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.)