More Thoughts on Katrina
We've donated money and food to several charities, and we've offered to volunteer and offered a room. But no matter how much we offer, I feel I'm not doing enough. How much could possibly be enough? Thousands of my fellow citizens have lost their lives. Maybe more. Hundreds of thousands of my fellow citizens have been displaced. The enormity of this tragedy boggles my mind. Confonting it emotionally is difficult, and I didn't know anyone there personally. I can only imagine how this must be for those who did or who lived there.
Writing about the loss of New Orleans is heartbreaking. It stokes my inner sadness and anger. And I feel helpless because most of what I'm writing is being said elsewhere anyway. But this is a hobby of mine. How can I not write about it if I'm going to be writing?
I've been thinking about the questions I need answered. I think there are three:
- Why did the city of New Orleans flood?
- Why was the evacuation unsuccessful?
- Why were emergency supplies and order so slow to arrive afterward?
Please give what you can to help the victims of the Hurricane. Consider the Red Cross, and United Jewish Communities or other charities you trust.