Monday, September 19, 2005
Bayou Quiz de Jour
Ok, folks, here's your Pop Quiz of the Day. To do so, you must put yourself in a mindset to answer the question. Here is your situation:
You are a displaced resident of the Crescent City, the City of New Orleans. A few weeks ago, you left your home, and most if not all of your worldly possessions in order to escape the wrath of Hurricane Katrina. You did this with your own resources, as the evacuation plan for New Orleans pretty much left everyone to their own devices.
You now hear two conflicting reports concerning whether or not it is safe for you to return to New Orleans:
First, Mayor Ray Nagin. His Honor, the Mayor, says it is time for New Orleans to breathe again. People will be invited back to the city by Zip Codes. It is safe to do so, at least according to Ray.
A conflicting opinion comes from Vice-Admiral Thad Allen, United States Coast Guard. He's in charge of the Federal effort to clean up and make safe the City of New Orleans. He notes there is little electricity, no running water, dangerous sludge in the streets, and a levee system that is barely keeping the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, and Lake Ponchetrain from swallowing the city whole.
The question for you is, who do you believe? Do you believe Ray and Company - the same people who so effectively implemented the evacuation plan? Or do you believe Vice-Admiral Allen - a man under whose command thousands were rescued from Nagin's stunning incompetence?
If you have more than six brain cells, this shouldn't be too hard.
Here endeth the lesson.