I sense you're getting a little tired of hearing about this, but New Orleans is still a mess. I bring it up because a reporter friend of mine just returned from the Crescent City and she said, "My God, you're right — it's as if the city is frozen in time."
All the more important is the hype Mardi Gras is getting. Today's USA Today has a piece with a headline "Big Easy Could See A Mardi Gras For The Ages." It quotes a hotel official saying, "There's a lot of misunderstanding…this is a chance to really let people know we're open"
I want people to go to Mardi Gras. I want them to fill the hotel rooms, spend a lot of money. But I don't want anyone to forget that hundreds of thousands of people still can't go home.
The White House rejected a Republican proposal which would buy up destroyed houses this week. It was an idea a lot of people down there were counting on. Now it's back to the drawing board, and the time keeps slipping away, and with it the soul of the city.
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