To the editor:
It has been said that the government is responsible for helping the victims in national emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina.
I agree. This is true.
So while Mayor Nagin debated with himself about whether he had the authority to use school and metropolitan buses to evacuate the people of New Orleans before they were flooded, wondering whether it was even legal to do so, thousands of American people were already coordinating emergency relief efforts.
While Governor Blanco was considering the possibility that the federal government might declare martial law and in so doing, step on her political toes, Americans all over the country were setting up disaster relief funds.
While FEMA director Michael Brown was waiting for permission from the governor of Louisiana to move in and take over rescue efforts, faith-based organizations were already on their way to New Orleans with truckloads of supplies and volunteer workers.