A Brisk Breeze And A Brief Rain

Jackson, MS Clarion-Ledger columnist Sid Salter wrote this morning what many in Mississippi are feeling these days.

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the venerable New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Louisiana residents feel “shortchanged” in the federal government’s provision of hurricane relief and feel that Mississippi enjoys more political “clout” in Washington than does their state.

First, let’s address the “clout” issue. Does Mississippi have more Capitol Hill political clout than does Louisiana?

Answer: Yes. Cochran, Lott, Barbour, Wicker, Pickering, Taylor and Thompson trump their congressional delegation big time.

Who is responsible for that “clout” deficit down on the bayou?

Answer: Louisiana voters, take a good look in the mirror and

January 25, 2006 В· Harry В· 4 Comments
Posted in: Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi

4 Responses

  1. seawitch - January 25, 2006

    I haven’t made it past Long Beach in my efforts to photograph the damage Katrina did. I can tell you this, the little town of St Martin in Jackson County is gone. Over 50% of D’Iberville is gone. I cannot bear to post most of the photos I’ve taken of my hometown of Gulfport.

    Sometimes people have a hard time envisioning 65,000 homes gone. Smaller numbers seem to work. I know through work and friends 123 people who have lost everything.

    Our local, state, and federal politicians are doing a great job. But the rebuilding will more than likely take decades. We’ll rebuild and we’ll do it together. That’s our theme, “Together, We Rebuild”.

  2. idgie - January 26, 2006

    Yes!!! I so very much agree with you. Why is Mississippi being ignored? I have friends down there that just watched the army and Fema trucks drive right by hungry, thirsty, wrecked towns, to continue on to New Orleans.

  3. Jim - January 26, 2006

    Harry and others, not sure you were aware of this but my house was in St. Martin. Weird seeing someone else talk about it and yes it’s pretty messed up.

  4. Harry - January 26, 2006

    I thought it was in BigJim City.