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. […]

More than levees broken in New Orleans

Leonard Pitts The women were on the roof of the hotel, calling for help as floodwaters rose. Then a motorboat full of policemen came by. “Can you help us?” the women cried. The policemen replied, “Show us what you’ve got!” and motioned for them to lift their T-shirts. The women said no. The policemen left […]

Sooner or later, we pay for government

Steve Chapman For those Americans who hate sending money to the Internal Revenue Service, here’s the good news: President Bush says he is not going to raise taxes to pay for the costs of Hurricane Katrina. And here’s the bad news: He’s already raised them. That happened the day he signed a bill laying out […]

Military communities cope with tragedy

Tom Philpott The number of service people displaced by Hurricane Katrina was still being calculated more than two weeks after the storm devastated coastal Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. However, it was clear that thousands of active-duty members, reservists and retirees had lost homes, cars and other property. Indeed, when military victims of Katrina are finally […]

Rebuilding New Orleans waste of money

Steve Chapman Of all the ideas I’ve heard about what to do with New Orleans, the best one came from former Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., who said we should “put somebody like former President Jimmy Carter in charge of rebuilding New Orleans.” As president, Carter distinguished himself by failing to free the hostages in Iran, […]

9/15 Letters to the editor

Civilization should coexist with wildlife I just wanted to thank Susan Hubby and her associates for taking the time to save and relocate the prairie dogs. What a wonderful and caring person. Prairie dogs are getting a bad rap, along with coyotes, pigeons and trash-raiding bears. What’s wrong with this picture? We humans are taking […]

Environmental, fiscal challenges coming into focus

Knight Ridder Newspapers BILOXI, Miss. — Hurricane Katrina damaged or demolished nearly half a million homes in three states, the American Red Cross said Wednesday — four times as many as Hurricane Andrew did when it hit South Florida in 1992. As President Bush prepared to speak to the nation from an undisclosed location in […]

Government simulation predicted 61,290 deaths in hurricane

Ron Fournier and Ted Bridis: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As Katrina roared into the Gulf of Mexico, emergency planners pored over maps and charts of a hurricane simulation that projected 61,290 dead and 384,257 injured or sick in a catastrophic flood that would leave swaths of southeast Louisiana uninhabitable for more than a year. […]

Katrina’s economic impact far-reaching — and still evolving

Brad Foss: The Associated Press Hurricane Katrina’s economic toll continues to mount — its cost evident in near-record energy prices, snarled shipping traffic, lost jobs and wrecked businesses. But nearly two weeks after landfall, its impact is shaping up as one of extremes. There are many losers, most notably the 400,000 who have lost their […]

Evacuation picks up speed, with growing cooperation

Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS — Block after block, door by door, eye to eye, police officers and soldiers edged closer Thursday to extracting the last holdouts from this dying city. Authorities did not wield brute strength — yet — but they employed considerable powers of persuasion. “The soldier talked to me, and I’m sick, […]

Tough questions indicate love of country

Helena Rodriguez In two days, we observe the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a horrid day plotted by suicidal madmen, an event that shocked the world and demanded justice. Instead of justice though, we have an unjustified war in Iraq, and now the dark shadow of Hurricane Katrina is hanging over […]