Rebuilding after disaster homeowners’ responsibility

Freedom Newspapers News outlets are reporting heavily about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Mississippi coast on Aug. 29, 2005. Heavy rain from the huge storm overwhelmed the levees surrounding New Orleans, causing flooding that destroyed much of the city. Five years later, much of the damage still exists, and thousands of people […]

Birthdays — Aug. 29

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Skarda Lynell Griffith Skarda of Clovis celebrated his 95th birthday Saturday at his home. The celebration was hosted by The Citizens Bank of Clovis and the Skarda family. Lynell is one of the founders and the chairman of the board for The Citizens Bank of Clovis. He is the father of Jeffrey Skarda of Houston, […]

Flood protection shouldn’t fall on rest of us

By Freedom Newspapers The American dream includes owning one’s own home. For many in New Mexico, those homes are in or near the mountains. In coastal states, it’s often beach-front property — where folks such as Cindy Armour can be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves washing ashore and awaken to the cries […]

New Orleans suffocating under federal embrace

By Freedom Newspapers A year ago Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and caused widespread destruction. A year later we’re in the midst of an orgy of media overkill about the Meaning of It All. Why should one hurricane out of several a year that hit the continental United States still stir our memories a […]

New Orleans’ revival begins with community

Freedom Newspapers After nearly eight months of misdirected spending and bureaucratic bungling, the federal government may be on the road to getting it right in the wake of Katrina. With its announcement of guidelines for rebuilding last week, it has sent a signal that rebuilding may not be too constrictively micromanaged from Washington but will […]

Hurricanes’ destruction indescribable

By Grant McGee: Local columnist Vacation time was coming to a close. It was time to leave Florida and trek back to Clovis. I need to tell you about what we saw on our way back along the Gulf Coast. The media can’t properly convey the widespread destruction rendered by last year’s hurricanes. Seen up […]

Reforms should streamline, not add bureaucracy

Freedom Newspapers After a series of audits and hearings after the 2004 hurricane season, the Federal Emergency Management Agency promised it would have its management and accounting systems in better order for 2005. So it is difficult to put much faith in similar promises this year, given the disaster in New Orleans. Perhaps the best […]

Bureaucrats would only delay reconstruction

Freedom Newspapers Tulane University professor Lawrence Powell, in a widely circulated speech, encapsulated the fear many residents and people who love New Orleans feel: “Will this quirky and endlessly fascinating place become an X-rated theme park, a Disneyland for adults?” The best hope for New Orleans might lie in a couple of French phrases long […]

Hurricane falsehoods leading to waste

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist Reviewing the falsehoods, myths and misrepresentations spun by the press, politicians and pundits following Hurricane Katrina, one is reminded of Nora Ephron’s bon mot: “No matter how cynical I get, I can’t seem to keep up.” Most recently, we have word from the National Hurricane Center that Katrina was not […]

Bush shouldn’t accept blame for nature

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist President Bush, in his post-Hurricane Katrina address to the nation, said, “And to the extent that the federal government didn’t fully do its job right, I take responsibility.” Accepting the blame for the federal response is one thing, but I hope he doesn’t shoulder the blame for the hurricane itself. […]