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Poor emergency preparation and response to Katrina victims

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I continue to read updates on the situation in the hurricane ravished gulf. I can not believe these people still do not have any food and water. I would expect this in a third world country but not in America. I laugh to myself at the tax dollars that our government have used in preparations for terrorists attacks. It is very clear to me that our government is not prepared for anything. I have also noticed in all the pictures that the majority of the people are black and poor. I can not help but wonder if maybe color and social status has something to do with the lack of help. This is so sad and very sick.

Tonya Siltman

[Note from the ed: This letter was sent to LDN on Thursday, September 01. It was held to date in deference to understanding the truth of the situation and in respect for efforts of rescuers on the scene.

While it does appear that there were poor preparations and response by some government entities, it is difficult to measure that in the face of so large a natural force as that of Katrina over an inhabited territory that was as vulnerable as the Gulf coast in geography and in population.

Illinois and other states were ready to go to the assistance of Louisiana and continue to offer mutual aid as requested.]

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