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FEMA Reconsiders

FEMA has decided not to kick displaced Katrina victims out on the streets during the holiday season, thanks to an outpouring of disgust from…well…everyone.

“We are not kicking people out into the streets,” R. David Paulison, acting director of FEMA, said in announcing the revised deadlines at a news conference here. “We want families in decent housing.”

You know your proposed policy isn’t going to work when protesting members of Congress seem like they have more of a heart than you do. Ahem.

With thousands of people still missing in the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, more than 400 bodies stacked in morgues that have yet to be indentified, and homes that are filled with debris, mold, and heaven only knows what else, we can all do better in helping the least of those among us. Time magazine had a heart-rending article about reconstruction efforts that is worth a read.

No matter how much I and my family have tried to do to help, it just doesn’t seem enough in the face of so much devastation and sorrow. All my best to those who are trying to find their feet again. And I’m very thankful that FEMA seems to have found its heart…at least for now.

UPDATE: Reader Marysz also points to this information regarding voter disenfrinchisement issues in NOLA because FEMA is refusing to cooperate with state government officials trying to contact voters prior to the February election. Lovely.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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