I'm not adding this blog only because he put my name in it - although that does tend to get you noticed. It's because I totally forgot to put this new blog of Dangle's in here. He stopped his other one that was thoughts and information for Storm People, and has started up his very own Op Ed piece.
Very much worth reading. And if it pisses you off, he's done his job.
I'll be posting an occasional post, both past and present, once a week. If you don't like it, don't read it. But he's living the experience, not just reading/writing about it. And that alone makes it very worthwhile in my book.
PS - he also has a calendar he keeps on the web for all to review - it's TV shows that are NOLA and hurricane related. Very useful! http://calendar.yahoo.com/dangle24seven
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Another Katrina Rant - Sort of.....
No matter how little anyone who lives anywhere in Louisiana or for that matter, the United States "gets it", "WE" need New Orleans. My neighbors who reside just north of New Orleans in St. Tammany Parish need New Orleans. (No, I don't work in New Orleans.) Jefferson Parish needs New Orleans. Shreveport needs New Orleans. People in Nebraska, Idaho, Illinois, Missouri.....(you get it????) need New Orleans.
New Orleans is an investment for all of us. Sure, we could all live without the seafood that puts the inches on our waists and we can do without Mardi Gras that adds a few sins to our souls and that wonderful Jazz music that adds a gleam to our eyes and puts a smile on our faces.
What we cannot live without is the port of New Orleans and the oil and gas produced off the coast of New Orleans and Louisiana. So many great leaders, nations and yes, even warriors understood the importance of the Port of New Orleans. It was this little hole in our coastline that brought about the Louisiana Purchase. New Orleans belongs to all of us and while we are saving her; resurrecting her, we get all the spoils that come with this great city; seafood, Mardi Gras, traditional jazz music and yes, the French Quarter and some of the nicest people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting. Southern people with those Brooklyn accents. "Ain't that somethin'?"
For anyone who believes that New Orleans is just theirs because of a mailing address is just completely clueless. Not only is this city ours, if you live in this country, she is yours. Some internationals will argue she is a part of them also. I agree. New Orleans is a major artery to the heart of the United States and to the soul of the world.
Some good news:
Some much needed hospital beds are coming on line in a week or two (2) at Memorial Hospital. These beds will be located in the newer section of the hospital (EENT building.) These will not be Ochsner beds. (In case you are not aware, Ochsner Hospital has bought both the old Baptist & Mercy Hospitals from Tenant.)
Some mixed news:
Check the Times-Picayune classifieds out this past Thursday, August 31, 2006. On page 44H3/H4, nearly the entire page is has been taken by the LSU Medical Center advertising numerous “Professional/Technical” positions. I’m talking small classified ads; not blocks of space.
Here's a link to my continuing Katrina retrospective including video of Fox’s Geraldo Rivera & Shepard Smith losing their composure and expressing outrage and disgust over the situation in New Orleans: Another View To The Evil Center
I Hold These Truths To Be Self Evident:
“I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
A Song For New Orleans WDSU Katrina Special
Last night, WDSU premiered “A Song For New Orleans”.This documentary focuses on “our” music coming home. Featured artists include The Rebirth Brass Band, Charmaine Neville, Andre Braugher,Donald Harrison, Jr. and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.
The preview show included an interview with Pete Fountain.Produced by Hearst-Argyle Television, the parent company of WDSU, this future award winning documentary shows no bitterness or hatred; just the same type of hope and promise I witnessed with those whom I spoke with in Gentilly last Saturday.
The following link will take you to a calendar of future airings of A Song For New Orleans:Song For New Orleans Calendar
But why wait to see it?
You will buy it after you see it anyway; it's that good! Order this DVD now. Although not stated on the website, my conversation with WDSU newsroom staff has confirmed that among the charities to benefit from the proceeds will be my friends over at "The Musicians Village" and “The Tipitina Foundation”.
You can purchase the DVD through the following link: Buy a Song For New Orleans (They should be charging more for it but you can always donate.)
This documentary will bring inspiration into your home and into your heart. No whining and complaining here, just more heroes who know how to “Rebirth” a city.