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Blame Citizens Who did not Evacuate Katrina

Blame Citizens Who did not Evacuate Katrina

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An opinion article the was published in part in 2005 in the Iowa State Daily. This controversial opinion of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina places blame of the high death toll to people who refused to evacuate a Category 5 hurricane.
An opinion article the was published in part in 2005 in the Iowa State Daily. This controversial opinion of the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina places blame of the high death toll to people who refused to evacuate a Category 5 hurricane.

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 Non-Evacuees the Real Idiots to Blamein Wake of Katrina
By: Bill LockeAfter the wrath of Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast was left a disaster area, filled withangry and homeless citizens. First of all, I am very empathetic towards the evacuatedcitizens of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama who no longer have homes to return to.What I don't understand though is how those that chose not to leave are upset at thegovernment.Why would a person not evacuate an area that rests below sea level? These people hadample time to leave the Coast, but chose to ride out the storm. They had three days toevacuate the area when the storm was deemed a Category 3 hurricane. Once the stormgrew to a Category 5, the citizens of the Gulf Coast still had another day and half toleave. Thus, thousands are stranded in the Superdome in New Orleans.Why would anyone want to put their lives or their family's lives at risk by trying to "rideout" the storm? They had the money to leave, since most people brought expensiveluggage to the Superdome. There is no excuse whatsoever to stay. The area has alreadyexperienced a Category 5 storm when Hurricane Camille struck in 1969. When hundredsof people are killed from a storm, the citizens should know how dangerous a hurricane is.To make matters worse, the citizens blame the government for lack of aid. What do theyexpect? New Orleans is underwater, while riots and uncivilized people are destroying property and stealing from crushed buildings. The government can't even get into someof these cities, because they are underwater. If these people had left, then billions of taxdollars wouldn't be spent on people that refuse to evacuate.When citizens are making statements such as, "This doesn't happen in America. This isonly something that happens in foreign countries," then you know how ignorant theyreally are. Thousands of lives could have been saved if people had evacuated. If peopleare not going to heed the warnings given to them, then they should not be given so muchcompassion.First of all, I think a lot of you seem to have a problem with reading. Many of you havemisquoted things that I wrote in my editorial. I have had several people misquote meabout when Hurricane Katrina became a Category 4 hurricane. I never mentionedanything about Katrina becoming a Category 4. If you are going to respond in your bitsof anger and rage, make sure that you properly quote me.
 
Granted, some people could not leave New Orleans, because they were physically unableto do so. But that does not make up the entire population of New Orleans, or a majorityof it. Many of these people may live in poverty, but they still have some money availableto them. Is it that difficult for people to pool their money together, and just leave? I'msure that people have at least one family friend that has a working vehicle. Gather your funds together, and escape Katrina. These families maybe on the roads for a few extrahours, but at least they will be out of harm's way. Let’s assume that they don't even havea vehicle to help them. People can still walk, assuming their legs aren't broken. All theyhad to do was walk westward. By vehicle, it takes 4 hours to get to Beaumont, Texas.Even if people had only made it half way out of the state, they still would have beensafer. Heaven forbid that a person may have to walk. Granted, they may not havesomewhere to stay, but at least families will be out of the carnage of the storm. Whywould anyone travel north? That was the direction the storm was heading. If you aregoing to try and out-run the storm, then that just shows a person's true ignorance.Also, many of you seem to forget that New Orleans was not the hardest hit city.Gulfport, Mississippi is no longer in existence. 90 percent of the city is no longer standing. New Orleans was not directly hit by the storm. Maybe more of you should befocusing your attention to the residents of Gulfport, where they don't have a city to returnto, unlike the residents of New Orleans.Another problem with all of your arguments is that you keep quoting that 30 percent of the population exists below the poverty line. Once again, you are incorrect. Only 23 percent exist below the poverty line, according the U.S. Census Bureau. Since the population of New Orleans was 484,674 in 2000, that equates to 111,475 people live below the poverty line. The United States determines the poverty line to be $18,000annual income for a family of four. So if 40,000 people were trapped in the Superdome,them what happened to the other 70,000 plus people? All of them were below the poverty line as well. Maybe they were just smart enough to leave, unlike those that choseto wait it out. Maybe they decided it was best not to buy the handfuls of lottery tickets,or to save their booze money to help support their families. So when you tell me that people can't leave, because they don't have the funds, maybe you are being ignorant abouthow irrational some of these people really are.Also, for those of you that think I have never left my "sheltered existence in Ames, IA",you would be dead wrong. First of all, I am from the east side of Cleveland. EastCleveland alone is one of the poorest cities that I have seen, with an unemployment ratevery similar to that of New Orleans. Cleveland also has 23 percent of its families living below the poverty line. With a population very similar to that of New Orleans, the cityseems to have similar poverty issues. I have been to East Cleveland on several occasions,and most people still have a car to rely on. Granted, many do rely on publictransportation, yet a majority of citizens do have a car to travel in. So next time you think that I have never seen a poverty stricken area, make sure you know what you are talkingabout. If the citizens of Cleveland can afford a car, so can the citizens of New Orleans.

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