From evacuees to first responders to our military to tax payers across the country, this hurricane season is affecting virtually every American.
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"I live in in an area that was hit pretty hard by Katrina. Of course, those cities south of us received a lot more damage. What upsets me is that everyone has concentrated so much on New Orleans and has more or less ignored the devastation to the Mississippi coast. Granted, New Orleans has suffered great damage, not just from Katrina but also by Rita. It seems that once again, Mississippi is being forgotten. I have noted that several Mississippi celebrities have tried to bring attention to Mississippi. John Grisham has even established a special fund to help rebuild the Gulf Coast businesses. New Orleans is a great city, and I hope they are able to rebuild to better than they were. I would also hope that when everyone across the country reads and hears about the Katrina devastation, they would remember us in Mississippi. We are suffering, too. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteer workers and utility people from all over the country who came to Mississippi to help. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude." — Sandra (Jones County, MS)
"To those of you who are afraid your tax dollars will go to rebuilding the devastated areas and that you will not benefit from it: How would you feel if some other natural disaster (and we are all vulnerable to Mother Nature's wrath) destroyed your home and your entire area? Would you take your own advice and just move out, giving up all ties to your home and everything you hold dear and have worked for all your life? Would you like to see your homeland turned into a wasteland and have everyone just give up and walk away? Do you seriously think everyone where you live should and would say, 'Well, we should not have built here in the first place?' Do you even have a home with a sense of family and tradition? It’s a good thing the majority of Americans don’t think like you do. These are no doubt the same people who pass the homeless on the streets, roll down their windows and shout, 'Get a job!.' " — Patrick (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Due to all of the disasters, I understand that gas prices are on the rise. The national average is near $2.95 a gallon and those of us in Reno are paying $3.15 to $3.19 a gallon. Where is the money going? It's certainly not going to the victims. Why is it that when a disaster strikes, greedy people seem to surface first. It's sick." — Maggie (Reno, NV)
"$200 billion plus to rebuild New Orleans? What if we spend that money and it all happens again? New Orleans is in an area prone to hurricanes. I think there's a better way to use that money to help those in need. I blame the president for his tragically inadequate response, but the mayor and governor of Louisiana are more to blame. Sadly, New Orleans is well known for her corruption and poor leadership. I in no way want my tax dollars going to them. That would be like sending aid to a Third World country only to have its dictator keep all the aid." — Jan (Tulsa, OK)
“It is heartening to know that when we are faced with a monumental disaster such as a hurricane, that we can, for the most part, come together and be compassionate and really helpful to one another. Great work, Thank You America!” — Vee (Kingwood, Texas)
"Americans should not have to foot the bill for recovery. Cut the pork! Cut the spending. How can Congress justify a bridge to nowhere in Alaska? The GOP needs to get their act together and start showing Americans and hurricane victims what the term 'compassionate' means in 'compassionate conservative.' That goes for Bush too!" — Jacob (San Diego, CA)
"I agree with the gentleman who wrote, 'Americans should not have to foot the bill for recovery.' I sent my money to the Salvation Army, others to the Red Cross or other charitable organizations. I don't expect the federal government to bail my butt out just because I'm foolish enough to choose to live in tornado alley." — Roger
“We should all work together to help our brothers and sisters in the hurricane stricken areas. Help them to move inland and to higher ground so we don't have to watch them cry every time a hurricane comes along and blows their houses down. I have been watching the same scenario repeat itself since I was a child and even then wondered why these people would choose to buy/build homes in an area that they know is subject to hurricanes on a yearly basis. Move and quit whining when the inevitable happens. How do these boneheads get insurance anyway? I sure don't like seeing my tax dollars go to support people that don't have any common sense. Enough is enough.” — Shelby
“Hurricanes = Natures way of enforcing coastal easements and right-of-way.” — Kevin (Watkinsville, GA)
"My prayers are with all of you in Texas and Louisiana. Stay tough, be alert. All will be okay. We can get through this." — Larry (Augusta, GA)
"I just wanted to let Texans know that we will be there for them, just like they were for us with Katrina (and still are)!" — Jim (Jefferson, NO)
"What is up with the raise in rates? The feds are blind. Bad timing! This is a horrible mistake. Gas prices are being hiked. Bush's oil buddies are the ones getting rich off the tragedy of Americans." — Nancy (Detroit, MI)
"If President Bush really cared he let people stay on his ranch! I've never seen a more clueless president. I think through these hurricanes, we've seen what he's really made of." — Sue (Oklahoma City, OK)
"My mother is still in Houston. She says because of the shortage of gas, people are pushing their cars trying to get to a gas station that hasn't run out of gas yet. Most of the people having to push their cars are the people going to get most hit, and the people that really can't afford to get gas anyway. I also have a friend that works at a grocery store that is going to stay open through the storm, and she says that there is an average of 21 people in line for gas at any given time and that they run out of canned food, water, batteries, etc. about 30 after the store opens. She says over the past week there have been at least four fistfights over gas." — Colleen
"As we sit here waiting for Rita to hit tonight, we are already witnessing the lack of food and water in a 6 city radios. It's all gone. Curfew will go in place starting tonight. Everyone has guns in home & cars ready for the worst. How could the new FEMA person say they would bring in more gas if needed? Just like Brown, if he would watch Fox he would know gas is needed now. We here in Texas did not evacuate because of the fear of running out of gas on he road. Next time, three days BEFORE an evacuation, FEMA should station gas trucks every 100 miles on all roads out. Dam it we need gas now, wake up FEMA." — Tom (Breaux Bridge, LA)
"I am originally from Houston. Rita has affected a lot of people I know, along with my family. I have been glued to the news for days. Luckily, my family left on Tuesday and got to safety. At first it seemed the Texas authorities were better prepared than Louisiana; however, now there are stories again of poor people stranded in Houston, ineffective evacuation procedures and lack of gas to get out. The Bush Administration told us, 'they were workin’ hard.' I wonder it we will ever get it right." — Shari (Los Angeles, CA)
"I can’t understand why people are blaming the federal government for a total lack of planning and preparation on the part of the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana. The residents were TOLD to get out for two days. Those who got out are currently homeless, but they are alive and being fed. How is this all the fault of President Bush? Do people think that there are supplies of food, clothing, water and blankets just sitting around waiting to be delivered during a disaster? I read where somebody suggested using small inflatable boats to rescue people. That MIGHT work at great risk to the lives of the rescuers. At what point do people have to be held accountable for their own actions or inactions? My heart goes out to those who were unable to escape. They did not get out due to poor planning on the part of the mayor and governor. I have no sympathy for those who chose to stay. I saw one man who was complaining that he lost everything, but was able to drive his car to the Superdome the day before the hurricane hit. Am I supposed to feel sorry for him because he was not smart enough to drive out of the city when he was told? Stop pointing fingers for political gain." — Bill (Fort Bragg, NC)
"I have a sister who left Pasadena, Texas and is now stranded in Lufkin, Texas. Her and many others are in a parking lot of Red Lobster Restaurant. She says that they are now preparing to empty their cars and hunker down in their cars to weather the storm. Within the last half hour she stated the police were on the corner and eating. The tankers have been pulled. We in Ca are told by the authority this is a small town and there is no more they can do. She is a small child with her and I do not know how many others may have children. Because communications is limited I have little knowledge of all that is going on there. It is my hope that others, like her who have tried to leave, are not in a similar situation." Pati (Apple Valley, CA)
"I would like to point out that THERE ARE NO HURRICANES IN ALASKA! It is time to drill in ANWAR, and lift restrictions so that new refineries can be built so that our vital fuel supply can’t be so easily disrupted. How expensive is gasoline going to get before we push our congressmen to lighten up and not bow and scrape to the environmentalist lobby? I don’t see any of these tree huggers walking to work either, do you?" — Julie (Tallahassee, FL)
"Watching the news just solidifies the fact: You're damned if you do, and you're damned if you don't. America just witnessed a great number of people not heeding the evacuation warning in New Orleans complaining and blaming because they were left behind without food water and shelter. As I watch television currently, people who are heeding the evacuation are complaining and blaming because they are on the highway without food water, and shelter. I'm amazed in our democracy that most people feel the government should be their caretaker. Everyone should grow up and start taking care of their own business." — Susie (Monroe, MI)
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