Dear Mr. Leonard Pitts,
I will forever remember the Hurricane Katrina effects. Watching the news on the TV was like watching horror movies. I couldn’t believe what my eyes were witnessing.
Coming from another country, I always believe the USA was the strongest and most humanitarian country in the world. I knew that they always brought help across the world; I was 100% sure, help was coming for Louisiana in a timely manner as well. Still to this day, I am so ashamed at the way we treated our own people, the way our political representatives made decisions, and reacted to Katrina.
The entire world knows that Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast; it was a disastrous event never seen before in the USA. Questions have been raised but no answers were given; the main question is still out there, is why did it happen? For many people, including me, Katrina was part of human error.
What we know to this day is that we would never have seen what happened in the Gulf Coast if they had a good protection system; a system that had been properly financed and maintained. Reports and studies have been made after Katrina suggesting numerous lists of errors that led to the failure of the levees and the disastrous flooding of the city focusing on the faulty construction. We have learned valuable lessons from Katrina.
We learned that we need time to be prepared, be ready when we have a storm as big as Katrina. We need to take better precautions to protect our families and property. Our government needs to work better and harder conducting an efficient program that focuses on evacuations; if we have a good evacuation system we will have less damage, but most important less loss of human life. One other lesson is that when the communities work together, “miracles can happen.” We need to do a better job of coming together as a community. We will be more successful if community organizations and individuals make a better effort to...