Town’s relief efforts should be applauded

Clyde Davis: Local Columnist What do a media professional, a hospital counselor, a fire dept. employee, and a law enforcement officer have in common? The first two I have the privilege to regard as my friends; the last two I haven’t known very long, or met only briefly. What is obvious is that they all […]

Government simulation predicted 61,290 deaths in hurricane

Ron Fournier and Ted Bridis: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As Katrina roared into the Gulf of Mexico, emergency planners pored over maps and charts of a hurricane simulation that projected 61,290 dead and 384,257 injured or sick in a catastrophic flood that would leave swaths of southeast Louisiana uninhabitable for more than a year. […]

Evacuation picks up speed, with growing cooperation

Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS — Block after block, door by door, eye to eye, police officers and soldiers edged closer Thursday to extracting the last holdouts from this dying city. Authorities did not wield brute strength — yet — but they employed considerable powers of persuasion. “The soldier talked to me, and I’m sick, […]

Here’s when we need that stitch in time

To be fair, it is beginning to look as if the response to the flooding of New Orleans, particularly from the federal government, is beginning to turn around. National Guard troops from 20 states have been called in, and recovery efforts have been redoubled. However, the initial response, along with subsequent spinning until President Bush […]

Floodwaters receding in New Orleans

Knight Ridder Newspapers NEW ORLEANS — As floodwaters slowly receded Tuesday, more bodies surfaced and many more are expected, even as a new tropical threat lurked offshore. However, some shafts of light split the grim Gulf Coast reality. First, the shadow: A storm developing just off Florida’s east coast could strike as a hurricane by […]

Authorities must have power to stop looters

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The looters are helping themselves to DVD and MP3 players, beer, flat screen TVs, clothing, booze, guns, candy and sporting goods. Some simply loaded up shopping carts with all they could hold and boldly pushed them out the doors and down the sodden streets. “With no police officers in sight,” […]