Monthly Archives: June 2008

Something Ain’t Right

I am a Katrina survivor and I have been diplaced here in Cleveland,Oh.I here very little about the efforts about the road home program to get back to New Orleans and I feel as though I am being left out of all that is intitled to me. I have been here in Cleveland, Ohio for 2 and a half years now and the job situation absolutley sucks to the core. The best that I can do here as far as a job here is to work through a temp service and more times than usual I do good to get sent out 2 days a week if that often. At least in the Big Easy there is plenty of work even if I have stay in a boarding house until I could find a place there, but I would still have to maintain what I have here at the same time here. Im at my breaking point and we all got ripped off big time by our government in more ways than one. Something has to give becuse something sure aint right

Vote Now To Turn The Lights Back On

NewCanalLighthouse(JeldWenPhoto).jpgThough KC is a non-partisan website, it’s time for an unusual stop into the voting arena. There is a need for rebuilding along the coasts of Mississippi, and an unusually special need along the coast of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana.

Twelve candidates from ten American states are competing to be brought back to light, and the winner will be fully restored to their former place in the sun.

In an innovative private-public venture, JELD-WEN, an Oregon-based national window and door manufacturer, picked a dozen finalists in a nationwide search to find and restore a century-old lighthouse that need fixin’.

Since 2005, the company has held an intiative to prove the reliability of its products — even in coastal climates — by helping to save historic lighthouses. Other restored lighthouses are in Wisconsin, Maryland, and Oregon.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, the New Canal Lighthouse, built in 1890, was damaged beyond repair. Today it’s being brought back to life with what could be salvaged and is a symbol of hope to the rebuilding of New Orleans and surrounding areas.

To help save the lighthouse, Katrina survivors and anyone else can show support by voting for the New Canal Lighthouse at until September 7.

The other candidates this year are Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse in Maryland, as well as lighthouses in North Carolina, New York, Michigan, Washington, Wisconsin, California, Rhode Island, and Ohio.

It was challenging to select 12 finalists,” said Lynne Butterworth (really-not the syrup lady!), lighthouse project manager . “We received more than 65 nominations, representing 49 of the nation’s most historic and renowned lighthouses from coast to coast. That’s why we need the public’s support to help us choose the winning lighthouse.”

We’ve Finally Just Begun

$85 Million in Katrina supplies is only the beginning.

As federal funds are finally pouring into New Orleans, don’t you feel that, somehow -over time – we’ll see even more complaints of ineptness, incompetence, ignorance, and just plain BS that’s taken place since Hurricane Katrina, just as we’ve seen revelations of the same during and immediately after the storm and ensuing floodwaters that devastated Louisiana, Mississippi, and other areas.

In contrast, oversight and accountability is in demand as another American tragedy unfolds. Disaster survivors in Iowa, Missouri, and other parts may be only just beginning to feel it.

Along with the hurt, the sense of abandonment, fraility of life as you know it, despair, hopelessness, anger, depression, and instability that all come with life after a natural disaster in America.

Yet, how much worse off would we be if we had not even a hint of stability, no government able to even eventually offer proper and necessary help, no oversight and accountability, no compassion among each other, and no hope for help?

$85 Million in Katrina supplies could very possibly help more disaster victims now than were helped in 2005, simply because there may be less disaster victims that need it. But it’s still symbolic of many things – both bad and good – that make America the great country that it is.

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St. Bernardians relocated to MS

We are a retired couple from Violet. LA who had to relocate to Brandon MS and we wondered how many more of us are out there. One of our sons went back home to live in our house because his was demolished. One son relocated to Madison MS, and one is still in school. We are middle income retired and have purchased a home close to the Dogwood Mall. If anyone from our parish is in the same situation and would like to communicate, please respond

Scarier Than Formaldehyde

Not only is FEMA getting out of the ice-supply business after a disaster, but seems to be trying to distance itself from the notion of the agency as a temporary housing solution.

FEMA banned further use of its poison-laced travel trailers as an option for temporary housing in October 2007, because of the formaldehyde.

But last week the agency released its 2008 disaster plan, with revised guidelines for use of its trailers in “unusual and extraordinary disaster conditions”, and furthermore placing the burden of choosing the temporary housing squarely upon the shoulders of the state in which a disaster happens.

In releasing its disaster plan the agency stated that, as of May 29, 2008, there were 7,500 unused temporary housing units in its inventory, with only 889 units ready for use in response to disasters.

From A Jazz Fest To The Movies

Common Ground Relief, the volunteer group which brings post-hurricane relief, mutual aid and assistance to impoverished communities in the New Orleans area, and also our gave us our first festival “for those who just can’t afford a Jazz Fest ticket”, along with The Village/Algiers are hosting a “Free Family Movie Night” tonight, Friday June 13 at 8:00PM.

The event will feature the film “Norbit” starring Eddie Murphy along with Tyler Perry’s “Diary Of A Mad Black Woman”, and take place at The Village at Algiers Point, 200 Patterson Street (next to the Algiers ferry landing). Dinners & refreshments will be available.

For more info call 504-364-9393, 504-583-0750, or 504-390-1602

“FEMA of 2008″ Cuts The Ice

Joke of the day for those who haven’t heard:

The new attitude of the “FEMA of 2008″, as FEMA Director R. David Paulison reportedly said at a recent U.S. Senate hearing, is that ice is not a life-saving commodity.

To cut the cake-spending, FEMA officials reportedly announced that the agency will no longer directly offer ice to victims after a disaster such as a hurricane. The revelation has caused a storm of protest, and anyone who’s suffered through any hurricane, especially Katrina or Rita, would probably beg to join in and disagree.

Ice – that “commodity” treat of frozen life-saving water, is actually a life-saving necessity, especially when the power is out for miles around and stores are closed for days, weeks, or even months.

Word is, FEMA is slipping the ice job over to the Army Corps of Engineers who will only provide ice on request to a state facing an emergency, to be used for medical emergencies.

Guest Bloggers Welcome

Do you have news, an experience, a problem (sorry, no marriage counselors available), event, opinions, ideas, or any yadayadayada you want to share with other Hurricane Katrina or Rita survivors? Are you searching for someone?

It’s been too many days here without some of you regulars. Immersing myself in recovery news, events, and information ain’t easy. That’s why here on the TalkBox, with no writing staff, I look forward to visitor contributions. In other words, DON’T JUST READ – WRITE!!

There’s a lot of recovery left, from Plaquemines to St. Bernard, Biloxi and the whole Mississippi Gulf Coast, along with parts of Alabama, as well as New Orleans.

Information and communication is an important part of the recovery process, just as it was crucial in those frightening days we endured in 2005. If you’ve got information to share, register for this blog and post it (sorry -no porno)!
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Hot Feet?

“The New Orleans Police Department suspended daytime foot patrols Monday because it felt too hot outside.” from the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Just WHERE are these “foot patrols” and how can we get one in our neighborhood? The only place I’ve seen this is in the French Quarter or writing tickets. But I’m sure this is what New Orleans needs in every neighborhood.

By the way, if the mailman can do it, so can the cops.