A friend of mine from Indiana recently wrote the following in an online discussion:
I don’t want to argue the point as I don’t have time, nor do I want to diminish what it is you want to accomplish [in New Orleans], but the California Condor has had millions and millions of dollars spent on it since 1950. Yet every time hatchlings are released they have to be recaptured. The Condor is essentially a dinosaur and maybe, just maybe, it is natural it should go extinct. The hard thing to get one’s mind around is America (the whole) seems to have recovered from Katrina. Maybe there is some moral imperative on rebuilding NOLA to previous levels, but the arguments on how to do so have yet to be made on a practical level the country can understand.
I don’t know what to say about this. It hurts to read it. I have a very visceral reaction. Perhaps it’s an irrational reaction.
I remember reading about a WWII veteran who lost everything in the Federal Flood. The paper had a picture of him standing in the ruin of his home that was just heartbreaking. I’d like to take my friend from Indiana to visit that old man. Just to sit down and have a conversation with him.
That’s the only response I can come up with, and it probably doesn’t make any sense at all.