August 28, 2007

katrina anniversary flag (click image for larger) image from Suspect Device

From an editorial in today's San Francisco Chronicle:

The mismanagement, missed opportunities and suffering that is the legacy of Katrina still matter because the victims of the storm were - and are - facing the same problems that the people of America are facing. We're talking about poorly maintained public infrastructure. (The Minneapolis bridge collapse, though responsible for only 13 deaths, created a national sense of deja vu.) We're talking about communities with poor access to health care, decent schools, jobs that pay a living wage. We're talking about insurance companies that seem all too happy to take your premium - whether it's for homeowners' insurance or health care - and then run away when the bills come due. Most important, we're talking about the lack of public leaders who have the ability to lead, or at the very least to take responsibility for their failures instead of looking for someone else, or something else, to blame.

Also the absolute "don't-miss" interview of the day with Dr. Anna Pou, who was accused of murdering nine patients in a New Orleans hospital wracked by Katrina. A grand jury declined to indict her. (h/t Make Them Accountable)

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