July 25, 2007

New Orleans Recovery Is Slowed by Closed Hospitals - New York Times

New Orleans Recovery Is Slowed by Closed Hospitals - New York Times

For all its woe, New Orleans must cope with the result of individual decisions. If people who left the city before/after hurricane Katrina choose not to return, they probably have made a wise choice to establish a life elsewhere. New Orleans has always seemed to me a city rife with incompetence (can you say Ray Nagin?) and corruption (Doesn't every Congressman store cash in his freezer?).

As a practical matter, if I were a New Orleans resident, I would leave if I could for all the reasons that make it a poor choice for the future, not the least of which is the high risk of a future flooding catastrophe. If the oceans are rising, why should the country's taxpayers continue throwing $Billions to only lessen the risk of future doom?
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