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Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: Zoidberg
Date: February 07, 2006 10:49AM
[www.wwltv.com]

Slidell mayor fumes: All we hear about is Ninth Ward

06:04 PM CST on Monday, February 6, 2006

Mike Ross / WWL-TV Northshore Bureau Chief

Slidell Mayor Ben Morris says his city is being ignored in all of the rebuilding debate and he says many of his residents are suffering just as much as their more publicized neighbors in New Orleans.

“I don’t have any objection to the Ninth Ward,” he said. “But that’s all you hear is the blooming Ninth Ward.”

Neighborhoods in Slidell were devastated by Katrina as the eye passed closer to that city than to New Orleans.

Morris says that out of about 10,000 homes in the city, 4,000 were badly damaged by floodwaters and a total of 8,000 suffered either wind or water damage.

He’s afraid that if Slidell remains out of sight, it will remain out of mind and that could spell trouble getting the city ready for the next hurricane season.

“We’re left out,” he said. “You talk about Slidell and it’s, ‘Slidell, what’s that?’ We’re begging for attention, we’re begging for help.”

Morris said President Bush has bypassed Slidell on his trips to the Gulf Coast and even many Louisiana lawmakers haven’t seen the damage there.

“No one has a clue what happened here,” he said. “No one has a clue what happened here. The state legislature doesn’t. Our local guys know, but the rest of them don’t know and most probably don’t care.”

Morris said Slidell’s pumping stations are in disrepair and that the biggest pumping station was knocked out completely. He said several miles of subsurface drainage remain clogged and he hasn’t received any federal help to fix those problems.

“It’s just so god awful frustrating,” he complained. “Night after night – our people are tired of hearing about the Ninth Ward. They really are. I got neighborhoods just as empty as the Ninth Ward.”
                                               
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Re: Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 07, 2006 10:53AM
How long will the people be abused and ignored by their own government before they become insurgents?
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Re: Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: Guitarman
Date: February 07, 2006 11:52AM
Refurbvirgin Wrote:
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> User ignored - click to show/hide this message How
> long will the people be abused and ignored by
> their own government before they become
> insurgents?








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Re: Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 07, 2006 12:30PM
Some people just don't understand the concept of "Friendly Political Ranting" at all, or of Freedom of Speech, for that matter.
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Re: Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: February 07, 2006 12:44PM
> Some people just don't understand the concept of "Friendly
> Political Ranting" at all, or of Freedom of Speech, for that
> matter.

When you and Guitarman learn about that, y'all come back.
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Re: Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 07, 2006 01:54PM
McCain just wants to study this problem until after the election so that no serious attempt to drain the money trough will be made.
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Re: Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: Effin Haole
Date: February 07, 2006 06:12PM
If this had been Hawaii or CA, I guarantee you that the Senators and Reps would have so much money flowing into their state for housing/food/medical.

Then again, those states have fantastic pork projects in place and the states would be able to mostly take care of themselves.

Will enjoy seeing how the next election goes in LA for the incumbents.

As I have heard before, if your gevernment can't een hand out cheese right, how do you think they are going to fare in a major disaster?
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Re: Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: February 07, 2006 07:28PM
MacMagus Wrote:

> When you and Guitarman learn about that, y'all
> come back.

I've never made personal attacks on anyone here except in self-defense, and never advocated violence against anyone or any group, or made threats. G'man has. Repeatedly. Incessantly. Senselessly.


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Re: Slidell: All we hear about is Ninth Ward
Posted by: max
Date: February 12, 2006 11:28PM
Effin Haole Wrote:
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> Then again, those states have fantastic pork
> projects in place and the states would be able to
> mostly take care of themselves.
>
> Will enjoy seeing how the next election goes in LA
> for the incumbents.
>
> As I have heard before, if your gevernment can't
> een hand out cheese right, how do you think they
> are going to fare in a major disaster?

Most of those states know how to handle the money: 20-30% gets siphoned off for the local political machine, 20-30% for the correctly connected supporters and the rest gets actually spent on the intended target.
In Louisiana they got 10% going to the machine and 85% going into somebody pocket, with all of 5% being spend on the actual project. A good example is the New Orleans Levee Board. Last Federal largesse resulted in 4% being spend on the levees...
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