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Tough Choices in Katrina Aftermath

katrinadestruction.jpgOn yesterday’s MTP, Mike Allen said that the Katrina destruction had disappeared from the radar of the Preznit, noting that he hadn’t even bothered to visit the region since October. Readers here will remember the FEMA Scrooge attempt to throw homeless Katrina survivors out on their ears before Christmas (No housing for you! Don’t let the door hit you on the ass as you leave! Happy holidays!)

Today’s NYTimes has some good reporting on the give and take in the debate over zoning issues in the aftermath of Katrina along the Gulf Coast. This is serious stuff on a lot of fronts, and represents the nitty gritty of political and personal considerations for folks who live in that region — and in other areas of the country where flooding, hurricanes and other natural disaster issues cause problems.

How the Gulf Coast is re-built is going to be a huge debate in the months to come. Whether or not the prime real estate gets zoned for business interests to capitalize on it at the expense of poorer residents is certainly worth a whole lot of scrutiny.

How this impacts individual people cannot be emphasized enough. These folks deserve a lot more consideration and compassion than they have gotten from a lot of governmental agencies thus far — and as much help as the rest of us can give where we can.

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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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