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Not Enough Tears in the Whole World

The WaPo has an exceptional piece in today’s paper regarding the challenges facing New Orleans in the rebuilding, and the daunting issues facing those residents who are considering whether or not to return.

"I think these people in exile will hold out, hoping to return, longer than residents of any other city might," said Frey, adding, though, that there are limits. "Once they get a year down the road, and they still can’t come back, I would say the chances of return fall sharply."

There are so many considerations and factors tied into all of these decisions: political, economic, power, and personal. For these families, the decisions are not easy ones. And they will not be made quickly, because the levees, the mold, and the destruction still pose substantial problems.

As the rest of the nation has moved forward from the haunting images of Katrina’s immediate aftermath, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have had to wake up to the destruction day after day. Don’t let them think that the rest of us have forgotten them.

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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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