September 11, 2005

Katrina Log, Part 4

(The following was written on 9/4)

Part 3 can be found here.

It sounds like I’ll be able to return to work on Tuesday. Good thing because the boredom is killing me – I never realized how dependent I was on internet access (especially when the gas shortage doesn’t permit any travel). I heard on the radio a few minutes ago that people had to wait for 6 hours in gas lines yesterday. Needless to say, I’m not going to drive until I have to return to work. I was going to try to get to the one grocery store in town that has reopened today, but I’ll wait until Tuesday since it is along the route I take to work. No point using any gas until I have to.

I spent most of yesterday clearing debris and will do the same today. I’m starting to tire of CNN because I’m getting increasingly disgusted with how their anchors and interviewers are so clearly skewing the information they obtain by the manner in which they ask their questions. Didn’t the news used to be objective? Wasn’t there a time back in the 70s or early 80s where news stations focused on reporting facts and were content for viewers to draw their own conclusions? Maybe my memory is inaccurate, but it seems much worse now. Even though I happen to agree with the story they are pushing (i.e., that the federal government severely botched the response to Katrina), I wish they would stick to the facts and not mix it with commentary. Commentary is fine if clearly identified as such and separated from the actual news. Sadly, it is quite clear that Fox News is not the only one with an agenda and a willingness to mold the facts to fit into such an agenda.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts of my Katrina account how the local radio stations have turned into a listener call-in to ask questions and provide information (e.g., regularly broadcasting which gas stations are open and actually have gas). This morning (Sunday), the airwaves are filled with lists of which churches are open and having services today. They appear to be giving this information higher priority than where to find food, water, ice, and gas. The DJs have been strongly encouraging people to attend church today to “thank god for what we still have.” They believe that those who just lost their homes, haven’t showered in 5 days, don’t know where they’ll get their next meal, and do not know if their family members are alive or dead have a great deal for which to be thankful. After all, they are still alive – spared by god. This has nothing to do with luck, and nature is simply irrelevant here.

A couple of the area churches are going to provide meals today, and I applaud them for doing so. I’m even willing to forgive their making the receipt of such meals contingent upon attendance at their religious services. This community is in dire need, and it is wonderful that these churches are helping out. I’m even willing to overlook how only 2-3 churches out of at least 100 in this area are providing meals. The FEMA presence continues to be inadequate in this area, and so every little bit helps.

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