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August 29, 2006

Don’t rely on government

Regarding “Making do and moving on: Hurricane evacuees find their immediate needs have been met, and for that they are grateful, but their day-to-day lives are still filled with uncertainty” (8/24, A-1): This is front-page news? Ridiculous. If I were in the same position as Nancy Cooper, I would have my son in the wheelchair feel useful and babysit (if it were possible) while I went off to work and tried to better things for myself and family. I would take in laundry, scrub floors, babysit or sell from a catalog from my home.

Living off of the government has become a way of life for many, and Katrina is just one more excuse to not find a job. I feel sorry for this woman in your article because of her situation. If I were in her shoes, I would be embarrassed to find myself front-page news in a large city newspaper. What kind of example is that setting for her family?

I have been a single working mother of two small children. (No alimony or college degree, and I am doing fine.)

Carol Young
Lake Winnebago

Comments

Lost_In_Ambivalence

Rereading the article, it would appear that Ms. Cooper is a divorced, stay-at-home mom. Thinking about what I get paid as a stay-at-home husband, I would imagine that she has been living off of someone else for a while.

GCYL

JJ: No human being ever feels so virtuous as when they are judging another person and holding them in contempt.

You must feel really good about yourself right now. – jack

How is that “warhawk” thing going jack?

Engineer

whispering
Where did you get your information on which your comment "I'm saying that there are just as many lazy, unmotivated, conniving individuals living at Lake Winnebago or Lakewood as fled from Katrina and still living on government assistance.

Shoot, probably even more of 'em" is based? Or do you actually have any real information on the subject?

Kate

The article in question is the story of three families who went through the worst natural disaster ever to hit our country – and lived to tell about it. It is the story of personal loss, the incredible generosity of the people of Kansas City and of the triumph of the human spirit. It is too bad that after reading all of that, the only part that moved Ms. Young to write was the woman who is still not gainfully employed.

I have worked with disaster victims - locally and in the south for Hurricane Ivan relief. My experience is very limited compared to that of other people, but it was my experience that people who had family and friends to rely on seemed to recover better. Even if they were all victims, they had each other for emotional support. According to the Star, the woman, Ms. Cooper, “knew no one here.”

Ms. Cooper “had no car, no home, no extra clothing.” - she lost everything. Picking up the pieces (literally) is part of the grieving and healing process that people go through, but she had no pieces to pick up.

Ms. Young is to be commended for doing her best to provide for her children. No doubt they will benefit from the strong work ethic she will instill in them. I don’t know what kind of person Ms. Cooper was before last September, and I’m the first one to argue for picking yourself up and getting on with life. But Ms. Cooper lost every possession she had in life, and everyone she knew was gone. Would Ms. Young want to imagine trying to come back after that?

whispering_to_kc

I'm saying that there are just as many lazy, unmotivated, conniving individuals living at Lake Winnebago or Lakewood as fled from Katrina and still living on government assistance.

Shoot, probably even more of 'em.

JUNGLEJACK

"Letters from Lake Winnebago or Lakewood or Overland Park or Leawood complaining about all those lazy poor people are almost as much fun to read."

whispering - are you suggesting that "poor people" are the one demographic in America that contains NO lazy, unmotivated or conniving individuals?

whispering_to_kc

I 'enjoy' listening to grain farmers whine about the urban welfare queens and the entitlement society the city slickers are milking for all it's worth.

None of those urbanites are sucking down anything near the checks that most grain farmers have learned to expect. Farmers: the biggest welfare queens in America.

Letters from Lake Winnebago or Lakewood or Overland Park or Leawood complaining about all those lazy poor people are almost as much fun to read.

JUNGLEJACK

Jack - to the contrary. Rather than feeling superior, I consider myself blessed to have been raised in an environment that didn't limit my potential to whatever means I could squeeze out of the government purse. Many people who've been raised on welfare have no concept of what it is like to dream of, much less achieve a better life for themselves. That is sad.

jack

JJ: No human being ever feels so virtuous as when they are judging another person and holding them in contempt.

You must feel really good about yourself right now.

JUNGLEJACK

"This is what I dont get, its ok for the federal government to waste huge amounts of money "fighting terrorism" but not ok for it to spend money helping victims of natural disasters or a poor economy or of poor health care."

openmind - Doesn't the federal govt. provide ALL of the above protections in one form or another? The programs in question may not perform to your liking, but the same can be said for those who are in favor of further expanding the war on terror - it's called "compromise".
I have never heard anyone seriously suggest that ALL federal assistance be eliminated, but it's obvious that the culture it breeds is unhealthy.

openmind

This is what I dont get, its ok for the federal government to waste huge amounts of money "fighting terrorism" but not ok for it to spend money helping victims of natural disasters or a poor economy or of poor health care.

The chances of being a victim of a terrorist attack are pretty slim. I would guess the odds of being affected in a hurricane, or being hurt by the economy, or getting sick from poor health care are much greater than the odds of being hurt by terrorism. Why dont we start spending money where it can do the most good and save the most lives. I would like my tax dollars to go to something that will help people, not hurt people. Right now I am paying to get American soldiers killed, Iraqi civilians killed, and to have poor health care at home. Maybe we should look into a Cost/Benefit analysis of our current policies.

JUNGLEJACK

"... I would be embarrassed to find myself front-page news in a large city newspaper. What kind of example is that setting for her family?"

Unfortunately, signing up for public aid has become a right of passage for many. This culture of hopelessness and dependence is passed down from one generation to the next with no feelings of shame or of self-worth.

"Many of the jobs in New Orleans don't exist anymore."

Jack - the article in question is about a woman living in K.C., so "scrubbing floors that are underwater" is irrelevent.

"Of course, the National Guard unit whose job it was to come to the aid of New Orleans was in...........Iraq!"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought only the state Governer could call for the National Guard. So the biggest difference between how hurricanes are handled by Louisiana and Florida lies in the quality of the local government - not in Washington.

jack

And, Carol, when your job was wiped out, along with your home, in the flood, I'm sure you waded throught the rushing water and dead bodies to scrub the floors that were under water.

Many of the jobs in New Orleans don't exist anymore. I know, they can scrub each other's floors. Pass the same ten dollar bill around amongst themselves. At least they can pretend they have money then.

Sometimes government help is needed. Just like after those two hurricanes in Florida during the late summer and early fall of 2004.

Oh, that's right. THOSE hurricanes happened just before the last Presidential election in a State the President was in danger of losing. Bush sure managed to get onsite and providing help to THEM in a hurry.

Kind of a strange coincidence isn't it. When Florida got hit by two fairly mild hurricanes right before the election, the President and his crew couldn't get there quick enough. But when the worst disaster in U.S. history hit a year AFTER the election, Bush and Cheney couldn't interupt their vacations and Condi was busy shopping for shoes.

Of course, the National Guard unit whose job it was to come to the aid of New Orleans was in...........Iraq!

Now the emergency trailer houses sit rusting in Memphis while those ungrateful people of New Orleans complain about there being no jobs and no help even cleaning up the trash or getting the hospitals reopened.

What a bunch of lazy, good for nothing whiners!

 
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