Thursday, September 01, 2005

Drowning and cruising

I don't usually write about current events, but what's going on in New Orleans just begs for a post. First of all, for any of you who know Eric Houghton of Tremper High School fame, he replied to an e-mail to let us know that he and his charming family are fine. Their house, not so much so.

Now for some unsolicited suggestions. Cruise ships leave from New Orleans all the time. They're now departing from Texas since the port of New Orleans is not operational. It's easy for me to say since I'm not holding any hard-earned cruise ship tickets in my hand, but here goes: I'd like to see people donate their cruises to refugees. It would give the refugees somewhere to live, with plenty of clean water and food, for at least a week.

My other suggestion is more controversial. Shouldn't the nation give a good, long thought to letting New Orleans go? I love the city, don't get me wrong. I mean, come on -- drive through dacquiris! But we've all heard for the last eon that the city is an irrational feat of civil engineering -- below sea level, surrounded by water, sinking year by year. Maybe it's time to tear down those levies and let the ocean take it back.

In fact, we could leave these a-holes running around raping women and girls and taking potshots at doctors trying to evacuate the hospitals. Let the ocean take them too. Sadly, I doubt rescue workers can separate the faith-in-humanity-killing thugs from the helpless when they board the buses.

Meanwhile, another story that pulls the mommy strings:

Parents forced to leave infants behind in NICU
So did they handcuff the mothers to remove them from the hospital? I don't know how I could do it. Because you just wouldn't know if the hospital will have enough formula to last until they can get the baby out. If I was there, I could make sure my baby had a reliable food source -- me. I guess they told the parents that they only had enough resources for the support staff and babies, so if they stayed, they'd be endangering babies' lives further.

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