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Topic: Katrina....A year later.
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Aug 22, 2006 09:29PM)
Good evening fellow Performers...

I'm watching the Spike Lee special on HBO..."When the Levee's Broke, a requiem in four acts"...

I have a unique, to ME, perspective...I went down to the Gulf Coast last winter to help with the rebuilding...I had hoped to make a living through the slow winter months in Branson, and also to do my part...To help where help was needed....To lend a hand to my fellow man...

Watching this television show is hard...

Ok, that's a bit weak....

It's just this side of impossible....One of those that were there commented on how different it was for them...To have BEEN there....T.V. news coverage can NOT convey the tragedy...The injustice...The horror....

The grief.

HOW these folks, the ones that survived, have carried on is beyond me....The only answer I can find is God and His love....

I saw the devestation up close...
I smelt the odor of decay and ruin...
I FELT the pain of those that lost so very much...
I witnessed the loss...

I, however, am blessed...I didn't lose a DAM thing in Katrina...I was safe in the Ozarks...I was BEYOND the devestation...

Where were you?

What is the point of this email, you might ask?

Just like 9-11, let us NEVER forget the lives and history that was lost when Hurricane Katrina devastated the lives of MILLIONS of AMERICAN citizens...

They, to this day, are dealing with an event that happened a year ago...

Life has gone on for almost all of us....

Let us not forget or forsake those whose lives were ripped apart by this storm.

Take a minute and remember...Do what you can, every little bit helps believe me...Whether it be a donation to a verified charity or a simple moment of prayer...

It ALL counts!


Sincerely and in tears...

Terry L. Tidwell
(Prof. Piper)
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Aug 22, 2006 10:06PM)
It is amazing what these storms can do. Not only did Louisiana, Mississippi and the rest of the Gulf Coast have the storm, but the floods that came with it. It can be devastating.

They will, however, recover and it will be but a memory one day. How do I know? It happened here, where I live, in 1989. Consider the following.

Source: USA TODAY research by Chris Cappella

"Hugo blew into Charleston, S.C., on the evening of Sept. 21, the autumnal equinox, with winds of 138 mph and a 20 foot storm surge on top of astronomically high tides. Hurricane Hugo's impressive intensity made it the strongest storm to strike the East Coast north of Florida since Hazel in Oct. 1954. Hugo devastated South Carolina's barrier islands and flattened the Francis Marion National Forest, to the north of Charleston. Its price tag hit $7 billion, earning Hugo the title of costliest hurricane in U.S. history, which it would relinquish to Hurricane Andrew in 1992."

It has happened before, and will happen again. So...what can we do? Pray? Yes. Help others? Yes. Anything else? Yes...give it some thought.

Our magic club has formed a "Hurricane Response Team" to work with the Red Cross in the event another storm occurs and people get evacuated into our area for a while. We can go out and do some magic for our new "guests" and help to put a smile, if only for a moment, on their faces and let them escape their situations for a few minutes.

Give some thought to what you, individually or collectively, can do. You CAN make a difference.

Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Aug 22, 2006 10:40PM)
Thank you Mark for the perspective...

To have the hindsight to see that, YES, a new day will dawn is something that the folks of the Gulf Coast will appreciate...

God Bless,

Message: Posted by: RobertBloor (Aug 23, 2006 02:03AM)

I was performing my final day at the 2005 Nevada State Fair in Reno.
My wife, who is from Biloxi, Miss., was home in Albuquerque.

Her brother was on campus at LSU in Baton Rouge.
Her mom and dad, road out Katrina in their home.

It was 2 1/2 days until we made any contact with them and at that, it was only a brief phone call long enough to know they were alive.

Their house survived Katrina, as it had Camille in '69.

I'll never forget where I was.


A Perspective:
When Camille came ashore in '69 her eye was 5 miles wide.
When Katrina came ashore just one year ago, her eye was almost 35 miles wide.
Message: Posted by: Ed Hutchison (Aug 23, 2006 05:15PM)
Although I live about 150 miles from the Coast, our village did sustain wind damage. I posted some local post-Katrina photos at:

Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Aug 23, 2006 09:14PM)
I grew up, most of my life, in the Corpus Christi bay area. I've seen some very bad hurricanes since born there in '68. There are remnants of hurricanes past including Hurricane Beulah, September 1967 (one of five severe hurricanes to affect the Texas middle coast in this century) which we still talk about to this day.

Mother recounted Beaulah's power and said she and her two brothers, Grandfather, and Grandmother had to hold front door of the house shut while they continued hammering it shut. At one point Beaulah took down a huge tree in the front yard and thrust it down onto the house roof. That damaged part was sucked up and away leaving them to be poured down on.

The eye of the storm was amazing. A calm much like that before the first half of the storm. Once the eye passed over it was the second half of a nightmarish storm.

Once over, they were without power for 10 days and survived on what food they had stockpiled. The city was devastated with nothing in operation.

Tornadoes were extremely numerous with Beulah; a total of 95 have been estimated. Many of the funnel clouds were as small as 20 to 40 feet in diameter where they touched the ground. Many persons living in low areas were homeless for the several days of persistent high water. The damage directly attributable to the storm in the Coastal Bend, not counting the subsequent flooding, was of the order of $20,000,000. Water remained for months on poorly drained areas of the Coastal Plains south of Corpus Christi. The total dollar damage from the floods is estimated more than $100,000,000.

From (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/crp/docs/research/hurrhistory/Beulah/beulah.html)

"At landfall winds near the center were about 136 miles an hour, and the central pressure, which had been as low as 27.26 inches which gave the storm a tide producing potential of about [b]15 feet[/b]. As the storm center moved over land southwest of Corpus Christi, generally higher winds occured in inland areas of the Coastal Bend than in coastal areas. Gale winds began at Corpus Christi International Airport at 10:30 AM on Sept. 20 and continued a duration of [b]15.5 hours[/b]."

HERE'S A HURRICANE ARCHIVE OF HER PATH (You can see she had made up her mind to hit where she landed) : http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/at196702.asp

Some of us are accustomed to the Hurricane season and can weather most of it but when these babys reach Category 4 & 5 they are NOT TO BE IGNORED. It's not a question of IF you can evacuate, it's a question of why are you still sitting aound when it's in your backyard?

Many times we tend to laugh it off and don't even bother boarding up the windows when we see Cat 3 and just prepare for heavy winds, tons of water, and power outages.

As a child, while visiting the Grandparents, I'd ride my bicycle over a ramp in the sidewalk. Two segments of the sidewalk were elevated forming a ramp if you will. I later learned it was caused by Beaulah's wrath pushing the lawn tree down onto the house. The tree roots several feet away caused the concrete sidewalk to raise as it did. Today 2006, it remains that way. Beaulah showed us good!

Together, Katrina and Beaulah reminded us we should never underestimate Nature's power.
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Aug 23, 2006 09:52PM)
And to think Katrina was worse...
Message: Posted by: RobertBloor (Aug 24, 2006 10:24AM)
Yes, Katrina was worse. And the Nat. Hurricane Center has set Katrina at only a Cat. 3.

[b]Category 3????!?!??![/b]

If Katrina was a Cat. 3, then Mt. St. Helen's was just a fireworks show.

Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Aug 26, 2006 12:20AM)
Cat.3 makes me wonder too! Not sure where they measured her at that level but had I visited the aftermath not knowing what struck I'd suspect Armageddon!
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Aug 26, 2006 01:30AM)
The damage was caused by the levee breaking. You know, the ones that money sent to be used to repair it over the last 40 years was used by other folks for other things in Lousianna? The same damage would have occured if a barge broke the levee and no storm was involved. Hopefully soon everyone will move back to NO and the crime rates in other cities, like Houston, can come down again. Not that there is a connection or anything.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: kregg (Aug 26, 2006 07:03AM)
Despite our best attempts to outwit nature by engineering the best working solution; Venice still sinks, space shuttles fail, airplanes crash and levee's break.
Message: Posted by: RobertBloor (Aug 26, 2006 10:34AM)
[quote]Steve V: The damage was caused by the levee breaking. You know, the ones that money sent to be used to repair it over the last 40 years was used by other folks for other things in Lousianna? [/quote]

I may be misunderstanding, so for clarification let me just say this...

[b]Katrina did NOT make landfall on New Orleans.[/b]
Katrina made land fall on the Pearl River, the border of Louisiana and Mississippi.

That puts New Orleans on the Northwest quadrant of the storm.(The best place to be if you have to be at all)

Unfortunately where it made landfall put put cities across the Mississippi Gulf Coast on the northeast quadrant at ground zero.

Bay St. Louis was devastated.
Waveland was completely destroyed. Some estimate the storm surge in Waveland as high as 62 feet.
Gulfport suffered unbelievable damage.
Biloxi took serious damage.

Make no mistake, what happened in New Orleans was awful. But as Steve V. points out, was a flaw of their government, not Katrina.

Katrina is being remembered for the "flooding in New Orleans."

I'm just asking people to remember that it was actually the Mississippi Gulf Coast that took the direct hit...and the brunt of catastrophic damage.

Message: Posted by: Steve V (Aug 26, 2006 12:18PM)
That is correct. Only Mississippi didn't have the PR that NO had and the people in Mississippi don't run around with their hand out as publicly.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: RobertBloor (Aug 26, 2006 04:09PM)
That's true.
Mississippi residents & police, search and rescue were trying to save people from their flooded homes while the mayor and his gestapo in New Orleans were going to door to door in undamaged neighborhoods confiscating legally owned firearms.

Sad state of affairs.
And then they reelected him.

I'll always remember the first trip down there last Christmas. I've never seen such devistation. I couldn't even find my way around. No buildings, road signs, landmarks. Nothing was there.

And nothing remains.

Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Aug 26, 2006 11:00PM)
While many points that are being made are absolutely correct:


The devastation in Mississippi eclipses that of New Orleans...
Miss. was overlooked and neglected in a HUGE way...
The squeaky wheel got the grease...

Ad noseum...

The entire point of MY post was to REMEMBER the PEOPLE that were affected....

I spent 4 MONTHS on the Miss. Gulf Coast...I lived in a borrowed RV that was parked in a mechanics storage yard...Sometimes we had water/electric...sometimes we didn't...I worked 12-14 hour days trying to help out (Yes, I was being paid, but that's not what it was about, ok?)

I willingly went down and seperated myself from my wife and menagerie of animals in order to help the PEOPLE of the area that was affected.

No offense...I mean this...NO OFFENSE intented...

But I started this thread as a REMEMBERANCE for ALL of those who lost their lives/loved ones/property/history/WAY OF LIFE...

Due to a storm named Katrina.

I could care one rat's *** about the politics/retoric/etc of the entire event, ok?

What it REALLY comes down to is the ENORMITY of what was lost and the fact that those affected need our prayers/donations/and good thoughts...

They are brothers and sisters...I don't care what color/region/religion/etc you identify yourself with...

You are AMERICAN...First, foremost, and always....and I will always be there for you.

God Bless.

Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Aug 26, 2006 11:19PM)
Darn! I wish I had known this would be on to remind those interested but tonight Discovery Chanel aired "Killer Hurricane: Anatomy of Katrina" on it's Big Science show. Some of the images I saw I don't recall ever seeing on the news. This coverage was unbelievable.

The scope of Katrina's destruction and storm surge greater than that of Camile '69. I've seen my share of Hurricanes but this is something I wouldn't want to be anywhere near!
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Aug 26, 2006 11:20PM)
Hey Terry...Amen, brother.

Mark. :thumbsup:
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Aug 26, 2006 11:24PM)
Just noticed that Discovery Channel will be airing "Surviving Katrina" tomorrow 8/27/06 around 8 or 9pm PST. Check your listing. This one will show the rescue and reparation efforts.
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Aug 26, 2006 11:53PM)
Yeah Randy, I'm watching the Discovery offering now...

And yes, it's hard...and yes, I've shed a few tears...


Thanks brother...and Amen to you as well.

Message: Posted by: Kevin Ridgeway (Aug 27, 2006 09:30AM)
I have been in Gulfport for a week now. We have worked with Hope Crisis Response network for many years and have come dowwn here to help people out. HCRN has been here since one week after Katrina. They have a place called Hope City with two bunk trailers that sleep 20 volunteers each, a double wide trailer used as a dining hall and offices, a shower/bathroom trailer and a kitchen trailer. Pretty amazing set up they have here.

It is amazing that Tuesday makes it one year since the hurricane and it is still a disaster area in many places. Last week we blue roofed some houses, did drywall, and took on more cases from case managers. HCRN has 12 'new builds' they are doing right now, amongst tons of rebuilds. Two days ago we ran into a really bad situation where 8 people are living in a shack turned into apartments behind a house. The homeowner is charging these people $160 a month to live there. It isn't good enough for animals, the bathroom had a water mocassin living in it...just really bad. Even in that situation, those people still said they could find something to be thankful for.

I don't write this to brag or show what HCRN or myself are doing...but rather to share my experience with how things are today in MS.

I'll post again Monday evening with some pretty cool news, unfortunately I can't share it till after it happens. I can only add this..if you can watch the cabkle news channels tomorrow moening around 11 central time.

Terry, you're right...politics and all that mess don't mean anything. We found a downed billboard vinyl. It had a childs face on it and said...
"You're helping people, That's all that matters"

That is the truth.

Message: Posted by: TomBoleware (Aug 27, 2006 09:48AM)
Terry, Kevin,
Mississippi canít thank the folks like you enough for coming in and helping out. Your kindness will never be forgotten and will always be a part in Katrina history.

Iím a little less than a hundred miles from the gulf coast but Iím one of the lucky (blessed) ones that didnít have a lot of damage. There were houses right around me that didnít make out so good oh. I rode it out and found out itís true what they say about the center of the eye being very calm. As the eye passed over for nearly half an hour it was very quite and really weird looking outside. Having made it through Camille I never expected to see anything like that again in my lifetime. I was wrong.

The days following a big storm can make you really appreciate the little things. Being without power for a couple of weeks and having no lights, phone, tv, computer, gas, etc, gives you time to think about the simple things in life and how much we take them for granted. It also gives you time to get to know your neighbors better.

Speaking for many, Mississippi thanks you all for your help, thoughts, and prayers.

Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Aug 27, 2006 12:13PM)
Hmm..there ya go! From a couple of people still there and knowing what they speak of. :)

And as for you Mr. Kevin! Hehehehe...you and your team have always done for others all you could and then some. This quality of [b]Living Illusions[/b] has, as long as I've known about you folks, been a way of life for you.

Whether a message in your magic or rolling up your sleeves to do the dirty work few would, you've set the example and walked the walk leaving it to others to talk the talk.

Thank You!
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Aug 27, 2006 10:33PM)
While your words have been taken into my heart and warmed it, please believe and remember:

Thanks are NOT necessary...Ever.

I did what I did because I am an American Citizen who cares about his brothers and sisters....

It saddens the H#LL outta me that so many others don't feel the same way...This would be a MUCH better country if we all did our small part.

I cannot tell you the number of times, while down in Miss., that I was hugged, thanked, kissed on the cheek by little old ladys...

I have NEVER met more Faithful, STRONG, determined, or resourceful people than I did on the Gulf Coast....

The folks who have survived Katrina and carry on....The ones that will NEVER let ANYTHING get them down or prevent them from living the dream of, "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", while living in a pile of RUBLE...

You want to find strength?
You want to find Faith?
You want to find AMERICA?????

Go the the Coast!


Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: RandyStewart (Aug 28, 2006 09:17PM)
On 2006-08-27 23:33, Professor Piper wrote:

You want to find strength?
You want to find Faith?
You want to find AMERICA?????

Go the the Coast!


Prof. Piper

Do I know of some age-old political and social effects causing some of today's problems? You bet I do! Does this awareness help me or current "victims" in any way? You bet it doesn't! In extreme catastrophic events such as this, a call to action is all we can do despite being aware of political and economic apathy. This could of been minimized had the right action been taken long long ago but this is not why many were there to help. They were there for reasons that went beyond the politics and money - it was about people in the most desperate conditions - assuming they were alive when the help arrived.

Terry and all, we'll leave religion out of this as we're supposed to do but I will skim the surface with a brief story.

When I was in college and a couple of years after, my friend Fred, a philosophy major (that was probably the problem) was on a search for "God" as long as I knew him. A couple of years after his graduation from UT he was involved in some sect and a couple of years after that I bumped into him and he was Muslim!

I had just about had enough of his philosophies and theories as he explained he was getting more and more doubtful regarding his search. I told him I'd had enough of his theorizing and exhasperating talk on the subject. This coming from me, a humble Cahtolic, is a strong statement!

I had already occasionally put up with several years of this and lost my temper.

I said "Fred, put the *** books down, drop the philosophy, stop hashing political hot air finding blame (it's true that many of these catastrophes occurred, in major part, to political apathy but the victims are needing help and NOW!) so come with me, during our off time, and volunteer to feed the hungry if you don't travel to such sites to render aid."

He questioned it all again.

I finally told him the day you find yourself saying "Sir/Man did you want more gravy with that" to a person who can do NOTHING for you, God will come to you and not the other way around.

It's not that some people won't or can't get it as much as it's just not for everyone. Some will never take up the effort as they were not designed to do so? It's part of a diverse world. Likewise, not all great things and experiences are to be experienced by everyone who comes to exist, at any time, in this wonderful world.

Yes, some luckier than others, and I'm not talking about those receiving the help as much as those giving it. :)

Fred died several years ago in a fatal car crash. With the energy and intelligence he invested in his "pursuit", he would have been a great asset to relief efforts. There was a lot of incredible energy there.
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Aug 28, 2006 10:14PM)

Thank you for sharing your story of 'Fred'...it brings to light many issues...

Apathy and excuses are top most amoungst them.

In [b]my[/b] view?

It is an [i]old[/i] sentiment and it rings true more today than when it was originally coined....

[i]"It is better to [b]give[/b] than to recieve...[/i].

When you [b]give[/b] you gain something more valuable than anything you could ever [b]recieve[/b]...

You find out who [b]YOU[/b] are...

On the inside.

I [b]like[/b] who I am.

How about [b]you[/b]?

Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: Kevin Ridgeway (Aug 29, 2006 10:41AM)
Ok, today is the one year mark and events are in full swing around the coastline. We are having one here at Hope City as well. About 200 families affected by Katrina are coming to share some great food and entertainment.

The thing that I couldn't announce the other day is that one of the volunteers with Hope Crisis Response Network was nominated and awarded the Presidential Service Award. It is basically the U.S. Volunteer of the Year. His name is Ken Wetzle and he is an amazing man with an incredible family backing him.

The video of him standing outside Air Force 1 meeting the President Bush and receiving the award can be seen here.

The story of Ken can be seen here.

Ken is the first to say this is not about him, but the people who have helped him with the relief efforts and especially God.

The group we are with done here is HCRN and here is their site with pictures

Thanks to those that have helped support us and to all who have given their time and resources. There is still much to be done, but the people here are strong.


P.S. Randy, thank you for the kind words, very nice of you to say.
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Aug 29, 2006 12:40PM)
God Bless Mr. Wetzle...

A true American Hero!

Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: TomBoleware (Aug 29, 2006 01:03PM)
Thanks for the links Kevin. Great story.

There can always be Hope as long as we have folks like Ken and you all around to keep it alive.

No brag, just fact, I give away more money each year than a lot of people make. But one of the most important, and most welcomed gifts Iíve ever gave was last year right after Katrina. It was to a lady with a crying baby, the gift was a gallon of cold milk and a few minutes of my time sitting and talking to her.

One of the greatest gifts we have to offer is that of time, for time is the stuff life is made of. Itís something we canít make more of, it is precious. But what greater way of expressing love than by devoting time to those we care about and those in need.

People may not always remember exactly what you say or what you do, but they will Never forget how you make them feel.

When we all are dead and gone, how will folks remember us? Not, "How did they die?" But, How did they live? Not, What did they gain? But, What did they give?

I think Churchill said it well:
ďWe make a living out of what we get, we make a life out of what we give.Ē

Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Aug 29, 2006 07:17PM)
On 2006-08-29 14:03, TomBoleware wrote:

I think Churchill said it well:
ďWe make a living out of what we get, we make a life out of what we give.Ē



Probably the most appropriate quote that could be presented in regards to this situation Tom, Thank you!

Why do we remember Ghandi?

Mother Teresa?

Get the idea?

GIVE till it hurts!

Pain, this kinda pain is GOOD!

Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: Comedy Writer (Sep 6, 2006 09:24AM)
Regarding Katrina, did they ever determine who was in charge of the fiasco at the dome and the convention center?
Message: Posted by: Steve V (Sep 6, 2006 01:30PM)
The city of New Orleans and the state of Louisianna were responsible. The feds cannot just roll in and say "hi, we are taking over", they have to be asked. Some other fun facts about NO. There were busses sent to take people out, school busses, to take them a couple hours outside of the low lying parts of the city (remember, only a blazing moron that is familiar with NO doesn't realize that it is basically a lake bed waiting to be filled with water). Civil Rights (?) leaders (?) complained that the busses were not air conditioned and didn't have restrooms on them so they advised everyone to wait until better busses were provided and better this and better that. So folks stayed. Others stayed so they could carry on criminal enterprises. The busses were sent by the state of LA. The levees were not repaired by the state or the city even though funds were given over a period of four decades. In all honesty I believe that taking Spike Lee's version of anything is like accepting whatzhizname Moores version of anything anti Bush....it is slanted.

Oh, as an added note, because of the actions in NO by the state and city there was a proposal that the Feds can take over the National Guard when things like this are coming and it was flat out rejected by congress.

Trivia: What is now the mafia was started in New Orleans and was called The Black Hand.
Steve V
Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Sep 7, 2006 12:28AM)
Steve V....

Obviously you have entirely missed the entire point of my post...

Yes, it's true that watching the Spike Lee HBO special is what spurred this posting/thread...

But that is [b]secondary[/b] to the threads intent and drive...

For the record:

I don't give one flying f@@@@ about the politics/he said-she said/FEMA/Bush/Brown/Nagin/Lousiana Gov./etc/etc/etc...

I give a dam about the People that are [b][i]STILL[/i][/b] living in Coleman tents...

The ones that, a [b]year[/b] later are suffering....

You can point the finger all day long, you end up with four of those fingers pointing right back at yourself...

I wanted to bring to light the [b]human[/b] tragedy...To spotlight that, even if what you have to offer is very, very little....

That doesn't matter...Because no matter what you give, it is SOMETHING!

Offer a prayer, good thought, donation to a verified charity...Whatever you are comfy with doing....

Leave the Political B.S. to Late Night comics...

Let us focus and remember our BROTHERS and SISTERS that are [b]STILL[/b] living in filth and rubble...

Let us remember our fellow citizens....


Prof. Piper
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Sep 7, 2006 09:49AM)
Good points Prof.Piper.
Steve v,in the speech Pres.Bush made[in New Orleans] he admitted mistakes had been made.
Message: Posted by: TomBoleware (Sep 7, 2006 07:56PM)
Of course mistakes were made and they are still being made, but I agree, pointing fingers doesnít help rebuild a house, get the clothes out of the trees, or comfort a child. Only real people can do that.

Folks, this ole world ainít like it use to be. Everybody is in such a rush today that we no longer have time for each other. And the sad part is we canít slow down long enough to see it happening. It's become too easy to just blame "them" and keep on going.

And you know what, we really canít blame the government because we are the government. We The People make up this nation. But to be honest, there are times today when I think about our government that I do wonder whatever happened to the ďUnited We Stand.Ē

But then when I see groups like the one Kevin is with, and caring individuals like Terry, I say yes we are still in good hands. There is hope for the needy. If only there were a lot more like this scattered around the world.

It also helps to see some elected officials like this:
While waiting to get orders from the higher ups, Fema refused to let go of two truck loads of ice that had no destination. Our local Sheriff seeing a need for the ice in a nearby community said time was running out, and instead of playing politics he slapped handcuffs on the authority guarding the trucks and then delivered the needed ice. :)

You can read more about him here:

Message: Posted by: Professor Piper (Sep 8, 2006 11:33PM)

Thank you for your very kind words...

I am, but one man...I did my bit, the most I could do, and it ended up costing me a great deal of my own money...

Do I begrudge it?


I helped...I did what I could and then came home, where I am needed to keep my own house in order.

BUT, if my words can motivate more to do THEIR part...Then maybe, just maybe, things can get done and progress made...

Not a day goes by now that I'm back home, that I don't think about what I saw down there in Mississippi and New Orleans...The destruction, the tragedy...

The loss.

Just as we remember what happened to this country on 9-11....

Let us [b]NEVER[/b] forget our fellow country men and women whose lives were turned upside down and backwards by Katrina...

It is up to [b]us[/b] the citizens of the USA to help our brothers and sisters...If we left things to the Govt. we'd all be dead by now...

Keep that in mind.

Prof. Piper