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  •  My E-mail to Hastert (3.95)
    Congressman Hastert --

    I would like to commend you for your strong stand on not rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Like you, I believe that those folks had it coming to them for living so far below sea level.  I hope that I can count on you to take an equally strong stand for not rebuilding Galveston if it is devastated by Hurricane Rita.  Because Galveston is a barrier island, I feel like those rich white folks deserve what they get just like the poor black people in New Orleans.  I'm sure you feel the same way.

    Keep up the good work.

    Matt

    •  easy now (4.00)
      Just for the record, Galveston has a very large poor population. Most of us who lived there weren't rich, just the people who "summer" there.

      And yea, some of us are heathens :)

      First they came for MY choice...

      by sassy texan on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 12:47:42 PM PDT

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      •  No kidding. (4.00)
        I once dated a guy in Galveston.  Three blocks behind the coast, and it looked pretty damn eerie--beaten down little shack houses, and of course street signs blasted into illegibility by the sands.  Pretty depressing place.
        •  depressing is right (4.00)
          Just like most of your tourist traps, peak behind the facade and you'll see the real story. For Galveston it is a horrible story with a lot of racism that has perpetuated the poverty. Sound familiar?

          There is rampant poverty from one end of the island to the other. The schools used to really really suck, now they just really suck. No money from taxes no money for schools. Galveston is going to need a lot of help if this is as bad as it sounds.

          First they came for MY choice...

          by sassy texan on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 01:04:53 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry.... (none)
        ....no offense intended.  I'm sure that Galveston (like New Orleans) is a lively mix of rich, poor, black, and white.  I wasn't intending to paint anyone with an insensitively broad brush any more than I was serious when I said those folks deserve what they get.  Let's all keep positive thoughts for ALL of the folks in ALL of the locales that will be impacted by the storm.
      •  It's still my favorite small town (none)
        Family roots there back into the Depression.  I don't have a deity to pray to but I hope Katrina takes a swipe at someplace else or decides to peter out.

        Yes, Galveston has appalling poverty along race lines.  That's who we are, America.    

        "I'm a FUBAR Preznit"

        by skwimmer on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 01:34:37 PM PDT

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        •  so (none)
          I'm not the only one who's been calling Rita Katrina? Can't even keep em all straight. It's strange driving around town seeing signs we posted for hurricane relief donations and information - and knowing we may be needing the same stuff we were offering others 2 weeks ago. Sureal.

          First they came for MY choice...

          by sassy texan on Wed Sep 21, 2005 at 01:56:04 PM PDT

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