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Yes, New Orleans Is Worth It
Published on 9/3/2005
This editorial was published Sept. 2 in The Times-Picayune:
Even as people from New Orleans desperately search for their family members and rescue workers patrol the region in boats, hack through roofs and try to pluck survivors out, some people in other parts of the country have begun to blame us, the victims. Our crime? Choosing to live in New Orleans.
Especially heartless were U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the writers of an editorial that appeared Wednesday in the Republican American, a newspaper in Waterbury, Conn., Mr. Hastert was quoted by the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., saying it makes no sense to rebuild New Orleans where it is. “It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed,