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"Americans In Hell"

Like you, 
we've been watching the aftermath of hurricane Katrina on TV. 

It's getting to me, 
but I guess if they can live through it, 
the least I can do is watch it. 

Like you, 
I feel so damn sorry for those people. 
I'm shocked, depressed, and angry about it. 
I wish I could give some real help. 

I don't think I'm a particularly religious person, 
but I'm doing some petitioning for those folks now. 

I don't understand a lot of it. 
For instance, 
They showed a long caravan of FEMA trucks 
loaded with fresh water. 
They were just sitting on the highway outside of New Orleans. 
One of the drivers said this to the reporter and the camera: 
"I've had this water on the truck since Monday, 
but my bosses won't let us take it into the city." 
That's one of the things I don't understand. 

How can they herd thousands of people into the Superdome, 
have no provisions for them, 
not even porta-potties, 
and then never have a cop even look inside 
to see if they're OK? 
That's another thing I don't get. 

We treat captured terrorists better than that. 
They at least get medication if they need it to live. 
And food and water. 
And a latrine. 

Five days can be a long time in hell. 

There are more things that seem wrong, 
but I'm sure you've had enough bad news for the week. 

We watched the concert on NBC tonight 
and when Aaron Neville sang "Amazing Grace" 
I had tears in my eyes. 

Bureaucracy dragging its feet 
while American people are in trouble 
makes me angry. 

Good music makes me cry. 

Copyright  Sept. 3, 2005 by Jack Blanchard. All rights reserved.


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