cannot serve anywhere but in the White House staff and in a competitive civil service position. We need to eliminate the pipe line of unqualified political hacks." — Pete

"Any time an emergency or disaster takes place, the politicians want a committee to investigate, but not everyone is qualified to make the determination of good or bad actions. My suggestion would be to have an investigation performed by individuals who actually work in emergency situations such as firefighters, emergency medical personnel, police, etc. As the wife and mother of professional firefighters and paramedics and also as an emergency medical technician myself, no one has the right to criticize actions of what went wrong or what was good until they have been in such a situation." — Tena

"The residents of New Orleans need take a good look at how they prepared themselves instead of pointing fingers. Everybody knew that this disaster was coming one day, but they weren’t prepared." — B.W.

"The president hired his old pal Mr. Brown to run FEMA. Brown had no clue about what had happened, or what to do. That is a fact. I'm sick of this administration not being held accountable. People died and are dying! Be a man Mr. Bush!" — Jay (Dallas, TX)

"The job is monumental and staggering and the relief effort is well underway and very admirable. And the politicians and over-zealous reporters have got to lay-off the criticism. With a catastrophe of this magnitude, an instantaneous fix is not feasible. It will take time and patience." — Carolyn

"There is a silver lining for some of the ultra poor of New Orleans. They are FINALLY getting much needed attention, in the provision of their basic needs, from BOTH the Republicans and the Democrats, that have been denied them for so long. For those who were homeless or very low income BEFORE the Hurricane hit, some now have never had it so good — clean clothes, working showers and bathrooms, good nutritious foods, and the possibility of jobs, better housing, and a future. The Lord does work in mysterious ways." — Carmen

"The Democrats want to know why they can't win an election? We the people are rolling up our sleeves and pulling out all the stops to help and all they can do is mouth off and point fingers! Hey Howard and Nancy get to work helping people!" — Joan

"This isn’t just a New Orleans problem. The entire coast of Mississippi is gone. Gone with tourism and money from the casino industry. People in Mississippi are feeling hurt by just being ignored. It isn’t a white or black problem – it is a people problem. Please stop pointing fingers at each other. We put people in a place of power to trust they will do the right thing. So, if anyone to blame it is each other. The poor people of the south are hurting. That is true. BUT, so is the working class, middle class and rich. We need ice, food and clothes. We need jobs, homes and transportation. We need power, water, and gas to cook on. Let’s get to the real problem, and cut the bull. You can’t sue Mother Nature." — Traci (McComb, MS)

"All things consider the handling is going OK but the initial response info is confusing and sounds like the local/state are walking on each other. It is up to them to be prepared and for the national level to get in once they yell HELP! The politico blaming has no place in the scheme of things and those self appointed talking heads should shut up! If they can't do constructive thinking then they need to get out of the way and go far out of sight." — R.S.

"We have to stop the blame game. We are more interested in destroying political opponents than we are in helping those who have lost so much. Hatred breeds hatred! We are human beings called to help human beings in their darkest hour." — Shane (Broken Arrow, OK)

"I have lived in Louisiana all my life. It's a shame, but this disaster was predicted every year since the 1965 flood from Hurricane Betsy! Yet still, our state and local governments have let the levee system stay basically the same, year after year. Even with near misses, the levees were never improved to any degree. Remember, in Louisiana, politicians don't want to spend money on something that doesn't have an immediate reward for them! Louisiana politicians are the worst! This state has been struck by hurricanes for longer than we can remember! New Orleans has always been the most vulnerable, and yet was the least prepared! Why?" — Marc

"You cannot help those who refuse to help themselves! Constant excuses and blaming of others for your lack of effort to build a life doesn't cut it." — John (Florida)

"I have always been proud to be an American. That is not going to stop. But what has changed greatly since last week is my faith in my president and government. The State of Louisiana receives money every year to prepare for hurricanes and levies that are not strong enough to hold the water. When it finally happened everyone failed. It started at the local level, then state, and finally federal when the fourth branch of our government. I guess I am tired of seeing my tax dollars wasted and no one is accountable. I love my country but I hate my government." — Connie (Kings Mountain, NC)

"With a natural disaster as big as Katrina there were bound to be mistakes. Things happen. You are never going to be able to please everybody no matter what. I think they started with not having the Levee's prepared for a category 5. People should already know that and be prepared; there is also such a thing as personal responsibility. There was plenty of notice given as to the possibilities with this storm." — Peggy (Watertown, NY)

"You know the people who have taken the blame game to new heights? They are the people who have forgotten how to roll up their sleeves and help out. If the only thing they have to offer is a negative response then the people from the Gulf Coast are better off without their help. No one has the power to hold back a storm, and the flood in New Orleans perhaps could have been avoided if the levees had been build higher and stronger, but how strong is enough, nothing is 100% safe in this world. The only thing to do now is get on with rebuilding with the best we know how." — Clarice (Conroe, TX)

"I am sick of all this bickering and political posturing. What is important now is to save lives and to rebuild. The chips will fall where the may later. Right now, both sides need to stop this disgusting politicizing of this tragedy. People are dying!" — John (Mobile, AL)

"It is simple. Bush is to blame. The buck does stop with him. He placed an old college buddy who had NO qualifications to head FEMA. The local and state leaders are to blame as well. It is utterly appalling that the richest nation on Earth cannot protect it's own citizens." — Kim (Austin, TX)

"Who cares who's to blame? They can figure all this out at the appropriate time. I am sick of the shameless people who take advantage of a disastrous situation to advance their obvious agendas. While many heroic people are working their collective butts off to help their fellow Americans (regardless of race Jesse), many people seem to have nothing better to do than to figure out how to continue their political whining. This was by far an unprecedented disaster and there will be mistakes made since there no data to base preparations on. There will be many lessons learned by many different government agencies. Let them do their best and stop complaining because at this time it is not doing anyone any good." — David (Savannah, GA)

"Why are people still trying to blame everyone? People are still without food and water, have to live in a shelter, and lost their homes and pets! The government did a LOUSY JOB! There is no one else to blame except the officials of each state and the people themselves that didn't prepare if they were going to stay!" — Chris

"Slow federal emergency response? The levies broke on Tuesday. The realization of the magnitude of the consequences occurred on Wednesday. The Feds were there on Thursday and became efficient on Friday. Who can expect any logistics team to mount and execute a monumental task like that, in less time? Only the naive and the prejudiced." — Dan (Williamsburg, VA)

"I have a son and family in Mississippi hunkered down at home and in the thick of it there. They are not too badly off. There are many, many worse off. I think America needs to do what we can and stop this carping and whining and blaming, and stop the political posturing. Our duty now is to help in whatever way we can." — Steve (Utah)

"I am a 69-year-old Louisiana native and have watched Louisiana politics emerge as the sole priority of the New Orleans leadership in this disaster. They believe that to criticize others takes the heat off of themselves. The mayor, most our local authorities, the US senator lady, (excuse me I should say person) the Governor have all blamed the federal government for what was and is their responsibility. In addition the Mayor left hundreds of school buses near the dome to flood that should have been used for those who had no transportation. Remember that the rest of those people chose to stay there and have suffered the consequence. Also remember that the New Orleans police have the reputation as being the most corrupt in the nation. I paint not a pretty picture because that is the way it is." — John

"What a shame that so much time and effort is being spent on the blame game instead of focusing on action and solutions. The folks out there using this tragedy to further their political agendas disgust me. With this type of behavior I am afraid it is only a matter of time before another disaster of this magnitude destroys thousands of American lives. My condolences to your country." — Cathy (Edmonton, Alberta)

"Louisiana has so many resources and should be one of the richest states in our nation (oil industry, shipping, agriculture and tourism). Why do they not have the best public services money can buy? Why don't they have the best Levee system money can buy? Money would not have been able to stop the storm but it could have helped the people of this state to be better prepared. I hope that when New Orleans is rebuilt that the funds from the States vast resources will help to make it the best it can be." — Kelly

"Everyone wants to find someone to blame. If we have to blame someone, blame the people of Louisiana who decided to build levees that would not stand the strongest hurricane imaginable. If a levee breaks and 80% of the city is flooded and there is no electricity or communication, you are wiped out. You could send a million people to help but they could do nothing, because there was no access to 80% of the city." — W.M.

"I live in Louisiana and have been affected by Hurricane Katrina myself. I knew the storm was coming and made preparations to survive without power, etc. With storms such as this, you never really know where it will make a direct hit. However, I feel like New Orleans should have been better prepared. But, the almost arrogance of those who chose to stay and not evacuate cannot be overlooked." — C. (Louisiana)

"Governor Blanco needs to be highly encouraged to federalize this effort. The Bush administration is doing what it can while still respecting the state sovereignty of Louisiana. Quit pointing fingers, like little children, and let’s get the job done! Do the right thing Governor!" Robbin — (Guthrie, OK)

"I think it's very easy to criticize when you aren't having to deal with the problems personally. I think all emergency personnel are doing the best job possible in an impossible situation. They are all heroes and we should pray for them. Their lives will never be the same." — Mary

"I think its time for all the critics of the good people trying their best under the massive weight of this catastrophe to shut up. They need our support and help as much as the victims do. This is a huge undertaking like nothing we’ve ever seen. Words are not what we need right now especially inflammatory ones." — Bob (Jacksonville, FL)

"It is so stupid to blame the president! It makes me mad. Where were the local police and officials in New Orleans? What a lousy job. Only they would have known how bad it would be for their people to get out. The crime in New Orleans was bad before the hurricane so they should have known. They were ill prepared. This was a horrible disaster and everyone is trying to help." — L. (Tillamook, OR)

"People in Mississippi still don't have food and water! Mississippi has been deserted and betrayed. The refugees that are safe and sound here in Houston are getting more attention than those who still need help. We in Houston will take care of those who have come here for our help. The media needs to shine a light on those still in danger of dying for lack of food, water, and medical attention." — Liz (Houston, TX)

"Louisiana is home, though I’m living in Florida at the moment. For what it’s worth, my opinion is that every level of government bears responsibility for this disaster. We’re talking bad planning, bad management and leadership, bad execution, and bad response. And though this may rub some the wrong way, let’s also keep in mind that Louisiana politics in general are among the most corrupt in this nation. I would guarantee you that came into play prior to and during this humbling event. God bless the people of Louisiana. They need it in more ways than one." — Russ (Florida)

"The death toll will be huge. It is the living that has to be helped now. The American people have rallied and are up to the challenge. It is the government that is lacking. President Bush and his party might as well resign now. Nobody in their right mind would elect a republican after this. FEMA is a joke. But the American people are not laughing. We are mourning. We are crying. We are disgusted with the administration. As well we should be. It’s too little, too late. Bring our boys home from Iraq. Let them mourn with us instead of dying in that foreign country." — Michael

"My husband and I consider all the citizens of New Orleans, stewards of our favorite city to visit. All of the citizens, directly or indirectly involved in keeping that wonderful city alive for the rest of the United States and the world, have been profoundly misrepresented and put in unbelievable danger for all these years. What I would like to know, are the people who were in charge of the levees going to be criminally charged with neglect or what ever for what has happened to those wonderful people and to the nation's city?" — Karen (Jacksonville, FL)

"In this disaster the Mayor of New Orleans, and the Governor of Louisiana are colossal failures. And the President of the United States, George Bush, is an embarrassing failure. I could add to this list of failures the FEMA director and the head of Homeland Security. To this I add the media, too busy leaching ratings off the suffering of others to tell us how to help. Anyone in a position of power to affect the situation, anyone whose phone calls always get returned, that whole class of people all bear responsibility for this debacle because any of them could have taken the initiative to get busses, boats, and resources out to these people, to mobilize help both public and private, both organized and individual. This should have been a time like the evacuation of Dunkirk. It should have been an inspiring story of people stepping up to the plate and making things happen. Instead, it is a huge embarrassment. Shame on them all. Double shame on the sorry people who try to defend the response to this disaster as good, adequate, or the best we could hope for." — James (Houston, TX)

"We spend $400 billion in Iraq and Afghanistan and all we can come up with for our own citizens is 10 billion? Good luck to Republicans running for re-election next year cause they are going to need it." — Mel

"Bush has done a fabulous job and will do a fabulous one in the future — that's Jeb Bush. Louisiana needs to elect a new governor and not pass off all their infrastructure problems" — Thomas (West Palm Beach, FL)

"I think the people giving all the criticism should stop and think. The local and state governments did not do their jobs. They should have had an evacuation plan in place in case of emergencies. If this had been a terrorist attack it would all have been the same difference. Maybe they will see this and do something about it." — Donna (Roanoke, VA)

"Those who are crying racism and crying foul over our government and the president should first just shut up and then contribute in a positive manner. Those in the local governments have NO ONE to blame but themselves for lacking an efficient and effective disaster relief plan..." — Bryce (Seattle)

"This is all Ted Kennedy’s fault! Now that is a stupid statement. It is as stupid as blaming Bush for all of this. For those of you who are using this national tragedy (brought to you by Mother Nature) as a political forum to bash those you oppose, you make me sick. You are the worst the U.S. has to offer..." — Carol (SC)

"I'm disturbed by some things that I am hearing from friends that have gone into the areas hit by Katrina: 'We drove through these tiny towns south of Hattiesburg. Houses and churches devastated, no electricity or water...and not a Red Cross disaster relief truck in sight.' Where's the help for these little towns that also suffered? Let's don't forget anyone." — Pat (Tallahassee)

"This is not a race issue here, this is a people issue. Regardless of skin color or financial standing, those who lost everything due to this Hurricane are victims, and they need the rest of America to accept that. Now is the time to come together - in this FREE COUNTRY - to help these survivors regain some dignity and get their lives back. They've been displaced through no fault of their own, and as Americans we must help them through this difficult time." — Stacy (Lakeville, MN)

"My heart goes out to the victims of this horrible natural disaster...To avoid another tragedy of this magnitude or larger, I can't see why anybody is talking of rebuilding a city that is both below sea level and in the permanent path of hurricanes. It makes sense to spend every dollar that is needed to address this disaster, but I can't see spending a penny to rebuild a doomed city." — Dave (Klamath Falls, OR)

"To all the Bush bashers: FEMA’s role is to assist state and local agencies in coordinating efforts. It was not Bush’s. If you want to blame him, let’s face it, you either 1) already have an 'I-hate-Bush' mentality, 2) need to educate yourselves as to how disaster-recovery is supposed to work, or 3) have a mindset that the federal government is supposed to be your 'nanny,' ensuring you never have any wants or unfulfilled needs. If that is the case, read the Constitution. If you don’t like what you read, then move to France...Stop pointing fingers and help!" — Hal (New York, NY)

"Mayor Nagin of New Orleans has been pointing fingers at all levels of government because of their slow response. However, he is just as responsible, if not more! He could have been proactive in the days preceding the hurricane and used city and school buses to transport the people stuck in New Orleans to safety. This would not only have saved many lives, but could have saved many thousands of dollars of city resources. The governor of Louisiana could have used state resources in the same manner. Now we see flooded parking lots filled with buses. Seems like the governor and the mayor were more interested in partying on Bourbon street than developing disaster prevention and recovery plans." — Jack (Texas)

“Mayor Nagin of New Orleans is a disgrace. It was HIS responsibility to maintain law and order. It was HIS responsibility to protect his city by being prepared. It was HIS responsibility to serve. A real leader doesn't blame, but takes the blame and fixes the problem at hand. Whining is not an option.” — Mack (OH)

“90% of Katrina’s victims in New Orleans are African-American and in need of help. Where are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton now?” — Lee (PA)

“Bush has failed us. I'm sick of seeing him smirk his way through national disasters, lost wars, and failed policies. I hate Democrats, but now I hate Bush more.” — Jack (Los Angeles, CA)

“I am praying and wish I could do so much more. I, like others, are wondering why the media seem to be only talking to victims, instead of picking them up, giving them water, or helping in some other way.” — Charlotte (Hobbs, NM)

“I'm happy and delighted to see the country pull together to help. What some people fail to realize is that you can't just snap your fingers and make these things better. I'm an Air National Guard member and I remember very well when Desert Shield/Storm broke. We were some of the first people in place, but it took hundreds of people working 24 hours a day for three solid days to make that happen. People just need to know that it takes a great, great effort to make these things come together.” — Judy

“I have evacuated from Gulfport, MS. I am still in contact via text messaging with survivors on the coast. The handling of this tragedy by our government is atrocious at best. The food and water are still not there! If we never have another Republican leader, it will be too soon! And for those people who say that all of the survivors in New Orleans should have evacuated, I have news for you, I have evacuated from many hurricanes and every time I pack to go it cost me approximately $1,000.” — Tonja (Gulfport, MS)

“I am sorrowed and appalled by the delay of help for Katrina victims. I believe Michael Brown, head of FEMA has no emergency management experience. Someone with proven experience and competence should head up FEMA. Michael Brown should be removed immediately.” — Mary (WA)

“I have been watching your coverage of the aftermath from Katrina and I am heartbroken for all those people left stranded. Maybe if President Bush didn't send billions of dollars to Iraq, there would have been money to shore up the levees, or send more National Guard troops, or offer more supplies, or rescue helicopters. The list goes on and on.” — Paul

“Well, if nothing else is learned from this disaster, we have seen the futility of counting on the police or other government agencies for protection against criminal predators. We've now seen the results of what the ‘Brady Bunch’ and others of their ilk desire: an unarmed populace ravaged by hordes of hoodlums, raping, pillaging and looting, murdering and anything else they want to do with impunity. It's high time to get rid of the irrational gun-control laws that prevent honest citizens from obtaining the very best means of self-defense, a firearm.” — Buck (GA)

“Why is no one mentioning that 450,000 people are safe and sound tonight because they evacuated New Orleans as they were told? We are talking about 30,000 people who CHOSE to stay behind. Now great Americans are in there trying to save their sorry butts. Plus, they have the audacity to complain about the speed in which help arrives. Give me a break! We would prefer you just said thank you.” — Steve

“Impeach Mother Nature!” — John (Armonk, NY)

“People are asking why it took so long for the help to arrive. They need to think about it: The government takes a year to decide that they need to buy a hammer and then it takes another year for them to pick which one to buy and what to do with it. When you think about how long it takes the government to do everything else, they responded relatively quickly.” — Terry (Clarksville, TN)

“I resent the fact that the media are calling these 'refugees.' Most of these people are American citizens, and it's only respectful to call them citizens. These people have lost everything they have ever owned. Please given them the respect they are entitled to.” — H.M. (Arkansas)

“The state of Louisiana and city of New Orleans failed their own citizens. All federal responses are coordinated at the local level with local authorities. The infrastructure is obviously flawed. Thank God the good men and women of our armed services, as well as the efforts and donations of our nation, are there to save them from themselves.” — Mel

“I am sitting here brainstorming other countries to live in. That’s how sad things have become. Other FOX Fans can save their breath about what a great nation this is. I’m leaving and never looking back.” — Marc (Boulder, CO)

“I am sitting in my office in Seattle, WA reading all about the horrors in New Orleans. I think enough has been said, but I have an interesting twist. We have heard about the issues in mobilizing troops and equipment to get to New Orleans. We have also heard about shortages in fuel. I just saw four F-15s fly into Seattle. They are here for the University of Washington vs. Air Force Academy football game. They are doing a ‘flyover’ sometime during the game. I don't know how much fuel they burned getting here, how much they will burn doing the flyover, and how much they will burn flying back to where they came from. This amount of fuel may be a drop in the bucket, but it sets a poor example for the rest of the country. Only in America.” — Jerry (Seattle, WA)

“I would like to extend my prayers, thoughts and thanks to all of the FOX News reporters. We must finally realize that the historic city of New Orleans is gone forever as we knew it. I feel in my heart that it is now best to concentrate on rebuilding the city as only a port, no residential housing at all. We should never have to face such a national horror again. Spend our tax dollars for the good of the economy for a change.” — Carol (FL)

“America, you voted him in, and you reap the rewards. It's so very sad, but not surprising.” — Jim

“George W. Bush is president, not God. People like Teddy Kennedy should pipe down. Now is not the time to blame an act of nature on people who have no control over the weather.” — Brian (Gainesville, GA)

“As a father, husband, and law enforcement officer in California, I was in the process of volunteering to go to New Orleans to volunteer with the Red Cross. That was until I saw and heard flood victims (who originally refused to evacuate as ordered) and the mayor DEMANDING help, blaming others, acting extremely entitled, looting unnecessary items, raping, etc. I saw a women throw a military meal to the ground, complaining of the taste of it. It was then that I decided NOT to go to New Orleans and NOT to donate any money to the cause.” — Trent (Yuba City, CA)

“Hollywood will hold their charity concerts and try to persuade Americans to lean to the Left, but the bottom line is that these people needed help YESTERDAY. Thanks for nothing, stars!” — George (Wayne, NJ)

“I have been reading these posts for the last two days and I have read a lot of good comments. One thing I’ve noticed is that everybody wants to blame someone else. This is not the time to worry about the '08 presidential election.” — T (KY)

“Even after New Orleans is evacuated, how long can people survive in the Astrodome and other huge stadiums. That's fine if folks are going to be displaced for days, but not for weeks. My idea is to have the major colleges and universities within the area cancel their semesters, which have only just begun, and set the campuses up as communities for the affected families. Odds are that the homes flooded in New Orleans will never be livable, so we need an alternative. If I was a college student today, I would want to help in anyway that I could.” — Richard

"We watched helicopters dropping sand bags in what appears to be a bottomless pit and at the same time we see people suffering and expiring from a lack of basic human needs. Something's wrong with that picture. Those resources would be better used carrying food and water to the folks. That levee can wait! It was sickening to see military vehicles and buses on the way to the Superdome rolling by Shepard Smith and not stopping to pick up folks who were going to the same place." — Ken (Arkansas)

"We are just not prepared for such a horrible event, period! At first, New Orleans was told that the downtown was spared, and then the levee broke, wreaking havoc. This is not the time to point fingers and put blame on anything or anyone, but to come together and be the great caring nation we should be. I want to hear if my grandson's (who lives with me) father is alive. We have no word from him and cannot get access to any phone or email. Tommy Miller, if you're out there, let us hear from you...God bless." — Carolyn (Cleburne, TX)

"I don't understand why it has taken so long to get some coordinated efforts to these people. I can't imagine the horror if it was my family going through this. There is no excuse for those who are doing bad things and taking advantage of the situation, but the innocent ones need help NOW!" — Janell

"This shows a bumbling, stumbling FEMA for what it really is — an outdated, top-heavy, logistical dinosaur that seems to have a command and control network that rivals Saddam Hussein's military. It seemed that no one was willing to take the lead in rescue and re-supply at the point of crisis. The COAST GUARD was the only military presence seen for the first THREE DAYS! FEMA is a lumbering giant that takes to long too respond to crisis in general, and yet they insist that they must be in charge." — Craig (Dayton, OH)

"It's just not right that some people are saying how it's not the taxpayers’ job to help people in natural disasters such as this hurricane. I'm sorry, but taxpayers expect to help much more than what has taken place so far. If some of these conservatives think that taxpayer money is better spent paying legislators' healthcare, lifetime salary, not to mention the trips and entertainment, then I can't think of anything more sick and wrong! Fighting a war to help the rich get richer and not aiding our own people in a more timely matter seems to be a screwed-up set of priorities." — Hans (Wisconsin)

"The mayor of New Orleans has no business blaming others for the mess. He knew his constituency, and he most certainly knew the perils of his city and the approaching water. If he was so thoughtful about his people, why didn't he put every school bus, every public works vehicle, and every city vehicle into service to evacuate the indigent and poor from his city? The hurricane didn't happen without notice." — Kurt (Tucson, AZ)

"We as a nation are trying to come together to help, but there is no direction. The major cities of America -- like Indianapolis, San Francisco, New York, Chicago -- all have large stadiums that could house the homeless from the Gulf states. The football / basketball seasons must be put on hold. We need to get those folks out of there, and Houston cannot do it alone." — Jan

"Let's not blame Bush! Where was the emergency plan in Louisiana? Texas had one. It is hard to sympathize with people who have no strategies of their own." — P.M. (Franklin Lakes, NJ)

"I think it's interesting how everyone keeps blaming President Bush and saying that maybe the U.S. would have been better off if President Clinton was in power. I only say, how do we know things wouldn't have been worse? This president has had to deal with more disaster in our nation than any other president before him! Would you like to be in his shoes? Mistakes have been made, but you can't blame everything on one man. Use your common sense!" — Melissa (Salt Lake City, UT)

"It is unacceptable that aid was not sent to the victims of the hurricane sooner! It is the most terribly helpless feeling to see the victims on the news suffering. It makes me feel sad and ashamed to be in my own home with food, water and virtually everything else I need. I have always felt safe and secure being here in my own country, until today. I am very disappointed in my government!" — Missy

"My fellow students and I have reached the boiling point on the issue of the hurricane victims. We have a symbol of freedom in New York inviting people to our safe shores. 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door.' Do the people of New Orleans have to go to Mexico or Cuba and come back into this country to be given the same consideration as people coming to our shores looking for a better life? Our fellow Americans should be given first consideration. Everyone in the federal government, from the President on down, should be hanging his head in shame. We even put our flag at half staff for the victims of the tsunami; are our flags at half staff now for our own people?" — Susan (SMU Dallas)

"The mayor of New Orleans declared a mandatory evacuation two days before the storm hit. He also added that who ever stays behind are risking their lives, and it might take three to four days before they may be rescued. The mayor also said he estimated about 40,000 people did not evacuate. The people that were left in the city of New Orleans, stayed behind of their own free will. I feel bad for the children and the disabled. Anyone else that could walk should have been out. They were told to leave, but stayed. Now it's everyone else's fault." — John (Arizona)

"After reading though these posts, I am astounded at the lack of mention of the violence taking place. Looking at the scene, there were thousands of able bodied men who could have been pressed into service to police the dome area, maintain control, organize the people in the dome and convention center and do some trash pick up. Would that have been too much to ask, Mr. Mayor and Ms. Governor? The Federal government is there to assist, not do the job for you. I applaud President Bush and do not hold him to blame." — Brad (Las Vegas, NV)

"In light of the tragedy following Katrina, maybe now when cities and states call for mandatory evacuations they will enforce these orders. It would have certainly been easier to evacuate everyone prior to the storm and subsequent flooding." — Gary (Houston, TX)

"I just read your article about how appalled the tourists are by the treatment they've received in New Orleans. I am equally outraged by their audacity to complain about the injustice of their treatment when they obviously had the time and means to leave the area. Those tourists have homes to go to and money in their bank accounts to get them there. By not getting out when they should have, they've contributed to the burden of the rescue workers who are now forced to not only evacuate the citizens of this area, but outsiders who elected to stay by their own choice as well." — Kristi (Ft. Drum, NY)

"The fact that Katrina hit New Orleans is a natural disaster that no one is responsible for, and most Americans are saddened and concerned for the citizens who lived there. However, I am just as saddened to see the hundreds of thousands of people who heard the repeated warnings to leave the city for three days prior to the hurricane's arrival and refused to do anything to protect themselves. Instead, they stayed put, ignoring everything that public officials told them to do, and now they are the very ones complaining that officials have not done enough to help them in their situation. I think it's time that all Americans begin to show some gratitude for all that our government does for us especially in times of disasters like these." — Terry (B'ham, AL)

"What are the local elected officials doing in New Orleans? Why is no one reporting on their ineptness? In Pensacola, FL, the person running the show is a local official. Each county has its own emergency operations center in Florida. FEMA has never come in to Pensacola to run the show. They were here to support us. As for the media, since you have so many people tuning in, why don’t all of you take the advertising funds you are receiving and donate them to a charity helping out with this disaster?" — Scott (Pensacola, Fl)

"I can’t believe what I am seeing! I feel like I’m watching a tragedy that is happening in a different country. FEMA did not have their act together! If they did have a plan like they say they did, it would not be so crazy over there. And why is it taking so long to get troops there? Unbelievable, what a mess! What this country needs to do is STOP ALL AID TO ALL COUNTRIES AND START TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE! We are all going to be affected." — Nicole (Las Vegas, NV)

"I simply can't believe all the politicizing being done. This is a natural disaster. Nobody planned it and no one could predict the outcome. I think the president and his aides have responded as well as possible and for his adversaries to use this as yet another reason to criticize is unconscionable. Come on, people, this is a time for brotherhood and uniting. Knee-jerk reactions usually produce ineffective solutions." — Madelyn

"I am tired of people like the mayor of New Orleans and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. They seem to have nothing better to do than criticize the efforts of FEMA and other agencies. Moving food, water and manpower to a disaster area takes time. We do not have Star Trek-type transporters. The people left in New Orleans have made their own situation worse by not evacuating when told to do so, and by acting like criminals by shooting at rescuers and vandalizing stores for sneakers and TVs. It will take time to recover from this multi-faceted disaster, and we should carefully consider whether federal resources should be used to rebuild the city on the same land." — Carol (Ogdensburg, NY)

“What a lousy government we have. There are stranded people in water and they do nothing.” — Dr. Joe

“Keep up the good work FOX News! Thanks to you, the government is finally providing relief for these poor people. We go to great lengths in America to help other countries, but we seem to take our time when it's our own. What is wrong with America?” — Elizabeth

“This tragic event is not just affecting New Orleans! According to Mississippi Governor Barbour, the disaster covers over 90,000 sq. miles. I live in central Mississippi and we just got our power back. Thanks to our governor, we had a disaster plan in place. We didn't sit around waiting on the federal government. Sure, they are helping, but more importantly, we are helping ourselves.” — Robin (Union, MS)

“The president's policies have made the U.S. the laughing stock of the world. Since his presidency began there has been nothing but despair in this country. I can't find one good thing about his policies. Pray for these poor people.” — JM

“Where was the mayor of New Orleans? He tells everyone to go to the Superdome, then disappears. Can you imagine if he was the mayor of New York during 9/11? I consider what he did the equivalent of yelling fire in a crowded theater and fleeing.” — Skip (The Villages, FL)

“I am disturbed at reports attributing delays in rescue to the fact that most of the stranded are poor and African-American. I understand that many of the poor could not evacuate, but I fail to understand how they did not prepare with food, water, infant formula, etc. The old axiom is true: Failing to prepare is to prepare to fail.” — K. (AL)

“Blaming President Bush for global warming is sheer lunacy. History proves that these types of devastating hurricanes happen approximately every 30 years. The media shouldn’t give these people any time.” — Helen

“What a nice photo of our president hugging those two poor girls who survived. However, a photo of water, food, and medicine being air dropped three days ago would have been better. It is unbelievable that it took so long to get food and water to thousands of people stranded in areas clearly visible on the ground.” — Julie (Columbus, OH)

“Gas gougers deserve a much worse fate than Katrina’s victims. I have never been so embarrassed to be an American in my entire life. From the looting on the street, to an ill-prepared government, I now understand why we are the laughing stock of the universe.” — Andy (Flushing, NY)

“It makes me sick to see so many people laying blame on President Bush. If there is blame to be laid, let it be placed upon those who decided to build a major city below sea-level. Dennis Hastert has an excellent point; it is ridiculous to rebuild the city until the majority of it is above the level of the Mississippi River and the Gulf.” — Jack (Londonderry, NH)

"From everything I have read and watched it seems like the governor and local officials in these states did next to nothing to prepare in the few days leading up to the hurricane. They told the people to evacuate, or go to the Superdome if they couldn't. How did they think they were going to feed and care for these people after a level 5 hurricane hit? They should have been pumping supplies of water and food into the shelters in the days prior. Now they are blaming Bush and the federal government. It was their job to prepare and protect their people on a local level and they seem to have failed." — Diane (NJ)

"The only personal way my family will be effected is through increased costs for goods. However, I am appalled at the slow response to so many poor people in the New Orleans area, and I cannot fathom why better responses were not there, especially by air, dropping food or water as we did for the tsunami victims. I have prayed every day for those people. I realize it is not much, but we donated $100.00 as we live on limited retirement funds." — Adrienne

"The slow and awkward response to Hurricane Katrina would not have happened in places such as Miami, FL. or Charleston, S.C., and I think we all know why. Judging from the displaced people on the news, it’s easy to see why they are an afterthought. Don't ever ask me to donate to another country's disaster relief when we can't provide the same standard of concern in our own country." — Tony (Richmond, VA)

"In my opinion, what is 'unacceptable' is the president's leadership during this national time of crisis. I find it appalling that it took DAYS and not HOURS for the United States federal government to act. I find it appalling that the news trucks and news personnel were on the ground within hours after the storm, but the U.S. military only started sending Navy ships, helicopters, troops, and MREs on Thursday. How come last month we were able to dispatch rescue efforts to assist the Russian sub within 48 hours, halfway around the world, but after 4 days, they STILL don't have anything for OUR people in our own backyard?" — Danny (Miami, FL)

"It’s terrible what has happened in the Gulf, but in order to receive help, they must start helping themselves by having a bit more patience. Help is coming, but there are so many that need help. They will get to everyone eventually. I’m very proud of my state of Wisconsin for sending troops in to help. I don’t mean to sound like I know exactly what is going on down there because I don’t, but from what we see and hear from the reports, most of the people are not helping themselves. That’s the first thing that has to happen in order to rebuild the cities that were demolished by Katrina." — Sharon (Wisconsin)

"I just finished listening to New Orleans Mayor Nagin yelling and cursing at the lack of federal response. Very helpful, Mr. Mayor. Let me remind you that local (you, Mr. Mayor) and state officials are primarily responsible for planning for such events. The feds are there to assist and support. If you want to blame someone for a lack of planning and preparation, simply look in a mirror. New York had Rudi Giuliani after 9/11. Unfortunately, New Orleans has you." — Phil (Arlington, TX)

"Never before have we had to evacuate an entire city of this size, and people are expecting it to go off without a hitch? It takes time to get buses and supplies gathered and delivered. Who could have predicted that thugs would loot every store and shoot at those trying to evacuate people? It is an overwhelming job, and we shouldn't criticize the government. I was involved in collecting donations yesterday for the victims, and I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of help. It made me proud to be an American. People need to find out what they can do to help and get involved instead of doing nothing but criticizing." — Susan (Kansas City, MO)

"Why is it that if the sky is cloudy outside it is somehow the fault of President Bush? What about all of the local authorities of New Orleans? What about the mayor of New Orleans not orchestrating some effort? What about the governor of New Orleans not invoking marshal law? You reach a point of disgust when you hear our President ridiculed over a natural disaster that people seemed to ignore as if it were a patch of fog coming in." — Jamey

"On Saturday there will be college football games held all over the United States. The American Red Cross should set up to accept donations at the entrance gates of every game. I will be attending the University of Tennessee game and the local news has reported that the American Red Cross will be there. I plan to donate and I urge everyone attending a game to make a contribution." — Kathy (Knoxville, TN)

"I am getting a bit disgusted with all this whining from people about the federal government being too slow to respond to the crisis. Such comments can only be the result of ignorance. Obviously, people have no concept or experience in planning and executing a major operation of any kind. I have, and I am personally impressed with the federal response. My question is, why the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana did not have a disaster plan in place for such an event?" — Tom (Knoxville, TN)

"Please mention that the Louisiana National Guard is not in New Orleans because they are presently in Iraq and are scheduled to arrive home in approximately 10 days. We pray they are not sent from that war zone to this one. They may not be able to handle it emotionally!" — Cindy, A National Guard Mom

"I am wondering about Hollywood stars’ presence and their plans to help out Hurricane Katrina's victims. They are donating a couple of hours of their precious time to help raise money. Yes, I thank them for it but again, Hollywood is asking all of us to donate money. Where are their donations? How much money out of their healthy accounts are they willing to give to the cause?" — Vicky (Michigan)

"How easy it is for those sitting in the comfort of their homes and offices to point fingers at others in the middle of the worst disaster in U.S. history. You are not there. You don't know how to run it. The fact is, mistakes or not, this has become a hard reality we have to deal with now. All the condemning in the world is not going to change that. If some of you could raise above the political division and start asking what you can do to help and unite as one, we might get this resolved a little faster. Get your heads out of the sand. Stop griping and start helping!" — Vonnie (Montana)

"From what I have seen on TV, it appears the leadership of New Orleans has failed. Emergency relief works via local and state government requests to the federal government. I did not see or hear about many city workers being involved in the rescue and control efforts, other than New Orleans Police and State Troopers. I have not seen evidence of city workers, or more importantly, recognition of the city workers who are doing an outstanding job and working tireless hours. I know they are there. Maybe the Mayor should own up to his emergency preparedness failures and thank those helping, rather than point fingers." — Jon (Reno, Nevada)

“Thank God I live in Texas! We are taking in the citizens of New Orleans because their state did not do enough for them. George W. Bush is doing an excellent job being the effective leader he has proven to be.” — Leslie (Houston, TX)

“The mayor of New Orleans and the Governor of Louisiana could learn much from the examples of Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki in dealing with disaster. Unlike 9/11, officials actually had advance warning and failed to take control.” — Frances

“If news organizations can put reporters and camera crews into these areas, why can’t people bring cases of Gatorade and food?” — Dollar

“Mayor Nagin's 'victim's mentality' will get him nowhere. He needs to stop blaming President Bush, admit the failure of HIS own police force to initially stop the violence, and thank those who are stepping up despite HIS ineptness at dealing with this tragic situation. Our church is taking up a special contribution Sunday to help out.” — Kent (Austin, TX)

“It is sad to read so many Speak Out e-mails that blame the government for the aftermath of problems brought on by the hurricane. How are theses people helping? Step up to the plate fellow Americans and stop looking for scapegoats!” — Dani

“This is a democracy; for the people, by the people. America deserves so much better than this!” — J.M.

“I am in an Air Force Reserve Unit located a few hours from the Gulf coast area. I have volunteered to help out in ANY way possible in the affected areas. I have been told that ‘we are waiting on orders from higher up.’ What’s taking so long? There are a lot of us reservists itching to go and help out, but we cannot until we are notified. It is both heartbreaking and frustrating knowing that we are close to the area, can offer help, but cannot.” — MSgt R

“I am very sorry for the people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. I find it offensive that African-American leaders are saying aid is slow to arrive because of race. I also find the New Orleans mayor's comments offensive. He finds blame with everyone else. I have not heard the mayor accept any responsibility at all. I am less inclined to send aid to these areas because of these comments. Why not take it to the courts and sue GOD?” — Richard

“The situation on the Gulf Coast should have everyone asking their local leaders about disaster plans for their areas. The governor of Louisiana and the mayor of New Orleans should resign for their failure to provide for their constituents. I live on a major fault, and you can bet I’m going to start asking my government officials how they would handle a major disaster here.” — John (Memphis, TN)

“In spite of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, Laura Bush is the most reassuring first lady that this country has ever had in the time of tragedy.” — Flo (Youngstown, OH)

“The GOP just cost themselves the White House in ‘08.” — Mark (Kingston, NY)

"Why did our government not do better a job of stepping in after Katrina? Once again, a poorly orchestrated response finally being expanded after much damage has been done. Did our administration not learn a thing? I'm sad and emotional over what's happened to so many decent people now left with nothing. I was pleased this evening to see the American media is starting to ask hard questions. I have the utmost respect for the many police, Coast Guard, troops, and others who are their doing what they can to help, but this has been a boondoggle by people at the highest levels." — Mike (Apex, NC)

"Every American should be outraged by the lack of help for the people affected by this hurricane. These are our people. This is just a good example of why we need our National Guard at home. All of the National Guard down there have been shipped to Iraq. It is past time to bring the troops home. It is time for us to put our foot down and tell the government that the people of this country have to come first." — Carol

"I can’t believe the U.S. government can’t get some water and food to these folks. Why haven’t boats and inflatable dinghies been deployed for this work, and to ferry these people to evacuation points? The president is full of empty rhetoric, the police chief is only concerned with protecting property, and the mayor -- well, who knows what he is doing. How hard is it to take care of people who are helpless and in need? It is heart-wrenching to see people suffering like this. There is no excuse." — Jenny (Sydney, Australia)

"I wonder if things would be so bad if President Clinton were in office. Our country was in better shape then. Our country is 'burning the candle at both ends.' We are fighting a war that has taken our National Guardsmen and emergency personnel out of the homeland, where they are needed. It appears no one is in charge at the national level. Our president acts as if he is still on the campaign trail with clichés and positive spins and rehearsed lines. I am from Pine Bluff, Arkansas and the people of our state have opened their homes, churches, restaurants and finances to help our 'new neighbors' that have gone through this tragedy. From my view, it seems that the American people ARE doing a lot; it is our national government that is failing. How can we convince other nations on the democratic way of life when we can't help ourselves when a natural disaster happens. I hope our country survives this chaos." — Vicki

"My Marine Corps husband and I live in North Carolina and were raised in Louisiana near New Orleans. We have grandparents who live in Orleans Parish. All of our family had the foresight to evacuate. We are both embarrassed and sickened by the reactions of some of the residents of New Orleans. We understand that people are desperate and require basic human needs; however, this does not justify the behavior that rears its ugly head. These are the people who make it difficult for those in need. Frivolous looting and crime against those trying to help hinder the rescue and evacuation missions. I am so saddened to know that ALL New Orleaneans cannot come together at such a desperate time. I pray for the best for them." — Amy

"Hindsight will tell what should and could have been done but that's too late for many, and it will get worse. Have we forgotten how to drop food and water from fixed wing aircraft? How to set up a field communications center? Those shots fired at rescue personnel are the result of our failure to provide basic needs and it's going to get worse as people fight to survive. We are human first and can become civilized when our bellies are full and we have the basic necessities." — John

"There are 4500 National Guard troops currently in Iraq from Ft. Stewart, Georgia. My question is, why aren't the troops on home soil helping with the Hurricane Katrina disaster? I always thought the National Guard was for U.S. security and/or disaster. This is a situation that requires our National Guard troops on home soil, not in a foreign land." — Cindy

"People have been told for YEARS not to expect LOCAL emergency service in the event of a disaster. It amazes me that people think the National Guard is waiting to spring into action and solve their problems. The federal government is marshalling resources as soon as possible, and will take measures to help as many as possible. The talk of rebuilding is ridiculous – rebuild a town below sea level, between the Mississippi river and a lake? It takes taxes and infrastructure to prevent disasters like this, something people are unwilling to pay, now it may cost their lives." — Mike (Olympia, Wa)

"I am so truly embarrassed and ashamed that I actually voted for this government! What is happening in New Orleans is such an outrage. These people are dying in the street and in their homes. What is wrong with our government? President Bush certainly reacted to September 11, 2001 without hesitation. Now this happens and who has stepped to the plate? Those poor people left stranded and helpless, and they are living their day to day existence resorting to things they probably never even imagined they would do in their lifetimes. As a law abiding, tax paying American, I am begging the government to please help those people before it is too late." — Tiffany

“I am horrified, frustrated, and intensely disappointed by our government's mishandling (or non-handling) of this disaster! All Americans should take note that this type of event could easily repeat itself in their city. We must somehow come together so this black eye on our nation’s history does not repeat itself.” — Kathleen (Portland, OR)