that only a small part of the area should be rebuilt. The people are gone, and most will not be back. Federal assistance should assume those realities.
Aside from the ?irresponsible? dribble from the Mayor of New Orleans, over the past weeks we have be treated to pictures of piled rubble along the streets, and houses beyond repair that have been condemned, and repeatedly reminded that most of the poor, and many of the property owners, from that city have not returned.
It goes without saying there exists a real legal entanglement between an unaccounted-for owner, the insurance company, and the authorities with their health and safety concerns..
It seems to me that ?cleaning up? the city, other than just Bourbon Street, should be a high priority, followed by a re-build/restoration. All of this requires an abnormal large force of skilled and unskilled labor. If, as has been stated, 80 plus percent of the labor population from New Orleans has not returned,?. Who is to do the work ?
On TV, someone was interviewing a New Orleans resident carpenter, identified with his union logo, who was complaining that cheap labor ?Mexican? carpenters were being paid $15 an hour, and this was taking jobs away from local citizens. Where are the carpenters from New Orleans ?
I know there is no easy answer to all of this, but?.Is there an answer ?
And?WHY?are we not hearing of ?similar? problems, and ?similar? protestations and complaints from areas of Louisiana, other than New Orleans, and from Mississippi and Texas ? Areas that were also devastated.