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Sunday, 4 September 2005
Do You Know Your Neighbors?
I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the last week or so.

When fractured, bone heals back stronger, when you exercise, muscle tissue breaks down and the body builds IT back stronger.

Those who spend their lives only avoiding mistakes, never learn.

Those who blame their mistakes on others or try to justify their actions, never grow.

Life is choices, decisions and actions, some wise, some foolish, but it is always about change and growth.

That which changes, grows. That which never changes withers and dies.

One odd thing about the bulk of the coverage of the effects of Katrina, is that it has mostly been about Louisiana and New Orleans. I say that because it was Mississippi which got hit with the brunt, the full force of the storm.

But we don't hear as much about Mississippi, Maybe because the actions taken, were by those who did not wait for the Government to do something.

That is the difference between those who say and think , "They need to do something" and then wait for it to happen, and those who say and think, "WE need to do something." then do what they can.

That first group has forgotten something very important. There is a hint in the first three words of the Constitution of the United States.

"We the People"

We ARE the Government. So when we say, "The Government should DO something." What we are really saying is "WE should do something."

Mississippi remembered. Some people in Louisiana, forgot. That may be the difference.

There are things the Federal Government needs to do.
There are things the State Government needs to do.
There are things the Country and City Governments need to do.

There are SOME things WE need to do.

Are we doing them?

Now is the time to start.

It does not have to be complex. elaborate or cover every detail.

All it has to be is a first step.

Talk to your neighbors.

You don't have to make fancy or elaborate plans.

It can be as simple as,

If that happens here, we need to all gather together, leave together, and make sure no one on this block gets left behind.

That is where the lessons of Katrina need to start folks, not in finger pointing, placing blame, but at home.

Now while it is all fresh we need to start and that is why I began this and I end this with a very important question.

Do you know your neighbors?


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Updated: Sunday, 4 September 2005 5:20 AM CDT

Sunday, 4 September 2005 - 11:19 AM CDT

Name: owlish
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The answer is, I know one of my neighbors, and have nodded to others.

And yeah, I agree with the general thought that disasters need action on the lowest levels, long before the feds can or should do anything.

The problem is, except for one elderly lady, I have no doubt that everyone else would have no difficulty evacuating. I live in loft apartments, and everyone is young, appearing in good health, and has a car. In general such people evacuated out of Lousiana. If they didn't, they made a decision to stay.

I suspect that doesn't apply to most people in the Superdome.

Sunday, 4 September 2005 - 8:38 PM CDT

Name: Obi-Wan
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Sigh. Eighteen years ago, when I moved into the neighborhood, I knew almost all of them. In the ensuing years, as people have moved out and in, I have become embarrassingly ignorant of who my neighbors are.

Hurricanes aren't a particular problem for us, or floods, but there's no guarantee that a terrorist attack won't occur nearby.

Sunday, 4 September 2005 - 9:53 PM CDT

Name: Gabriel Cooper

Yes, but if we learn from this event, there will be a better system in place to assure that only those who choose to be left behind are. He is talking about the strong in the community looking out for the weak. The advantaged looking out for the disadvantaged. Do not mstake this for socialism, this is just personal responsibility. If you rely totally on the government, socialism or communism, you will be let down every time.

Monday, 5 September 2005 - 11:26 AM CDT

Name: Ethne
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The one thing that hacked me off more than any other was when one woman was being interviewed she was complaining that no one was helping her. She was perfectly healthy -why couldn't she help anyone else? (This was the one that complained that no one heated up her MRE) Please...

well said!

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