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September 3, 2005

"The woman and child walked toward the interstate exit ramp. She held his hand and he held a box of Scooby-Doo cereal. 'Granny,' he said, 'where are we going?'"  MORE

In that short paragraph, Anne Hull, a Washington Post reporter, captured the human tragedy in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Thousands are homeless along the Gulf

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Coast. It will be months, if not years, before they find themselves -- if they ever do. Finally, several days after the storm, appropriate response is beginning.

Here in Delaware and around the nation, people are responding. For most, it's a matter of finding appropriate ways to express solidarity with our fellow citizens -- and, yes, brothers and sisters -- who have been victimized by what will certainly be regarded as the worst natural disaster ever to have hit the United States.

The most shocking thing that came through the exhaustive media coverage of the past few days has to be the slowness with which the authorities came to realize the magnitude of what was happening.

Post columnist Colbert King called this a "time for action, not outrage."

"Mother Nature delivered her own version of 'shock and awe' on Monday, leaving the Gulf Coast with the kind of death and destruction that only America's worst enemies could applaud. Without firing a shot or dropping a bomb, Hurricane Katrina pulverized Mississippi, Louisiana and parts of Alabama, wreaking havoc on the lives of hundreds of thousands, as well as the nation's economy, for months to come."  MORE

But there is no escaping the inevitable blame-fixing. This by New York Times correspondent Maureen Dowd:

"America is once more plunged into a snake pit of anarchy, death, looting, raping, marauding thugs, suffering innocents, a shattered infrastructure, a gutted police force, insufficient troop levels and criminally negligent government planning. But this time it's happening in America.

"W. drove his budget-cutting Chevy to the levee, and it wasn't dry. Bye, bye, American lives. "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," he told Diane Sawyer."  MORE

You can read more commentary from around the nation and the world at Delaforum's PULSE.

A bit of irony: Katrina is a German name. It means 'pure'.

Governor Ruth Ann Minner is encouraging Delawareans to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina through donations to the Red Cross and other private agencies, while Delaware National Guard troops and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency help to supply needed resources to the affected southern states.  MORE

Delaware Energy Office offers some tips for conserving energy in the face of the spike in gasoline prices, partly as an aftershock of Katrina.  MORE

The office also is soliciting help in ferreting out possible price gouging at the pump. CLICK HERE to access its website and help the monitoring effort.

The state goes to the bond market next week -- as usual, in AAA shape.  MORE

And DelDOT is looking to rebuild another covered bridge.  MORE

 

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