BATON ROUGE — When six feet of Katrina’s water rushed down Bayou Savage along the eastern side of New Orleans, Pete Gerica rescued his elderly mother from the surge and strapped her to the top of a tree using a cable wire. […]
Back in January, I visited Katrina evacuees in Atlanta. I vividly recall a conversation with one young mother, Shajuan Harris, who tightly held her child and tearfully told me about her top priority for recovery. Good schools were more important than housing, she said, adding that she would live in a shack if she could return to a better New Orleans school system.
BATON ROUGE — As Carnival season paraded through south Louisiana last month, briefly pushing aside the memories of those fateful days last fall with bags of throws and elaborate parties, a slew of special interest groups were releasing studies and polls and surveys that brought reality ringing back in a most sobering way.
Like most in Louisiana, I’ve been very disappointed by the Bush administration’s recent statements about our hurricane recovery. National and Louisiana leaders seem to be talking past each other rather than finding and building on common ground. […]