Among the items President Truman kept
on his Oval Office desk was a plaque which proclaimed, "The buck
stops here." Right now President Bush can't help but realize how
true that is. There is no justification, of course, for blaming
him for the extent of destruction and human misery. Nor does
responsibility for dealing with the aftermath rest solely with
the federal government.
But, in light of
all we've heard about the 'War on Terror' and what has been done
to protect the nation, it is appropriate to debate whether
emergency management policy is effective. Clearly, results fell
far short in its first significant test.
Four years ago,
Linda Feldmann writes in the Christian Science Monitor, Mr. Bush
emerged from the 9-11 attacks with sky-high marks for
decisiveness and leadership. Now in his second term, Hurricane
Katrina has brought about the most profound test of his
executive leadership and political skills that he will ever
CLICK HERE to read her
The New Orleans
Times-Picayune published an open letter to the president which
was no less than scathing in its criticism of the federal
response to the disaster.
to read it.
The White House
website counters with an extensive list of actions taken to deal
with the aftermath of the storm.
to access it.
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Peter S. Canellos, Boston Globe
columnist writes: When ordering people to leave New Orleans
while Hurricane Katrina lurked in the Gulf of Mexico, state and
federal authorities apparently failed to consider that 27.9
percent of the city was below the poverty line and therefore
unlikely to have transportation. The oversight was perhaps more
understandable given that society as a whole seemed to have
tabled its debate over poor, largely black, inner-city
neighborhoods somewhere around two decades ago.
Countries and international agencies --
including several coping with major adversities themselves --
have offered money and supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Cuba, Iran and China are included. War-wracked Afghanistan and
countries slammed by the December tsunami such as India,
Thailand and Sri Lanka also offered help.
According to a couple of members of the Brandywine
school board, Bruce Harter isn't your typical superintendent. At
a recent meeting, they hailed his candor in giving them a
lay-it-all-out report on how the district stacked up against
both standards and other districts in this year's student
While Brandywine students' performance has shown
marked improvement during the past five years, he
said, there still is a
considerable ways to go before he and district
residents should be satisfied.
"We'll never get to the point
where 100% [of the students] meet the [state] standards, but
we can get a lot closer than we are now," he told Delaforum.
"I'm pleased with the progress we've made. I'm looking
forward to accelerating the rate at which improvement
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