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4 Sep 2005



Ms. Rice

Writing from the comfort of her home in ritzy La Jolla, California, Ms. Rice seems as vacuous as the Vampire Lestat regards the happenings in New Orleans.The citizens, the mayor, the very leadership of New Orleans and the governor of Louisiana failed miserably. Yes, the residents of New Orleans share much of the blame. Anyone who has generations of family members living in a hurricane prone area knows that even if they don't, won't or can't evacuate, you must prepare for the worst. Bottled water, an AM radio, cans of food that needs no cooking, medicines, a tarp or two, medicines, flashlights, an axe, some rope...just a few inexpensive and ordinary items will keep you healthy while you wait for help to arrive. You learn of hurricane dangers and how to survive weather as a small child here, it's as much a part of our culture in the hurricane strike zones as grits, ribs and sweet tea. The very federal government that some are pointing a finger at today was telling citizens via NOAA and a hundred other reporting mechanisms to Get Out Of Town Right Now or risk dying days before it struck. The message could not have been clearer or more correct. Do we really want the feds to be more powerful and intrusive than they already are? Should the federal troops march in at first warning, prior to the disaster, and force an evacuation? A mandatory shuttle of 250,000 people to camps *for their own good*? Shouldn't the first responses to local disaster be from local government, city, parish, state and then and only then the feds? Ms. Rice spins a lovely fantasy of how the people who stayed behind heroicly rescued each other and helped their neighbors. Undoubtedly there was some of that sort of heroism from the New Orleans citizens and their leaders but reality, not fantasy makes it clear it was far too little, much too late.

jim strickland

Doesn't Anne Rice live in New Orleans? I'm pretty certain she used to live there, because I seem to recall someone pointing out her house to me. It may of course just be a house she owned.

Lindsay

Anne Rice

Ms. Rice had a beautiful home in the garden district. I've been past it too. I'm led to believe she had largely abandoned New Orleans in favor of La Jolla to escape the corrupt local government, the horrid crime, the every day squalor and the intrusion of tourists seeking her out. Please don't misunderstand my postings, I'm a fan of Anne Rice; the Vampire Chronicles and many of her other works are really good reads. Her erotica under a pseudonym is also (ahem) interesting. I also love the city of New Orleans having visited 30 or 40 or more times over 3 decades, I saw the Rolling Stones in the Superdome in 82 and have been there for Mardis Gras, Jazzfest and on many other occasions. I lived in nearby Lake Charles for a time. Now however, I'm simply disgusted with the finger pointing from the locals who did nothing to prepare and ready themselves after decades of warnings. Yes, I'm one of those...a republican who believes our federal government should do much less in local issues, not much more. Ms. Rice attempts to wax romantic about New Orleans and ignore the facts...city leaders and the populace pointedly ignored every dire warning from the same federal government they're criticizing today...writing from sunny Southern California, far from the reality of what really happened.

jim strickland

I can't disagree about the locals not doing anything, I do disagree about government, which is a good thing when done properly : you can't do the big things like managing vast rivers and stuff without good central government. (And, yes, it may be arguable whether we should be trying to manage things like the Mississippi, which after all does not want to flow the way it is currently being sent, but that isn't the point here)

Lindsay